A Jewish take on Tom Mulcair’s departure from the NDP

A Jewish take on Tom Mulcair’s departure from the NDP

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Tom Mulcair WIKI COMMONS PHOTO
Tom Mulcair WIKI COMMONS PHOTO

The New Democratic Party is looking for a new leader, after its members voted on Sunday to replace Tom Mulcair.

Mulcair drew the ire of many in the Jewish community recently when he and the entire NDP parliamentary caucus voted against a motion rejecting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. (This after Mulcair had thoroughly rejected the BDS campaign during an interview with The CJN.) But if some have long suspected that the NDP harbours the animosity of the far left when it comes to Israel, it could be about to get much worse.

The NDP rank-and-file appear to be warming to the Leap Manifesto, which calls for a ban on new oil pipeline infrastructure in Canada and a dramatic move away from fossil fuels. And while that’s worth debating, the problem is that some of the people behind it, including the activist and author Naomi Klein, are vocal supporters of BDS. (Klein’s husband, Avi Lewis, has even been touted as a potential NDP leader.)

The Leap Manifesto doesn’t mention Israel per se. But if the document does eventually form the basis of NDP policy, its backers could try to shoehorn BDS into the agenda. And if that happens, the Jewish community might very well be left longing for Mulcair’s more centrist path.

  • Logopolite

    The ‘logic’ here is highly tangential if not outright irrational. Leap is primarily a document about the environment, it is completely irrelevent to the Israel/Palestine conflict yet somehow the CJN’s editor concludes that becuase Lewis and Klein apparently support BDS that BDS could somehow be “shoehorned” into a document that has nothing to do with the Mideast? How would this happen? Yonni doesn’t say because it’s a ridiculous line of argument. It’s as absurd as arguing that because Klein and Lewis are both Jewish (something Yoni forgets to mention despite the fact that this is an article about what Mulcair’s departure mens for the Jews), the adoption of Leap would somehow make the NDP more Jewish. That’s an argument an anti-Semitic conspiracy theories might make but it’s as illogical and irrational as Yoni’s article which, frankly, is also pure conspiracy theory.

    • ginavinci

      Just because Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis are Jewish doesn’t make them the only Jewish people who haven’t the best interests of Israel at heart.

      • Rosen

        You miss the point. Leap has nothhing whatsoever to do with Israel or BDS. That Goldstein somehow surmises that because its authors support BDS anything else the advocate is some sort of BDS Trojan Horse is not only slippery logic but smacks of paranoia.

  • the great Leap is a nutso idea, but has no relevance to the Jewish community

  • mortymooze

    Squeeze out the B(ull) S(hit) from B-d-S and what remains is Nazi thuggery and violent anti-JEW-ism.

    The NDP LEAP? Looks more like an undirected stumble into nonsense.

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