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I Vote Palestine #IVotePalestine

19 September 2019 504 Views


Update #2:

Liberal Party Position on Palestine

The Liberal Party did NOT bother to respond to the questions of the #IVotePalestine campaign, endorsed by 21 diverse organizations.
However, they DID answer the questionnaire put out by B’nai Brith, the pro-Israel lobby group.
Following are some of the highlights from the Liberal Party’s response to B’nai Brith. Let’s see where they stand on Palestinian liberation, human and national rights and in support of Israeli ethnic cleansing, war crimes and apartheid:

On BDS
• “The hate and virulence of antisemitism has no place in Canadian society. That is why the Liberal Government has taken action to oppose the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement…”
• “the Prime Minister and Liberal Caucus supported a resolution in the House of Commons condemning the BDS movement … rejecting ‘the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel.’”

On IHRA
“… earlier this year the Liberal Government adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism as Government policy…”

On “Singling out” Israel
(This section reveals one of the few election promises the Liberals actually kept!)
• “As the only true democracy in the Middle East, it is the Liberal Party’s position to oppose efforts that unfairly and unjustly single-out Israel for condemnation through demonization, delegitimization, and holding Israel to a double-standard.”
• “As promised in the 2015 election, for the past four years Canada has an unbroken record of voting against the annual slate of unjust UN General Assembly resolutions that vilify Israel”
• “While Canada is not a member of the UN Human Rights Council, and cannot vote on its agenda items, the Liberal Party opposes all efforts that unfairly single-out Israel, at this and other international fora.”

Canada & Israel united by democratic values
“As Prime Minister Trudeau said during Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s state visit to Canada in April 2019: ‘Canada and Israel are close friends and steadfast allies united by democratic values and deep people-to-people bonds. We are proud to stand with Israel…’.”

On Israel’s right to “defend itself…in a dangerous neighbourhood”
(And by the way, “dangerous neighbourhood” sounds suspiciously racist)
“As Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in 2018, ‘We know Israel is a democratic state in a dangerous neighbourhood. And … we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself against aggression – whether it is from Iran or from terrorist groups such as Hamas’.”

Attacking Iran and Claiming the Palestinian March of Return is Iranian-sponsored terrorism
• “As Prime Minister Trudeau stated in 2018, ‘we deeply oppose Iran’s support for terrorist organizations, its threats toward Israel, its ballistic missile program, and its support for the murderous Assad regime [in Syria]. We will always defend human rights and hold Iran to account for its actions’.”
• “That is why the Liberal Party supported a House of Commons motion in June 2018 that ‘strongly condemns the current regime in Iran for its ongoing sponsorship of terrorism around the world, including instigating violent attacks on the Gaza border..’.”
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Update #1

Did you know that the Liberal Party bragged in the current B’nai Brith Election Guide that they kept their election promise made in 2015 to continue the Harper trend of always supporting Israel at the United Nations? This is just one of the important pieces of information you might want to know before voting in the upcoming Canadian election, all of which can be accessed on the CPA Facebook page.

Twenty-one diverse organizations from across the country have endorsed the I Vote Palestine campaign to hold Canadian parliamentarians and parties accountable, and to make sure that they reflect the sentiments of the Canadian people. Join them and the #IVotePalestine FB event page (mark going if you are a Canadian voter, otherwise please put interested); use this sample letter to send to all candidates in your riding or as a basis for questions at all-candidates meetings.
The Communist Party of Canada, which is a registered political party, stated in September that it ”fully endorses and supports the 9 points of #IVotePalestine, as do all of our thirty-one candidates in the federal election.”
A letter was also sent by Canada Palestine Association on behalf of the #IVotePalestine campaign to major party leaders asking for their stand on the nine human rights questions; so far, only the New Democratic Party NDP have responded and their answers are outlined below.
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NDP Response: Canada Palestine Association

We stand for freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people, and we ask you to clarify where you and your party stand on the following:

* Do you support Palestinian human and national rights including the inalienable right to self-determination?
A. Yes, we are committed to the protection of Palestinian human rights, including the inalienable right to self-determination.

* Do you oppose Israeli ethnic cleansing, war crimes and apartheid?

A. We oppose all human-rights abuses committed by Israel, including killings, arbitrary and abusive detention, forced displacement, restrictions on movement, the expansion of illegal settlements, and all other human-rights abuses.

* Do you recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality?

A. Yes, we stand for full equality of Arab Israelis and against the discrimination that exists against them in Israel today.

* Do you respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194?
A. We fully support UN resolutions with respect to Israel and Palestine, including UN General Assembly resolution 194.

* Do you support ending Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall?
A. Yes. Canada should play a more active role in calling for the end of Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

* Do you oppose Canadian tax-deductible status for the Jewish National Fund JNF, HESEG Foundation and all Zionist organizations that are disguised as charities while supporting the Israeli military and settlements?

