Citizen Action Monitor

Pro-Israel lobby attacks Green Party over its call to revoke charitable status of Jewish National Fund

In response to bullying of Greens, Independent Jewish Voices challenges lobby to public debate.

No 1714 Posted by fw, June 29, 2016

“The pro-Israel lobby suddenly launched vicious, defamatory attacks on IJV and the Greens. They want to defeat the [Green’s] resolution against the JNF and another one supporting the tactic of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and intimidate the Greens into never supporting Palestinian rights again…. Despite the pro-Israel lobby’s efforts to intimidate the Greens, it appears likely that both resolutions supporting Palestinian human rights will be deliberated on at the convention in August—whether the pro-Israel lobby likes it or not.”Tyler Levitan, IJV

If you share IJV’s values of human rights and social justice, click here to sign a petition to call on the pro-Israel lobby to engage in a public debate with IJV.

Below is a repost, with minor revisions, of Tyler Levitan’s email to IJV supporters. An alternate version, with photos, is accessible here: https://madmimi.com/p/b01118

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In face of pro-Israel lobby attacks on the Green Party, we call for public debate, email from Tyler Levitan, Independent Jewish Voices Canada, June 29, 2016

Dear Friend,

The pro-Israel lobby knows how to bully, and they are trying to whip Canada’s Green Party now.

Green Party members were recently asked to vote on a resolution for social justice, sponsored by party leader Elizabeth May, to endorse revoking the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) because of its racist practises.

“The pro-Israel lobby suddenly launched vicious, defamatory attacks on IJV and the Greens. They want to defeat the [Green’s] resolution against the JNF and another one supporting the tactic of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and intimidate the Greens into never supporting Palestinian rights again…. Despite the pro-Israel lobby’s efforts to intimidate the Greens, it appears likely that both resolutions supporting Palestinian human rights will be deliberated on at the convention in August—whether the pro-Israel lobby likes it or not.”

Instead of resorting to smear campaigns, they should debate IJV publicly on the issues!

The JNF is an Israeli quasi-governmental organization that aids in entrenching Israel’s illegal occupation and ongoing colonization of the occupied territories, covers over the ruins of depopulated and demolished Palestinian villages with forests and parks which greenwash Israel’s crimes (including “Canada Park”), and practises institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians in its land-leasing policies. Scandalously, its fundraising branch in Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Despite the pro-Israel lobby’s efforts to intimidate the Greens, it appears likely that both resolutions supporting Palestinian human rights will be deliberated on at the convention in August—whether the pro-Israel lobby likes it or not.

If you share our values of human rights and social justice, join us in reiterating our call to the pro-Israel lobby to publicly discuss and debate these issues.

Back in February 2015, IJV called on the pro-Israel lobby group Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) to engage in a public session on BDS— and over 450 of you signed our petition. To this day, we have yet to receive a response from CIJA. The pro-Israel lobby appears more interested in defaming Israel’s critics than engaging in an open and constructive debate on the issues.

If the Greens deliberate over these resolutions at their convention, NOW is the time for a public session to discuss and respectfully debate the issues. Green Party members and the broader Canadian public will have the opportunity to witness a substantive debate, and decide for themselves which ideas hold water. Is that not the very essence of democracy?

Join IJV in challenging the pro-Israel lobby to a debate over the JNF and BDS!

What do they have to lose?

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Tyler Levitan
Campaigns Coordinator
Independent Jewish Voices Canada

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