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Canada-Israel: The Other Special Relation (Avi Lewis)

Canada-Israel: The Other Special Relation (Avi Lewis)

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In the past 4 or 5 years, Canada has emerged as Israel’s most fervent supporter on the international stage. Meanwhile, here inside the country, there’s a battle going on between a powerful pro-Israel lobby close to the conservative government and a growing Palestinian solidarity movement that sees Israel as an apartheid state and is calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions.
Canada has long been known as a mediator and it makes sense being sandwiched between its colonial parent, the United Kingdom and its imperial big brother, the United States. The country has often played the diplomatic role of the middle child. But when it comes to policy towards Israel, particularly under conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the government of Canada has given up any pretense of neutrality and has very publicly picked one side:
“Let me tell you, friends, our government believes that those who threaten Israel also threaten Canada. We have stood with Israel even when it has not been popular to do so and we will continue to stand with Israel just as we have said we will,” Stephen Harper, May 2008.
In the past 4 or 5 years, Canada has emerged as Israel’s most fervent supporter on the international stage. Meanwhile, here inside the country, there’s a battle going on between a powerful pro-Israel lobby close to the conservative government and a growing Palestinian solidarity movement that sees Israel as an apartheid state and is calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions.
Canada has long been known as a mediator and it makes sense being sandwiched between its colonial parent, the United Kingdom and its imperial big brother, the United States. The country has often played the diplomatic role of the middle child. But when it comes to policy towards Israel, particularly under conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the government of Canada has given up any pretense of neutrality and has very publicly picked one side:
“Let me tell you, friends, our government believes that those who threaten Israel also threaten Canada. We have stood with Israel even when it has not been popular to do so and we will continue to stand with Israel just as we have said we will,” Stephen Harper, May 2008.

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Published by: MadMonk33 on May 27, 2011
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