Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Zionist Occupied Canada: MP's Trying Hard To Equate Criticism Of Israel With "Anti-Semitism"!

I have been stating it again and again about the simple fact that I definitely do NOT live in one of the "most free" countries on the face of the Earth, but actually in one of the most Zionist occupied countries on Earth!

As further proof as to how far Canada has actually fallen when it comes to personal freedoms and liberties, it now seems that some of Canada's "elected" members of Parliament (MP"s) are actually trying to get new legislation passed to further muzzle any criticism of their beloved Israel by equating such criticism with "anti-semitism" and having laws passed that could have such critics charged with "hate crimes"! Here is an article from www.thetyee.ca out of British Columbia, Canada, that questions such action by stating "Criticizing Israel is NOT Antisemitism":

Criticizing Israel Isn't Antisemitism

But a new coalition of MPs seems to say the two are one and the same.

By Murray Dobbin, 19 Nov 2009, TheTyee.ca

Ever since the Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip last December, the global debate surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has intensified with both sides upping the ante, and the stakes of the framing battle increasing almost daily. One of the most recent -- but almost totally unreported -- developments in Canada is something called the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA). It is not an official parliamentary body but is a multi-party, voluntary association of 13 MPs. It is currently holding an inquiry into anti-Semitism because, it says, "The extent and severity of antisemitism is widely regarded as at its worst level since the end of the Second World War."

In fact, antisemitic attitudes in the U.S. are at an all-time lowaccording to Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, whose mandate is to monitor and expose anti-Semitism. Statistics Canada reports the number of hate crimes against Jews has been dropping since 2001-2002.

But of course, it all depends on how you define anti-Semitism. Jewish organizations from the Canadian Jewish Congress and Hillel to B'nai Brith have all been vigorously redefining this scourge to capture many more alleged perpetrators in its net of enemies. One of their targets is the handful of Canadian universities where pro-Palestinian activity has been intense.

But it goes far beyond just the universities. For the first time in decades, the unquestioned dominance of Israel's public relations machine and lobbying juggernaut is being seriously challenged. The characterization of Israel as an apartheid state is gaining much more credibility than Israel's supporters had ever anticipated. So is the international Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. These are very serious threats to Israel's credibility as "the only democratic state in the Middle East" -- one of its most powerful claims.

'Rebranding' after Gaza

Last December's brutal assault on Gaza by the Israeli army and air force -- and the deliberate targeting of civilians (as publicly confessed by the soldiers who did it) -- was a tipping point for many who had preferred to sit on the fence or decline to form a hard opinion. Those hard opinions are forming everywhere and the current government of Israel, led by the hard-line Benjamin Netanyahu, is only making things worse.


There have been two responses. The newest is what the Israeli government has referred to as "re-branding," and in part it involves "soft" stories about Israel -- like one I saw on the CBC shot from a beach in Israel where bathers had claimed they saw a mermaid. The most prominent example was the celebration of Tel Aviv's centennial by the Toronto Film Festival. Scores of prominent Jews (and thousands of others) protested.

The other response is conventional. It is the simple rule of all pro-Israeli organizations and activists: either declare outright or hint at the possibility that any individual criticizing Israel is antisemitic. Critics of Israel who are Jewish -- whose numbers are increasing dramatically -- are branded as "Jew-hating" Jews. The strategy has been extremely effective at intimidating potential critics into silence.

Who's on the CPCCA?

Which gets us back to the CPCCA. The 13-member group is co-chaired by Conservative Scott Reid* and Liberal Mario Silva and also boasts Winnipeg NDP MPs Pat Martin and Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Conservatives Jason Kenney and Peter Kent. Bob Rae and Ken Dryden are members and the Bloc is also represented. But it is effectively run by Kenney and the other ex-officio member, Liberal Irwin Cotler. Both Kenney and Cotler were in London, U.K. last February for the first meeting of European parliamentarians that lead to the "London Declaration" of which the CPCCA is the follow-up initiative.

The core message of the coalition is that criticism of Israel itself is now a new form of anti-Semitism. The group's website asks, "What is the 'new antisemitism'?" and answers:

"Antisemitism is an age-old phenomenon, yet it is always re-invented and manifested in different ways. For example, while accusations of blood libel are still being made against the Jewish people, instead they are being directed against the State of Israel, such that anti-Zionism is being used as a cover for antisemitism."

There is no evidence or links to any evidence to support the claim.

In its FAQ section the coalition answers the question of whether or not its inquiry is "really about limiting legitimate criticism of the State of Israel?" No, says the web site: "dissent and opposition to individual actions of the Israeli government are both permitted and encouraged in and outside of Israel."

But not, apparently, inside the inquiry. The coalition formally invited written submissions and stated that "Based on these submissions, the committee will invite witnesses to testify at a series of public hearings." There was virtually no general publicity about the inquiry, but when word did get out, numerous submissions were made arguing against the Coalition's concept of a "new anti-Semitism." Yet not a single organization or individual known for criticism of Israel has been scheduled to make a presentation to the inquiry (it is holding eight meetings on Parliament Hill from Nov. 2 to Dec. 8).

It seems the fix is in: the conclusion of the inquiry has been pre-ordained. If you are a critic of Israel you are already, by definition, antisemitic and obviously not welcome.

Speech laws in the works?

