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Trudeau’s claim that Israel’s values align with Canada’s values offends me

To make such an astonishing declaration is to align Canada with a vile villainy.

No 1629 Posted by fw, March 30, 2016

Monday’s post, Impunity defines PM Trudeau’ s willingness to criticize Israel, examined the meaning and significance of PM Trudeau’s declaration that “Israel is a friend, Israel is an ally, Israel is a country that has values and an approach on many, many issues that are very much aligned with Canadians’ values.” Really? Well, Mister Prime Minister, Israel’s values do not align with this Canadian’s values. (As a reminder, Monday’s post was based on remarks Trudeau made to questions from people attending a HuffPost town hall gathering on the subject of the Liberal government’s foreign policy.)

Stuart Littlewood

Stuart Littlewood

Following up on Trudeau’s pro-Israel declaration, in today’s timely post, UK writer Stuart Littlewood, one of the most consistent and passionate writers on the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestine, sheds some light on a possible source of Trudeau’s (scripted?) declaration of friendship for Israel. More to the point, he offers his interpretation of what being a friend of Israel really means.

To read Littlewood’s compete article, click on the following linked title. An abridged version is reposted below interspersed with my brief initialized FW subheadings and comments among Stuart’s passages.

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What it really means to be a friend of Israel  by Stuart Littlewood, Redress Information & Analysis, March 29, 2016

The humbug of shared values

FW — The infamous Israel Project, the propagandists’ playbook on how to reframe issues to deceive the media

A few years back The Israel Project, a US media advocacy group, produced a revised training manual to help the worldwide Zionist movement win the propaganda war, keep its ill-gotten territorial gains in Palestine and persuade international audiences to accept that its crimes are necessary and conform to “shared values” between Israel and the civilized West.

  • ”Draw direct parallels between Israel and America – including the need to defend against terrorism… The more you focus on the similarities between Israel and America, the more likely you are to win the support of those who are neutral. Indeed, Israel is an important American ally in the war against terrorism, and faces many of the same challenges as America in protecting their citizens.”

Note how Israel’s strategy is almost totally dependent on the false idea that Israelis are victims of terror and Western nations need to huddle together with Israel for mutual protection.

  • ”The language of Israel is the language of America: ‘democracy,’ ‘freedom,’ ‘security’ and ‘peace’. These four words are at the core of the American political, economic, social and cultural systems, and they should be repeated as often as possible because they resonate with virtually every American.”

If so fluent in this language, why won’t Israel acknowledge its neighbours’ rights to democracy, freedom, security and peace and end its military oppression? Level-headed people have begun to realise who the terrorists really are. And it is obvious by now that allowing parallels to be drawn between Israel and America only serves to increase the world’s hatred of America.

FW — The playbook emphasizes repetition, which Trudeau did by repeatedly emphasizing the refrain “Israel is our friend”

  • ”A simple rule of thumb is that once you get to the point of repeating the same message over and over again so many times that you think you might get sick — that is just about the time the public will wake up and say ‘Hey, this person just might be saying something interesting to me!’ But don’t confuse messages with facts… ” 

The only people who are interested these days are the “Friends” and the other assorted stooges in thrall to the Israelis and the politicians they have bribed.

FW — Trudeau ignored specific facts about the Israel-Palestine conflict and focused generally on “shared values”. For example, he says: “Israel is a country that has values and an approach on many, many issues that are very much aligned with Canadians values

  • “Successful communications is not about being able to recite every fact from the long history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is about pointing out a few core principles of shared values – such as democracy and freedom – and repeating them over and over again… You need to start with empathy for both sides, remind your audience that Israel wants peace and then repeat the messages of democracy, freedom and peace over and over again… we need to repeat the message, on average, 10 times to be effective.”

Is democracy a shared value? Around Western nations, maybe. But Israel is an ethnocracy and a rather nasty one. Is freedom a shared value? The world is still waiting for Israel to allow the Palestinians their freedom after decades of brutal military occupation.

Embracing evil

FW – Turning to Littlewood’s interpretation of the meaning and significance of Trudeau’s declared friendship with Israel

As La Clinton* and others perform their obscene ritual acts of obeisance, let us ponder what being a Friend of Israel really entails. [*”La Clinton” refers to a pet name Latinos gave to Hillary at a campaign rally].

It means aligning yourself with the vilest villainy.

It means embracing the terror and ethnic cleansing on which the state of Israel was built.

It means embracing the dispossession at gunpoint and oppression of the native Palestinians.

It means embracing the discriminatory laws against those who remain.

It means embracing the jackboot thuggery that abducts civilians, including children, and imprisons and tortures them without trial.

It means embracing the theft and annexation of Palestinian land and water resources, the imposition of hundreds of military checkpoints, severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods, and maximum interference with Palestinian life at every level.

It means embracing the strangulation of the West Bank’s economy and the cruel blockade on Gaza.

It means embracing the denial of Palestinians’ right to self-determination and return to their homes.

It means embracing the religious war that humiliates Muslims and Christians and prevents them from visiting their holy places.

It means endorsing a situation in which hard-pressed British and American taxpayers are having to subsidize Israel’s illegal occupation of the Holy Land.

And if, after the most recent bloodbaths inflicted by the Israelis on Gaza, you are still Israel’s special friend, you are comfortable with blowing to smithereens hundreds of children, maiming thousands more, trashing vital infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, power plants and clean water supplies, and causing USD 6 billion of devastation that will take 20 years to rebuild. And, by the way, where is the money for that coming from?

By then you should consider how you no longer qualify for membership of the human race and it’s time for the revolver on the silver tray.

FW – To repeat what I wrote in my post Impunity defines PM Trudeau’ s willingness to criticize Israel

“Bottom line, Trudeau’s message is: We’ll stand by the Israelis no matter what they do to Palestinians. They have carte blanche. A slap on the wrist perhaps, but no serious consequences.”

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