Citizen Action Monitor

Author, political activist, Yves Engler reviews recent Liberal actions that reinforce Israel’s oppression of Palestinians

The Trudeau government is, in effect, undermining Palestinians’ liberation, strengthening Israel’s expansionism.

No 1833 Posted by fw, November 24, 2016

“The Trudeau government’s efforts to undermine Palestinians’ liberation strengthens Canada’s multifaceted contribution to Israeli expansionism. Each year registered Canadian charities channel tens of millions of dollars to projects supporting Israel’s powerful military, racist institutions and illegal settlements. Over the past decade Ottawa has delivered over one hundred million dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority in an explicit bid to advance Israel’s interests by building a security apparatus to protect the corrupt Palestinian Authority from popular disgust over its compliance in the face of ongoing Israeli settlement building. Further legitimating its illegal occupation, Canada’s two-decade old free trade agreement with Israel allows settlement products to enter Canada duty-free.”Yves Engler, Dissident Voice

One is almost tempted to feel sorry for the PM. Of late, Trudeau’s Liberals can’t seem to catch a break.

Yesterday’s post mentioned that the Liberals were under attack from the Tories and pro-Israel lobby groups over the restoration of funding to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a body responsible for administering aid to Palestinian refugees.

Today, it’s Yves Engler slamming the Liberals for recent Liberal actions that reinforce Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. “Canada is back,” mocks Engler of Trudeau’s now famous refrain. “Canada is back” alright, chides Engler, “back to isolating itself from world opinion on Palestinian rights.”

Yves wastes no time in launching his review of the Liberals’ shameful pro-Israel actions this year. From recently joining the US and Israel in opposing UN resolutions and motions favouring Palestinians, to Dion’s tweet rejecting UN criticism of Israel for restricting Muslim access to mosque, right back to February and the Liberal’s now infamous support of a Tory call to reject the Palestinians’ non-violent BDS campaign. Absent a popular movement campaigning for Palestinian rights, “Canada’s political elites will continue to isolate Canada from world opinion,” says Engler.

Below is a repost of Engler’s slam-dunk review, with my added subheadings. Or read his attack on the Dissident Voice website by clicking on the following linked title.

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Canada’s Political Parties Enable Israel’s Oppression of Palestinians by Yves Engler, Dissident Voice, November 22, 2016

“Canada is back” to isolating itself from world opinion on Palestinian rights

How can you identify a Canadian Liberal? They talk to the left, but walk to the right.

Under Justin Trudeau “Canada is back” to isolating itself from world opinion on Palestinian rights.

At UN this week, Canada joined US and Israel in opposing resolution in support of Palestinian self-determination

On Monday [Nov 21] Canada joined the US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau in opposing a UN Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee resolution in support of Palestinian self-determination.

Two weeks ago, Canada joined US and Israel in opposing motions on Israeli settlements

Two weeks ago Ottawa joined Israel, the US, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau in opposing motions titled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” and “persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities.” One hundred and fifty-six countries voted in favour of the motions while seven abstained on the first and six on the second.

Before that, Stéphane Dion tweeted his rejection of UN body that criticized Israel for restricting Muslim access to mosque

Two among numerous resolutions upholding Palestinian rights Canada opposed.  These votes follow on the heels of foreign minister Stéphane Dion attacking UNESCO for defending Palestinian rights. Last month the UN cultural body criticized Israel for restricting Muslim access to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound and recognized Israel as the occupying power. “Canada strongly rejects UNESCO World Heritage singling out Israel & denying Judaism’s link to the Old City + Western Wall,” Dion tweeted.

In March, Dion asked UN body to review appointment of Canadian law professor as “Special Rapporteur on Palestine”

A few months earlier Trudeau’s minister criticized another arm of the UN. In March Dion denounced the UN Human Rights Council’s appointment of University of Western Ontario law professor Michael Lynk as “Special Rapporteur on Palestine”. Claiming the Canadian lawyer was hostile to Israel, Dion asked the UNHRC to review Lynk’s appointment.

In another pro-Israel act, at Canada’s Governor General visited an Israel cite owned by a body that discriminates against Palestinian citizen of Israel

In addition to isolating Canada internationally, the Trudeau government has pursued various pro-Israel moves. At the start of the month Governor General David Johnston visited a Jewish National Fund Forest. An owner of 13 per cent of Israel’s land, the JNF discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel (Arab Israelis) who make up a fifth of the population. According to a UN report, JNF lands are “chartered to benefit Jews exclusively,” which has led to an “institutionalized form of discrimination.”

In September, Trudeau attended the funeral of Shimon Perez, the “Butcher of Qana”

While the GG recently visited a racist Israeli institution, the PM attended the “Butcher of Qana’s” funeral at the end of September. In 1996 Shimon Peres ordered the shelling of a UN compound in the village of Qana, Lebanon, which killed 106 civilians — half of whom were children. Through his long political career, reports Patrick Martin, Peres “was deeply implicated in many of the foulest historical crimes associated with the establishment, expansion and militarization of the state of Israel.”

Peres’ role in dispossessing Palestinians didn’t stop the Trudeau government from gushing with praise after he passed away. “The whole country of Canada is supporting the whole country of Israel and the prime minister wanted that to be very clear,” Dion told the press.

In February, Trudeau and Liberal MPs supported a Tory call to reject the Palestinians’ non-violent BDS campaign

At the start of the year the Liberals condemned Canadians seeking to hold Israel accountable to international law. The Prime Minister and most Liberal MPs supported a Conservative Party call for the House of Commons to “reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel.” The February resolution also “condemned any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”

Liberals are undermining Palestinian struggle for self-determination

The Trudeau government’s efforts to undermine Palestinians’ liberation strengthens Canada’s multifaceted contribution to Israeli expansionism. Each year registered Canadian charities channel tens of millions of dollars to projects supporting Israel’s powerful military, racist institutions and illegal settlements. Over the past decade Ottawa has delivered over one hundred million dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority in an explicit bid to advance Israel’s interests by building a security apparatus to protect the corrupt Palestinian Authority from popular disgust over its compliance in the face of ongoing Israeli settlement building. Further legitimating its illegal occupation, Canada’s two-decade old free trade agreement with Israel allows settlement products to enter Canada duty-free.

The truth is, it’s hard to tell Canada’s political parties apart when it comes to enabling Israeli oppression of Palestinians.

The pro-Israel actions of Canada’s political leaders effectively isolate the country from world opinion

Without a growing popular movement campaigning for Palestinian rights this country’s political elites will continue to isolate Canada from world opinion.

Yves Engler is the author of Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation. Click here to read other articles by Yves published by Dissident Voice.

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