Ma’ale Adumim, an Israeli settlement with a population of 40,000 located in the West Bank. Israeli settlement construction continues at a fervid pace. A recent vote at the UN General Assembly shows that Canada is one of the few countries in the world that refuses to criticize Israeli crimes. Read more
For geostrategic and domestic political reasons, Canada seems intent on defending Israel against world opprobrium – no matter what.
On December 12th, the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution calling for “the immediate and complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.”
The resolution was adopted by 141 in favour with only Canada and six other countries voting against the motion (three of which are the tiny Pacific island states of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Nauru).
In favour: 141 – (i.e. most of the UN member states)
Opposed: 7 – (Canada and 6 other countries)
On this vote, Canada has chosen to side with Israel, the United States and bizarrely, Hungary, whose right wing and antisemitic government is already a European pariah.
Is this what Prime Minister Trudeau means when he says Canada and Israel have “shared values”?
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