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The Trudeau Government’s Fake Fight Against Antisemitism- Part 22

Canada against Israel at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

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Bob Rae, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, addressing the General Assembly on Feb. 28, 2022. (Screencap: YouTube)

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Trudeau’s relationship with Israel and the Jewish community is fed by his domestic identity politics. The relationship with Israel (cont’d)

Canada has consistently voted against the yearly lynching mobs of bogus anti-Israeli resolutions at UNGA. Justin Trudeau changed the policy in 2019. Beginning that year and in the following years, Canada voted in favour of the one titled “The right of the Palestinian people to self-government” put forward by North Korea, Syria, Iran and Venezuela. 

The preamble of the Resolution, as are all such anti-Israel UN measures, refers to all sorts of international instruments, conferences, and whatnot to assert “the need for respect for and preservation of the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”  

The resolution

  • “Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine; and
  • “Urges all states in the region and the specialized agencies and organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support and assist the Palestinian people in the early realization of their right to self-determination.”

One of the Canadians labouring in the office of Canada’s ambassador to the U.N. Bob Rae reacted to Canada’s vote in support of the motion  by exclaiming  “Canada has found its voice”.  

This is an absurd resolution.

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First, no country, including Israel, has denied the right of the Palestinian people in the so-called West Bank and in Gaza to self-determination.

Second, to date, the Palestinians have dismissed out of hand, every single Israeli peace offer including the ones of 2000 and 2008 endowed with most generous terms, that would have enabled them to become an independent state.

Third, the Palestinians consider themselves to be entitled the entire territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea

Fourth, as a matter of fact and law, the Palestinians do not have legal title to any of the so-called “Palestinian territory,” including any part of Jerusalem, save for the lands owned by individual Palestinians. Therefore, the lands contemplated by the resolution are not occupied.

Finally, the lands in question remain set aside for the Jewish people pursuant to Article 80(1), Chapter XII of the United Nations Charter which asserts the continuing validity of the “Mandate for Palestine” established by the League of Nations, which incorporated the terms of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the terms of the San Remo Resolution of 1920. These provisions established an internationally recognized right of the Jewish people – as the people indigenous to the lands covered by the Mandate – to establish their Jewish homeland which, in 1948, became the State of Israel.

As a matter of law, to this very day, the Jewish people are entitled to settle on any part of the land remaining after the establishment of Jordan. 

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Furthermore, the resolution favoured by Canada, among other things, is inconsistent with Canada’s position that the territory in question is not an occupied territory but one in dispute and that the final boundaries of Israel and the future Palestinian  state are to be determined through negotiations; does not envisage a two- nation solution; does not require – nay, demand – that the Palestinian people, among other things

i. to cease engaging in terrorism against Israel and to school their children to hate Jews and Israelis.

ii. to take every confidence-building initiative towards negotiating a peace treaty with Israel in good faith, without making egregious claims and demands  as they have been doing and continue to do with their last set of pre-conditions  to engaging in peace negotiations;

iii. to abide by the terms of the Oslo Accords, and in particular, to formally honour  the formal written assurances and undertakings given by the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat to the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in consideration of the accord.

Before proceeding to vote on the resolution, Bob Rae, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, detailed the resolution’s many shortcomings and pointed out that it unfairly targeted Israel.

Why then would Canada vote for this anti-Israel, mendacious and misleading resolution? 

Canada’s explanation of its vote was published in writing through an EOV, a document rarely issued for U.N. resolutions in the ordinary course of events. The document states

“While we do not agree with some elements of the preamble, Canada will support this resolution because of its focus on these important, core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” 

The assertion that Canada did not agree with some elements of the preamble is an understatement. Surely the government has an obligation to identify these elements, as well as the substantive parts of the preamble with which it agrees.

Michael Chong, Tory MP has represented the Ontario riding of Wellington—Halton Hills in the House of Commons since 2004. (Screencap: CPAC)

Then the question is: If Canada did not agree with the entirety of the preamble, why then did it vote for the resolution?

On November 19, 2020 when Conservative Michael Chong put the question to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, he did not get a straight answer. 

