No 1815 Posted by fw, November 7, 2016
“Canada’s Governor-General David Johnston, technically the British Queen’s representative in Canada, has visited Israel/Palestine in order ‘to road-test a more balanced Canadian approach to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.’ Part of the trip included a trip to visit with Abbas in the West Bank territories. Johnston said, ‘Let me reaffirm Canada’s commitment to work with Israelis, Palestinians and other partners to uphold the prospects of a two-state solution, and achieve a just and lasting peace.’ …. In other words, not much will change, Canada will continue to use words, but will not do anything or make any actions that changes our relationship.” —Jim Miles, The Palestine Chronicle
Jim Miles, a Canadian educator and a regular contributor to The Palestine Chronicle, uses Governor General Johnson’s trip to Israel/Palestine as a launchpad to review the problems with Canada’s ‘new’ approach to Israel – and there are many.
Below is a repost of his article along with added subheadings, bulleted formatting and text highlighting. To read Jim’s original article, click on the following linked title.
Governor General visits Israel/Palestine, preaches same old tired clichés about “two-state solution, just and lasting peace”
Canada’s Governor-General David Johnston, technically the British Queen’s representative in Canada, has visited Israel/Palestine in order “to road-test a more balanced Canadian approach to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Part of the trip included a trip to visit with Abbas in the West Bank territories.
Johnston said, “Let me reaffirm Canada’s commitment to work with Israelis, Palestinians and other partners to uphold the prospects of a two-state solution, and achieve a just and lasting peace.”
A CBC online article also indicated, “More than 400,000 Israelis live in settlements in the occupied West Bank, considered illegal under international law by Canada and most of the international community, although Israel disputes this.”
The problems with Canada’s position are several.
In the first instance, while Canada does officially recognize the international legal perspective, its action in spite of its words are fully supportive of Israel:
Israel’s great fear has been and remains the demographic factor – too many Palestinians. Not the terrorist, not the undemocratic Arab states around them, not even ISIS if reports from the Syria/Golan Heights border are true – but more simply the Palestinians very existence is the greater fear. If they could, they would certainly be ethnically cleansed along with the current cultural genocide that is occurring.
What kept Johnson from visiting Gaza? Fear of what he might see but not be free to say?
Johnston did not visit Gaza for unspecified reasons: afraid to see the destitution caused by the Israeli attacks; not wanting to even acknowledge it is a problem; not wanting to insult his hosts in spite of wanting to be able to criticize Israel?
Trudeau promises return to Canada’s “traditional approach”, which amounts to wilful silence of the facts
The CBC noted further, “Trudeau promised a return to Canada’s “traditional approach” to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, adding that his government “won’t hesitate” from criticizing Israel over its settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.” This “traditional approach” has generally recognized Israel’s “proportionate” responses to Gaza attacks but otherwise ignored the conditions that exist there. As well,
“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,” Trudeau said.
“But, at the same time… we won’t hesitate from talking about unhelpful steps like the continued illegal settlements. We will point that out. We will continue to engage in a forthright and open way because that’s what people expect of Canada.”
“There are times we disagree with our friends and we will not hesitate from pointing that out. There are times we agree with our friends and will stand with them,” he said. “And there are times we will disagree with our friends, but we will stand by our friends. We’ve all had that friend we’ve had to do that for.”
Not much will change – Canada will be all talk and no action
In other words, not much will change, Canada will continue to use words, but will not do anything or make any actions that changes our relationship.
Regardless of changes in government, Canada will continue to follow the tradition of imperial control for resources and power without concern for the indigenous populations
Canada today, regardless of the change in government, still follows the long standing British tradition of imperial control.
Part of that control in the Middle East is Canada’s support of Israel as a nominal democratic outpost surrounded by hostile and corrupt neighbors.
Another facet is Canada’s willing submission to the policies of the U.S. and its desire for imperial hegemony.
Another aspect is Canada’s domestic policy in relation to its own First Nations people, very similar to what Australia has done to the Aboriginal tribes, and what South Africa attempted with their official apartheid policy. All read of imperial control for resources and power, without concern for the indigenous populations.
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