Citizen Action Monitor

Help persuade Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne to refuse “honour” from Israel lobby group.

Don’t let Wynne join Harper by rewarding Israel for its ongoing colonization of Palestinian lands — Sign petition

No 1358 Posted by fw, June 4, 2015

Help Independent Jewish Voices persuade premier Wynne to trump political expediency with moral action. On May 4, several organizations, including IJV, sent Wynne a letter requesting a meeting, but they are still awaiting her reply. You can read a version of this letter by clicking on the SEE ALSO link at the bottom of this post.

In addition to signing IJV’s petition, you can phone Wynne’s office at 416-325-1941, or send her a personal email at premier@ontario.ca, referencing optional talking points here.

Following is a slightly revised copy of IJV’s email inviting support for this action from Ontarians —

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You won’t Wynne our vote supporting Israel’s crimes IJV email received June 4, 2015

WynneWynne’s 2013 Liberal Convention acceptance speech spoke of a “fair and inclusive society.” Why is she accepting an “honour” from the Israel lobby, then?

Dear Friend,

Have you heard the news? Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne is being presented with a leadership award by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the Israel lobby group. While Israel deepens its nearly 50-year military occupation over Palestinians, Wynne–rather than condemning this illicit behaviour–joins Stephen Harper in rewarding Israel for its ongoing colonization of Palestinian lands.

Please join me in calling on Wynne to refuse this so-called “honour” from CIJA by signing our petition.

FogelCIJA’s CEO Shimon Fogel said: “The root cause [of conflict] is not Israel’s presence but the rejection of Israel’s presence in the territories.” Unlike CIJA, Canada sees Israel’s attempt to establish a permanent presence in the territories as illegal.

CIJA is an uncritical supporter of both the current Israeli and Canadian governments, enabling Netanyahu’s racist policies, and championing Harper’s police state through its active promotion of Bill C-51. Also, CIJA claims to represent Canada’s diverse Jewish communities, when in fact, it represents only the interests of the Israeli government and Canada’s conservative elites.

Ontarians do not support the repression of Palestinians. So why would our Premier?

Let Wynne know that her apparent indifference to Israel’s ongoing crimes against Palestinians is entirely unacceptable. Wynne has been outspoken about Aboriginal rights in Canada — so why is she cozying up to an organization that denies the humanity of the native inhabitants of Israel-Palestine?

With hope for a just and peaceful future for all,

TylerTyler Levitan
Campaigns Coordinator
Independent Jewish Voices – Canada

P.S. If you support the important work that we’ve been doing on this issue and others, please consider donating to us monthly to sustain our work, and if you are not yet a member, please consider joining an important organization for social justice.

SEE ALSO

Kathleen Wynne: Please Refuse ‘Honour’ From Israel Lobby Group by Independent Jewish Voices Canada, June 4, 2015 — On May 4, individuals representing Independent Jewish Voices — Canada, Women in Solidarity with Palestine, Dykes and Trans People for Palestine, and Palestine House sent a very similar letter to this one to Premier Kathleen Wynne. In that letter, we requested a meeting with Premier Wynne to discuss this issue further. After waiting nearly four weeks for a response, we decided to publish a letter publicly, with additional support from Palestine solidarity organizations active in Ontario. Read more by clicking on linked title…

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