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Trudeau government votes against UN anti-Israel resolutions

Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper at Sept. 28 Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy
Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper at Sept. 28 Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy

In the first test of its support for Israel in international forums, the new Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has voted against a raft of Arab-sponsored United Nations resolutions targeting the Jewish state.

The anti-Israel resolutions are non-binding and are introduced around this time every year.

Most have been or will be adopted first by committees of the UN, then voted on at a plenary of the General Assembly.

Canada abstained or voted against all the measures in committee, standing with Israel, the United States and the tiny Pacific island nations of the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Palau.

Canada’s votes were unchanged from last year, continuing a more Israel-friendly shift at the UN that began with former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin and continued under former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.

On Nov. 24, the UN adopted six of the resolutions, drafted by the Palestinians and Syria. These skipped committees and went directly to a plenary of the General Assembly.

Canada voted against all of them.

They included calls to “promote the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination, to support the achievement without delay of an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and of the two-state solution on the basis of the pre-1967 border.”

Another expressed “grave concern about the extremely detrimental impact of Israeli settlement policies, decisions and activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, including on the contiguity, integrity and viability of the territory.”

One resolution noted “that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.”

Another said Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights (referred to as “the Syrian Golan”) is a “stumbling block in the way of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region.”

The Geneva-based watchdog group UN Watch “applauded” the Trudeau government for its votes and “for being on track to continue without change Canada’s policy of firmly opposing repetitive, disproportionate and one-sided resolutions… that are designed to delegitimize Israel, the Middle East’s only democracy.”

Canada’s voting record is “entirely unchanged from last year,” UN Watch pointed out. “This upholds the UN Charter’s principle of equal treatment of all nations, and prejudice to none.”

Still, Hillel Neuer, UN Watch executive director, lashed out at the passage of the half-dozen anti-Israel resolutions.

“Surreal barely captures the scene whereby the world is under assault by terrorists killing in the name of Islam and martyrhood — as Palestinians are doing while stabbing Israeli Jews — and the UN’s response is to reflexively condemn Israel in six separate resolutions, all of which are one-sided,” Neuer wrote on the organization’s website.

On the resolution that condemned Israel for retaining the Golan Heights and demanding its return to Syria, Neuer said: “It’s astonishing. At a time when the Syrian regime is massacring its own people, how can the UN call for more people to be subject to [President Bashar] Assad’s rule? The timing of [the] text is morally galling and logically absurd.”

The “farce” at the world body, he added, “underscores a simple fact: the UN’s automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone’s human rights. The goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations remains the scapegoating of Israel.”

In recent days, UN committees passed 13 other resolutions, all targeting Israel. Canada abstained on two and voted no on 11. A 20th resolution, “Assistance to the Palestinian people,” will be considered later in December.

All the remaining resolutions are expected to be passed by the General Assembly in the next two weeks, Neuer told The CJN.

Canada’s votes “speak to Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment that he’s reiterated time and again that his government will continue the multi-partisan support for Israel that characterized the previous government,” said Noah Shack, director of public policy at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

One-sided, anti-Israel resolutions “not only denigrate Israel but the UN itself,” Shack added. Ottawa’s stance this time “is bigger than just a symbolic show of support from Canada. This is a statement of support for the UN and for fairness for Israel.”

Rookie MPs Anthony Housefather (Mount Royal) and Michael Levitt (York Centre), two of six Jews elected to Parliament as part of the Liberal win Oct. 19, praised their government’s move.

“We are pleased to recognize that the government of Canada led by Prime Minister Trudeau has demonstrated its continued support for Israel’s security, democracy, and stability by maintaining our country’s UN voting record on Israel,” they said in a statement Nov. 26.

“We will persist in opposing initiatives that vilify or single out Israel, including the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement,” they added.

“This round of voting underscores our firm commitment to support our ally Israel… We call upon the United Nations to stop this annual attempt to vilify and demonize Israel, and we hope this year will be the last year we need to vote on these resolutions.”

  • aviva1

    Justin Trudeau I am heartened to hear you are making this important statement. In todays news we read that China is harvesting prisoners organs for transplants and imprisoning journalists, we read that Afghanistan is stoning women who marry for love instead of family obligations, the list of barbarian cruelty done ny UN member nations is long, yet Israel is singularly picked on. I believe this is exactly the reason terrorist are so emboldened to carry out brazen acts of terror.

    • moosehorn

      The “barbaric cruelty” and oppressive behaviour adopted by zionist Israel has exceeded the way the apartheid regime in South Africa treated the black natives. On the topic of Harvesting organs! Isn’t that the reason the zionists are confiscating the bodies of the young Palestinians executed by the IDF?

      • sunni ways


        • Jim Dallas
          • Max Mendelbaum

            And the Guardian is known for it’s anti Israel bias and that old story to spread myth’s also is misleading since even dead Israelis organs were ‘harvested’ on a larger scale and only one researcher was named guilty of such practice. But that won’t stop the Israel haters to libel Israel and paint it with a single stroke of a brush while remaining silent about Palestinians who disembowel off duty Israeli reservists and blow up civilian buses and vehicular homicide which the Palestinians celebrate and hand out candy in parade party’s afterwards.

  • maybe this will quiet all those anti-Liberal haters who predicted the Liberals would be anti-Israel. Trudeau did say it was a non partisan issue

    • moosehorn

      Sadly it is not the right stance for democratic Canada to take.

    • Canada First

      They also incorrectly predicted that Sacha Trudeau and Muslims in the Liberal Party would determine policies towards Israel. And they predicted that multiple televised debates during the campaign as well as the longest election campaign in modern history would hurt Justin Trudeau. However, they failed to predict that on October 19th, the Liberals would elect six Jewish MPs, the most Jewish MPs elected in a single election by a single political party in the history of Canada.

