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“Adjusts position on Israel”, “regrets her comments”, “walks back anti-Israel rhetoric”; Liberal-friendly media struggled to avoid describing Justin Trudeau’s latest caucus member, ex-Green Jenica Atwin, as an antisemite. (Image: Google)

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“I stand with Palestine! There are no two sides to the conflict, only human rights abuses! #EndApartheid”

So tweeted Jenica Atwin, the rookie Green Party MP from Fredericton, New Brunswick, on May 11. On the same day, Atwin would also tweet, “End Israeli Apartheid!”

Less than a month later, the Toronto Star would break the news that Atwin was set to be introduced as the newest member of the governing Liberal Party of Canada by fellow New Brunswick MP, Dominic LeBlanc, at a press conference on June 10. At first glance, the Liberals seemed like an odd fit for someone with Atwin’s anti-Israel opinions.

They are, after all, the party that holds 13 out of the 14 ridings in Canada with the highest percentage of Jewish Canadians (the GTA riding of Thornhill, the sole outlier, is held by the Conservative Party’s Peter Kent). They are also the party where such notable Jewish Canadians as Izzy Asper, Sheila Finestone, Michael Levitt, and Irwin Cotler spent their political careers.

The Canadian media didn’t miss this glaring discrepancy, the Conservative Party Official Opposition, and even former Liberal MP’s like Levitt, who was quick to call out Atwin’s statements and the Liberal Party’s unconditional acceptance of her defection as “concerning,” “hypocritical,” “opportunistic” and “disturbing.”

The Conservative Party candidate for Thornhill vying to follow in the footsteps of Kent, Melissa Lantsman, issued a statement this week challenging Atwin to an open debate on Israel, with a neutral moderator and time for each of them to make their case. Thornhill is the riding which contains Toronto’s Jewish community – the largest Jewish community in Canada – and her challenge on behalf of the Jews of Thornhill amounted to telling Atwin to “put up, or shut up.”

Atwin, to her credit, stuck to her guns…for a little while anyway. When it became clear that the criticism wasn’t going to go away with the silent treatment, she doubled down by proudly declaring that she was going to a caucus “where I won’t be alone” in her unilateral condemnation of Israel.

When that didn’t work, Atwin issued another statement a day later that appeared to have been written for her. She expressed “regret” for her words and acknowledged the damage that antisemitism causes. This development was immediately followed by several members of the Liberal Party caucus affirming that antisemitism has no place in their party. Apparently, Oceania was always at war with Eastasia too, because none of those statements named Atwin and, as of publication, she’s still a happy and proud Liberal Party member.

I guess she was more alone in the caucus than she thought?

The Atwin affair was the latest saga in the Green Party’s dalliance with antisemitism. It was part of the greater narrative of anti-Jewish/anti-Israel doctrine that took over the Left and came after weeks of hostility between the three-member Green Party caucus and its seatless leader, Annamie Paul.

If Atwin seems out of place in the Liberal Party, Paul seems positively lost in the Green Party. 

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A Black Jewish woman, Annamie Paul’s history-making nail-biter of a leadership victory was meant to catapult the Green Party of Canada into contention as a serious political force in Canada. Besides being the only leadership candidate not openly hostile toward Israel, Paul ran on a common-sense platform of pragmatic progressivism that could appeal to a wide range of Canadian voters. Combine that with being fluently bilingual in both English and French and coming in a strong second in a byelection for the previously rock-solid Liberal seat of Toronto Centre. Paul’s star seemed to be rocketing upward.

And then the Sheikh Jarrah evictions in Israel hit international news, followed by Operation Guardian of the Walls. Paul and her chief advisor Noah Zatzman found themselves in the unenviable position of Jews in charge of a party that saw any hint of sympathy toward Israel as an abomination. A party that overwhelmingly adopted the antisemitic BDS doctrine as official party policy at its 2016 Policy Convention. A party that became the new home for scores of antisemitic progressives during the years that the proudly-Zionist Thomas Mulcair was the NDP leader and wouldn’t tolerate slights against Israel.

