“We have the right and thus the obligation to speak out and stand up” Harper urged CJPAC supporters to continue their work. “You are standing for the very values that go to the core of what both Canada and Israel are all about – opposition to violence, to tyranny, to antisemitism, to all the related forms of racism and intolerance. And you are supporting freedom, democracy, justice for our fellow citizens indeed, for all peoples.”
What an appallingly inaccurate statement by a man who should know better, and who should put the interests of all Canadians before anything else.
Israel is a racist theocracy, which treats all citizens who are not Jewish as second rate inferiors. It practices apartheid, and subjects the Palestinans to a brutal military occupation that has killed many thousands including women and children.
To praise Israel in the name of all Canadians is an unacceptable breach of decency and common sense, and deserves to be condemned by those who care about human rights and fair treatment for all.
Shame on you, Mr. Prime Minister.
Prime Minister addresses CJPAC party
The Canadian Jewish News
Cara Edell: Special to CJN March 18th, 2011
TORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a last-minute appearance at the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee’s (CJPAC) fifth annual Action party for young professionals last week, repeating his oft-stated message that his government stands with Israel. (video)
Israel is here to stay, Harper told more than 1,000 people March 10 at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music.
“Our government has taken a stand. When Israel is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, we are morally obligated to stand up against that… We support Israel, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because history has shown us over and over again that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are ultimately a threat to all of us.”
Antisemitism is evolving, he added.
“The new antisemitism is a global threat. It targets the Jewish people by targeting Israel, which it depicts as a source of injustice and conflict in the world perversely using a language of human rights to do so,” Harper said. “We must be relentless and uncompromising in exposing this new antisemitism for what it is.”
Reflecting on current events, he strongly condemned Israeli Apartheid Week, the annual on-campus lecture series designed to delegitimize Israel. “At one time, we could have expected threatening behaviour toward Jewish students to be rejected in any form at institutions of higher learning. Unfortunately, it is now often the behaviour of the anti-Israeli mob that is allowed to prevail.”
Saying that “we have the right and thus the obligation to speak out and stand up” Harper urged CJPAC supporters to continue their work. “You are standing for the very values that go to the core of what both Canada and Israel are all about – opposition to violence, to tyranny, to antisemitism, to all the related forms of racism and intolerance. And you are supporting freedom, democracy, justice for our fellow citizens indeed, for all peoples.”
Among the many other federal, provincial, and municipal politicians in attendance were federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff – who also addressed the crowd with a strongly pro-Israel message – as well as Tory Senator Linda Frum, Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
The event was “designed to give our community’s young professionals the opportunity to intimately speak with politicians in a comfortable and informal environment,” said Jeff Kimel, one of the four Action party co-chairs, along with Lexi Mitz, Hayley Panet and David Steckel.
CJPAC is a national, independent organization whose mandate is to involve the Jewish community in the political process and foster Jewish and pro-Israel political leadership.
“The Action party is an important first step toward political engagement, helping Action attendees realize that politicians are human, and that one person can truly make a difference and have an impact on the political system,” Kimel said.
“The Action party is unlike traditional political events, which is why we believe so many politicians and so many young people are attracted to it. Rather than try to compel people to attend events unfamiliar to them, CJPAC is committed to engaging our community at their level of comfort and working with them to grow their political interest and involvement.”
While younger people bring a perspective, energy, and passion that is vital to politics, Kimel said, many don’t see politics as an agent of change. “By bringing together young professionals and politicians, CJPAC helps open the eyes of young professionals to the opportunities that political engagement offers them.”
Since 2007, the Action party has become CJPAC’s largest event. A similar party is scheduled for Montreal on May 12. For more information about CJPAC, visit www.cjpac.ca.
See original here.
See also Murray Dobbin’s excellent article “Harper on Israel: Is the Prime Minister mentally sound?” in The Vancouver Sun of November 11th, 2010 here.