A. These are matters for the CRA to determine. Having said that, NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault sponsored a parliamentary petition calling on the Minister of National Revenue to revoke JNF Canada’s charitable status if found to be in violation of the Income Tax Act and CRA guidelines and policies.

* Do you recognize the rights of Canadians to support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement as a non-violent strategy to force Israel to abide by UN resolutions and all international humanitarian laws?
A. Yes.

* Do you oppose condemning or criminalizing people or organizations who support the BDS Movement?
A. Yes.

* Do you oppose the anti-Palestinian, anti-democratic and politically charged IHRA definition of anti-Semitism?
A. We believe the government of Canada must have a clear definition of anti-Semitism so we can better gauge, report, and work towards ending it. We have some concerns that the IHRA definition and its associated examples could undermine those who wish to speak out in favour of the human rights of Palestinians.
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PLEDGE TO VOTE FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY #IVotePalestine

Facebook Event

Canada Palestine Asociation encourages all parties, unions, churches and organizations that support the nine basic demands in our campaign to add your names as official endorsers.

If you are a Canadian voter and agree with the event objectives, please mark yourself on the Facebook event as “Going”. Other supporters please mark yourselves as “Interested”.

In the upcoming Canadian general election scheduled for October 21, 2019, we commit to vote for candidates and parties that:
• Support Palestinian human and national rights including the inalienable right to self-determination.
• Oppose Israeli ethnic cleansing, war crimes and apartheid.
• Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.
• Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
• Support ending Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall.
• Oppose Canadian tax-deductible status for the Jewish National Fund JNF, HESEG Foundation and all Zionist organizations that are disguised as charities while supporting the Israeli military and settlements.
• Recognize the rights of Canadians to support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement as a non-violent strategy to force Israel to abide by UN resolutions and all international humanitarian laws.
• Oppose condemning or criminalizing people or organizations who support the BDS Movement, and
• Oppose the anti-Palestinian, anti-democratic and politically charged IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

A sample letter people can send to all candidates in their riding. Please keep us informed if you get any response and we will post it on the campaign’s Facebook event.

This event page will update voters on the positions of individual candidates and parties regarding these issues.
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Si vous êtes un électeur canadien et que vous êtes d’accord avec les objectifs de l’événement, veuillez indiquer «Aller/(Going)». Les autres supporteurs, veuillez vous identifier comme «intéressés».

JE VOTE POUR LA LIBERTÉ, LA JUSTICE ET L’ÉGALITÉ
REJOIGNEZ CETTE PAGE D’ÉVÉNEMENT FB ET PRENEZ UN ENGAGEMENT #IVotePalestine
Lors des prochaines élections générales au Canada, prévues pour le 21 octobre 2019, nous nous engageons à voter pour les candidats et les partis qui:
• Soutiennent les droits de l’homme et les droits nationaux des Palestiniens, y compris le droit inaliénable à l’autodétermination.
• S’opposent au nettoyage ethnique israélien, aux crimes de guerre et à l’apartheid.
• Reconnaissent les droits fondamentaux des citoyens et citoyennes arabo-palestiniens d’Israël à la pleine égalité.
• Respectent, protègent et promeuvent le droit de retour des réfugiés palestiniens et la repossession de leurs propriétés, conformément à la résolution 194 des Nations Unies.
• Supportent la fin de l’occupation israélienne et de la colonisation de toutes les terres arabes ainsi que le démantèlement du mur.
• S’opposent au statut d’organisme de bienfaisance, déductible d’ impôts au Canada, pour le Fonds national juif ( FNJ), la Fondation HESEG, et toutes les organisations sionistes déguisées en œuvres de charité qui soutiennent l’armée israélienne et les colonies de peuplement.
• Reconnaissent le droit des Canadiens d’appuyer le mouvement BDS (Boycott Désinvestissement et Sanctions) en tant que stratégie non violente pour forcer Israël à se conformer aux résolutions de l’ONU et à l’ensemble du droit international humanitaire, et
• S’opposent à la condamnation ou à la criminalisation des personnes ou des organisations qui soutiennent le mouvement BDS.
• Opposez-vous à la définition de l’antisémitisme anti-palestinienne, anti-démocratique et politiquement chargée par l’IHRA

Cette page de l’événement informera les électeurs des positions des candidates et candidats, et des partis sur ces questions.

List of hosts and more endorsers of the event and the campaign (Plus de supporteurs de l’événement et de la campagne):

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Canada Palestine Association
Canadian BDS Coalition
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
Coalition against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria
Independent Jewish Voices
Independent Jewish Voices – Winnipeg
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
Justice for Palestinians, Calgary
Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Oakville Palestinian Rights Association OPRA
OPIRG Guelph
Palestine Just Trade
Palestine Solidarity Working Group (Sudbury)
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (Montreal)
Palestinian Canadian Congress
Peace Alliance Winnipeg
Regina Peace Council
Socialist Action
St. John’s Solidarity with Palestine
United for Palestine – Toronto/GTA

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