That UN Security Council resolution harshly criticizing Israel’s settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has revealed sharp divisions among Canadian Zionists. Read more.
In addition to causing a major public relations disaster for Mr. Netanyahu, and a series of potential political problems for Mr. Trudeau, the UN vote has also prompted a more open vigorous debate about Israel/Palestine among Jewish Canadians.
It isn’t surprising that anti-Zionist Jewish organizations, like Independent Jewish Voices Canada have “applauded” the UN Resolution.
But the vote has also prompted a great deal of debate within the Zionist Canadian community. Some fiercely and indignantly denounce the UN. But others are a lot more nuanced and some are openly critical of the Israeli government. Take a look.
Here’s the Jewish establishment view…
“A TERRIBLE MISTAKE AT THE UNITED NATIONS LAST WEEK”
Avi Benlolo, President Canadian friends of Simon Wiesenthal Foundation.
“KERRY AND OBAMA MAKE U.S. COMPLICIT IN PALESTINIAN HYPOCRISY”
Mordechai Ben Dat, columnist at Canadian Jewish News.
“PALESTINIAN REJECTIONISM REMAINS CORE BARRIER TO PEACE”
Shimon Fogel, CEO, CIJA
But here are some liberal Zionist views…
“JOHN KERRY IS (MOSTLY) RIGHT ABOUT THE SETTLEMENTS”
Hart Schwartz, past Chair, Jspace Canada
“ISRAEL (SHOULD) EMBRACE UNSC RESOLUTION”
– Canadian Friends of Peace Now
“KERRY’S SPEECH RAISES TROUBLING QUESTIONS ABOUT ISRAEL”
Mira Sucharov, Canadian professor and frequent blogger at Ha’aretz and Globe and Mail
(Sucharov’s contribution, published in Canadian Jewish News, was of particular note because she even raised a subject that remains almost completely taboo for Zionists – the issue of the Palestinian refugees.)
Will the divisions continue to widen?
“I don’t know about you, but I’m frustrated.. [The UN vote and the Kerry speech] risk dividing our own community. ..polarizing this issue along political lines.”
– David Cape, Chair, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
“Raise the issue, but lower the temperature”
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The handwriting is on the wall. The world is increasingly disgusted with and enraged at Israel.
Israel’s global standing is continuing to deteriorate, a new report from some of the country’s [i.e., Israel’s] top strategists concludes.
“Israel’s image in Western countries continues to decline, a trend that enhances the ability of hostile groups to engage in actions aimed at depriving Israel of moral and political legitimacy and launch boycotts,” the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University states in its 2016-2017 Strategic Survey for Israel.
The 275-page report, authored by a who’s who of figures from Israel’s political, intelligence and military establishment, was presented on Monday to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin by INSS director Amos Yadlin, a former air force general and head of Israeli military intelligence.
“Opinion: Increasingly, Supporting Israel No Longer Serves America’s Interests”
“Obama’s UN abstention was only the most recent manifestation of ongoing strategic changes that Trump too won’t want or be able to reverse.”
Professor Brent Sasley . Jan 07, 2017 – Haaretz.
First the abstention was to a very slack, unimportant move by the UN.
Also, over and over Israel has been proved a war criminal and insists upon harassing Palestinians and crippling Gaza along with huge bombings in retaliation for small events not a challenge to Israel.
Israel has become a very bad country even worse than the moving in of Zionists in 1947 kicking people out of their homes, imprisoning many and murdering thousands. Israel has a bad history and it continues to create bad history.
I don’t care if Israel does or does not suit America’s interests. It’s not relevant. Canada’s continued backing of Israel is foolish and has been for decades.
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