ACJC Condemns Creation of pro-Israel Caucus

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February 6, 2006

ACJC Condemns Creation of pro-Israel Caucus

The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians, a national umbrella organization
of progressive Jewish groups and individuals, has condemned the creation of
a parliamentary "Israel Allies Caucus" by the Harper Conservative

The establishment of the new pro-Israel lobby will be officially announced
in Ottawa on Tuesday in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, Canadian and Israeli parliamentarians, including MK Benny Elon
(National Union-National Religious Party) MK Orit Noked (Labor) and MK Ran
Cohen (Meretz), as well as members of the Canadian-Israel Friendship League.

"This move is just another sign of the Harper government¹s complete contempt
for the Canadian public," said Jason Kunin. "It is not in the interest of
most Canadians, and certainly not in the interest of most Jews."

Indeed, a recent Globe and Mail Strategic Counsel poll, showed an
overwhelming majority of Canadians ­ 77 percent ­ favoured a neutral foreign
policy in the Middle East, and a plurality of Canadians ­ 45 percent ­
disagreed with the Harper government¹s favouring of Israel. In Québec, 61
percent disagreed with Canada¹s recent foreign policy tilt towards Israel.
Jewish interests both in Israel and Canada are best served by peace and the
Canadian government throws away its opportunity to be part of any peace
process when it portrays itself as a pro-Israel lobbyist on the
international scene."

"The creation of this caucus will only further discredit Canada in the eyes
of the international community," Jason Kunin insists. "It means condoning a
brutal forty-year occupation of Palestinian civilians. It means condoning
the illegal wall that is imprisoning them in enclosed ghettos. It means
condoning the seizure of their land and water, the strangulation of their
economy, and the daily military assaults against innocent civilians and
makes life in the occupied territories a living hell."

The ACJC believes it speaks for most Canadians, and for most Jews, in
calling for a return to diplomacy and peacemaking. Many of the Israeli
policies that would be uncritically supported by the creation of this new
pro-Israel caucus are not even supported by many Israelis.

The ACJC calls for the Canadian government to demand the dismantling of
Israel¹s illegal "security wall," the end to military occupation of
Palestinian lands, and a just resolution of the Palestinian refugee crisis.

"Canada should support international law, period" said Jason Kunin.

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Media contacts Jason Kunin at or Abraham Weizfeld
(Administrative Secretary) at 514.284.66.42 / 514.833.29.74 cellular

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3 thoughts on “ACJC Condemns Creation of pro-Israel Caucus

  1. Hi

    man, what a site.

    So, Left wing politicians are against any show of comittment to Israel and prefer “neutral” positions. There’s a shock.

    The Left wants to have peace in Palestine if only those Zionist pigs would get with the program.

    Anything remotely pro Israel ipso facto ties Canadians to every perceived wrong in Palestine. Except that Zionist occupation of a postage stamp sized piece of the middle east will never be accepted.

    I’m glad I read this.

    Canadian politicians are as gutless, feckless and hypocritical as in America.


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