A few months ago, the UN security council unanimously condemned ALL of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank (including in East Jerusalem) as flagrant violations of international law. So far Canada has done nothing about it. But a new survey shows that Canadians think Canada should apply sanctions on Israel. Read more.
A new survey of Canadian attitudes toward Israel shows that a majority of Canadians would like us to apply sanctions on Israel, including a boycott of Israeli products, for its violations of international law.
The survey was carried out in January/February 2017 by EKOS Research Associates, a respected polling firm. It asked 1000 randomly selected adult Canadians a series of questions regarding their view of Israel and of the Canadian government’s official attitude toward Israel.
More Canadians had a negative (46%) than a positive (28%) opinion of the Israeli government.
More Canadians believe that the Canadian government is pro-Israel (61%) than pro-Palestinian (16%).
– EKOS poll
The negative perception of Israel is surprising in light of the considerable efforts made by Israel and its advocates in Canada to boost its image.
But perhaps the most surprising finding was that a very large majority of Canadians feel that boycotting Israel is “reasonable” in light of its ongoing violations of international law. It appears that recent motions in both the Federal and Ontario legislatures condemning the international movement to boycott Israel (called BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), do not reflect, nor seem to have significantly affected public opinion.
I interviewed Mr. Lascaris about what he feels is the significance of the survey.
The EKO survey was commissioned by a consortium of human rights organizations including Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), Murray Dobbin and Dimitri Lascaris. Mr. Lascaris has been instrumental in bringing a discussion about boycotting Israel to the Green Party of Canada.
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