Citizen Action Monitor

Will NDP leader Mulcair give his full support to MP Megan Leslie who’s under attack from bullying B’nai Brith?

CJPME asks Canadians to email pro-Israeli Mulcair

No 496 Posted by fw, June 6, 2012

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JULY 6, 2012 ~ IMPORTANT UPDATE:

In the context of this post, I was curious to see if Thomas Mulcair had responded to CJPME’s call to give his full support to Megan Leslie following an attack by B’nai Brith on her. In my online search I was very surprised to find a story by The Canadian Press which actually pre-dates CJPME’s June 5 media release and my June 6 post.

Here’s the link to The Canadian Press story. Click on the title to read the complete piece.

Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair rejects complaints that his caucus is anti-Israel, by Jeff Davis, The Canadian Press, June 1, 2012.

The article includes these remarks by Mulcair —

In response to B’nai Brith’s complaint of “anti-Israeli sentiment” among NDP MPs, Mulcair said:

“I firmly reject any such affirmation with regards to our caucus… We have a very strong position: that’s a two-state position… It has been a consistent position of the NDP.”

Mulcair said the NDP’s support for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians does not mean the party is anti-Israel. He didn’t indicate he would make efforts to rein in his MPs.

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Here’s a copy of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East’s original action alert —

Ask the NDP to support MP Megan Leslie for her stand, CJPME, June 5, 2012

On May 31st, pro-Israel lobby B’nai Brith issued a press release putting NDP MP Megan Leslie under harsh pressure for supporting Halifax Israel Apartheid Week, and for referring to the “illegal occupation” of the Palestinians. The NDP needs to hear from its constituents, and know that Canadians support Leslie’s stand on social justice for the Palestinians.

Click here to send an email to Thomas Mulcair and other NDP MPs to ask them to give their full support to Leslie

NDP MP Megan Leslie

Megan Leslie has been the federal Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Halifax since the 2008 Canadian federal election. She serves as the NDP deputy leader and critic for the environment. Known for her advocacy and community activism, Leslie was voted the “Rookie MP of the Year” by her peers in the House of Commons. In December 2010, she was voted as the favourite “Up and Comer” on Parliament Hill.

B’nai Brith has been known for its role in pressuring MPs of all backgrounds to adopt and favor a pro-Israel agenda on the Hill. It is now targeting deputy leader Megan Leslie for “selectively promoting several anti-Israel events on her NDP website,” including Halifax Israel Apartheid Week, and criticized her for referring to the “illegal occupation” of the Palestinians. B’nai Brith used these facts to allege that the NDP has an anti-Israel bias.

As a matter of fact, Israel’s colonization of the West Bank violates international law. Art. 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power from transferring its own civilian population to the territory occupied. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) also expressly identifies the transfer of an occupying power’s own civilian population to the territory it occupies as a war crime punishable by the ICC. In 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled definitively that “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, (including East Jerusalem), have been established in breach of international law.”

Apartheid in Israel is reflected in institutions such as racially-based family reunification laws, racially-based municipal development practices, racially-based approval of building permits, non-recognition of Palestinian villages, racially-based inequalities for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and discriminatory policing of Palestinian citizens of Israel.  Many Israeli human rights organizations are at the forefront in terms of documenting such practices, and scores of these practices have been highlighted in highly public reports, including the Israeli Or Commission of 2003.

Apartheid is also quite overt in the Palestinian territories, militarily occupied by Israel since 1967. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, apartheid manifests itself in various obvious forms: Jewish-only roads; Jewish-only housing (i.e. colonies); the application of two different systems of law: military on Palestinians, and Israeli civil on Jewish colonists in the territories; the racially-defined course of the Wall; and selective policing and investigation; to mention a few. 

Please see the attached factsheets (below) to get more information on these issues.

Sincerely,

Thomas Woodley
President, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
CJPME Website

Here’s the text of the letter that CJPME is asking Canadians to sign —

I oppose B’nai Brith actions against Megan Leslie. I ask the NDP to ensure that MPs such as Megan Leslie are no longer targeted by pro-Israeli lobby groups like B’nai Brith. I am very thankful for Megan Leslie and her work on the question of Israel and Palestine.

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