Nearly 20% of Canadian military exports go to the middle east, including nearly $20 million to Israel in 2018 according to Global Affairs Canada statistics. A resolution going to the NDP convention proposes to stop this. Read more and hear an interview with one of the resolution’s proponents….
At the present moment, resolutions on many topics are coming forth from hundreds of riding associations across the country. Not all resolutions will make it to the virtual “floor” to be voted on by the convention. Before that resolutions will be sifted (and in some cases amalgamated) according to their priority.
None of the resolutions being presented for consideration (as far at CTIP knows) reject the long standing NDP position on the Israel/Palestine conflict in favour of a two state solution, but one resolution calls on the party to end arms sales to Israel and to end dealing with companies which do business in the occupied Palestinian Territories. Labelled “Ensuring peace and Justice in Palestine”, it can be found here. The resolution urges the NDP to adopt the recommendations of the Canadian Labour Congress, Amnesty International and countless other human rights groups and leaders who have observed and borne witness to the Palestinian struggle.
CTIP spoke to Omar Burgan, one of the promoters of the resolution on why his group is doing it, and what they hope will be the outcome.
Another resolution being brought forward at the NDP convention touches tangentially on the Israel/Palestine issue. It urges the NDP not to adopt a specific definition of “anti-Semitism” (called the IHRA definition). Its backers, including well known NDP personalities like Libby Davies and Sven Robinson argue that the IHRA definition is less about fighting anti-Semitism than it is about protecting the State of Israel. More information will be posted on the #NoIHRA website.
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