I hate finding myself in agreement with assorted leftists and pinko-commie pacifists, but they are right on the button with this issue. Actually, there’s no point in asking Baird to be Israel’s ambassador, the job has already gone to Stephen Harper… -JG.
“If minister Baird wants to put the interests of a far-right Israeli government before Canadians, he should apply for the job of Israel’s ambassador” – Wendy Goldsmith, “Canadian Boat to Gaza” spokeswoman.
Gaza flotilla organizers call on Baird to resign
Jessica Murphy: Nov. 7th, 2011
OTTAWA – Members of the Gaza flotilla are calling on Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to resign for “failing to do his job.”
Canadian Boat to Gaza organizers charge their colleagues have been roughed up and Tasered by Israeli forces and – to add insult to injury – the feds are balking at paying for their deportation flight home.
“If minister Baird wants to put the interests of a far-right Israeli government before Canadians, he should apply for the job of Israel’s ambassador,” Wendy Goldsmith, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a statement Monday.
Three Canadians were detained by Israeli troops after their boat, the Tahrir, was boarded on Friday.
They are being held in the country because they refuse to sign a document stating they entered Israel “voluntarily” and “illegally.”
The group is calling on Baird to demand their immediate release.
“Canadian consular officials are providing consular assistance to all three Canadians, including consular visits,” Baird’s spokesman Joseph Lavoie said.
The minister has repeatedly warned Canadian citizens not to participate in the “provocative attempt” to breach the Israeli naval blockade.
That advice was ignored.
Organizers argue Baird’s statements were “an attempt to abdicate the Canadian government’s obligations to ensure the safety of Canadians.”
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