Instead he got a version of standard script about Israel, which dropped the bit about being an ally and instead describing it as a close and important friend and the assertion that Canada will always stand with Israel. 

She then went about how she stands by the Jewish Canadians in her riding particularly when there is an appalling rise in antisemitism in Canada and around the world. I propose to address this statement in a subsequent part. 

If all these platitudes were not enough Freeland then went on to talk about the worrying rise of authoritarian regimes and anti-democratic populism and that Canada will always stand up for human rights and for the rules-based international order, that is save and except where the borders of Israel based on a proper reading of international law are concerned. Nevertheless, the EOV goes on to state: “The vote today is a reflection of our longstanding commitment to the right of self-determination for both Palestinians and Israelis.” Yet, the resolution is silent on Israel’s self-determination.

Adds the EOV: “Canada will support this resolution because of its focus on these important core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

This is surely nonsense. The only issue addressed in the resolution is Palestinian self-determination, implicitly twinned with the pre-requisite of ending the so-called illegal occupation of “Palestinian Territory.”

The government then grandly states: “We will continue to oppose resolutions and initiatives which do not speak to the complexities of the issues.” 

The resolution it supported can hardly be characterised as speaking to the complexity of any issue. Would Canada vote for this kind of resolution against any other of its close friends”? I think not.

Never mind that in voting in this manner Canada breached the IHRA definition of antisemitism which it adopted for foreign policy in 2009.

In this connection, the Prime Minister and his government ought to have been pressed to address and answer the issues raised by Henry Roth, Opinion:Canada’s Eroding  Support for Israel Difficult to Comprehend, United with Israel, Israel Hayom, 2019

Fatou Bom Bensouda is a Gambian lawyer and former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court who proferred charges against the Jewish State.

To Trudeau’s credit

Notwithstanding Canada’s decision to vote for this anti-Israeli resolution on a yearly basis Canada also continued to voting against all the other anti-Israeli resolutions at the U.N. and its various emanations.  

In 2020 the Palestinian Authority filed with the ICC charges accusing Israel of war crimes.  At least six other countries, Austria, the Czech Republic Germany, Hungary Brazil and Uganda filed petitions to become “intervener” to submit legal advice to the court in this matter on the question as to whether the Court has the requisite jurisdiction, to address the question as to whether ICC has the requisite legal authority and the authority to accept the charges, investigate them, and in the event there is sufficient evidence to commit one or more of the presumed offenders to trial, and to sentence those found guilty. All six of the countries argued that the ICC did not have the requisite jurisdiction to accept the charges submitted by the P.A.  

“Palestine” has been a member of ICC since 2005 while Israel is not a member and does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction.

Canada did seek intervener status. Instead , in response to Israel’s request for Canada’s support, the Department of Global [Foreign} Affairs submitted a letter dated February 14, 2020, to the Court which reiterated its official position  on Palestine that Canada submitted to the Court in 2015 and again in 2018

The letter stated that Canada does not recognize a Palestinian State and that the Court has no jurisdiction in the case before it … The Department spokesman Guillaume Bérubé stated : “Canada’s long standing position is that  it does not recognize a Palestinian state and therefore does not recognize the accession of such a state to international treaties … In the absence of a Palestinian state, it is Canada’s view that the ICC does not have jurisdiction in this matter under international law.” 

Bérubé then went on to state Canada’s formal position on the Palestinian conflict:

“As a friend and ally of Israel and friend of the Palestinian people, Canada is firmly committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel, achieved through direct negotiations between the parties.”

After Bensouda issued her Preliminary report, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who described it as ”unfounded and dangerous” wrote to the Prime Minister to ask that Canada condemn the Preliminary report.

Trudeau’s response to the request, if any, remains unknown. In any event, Canada did not condemn the Preliminary report. Cjnews, Canada backs Israel in ICC challenge, February 26, 2020 

During the current year Canada along with 38 other countries boycotted “Durban IV” which is the U.N.’s celebration of yet another anniversary of the infamous Durban Review Conference of 2009 that turned out to be a vicious anti-Israeli/antisemitic lynching festival, embodied in the Durban Declaration. Canada was one of the few countries that walked out of the 2009 conference in protest. 

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs. 

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