In fact, Thomas Mulcair was the one who was rejected as a candidate and then ejected from the party, anti-Israel activist and future leadership campaign opponent to Annamie Paul, Dimitri Lascaris and drove him to the Greens where then-leader Elizabeth May welcomed him with open arms. It was also Mulcair who turned down the NDP candidacy of anti-Israel activist Paul Manly and sent him to the Green Party – where he would win an upset by-election victory and become the new MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

Tory candidate Melissa Lantsman challenged floor-crossing Jenica Atwin to a debate about the State of Israel: “You speak for the Liberal Party. Your statements are categorically false and defamatory.” (Image: Twitter)

Is it any wonder that Annamie Paul finds herself the target of significant criticism by party members who blame Atwin’s floor-crossing on her administration being too close to Israel rather than on the blind opportunism and petty bigotry of Atwin’s defection? It is any wonder that with Paul under attack, her chief advisor Noah Zatzman finds himself unemployed after being the victim of weeks of antisemitic harassment? 

On Tuesday, as rumours swirled about a party coup – or is it a political lynching – May wouldn’t state her position about Annamie Paul’s future as leader, because first she wants her to apologize to Atwin.

“Losing Jenica is not something I am prepared to accept without a fight,” May said. “She is a Green – and we want her back.” 

After a 3 ½ hour meeting of the party’s federal council Tuesday night, instead of trying to woo Atwin back from her new BFFs, two traps were set before Paul – demanding she publicly repudiate Zatzman, and for her to “explicitly support” the Green Party caucus. 

If Paul fails to adhere to these directives to, in effect, repudiate Zionism and support an Israel-hating caucus, the motion stated Paul would face a vote of non-confidence on July 20.

If Jessica Atwin seems out of place in the Liberal Party, leader Annamie Paul seems positively lost in the Green Party, which has set out traps to get her to abandon her principles as a Jew and supporter of Israel. (Photo: Facebook)

In a late-afternoon press conference on Wednesday, Paul asserted her plan to bring a diversified party to federal politics was being undermined by both a small group inside the party council – who she said were in their last few weeks in the role and were making “racist” and “sexist” complaints – and by the ruling Liberals. 

“Often when people like me are elected or appointed to senior leadership roles, the rules of the game seem to change. Suddenly there is a need for more oversight, heightened accountability, swifter and more severe sanctions… That is something I will resist… I am seeking the same freedom to lead and fulfill my role as leader of the Green Party on behalf of our members.” 

She then pointed her members “at the Liberal party’s role in this” and Justin Trudeau:

“It is hellbent on winning their majority at almost any cost. By their own admission in recent days they have sought to sow division and create disarray within the Green Party of Canada for their own political advantage in key regions where Greens are surging. It was cynical, it was craven, and with the help of our members it will not succeed.”

Directly addressing Trudeau, Paul intoned: “You are no ally and you are no feminist… a real ally and feminist doesn’t end their commitment to those principles whenever they come up against their personal ambition.” She then accused him of “pushing strong competent capable women out of politics when they are seeking to serve. I am one woman he will not push out of politics – and he can believe it.” 

The media obsessively asked her to discuss a leaked version of the internal complaints tabled in the meeting about Paul and for her response to the resulting motions. She refused to discuss the document or the motions, as she had seen none of them for herself yet. She also repeated, three times, “I support my MPs”, in answering the press gallery.

Evan Solomon on CTV Power Play interviewed Paul right after the press event, asking “why did you not denounce him (Zatzman)?”. She responded that she wanted the same treatment as previous leaders and “I don’t think it’s appropriate for there to be any sorts of ultimatums“, and in any case, he was no longer employed there. 

Paul also challenged Solomon’s reliance on Atwin’s recent statements: “I find it very troubling that Ms. Atwin’s words subsequent to her press conference when she announced she was leaving has become the account of the record. She said very clearly on the day that she left that I was not responsible for the decision. I wasn’t even a factor in the decision, and this was personal to her… she did an about face the next day. I think the question to ask is, what happened between Thursday and Friday.” 

The close race in Toronto Centre, and the glass ceiling-shattering leadership victory, seem a distant memory. Instead, Paul appears headed toward the same fate as her political ancestor, Thomas Mulcair; like him, Annamie Paul sought to moderate her party and put the Left’s obsession with Israel behind it. And like Mulcair, Paul finds herself shouted down by a majority of people obsessed with ideological purity.

A purity that has one overarching rule: “There are no two sides to the conflict! End Israeli Apartheid!”

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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