The Trudeau/Dion Liberals voted with the Conservatives to “condemn” those who support a boycott of Israel known as BDS. What next? Over 2000 people have already signed an on-line petition indicating they support BDS and asking to be “condemned”. A growing embarrassment for the Liberals. Read more
The anti-BDS motion adopted in Parliament on Feb. 22nd risks becoming a headache for Justin Trudeau. The motion was proposed by Tory Tony Clement. Trudeau’s Liberals made no secret of the fact that they were not comfortable with the proposed motion, but did not dare oppose it.
Because of Liberal support, the motion, which calls on 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.” is now Canadian policy.
Logically the government should do something. But what, exactly?
Probably Trudeau and Global Affairs Minister Dion (who was not in the house for the vote) would have preferred to let it lie there – a vacuous condemnation with no action.
In the letter, Woodley indicates that he actively supports the three main aims of the BDS movement, pointing out that all three are completely consistent with existing official Canadian policy. Further, he reminds Trudeau that BDS is a peaceful, nonviolent and legal way to bring pressure on Israel.
“As you can probably imagine, in the face of your opprobrium, I’m feeling pretty vulnerable now. Nevertheless, I’ve realized that being condemned by Canada’s government, merely for supporting the human rights of Palestinians, might be the most admirable thing I’ll accomplish in my life“, wrote Woodley.
CJPME has circulated an on-line petition asking other Canadians to join his challenge to Trudeau. So far more than 2300 Canadians have asked that they, too, be “condemned”. CJPME hopes many more Canadians will make the same request bringing the total number of signatories to 5000.
In essence, it asks Canadians who support the BDS objectives of:
- An end to the occupation and dismantling the wall
- Equality for Jews and non Jews living inside the State of Israel
- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of 5 million Palestinian refugees to return
to consider adding their own name to the 2300+ names already gathered.
Woodley’s letter to Trudeau and the growing petition is an embarrassment to many Liberals who wished the government had not voted with the Tories.
But the Liberals did support the Tory motion, it was adopted by Parliament, and the Trudeau government now faces a dilemma:
- Either ignore Parliament’s wishes (and look undemocratic and foolish),
- or try to find a way to punish people who are in favour of a non violent, legal approach to support policies which are consistent with stated Canadian objectives. (and just look foolish).
If you know a Liberal MP, you might ask him or her what the Liberals plan to do now. To be continued…