Greens have chosen to embrace the policy position of shills for 9/11 conspiracy theories and terror apologists.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The Canadian Green Party like ours is a Jew hating, pro terrorism, quasi environmental group hiding their Communist roots and aspirations.
OTTAWA — The government of Israel issued a restrained response Monday to the Green Party’s weekend decision to embrace a global campaign to ostracize Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.
The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) seeks to shun Israel by lobbying corporations, artists and academic institutions to sever ties with the Jewish state.
Supporters say the boycott is aimed at furthering Palestinian independence and human rights. Critics say the campaign is aimed at de-legitimizing Israel itself.
A majority of Green Party members voted to adopt BDS in the party platform at their national convention in Ottawa Sunday, despite objections from Green Leader Elizabeth May. She left open the possibility the BDS stance could be debated again at the party’s 2018 convention.
In a statement, Refael Barak, Israel’s ambassador to Canada, said he “deeply regret(s)” the decision, but stopped well short of the harsh and angry denunciations by Canadian Jewish groups.
Supporting BDS, “prejudicially singles out Israel, and is totally unhelpful to those who support the pursuit of a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” said Barak.
He expressed appreciation for May’s opposition to the contentious policy, saying she understands “that by demonizing one side and advocating against Jewish sovereignty, one can’t build bridges for peace.”
Barak’s diplomatic response contrasted sharply with that of B’Nai Brith Canada, which vilified the Greens with a torrent of invective.
By “unfairly singling out the world’s only Jewish state for contempt, it has firmly entrenched itself beyond the fringe of mainstream Canadian politics,” Michael Mostyn, its chief executive, said in a statement.
“Greens have chosen to embrace the policy position of shills for 9/11 conspiracy theories and terror apologists rather than side with the democratic and environmentally friendly state of Israel,” Mostyn said. “This clearly reflects how out of touch the Green Party has become with Canadian culture and values and it has made itself less relevant after its convention this weekend by voting for the politics of division and demonization.”
Writing on Facebook, Paul Estrin, the party’s former president, said: “A vote for BDS is a vote by those who seek for the de-legitimization of Israel, and ultimately seek to have it, and its population, wiped off the map, preying on Israel’s ability to defend itself.”
Estrin, a Jew, has said he was “drummed out” of his party job in 2014 after posting a blog to the party’s website defending Israeli actions in Gaza.
While the BDS movement appears to be gaining ground internationally, its impact is difficult to measure. Foreign direct investment in Israel dropped 46 per cent between 2013 and 2014, according a United Nations report. The 25th World Investment Report attributed the decline to the fragile global economy, “political uncertainty for investors and elevated geopolitical risks.”
Yet a more recent Bloomberg examination of foreign capital flow into the country, published in June, shows the opposite trend. