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CJPME – the same group demanding the Canadian Museum for Human Rights adopt the false Nakba “Palestinian narrative” – also told NDP leader Jagmeet Singh the IHRA guideline “is far too ambiguous to be useful for determining instances of antisemitism.” (Photo: cjpme.org)

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“Don’t let this very divided vote divide us.”

That’s what NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, said at the 2016 Edmonton party convention, upon learning that 52% of gathered delegates had voted against him continuing as leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada.

Only 48% of the delegates voted for him to remain as the leader; I was at that convention, and I was one of that 48%.

My relationship with the NDP could never be said to be an entirely comfortable one.

I first joined the party as a teenager, with idealistic stars in my eyes. The first significant NDP “player” I ever got to meet up close was at an event in the riding of Burnaby-Douglas. While there, a friend introduced me to the MP for the riding, a man named Svend Robinson.

The same man who proudly authored a resolution before the NDP convention this week, denouncing the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

Despite believing back then, as I do now, in the principles of social equity and defence of the working-class, Svend Robinson’s unnatural obsession with Israel and the NDP’s adoption of a decidedly anti-Israel narrative was like a pebble in the shoe of my Jewish pride. 

Even as I towed the party line, the anti-Israel pebble remained a constant reminder that, for all their claims of equality, as a Jew that supported Israel, I was less equal to them.

That belief changed under Thomas Mulcair’s brief leadership of the NDP. Not even two days removed from winning the NDP leadership, Mulcair’s victory had already impacted Canadian media. “New NDP Leader Strongly Backs Israel” was the story’s headline in the Canadian Jewish News by Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf. “Tom Mulcair brings NDP a new maturity over Israel“, read the headline in the National Post on a story by John Ivison.

For me, and no doubt for many other Jewish Canadians both in and outside the NDP, it was as though Thomas Mulcair had opened a window and let fresh air into the NDP.

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The NDP seems determined to spend a significant part of their biannual convention talking about the Jewish Homeland and how to define antisemitism, despite not being known as a party with a robust Jewish base of support.

Can you picture, in the year 2021, any other situation where a room full of people that were not significantly of a particular group making decisions on behalf of that group? Would it be acceptable for the NDP to tell Black Canadians what should or shouldn’t be racist to them? Would it be appropriate for the convention to tell Canadians of Asian ancestry by what they are or aren’t allowed to be offended? Do you think the NDP should entertain a resolution that decides whether transgender women are “real”? Of course not! Any of those things would be highly offensive and should be antithetic to a political party that prides itself on equality and diversity.

And yet, this weekend, the New Democratic Party of Canada will be hotly discussing the very nature of hatred against Jews in a forum where Jewish voices will – for the most part – not be present.

“Don’t let this very divided vote divide us.”

In 2016, the NDP was involved in a deep divide between the moderates who saw the obsession with Israel as a “stinking albatross”, to borrow a phrase from Peter MacKay, and the radicals who felt that the NDP needed to oppose Israel on principle “damn the torpedoes”, to borrow a phrase from David Farragut (probably). Going into a new convention this weekend, the divide between antagonism toward Israel and – if not support – apathy toward Israel is as present as ever.

On Yom HaShoah 2013, Thomas Mulcair made the following statement:

“The Holocaust profoundly transformed our perception of humanity and what humanity is capable of. It is our duty to remain vigilant against intolerance, racism and hatred of any kind and ensure that such a tragedy is never repeated. Lest we forget!”

Let’s hope that enough delegates this weekend haven’t forgotten.

Moshe Appel has been involved in Jewish activism for most of his life, and regularly calls out antisemitism from all levels of government. Originally from Montreal, Moshe currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia and works in the healthcare field.

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