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A short detour back to Canada’s foreign policy concerning Palestinian-Israeli conflict

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Before continuing to examine the reactions to the Zahid – Khatatba scandal, I invite the reader to take the following detour to witness the most recent illustration of Canada’s hypocritical foreign policy in dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  

On January 16 inst. the Department of Global Affairs issued a statement that addressed two matters.

The segment of the statement concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict reads: 

“We are deeply concerned by the punitive measures taken against the Palestinian Authority which were recently announced by the Government of Israel, as well as the impact of those measures on the region’s stability and the prospect for a two-state solution.” 

“Canada continues to oppose unilateral actions undertaken by either Israel or the Palestinian Authority which contribute to the hardening of positions and are unhelpful to the cause of peace.” 

“We remain committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle-East, including a two-state solution resulting from direct negotiations between the parties.”

Concerning the first paragraph: Instead of being deeply concerned with the punitive measures, surely Canada ought to be even more deeply concerned with the terrorism, the maiming and killing of Israeli civilians  financed by PA that caused this response. 

There is no evidence that these measures are likely to affect the “stability of the region”. To the extent the term “region” is used as a euphemism for the PA and Israel, the solution is clear: The PA has to stop promoting and financing terrorism, the maiming and killing of innocent Israeli civilians and Canada must insistently demand the PA to comply with Israel’s request.

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Surely, on the evidence the PA is the sole author of the hardening of the positions by, among other things,

a. refusing to negotiate in good faith the multiple peace offerings of Israel;          

b. causing the fundamental breach of the Oslo Accords;           

c. engaging in terrorism for the last 27 years that caused and continues to cause the death and injury of thousands of innocent Israeli civilians, and

d. continuously claiming that the PA is entitled to erase Israel from the map by claiming that the boundaries of the Palestinian state  extend “ from the river to the sea.”

Insofar as the two-state solution is concerned, surely the foregoing four grounds alone makes Canada’s two state proposal an obsessive delusion

The government’s claim that it opposes “unilateral actions undertaken by either Israel or the Palestinian Authority which contributes to the hardening of positions is another example of speaking with a split tongue.

To date, the Department of Global Affairs has never issued statements expressing grave concerns about PA’s bloodthirsty behaviour; many unilateral and illegal actions in breach of the provisions of the Oslo Accords in Zones C and B and the rest. 

Yet, the government has made it a sport to criticise and lecture Israel publicly for what it considers to be Israel’s unilateral actions, regardless of the facts and law applicable to these actions that are supposedly causing the hardening of PA’s position. 

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Logically and empirically, the so-called “unilateral actions” of Israel do not contribute to the hardening of positions since from the very beginning of the conflict, the position of the P.A has been as hard as it could be and can hardly get any harder.

Clearly then, the PA’s hard position is the cause of Israel’s hardening position. 

In the premises, Canada’s repeated statements of its commitment are devoid of evidence on the ground; has no basis in reality and therefore amounts to bafflegab.

The first paragraph of the statement of Global Affairs reads:

“Canada is steadfast supporter of the International Court of Justice as the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, and it recognizes the important role the court plays in peaceful settlement disputes.”

This statement is baffling in the light Canada having voted against the U.N resolution to refer the matter of the so-called Israeli “occupation” of the alleged Palestinian lands. 

The action and these words are not readily reconcilable. Once again it illustrates Canada’s propensity to speak from both sides of its mouth.

In the case at the Bar, the Court cannot possibly play an important role since the matter before it is hardly, and can never be a matter of peaceful settlement of dispute. 

As a matter of fact, regardless of the outcome of the case, the decision of the Court, non-binding as it is, will do nothing but to further aggravate the conflict.

At all events, Global Affairs statement suggests that Canada has already decided not to take issue with the decision of the ICJ, regardless of its merits or lack thereof.

While the world may need more Canada, when it comes to the Palestinian- Israeli conflict the present government is not the Canada that the world needs.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May is seen being led away from the podium at a 2015 Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner, after her drunken expletive-filled rant supporting a Jihadi terrorist. (Screencap: YouTube)

Back to the Zahid-Khatatba scandal- The Parliamentarians’ response

In response to the outcry resulting from the attendance of the notorious antisemite Khatatba at the Solidarity with the Palestinian People event, the attending parliamentarians were quick to react.

Minister Alghabra both in the House of Commons and through public statements denied knowledge of the presence of Khatatba at the event; stated that the man should not have been invited. And as to be expected from a member of the Cabinet, he stated: ”What this individual said is offensive and antisemitic and must be condemned” and he condemned as well “any and all antisemitic utterances”. Stephanie Taylor, Canada-Palestine MP group vows review after accused ‘Holocaust denier’ attended, The Canadian Press, December 2, 2022

The Conservative MP Larry Brock said on Twitter that “he wasn’t aware who Khatatba was or that he was at the event, saying that had he known about the publisher’s presence there, he wouldn’t have attended himself. ”I deeply regret and apologise for the harm and hurt this has caused. Stephanie Taylor, supra. “I am a strong supporter of our Jewish community and reject racism and anti-Semitism in all their forms.” Maria Woody, Globe and Mail, December 2, 2022

NDP’s Nikki Ashton declared: “New Democrats unequivocally denounce antisemitism and Holocaust denial. No NDP MPs invited this individual nor were we aware he would be present. We continue to be allies in the fight against antisemitism.” Stephanie Taylor, supra. 

This is a rather curious statement coming from one who has been and for all I know continues to be a supporter of the antisemitic BDS movement which in 2017 earned her the endorsement of Khatatba and his paper. Not long after, she disavowed the endorsement after being scolded by the party hierarchy and others.

The NDP’s response to the scandal was further addressed with the statement “New Democrats unequivocally denounce antisemitism and holocaust denial”.

Elizabeth May, co-leader of the Green Party, said in a statement, that she “denounces” antisemitism, but, as to be expected from her, she added that “showing solidarity with Palestine isn’t antisemitic and neither is criticism of the State of Israel’s human right record.” Stephanie Taylor, supra.

However, as the reader will find in one of the following Parts, her understanding of the record and the source of this understanding is quite another matter.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to ascertain whether any one of the two members of the Bloc Quebecois commented verbally or in writing about this matter. A matter of particular interest considering the fact that not long before the scandal, his Leader publicly adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism on behalf of his party. 

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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