The CPCCA's inquiry begs a lot of questions, not the least of which is where do they get their funding? The coalition says it does not receive any funding from the government, NGOs or Jewish community organizations. Their budget is considerable, judging by the fact that eight of the 20-odd witnesses so far scheduled to appear at the inquiry are being flown in from the U.K., the U.S., Germany and Israel. While the web site promises to reveal funding sources, none are so far listed.

More to the point, just what do the coalition's members hope will result from their proceedings? The CPCCA will make a report to the government and "anticipates that the Government will respond to it by the spring of 2010." That seems pretty specific, especially for a government that is not known for responding readily to outside groups. Has the government already agreed to respond to the report? Will its recommendations find their way into the criminal code?

There is good reason to fear such an eventuality. Jason Kenney -- the powerful Conservative ex-officio member of the coalition -- is the point man for Stephen Harper on issues involving Israel and as minister of immigration he personally blocked British MP George Galloway from speaking in Canada. He also eliminated the half million dollars in funding the Canadian Arab Federation used for settlement programs for new immigrants (and not just Muslims). He refused to provide any evidence justifying the move. Kenney told a Toronto audience to "...be wary of the rise of a new form of anti-Semitism cloaked in debates about Israel's actions in the Middle East."

It remains to be seen what the recommendations of the coalition will be, but its conclusions regarding a sweeping redefinition of anti-Semitism have already been drawn and incorporated into their inquiry process -- mortally damaging its credibility. The likelihood that the Harper government is working in lock-step with the coalition is high and the CPCCA's purpose may well be to prepare the ground for criminalizing criticism of Israel.

The remaining question is whether Jack Layton, Michael Ignatieff and Giles Duceppe will allow such an abomination to be reflected in any new legislation.



NTS Notes: Most Canadians are unaware of such actions by their own MP's to have our freedoms suppressed. Criticizing the evil state of Israel is NOT Antisemitism by a long shot, but if these creatures are able to pass such legislation, it will be a hate crime in Canada!

Pass the word around, fellow Canadians, and lets get this stopped immediately! Our freedoms and liberties are at stake.

More to come

NTS

4 comments:

brianakira said...

Irwin Cotler is an M.P.?

I thought he was a Knesset member.

Re: "The remaining question is whether Jack Layton, Michael Ignatieff and Giles Duceppe will allow such an abomination to be reflected in any new legislation."

Why on Earth would anyone imagine there's a difference between the Big Four (or the Greens for that matter). The Conservatives were opposed to "Human Rights" kangaroo courts and "Hate Crimes" legislation until they got in power. The NDP issues pro-forma criticisms of Israel, but then again, they're more on the "Human Rights" bandwagon than any other Canadian party.

The very terminology is ridiculous. "Antisemitism"!? What the hell is that?

They say, "Antisemitism is an age-old phenomenon, yet it is always re-invented and manifested in different ways"

Actually, it's not age old. There's not even such a thing. But the term is anyway only a century or so old. Before that it was understood as disagreeing with Judaism, or standing up to Jewish oppression )usury, pimping, smuggling, slaving, etc).

And if anti-Jewish actions and attitudes are "age-old", there's obviously a reason for it: It's because Jews are arrogant, and abusive, and obnoxious, and racist, and abusers.

+ + +

BTW, this whole Galloway business is a distraction. He did after all say that Canadian soldiers deserve to be killed in Afghanistan. Even if you agree with him, that's a perfectly good reason for the Canadian government to deny him entry.

As for cutting funding for immigrant settlement -- why should Canadians spend a penny on immigrant settlement? I don't get it.

Anyway, these are distractions from the main point, which is, I believe, freedom of expression.

brianakira said...

Irwin Cotler is an M.P.?

I thought he was a Knesset member.

Re: "The remaining question is whether Jack Layton, Michael Ignatieff and Giles Duceppe will allow such an abomination to be reflected in any new legislation."

Why on Earth would anyone imagine there's a difference between the Big Four (or the Greens for that matter). The Conservatives were opposed to "Human Rights" kangaroo courts and "Hate Crimes" legislation until they got in power. The NDP issues pro-forma criticisms of Israel, but then again, they're more on the "Human Rights" bandwagon than any other Canadian party.

The very terminology is ridiculous. "Antisemitism"!? What the hell is that?

They say, "Antisemitism is an age-old phenomenon, yet it is always re-invented and manifested in different ways"

Actually, it's not age old. There's not even such a thing. But the term is anyway only a century or so old. Before that it was understood as disagreeing with Judaism, or standing up to Jewish oppression )usury, pimping, smuggling, slaving, etc).

And if anti-Jewish actions and attitudes are "age-old", there's obviously a reason for it: It's because Jews are arrogant, and abusive, and obnoxious, and racist, and abusers.

+ + +

BTW, this whole Galloway business is a distraction. He did after all say that Canadian soldiers deserve to be killed in Afghanistan. Even if you agree with him, that's a perfectly good reason for the Canadian government to deny him entry.

As for cutting funding for immigrant settlement -- why should Canadians spend a penny on immigrant settlement? I don't get it.

Anyway, these are distractions from the main point, which is, I believe, freedom of expression.

brianakira said...

Sorry for the double posting.

I got this message both times:

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Northerntruthseeker said...

Dont worry about the double message...It has happened to myself on occasion too...

Irwin Cotler... LOL....Sometimes I wonder if all of the members of our own Parliament in Ottawa are just satellite members of the Israeli Knesset myself, including the head zionist pig honcho, Stephen Harper himself!