      • Max Mendelbaum

        And your keeping a Jewish list like Nazi’s did say’s more about you than about the Liberal party.

        • Canada First

          So you think Jews should not be proud of electing Jewish MPs? Are you familiar with Godwin’s Law?

  • moeburn

    What a surprise. Every politician is terrified of criticizing Israel, because they know Jewish voters don’t take self-criticism very well. Hell, they have a whole word they invented for it, the “self hating Jew”.

    Just once I would like to see a single western country take a stance against that war mongering country in the middle east.

    • Brent Holland

      As of 2011, Statistics Canada listed 329,500 adherents to the Jewish religion in Canada and 309,650 who claimed Jewish as an ethnicity, less than 1% of the population I find your statement curious and uniformed…or worse

    • toysandme

      It’s not Jewish VOTERS they worry about, it’s Jewish OWNERS, e.g.: http://bit.ly/TrudOwners

    • Max Mendelbaum

      Funny b/c many politicians criticize Israel blindly however the issue isn’t your antiSemitic belief that Jews don’t take criticism well (as if everyone else does) It’s about double standards, hypocrisy and whole hearted effort to deceive world with anti israel agenda known as BDS movement that many Israeli supporters take issue with.

      If you want a single western country take a stance against war mongering country in ME that mean taking stance against Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and even Turkey and KSA.

    • DRM

      Yes, because all the Arabs are peace loving countries who get along with each other and everyone else. Hahahahaha

  • sting_is_ok

    Canada must stand by its fellow democracy, Israel! This should not be at the whim of Canada’s internal politics!

    • shaunn

      “Fellow democracy” is a code for “white skinned European state.” Israel certainly is a democracy, but it is not a liberal democracy like Canada. It is theocratic, ethnic state, whose practices would flagrantly violate the Canadian Charter of Rights. It is time to put this argument to bed.

  • moosehorn

    Very disappointing. Our New PM made promises ,during the election campaign, that Canada will resort to balanced positions on the international stage. Yet Canada is continuing on the same unilateral path of the tyrant ex. PM.

    • Canada First

      Yes, he promised many changes on the international stage but he never promised to change Canada’s unwavering support for Israel, a policy initiated by PM Paul Martin and continued by PM Harper.

      • moosehorn

        If Canada is to be an honest broker, this unwavering support shall be the first to be stoped.

    • Corndogger

      You want Canada to support terrorists and not the only democratic country in the Middle East? What’s disturbing and disappointing is you advocating for Canada to support a terrorist nation.

      • shaunn

        Israel is not a liberal democracy like Canada – it is a theocratic, ethnic democracy. It’s values are quite different from Canadian values, if that was ever a reason to support it. This argument, I am afraid, is code for “white skinned, Europeans.” It is no longer relevant.

  • Danielle Ashworth

    Why does and what right does Israel to take lands of the Palestinians away from them and make it available for immigrating to them from Israel? Just asking, kind of like Canada taking more lands from indigenous peoples and evicting them from the lands because they want the minerals they live on

    • Josh Sideris

      The situation is quite a bit more complex than that. You should take a look at some of the history in the region. This covers both sides without much bias: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wo2TLlMhiw – but to summarize – most of the Jews in Israel between 1918 and 1940 legitimately immigrated there and bought land. The country was later partitioned by the UN (this, in theory, should only affect the government ruling those areas – not the people who live there). Palestinians, attacked Israel several times and lost, losing even more land each time.

      May I ask you a question? In a perfect world, what would happen to the non-arabs who live in Israel? What would happen to the non-aboriginals who live in Canada? Are you suggesting that all these people should be segregated and evicted so that the classist descendants of ancient land owners may prosper? I don’t care what happened in the past – I was born here in Canada, I have nowhere else to go, I committed no crimes, and I shouldn’t have to suffer for the mistakes of my ancestors. That includes honoring treaties from 100s of years ago that basically create classes that people can be born into to get extra privileges.

  • shaunn

    Israel cannot hide much longer from the truly atrocious and illegal acts that it commits against the Palestinians. While Israel is hardly the only major abuser of human rights in the Middle East, it surely deserves the condemnation that it attracts. All of the resolutions that the Trudeau government voted against actually reflect Canada’s stated policies. In the past, Canada supported these measures for these reasons and because it appreciated that the UN was one of the only international bodies in which the dispossessed and brutalized Palestinians could have their voices heard. These votes, I fear, only cement Canada’s further marginalization on the world stage. To the formerly colonized people of the world – which is the great majority of humanity – Israel stands as the one remaining colonial state. Canada has always played racial politics when it comes to Israel but this is not going to be sustainable for much longer as Canada’s racial and cultural makeup irrevocably changes.

    • DRM

      If Arabs expressed even 10% of tolerance that Israel does, all the wars in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, etc., would come to an end. Arabs need to clean up their own house first.

  • Sapperboy

    Well you got this one right at least. Kudos kid!

  • Larry A Singleton


    I actually had to read that twice. My mind literally read the opposite. This is a government that is bending over for its own multicultural suicide. Europe is on the brink of collapse and Canada is determined to go the way of France, Britain, Germany and Sweden. I just read the beginning of the end where Canada is allowing Muslim prayer in school. After having erased all signs of Christianity out of the “education” system. No other “religious” group has this double standard, including being able to say anything they want about Kafirs and Jews while being protected from criticism via their “Islamophobia” propaganda security blanket.

    Remember “I told you so” when they start bombing and slaughtering their way across Canada in earnest.

  • Larry A Singleton

    “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The Canadian Jewish News”

    This is usually code for “Hold on, this is waiting to be censored by The Canadian Jewish News.”

    I wish I had a nickel……