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The Trudeau Government’s Fake Fight Against Antisemitism – Part 25

‘Data averse’ Prime Minister “does not really want to know the true facts about hate crimes in Canada”

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Author Dogan Akman believes that for  Justin Trudeau, “playing as he does identity politics with a segment of his Muslim constituency, a number of his actions and omissions are certainly of a nature that inevitably feeds and sustains antisemitism in the country directly, through his Ministers and MPs and in the community at large.” (Photo: Marty Gold)

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Just prior to the publication of Part 24, new troubling evidence of the antisemitic nature of the two-state solution was uncovered.  The evidence is  the hitherto secret design and decision of the E.U. as a whole (as distinct from a member state (Belgium) as was the case before) to provide the PA with the necessary funds and other assistance  to progressively take over and settle on the lands comprising Zone C which  under the Oslo Accord  are reserved for the exclusive occupation  of the Israel, among others, for national security reasons. 

In so doing, the E.U. is not only illegally intervening to defeat an international agreement but fundamentally breaching the international law governing Israel’s legal entitlement to the lands in issue.

For their part, the U.S. and Canada have yet to publicly object to the E.U.’s grossly unlawful and unethical antisemitic behaviour against Israel. This is particularly the case for Canada which to date has consistently held the position that the borders of the two states are to be determined through negotiations between PA and Israel.

Starting point: The peculiar assurances the Canadian Ambassador gave to the Israelis 

In 2016, Deborah Lyons, freshly appointed Canadian Ambassador to Israel after the unceremonious sacking of her Harper appointed predecessor, was invited to join a special meeting of Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee  set to honour the contributions of Jewish Canadians to Canada.

As expected on such occasions, our ambassador expressed the standard set of platitudes about the nature of the Canadian-Israeli relations emphasising that Canada is close friends and strong ally of Israel. This turned out to be play-acting as soon as a Palestinian- Canadian who hailed from Gaza got hit in both legs by an Israeli sniper, in the midst of a terrorist mayhem created by Hamas using civilians as human shields.

However, Ambassador Lyons did not stop there. She went on to make the following peculiar statement: “We will continue to wage an all-out war against antisemitism and the boycott movement and we will continue to commemorate the Holocaust, with the oath ‘Never Again’. Canada’s Jews [not Canadian Jews?] will continue to be protected and safe, like all other citizens.”

The first question which this statement raised is what to make of it since, Israel was already used   to seeing both Israel and the Canadian Jews being treated very well throughout the tenure of the Harper government and of his immediate predecessors. 

This in turn lead to the second  question as to why the Canadian Ambassador needed to provide  such assurances, since civilised countries provide these things as a matter of course for their citizens and newcomers  as anything short of that is considered intolerable. 

In the premises, the writer believes that these assurances were given wholly in order to assure and comfort her audience. Instead, the assurances were a covert statement of wish and hope that her government will indeed take the necessary measures to convert the assurances into reality, fearing, as she was right to fear, that the Liberal government together with its provincial counterparts would fail to discharge their respective obligations to provide a safe and secure environment on matters which are within their respective jurisdiction.

Her apprehension was well founded.  As it turns out, so far, the Liberal government cannot be said to have waged an all-out war or any kind of war against antisemitism, as demonstrated by the annual statistics of hate crimes.  

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Antisemitic allegations, actions and undercurrents in the House of Commons and beyond (1) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

None of the following acts of commission and omission or some of his other decisions, reported in the following Parts makes the Prime Minister an antisemite. 

Canada’s voting record at the U.N.G.A. (with one yearly exception); refusal to attend the Durban IV conference; intervention, along with Germany and  five other E.U. countries before the I.C.C. against the perverse application of the Palestinian Authority to drag Israel before  it, and his various domestic programs and various other gestures provide sufficient proof of this fact.

Unfortunately, his two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has acquired an antisemitic feature in the manner in which it has been pursued to date. 

After condemning the murder of French teacher Mr. Paty for showing his class a cartoon of Mohammed for pedagogical purposes, the Prime Minister rightly said that freedom of expression is not without limits as for example, those specified Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom and in the Criminal Code. He explained:

“We will always defend freedom of expression. But [as he rightly pointed out in accordance with Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms] freedom of expression is not without limits. We owe it to ourselves to act with respect for others and to seek not to arbitrarily or unnecessarily injure those with whom we are sharing a society and a planet”.

He went on to say that “In a pluralist, diverse and respectful society like ours, we owe it to ourselves to be aware of the impact of our words, of our actions on others, particularly these communities  and populations that still experience a great deal of discrimination”. 

Nevertheless, unfortunately playing as he does identity politics with a segment of his Muslim constituency, a number of his actions and omissions are certainly of a nature that inevitably feeds and sustains antisemitism in the country directly, through his Ministers and MPs and in the community at large.

Deborah Lyons, former Canadian Ambassador to Israel. (Photo: saltscapes.com)

In the process, in considering the matter of hate crimes, most unfortunately, he has left out in the cold, that segment of the Muslim constituency, which holds views that challenge and contradict a fair number of those of the Prime Minister.

Further, in keeping with his identity politics, the Prime Minister has shown himself to be data averse. He does not really want to know the true facts about hate crimes in Canada.

Therefore, he does not want to have his government gather the critical information necessary to identify and study the true state of affairs on the ground and to formulate policies and practices required to fight antisemitism truly and effectively and for that matter the hate crimes perpetrated against Jews, Muslims, Blacks and other minority groups.

In the result, with the exception of the funds originally established by the Harper government and increased by the current one spent to protect the safety of the infrastructures of minority communities and their users, the largest part of the government funding for the Jewish community has been and continue spent on projects to commemorate and honour the dead and the survivors of the Holocaust and some community projects from which other groups also benefit.

Sadly, very little, if any, of the funding is directed to fighting effectively the hate crimes against the living. 

I propose to demonstrate this in a subsequent Part that will address in the governmental programs concerning the Jewish community and the government’s responses to the submissions of the Jewish community.

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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