In The Tyee, Murray Dobbin ponders what Pierre Trudeau would make of the Dauphin and his party's support for the Tory resolution condemning the Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel.
Justin Trudeau is fine with violating Canadians' basic rights enshrined by his father 35 years ago.
This we learned when Trudeau's government chose to "condemn" any Canadian who supports a non-violent strategy of Boycott, Divestiture and Sanctions (BDS) until such time as Israel recognizes the rights of the Palestinian people.
Specifically, on Feb. 22, Trudeau and his party supported a Conservative resolution opposing the campaign "which promotes the demonization and de-legitimization of the State of Israel," and called upon the government "to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad."
Dobbin notes that Mulcair attacked the Tory/Liberal motion but remains a solid backer of Israel and is in no hurry to back the BDS movement either. It that makes the NDP stance sound like cheap politicking, well it is.
Dobbins goes on to sum up the outrageous demands of the BDS movement:
As stated by BDS movement leaders, Israel must: "End its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantle the Wall; Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and Respect, protect, and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties, as stipulated in U.N. resolution 194." This latter demand is hotly rejected by Israel even though Jews from literally anywhere in the world have, through the 1950 Law of Return (to Israel and now the occupied territories) the same right.
Dobbin concludes by noting that, when it comes to Netanyahu, even gestures bring concrete consequences.
...If Justin Trudeau and his government believe they are doing Israel a favour by supporting the repugnant Conservative thought crime resolution, they could not be more mistaken. Every time a Western government turns a blind eye to Israeli apartheid it reinforces and extends that system by signalling to Netanyahu that he can do whatever he pleases.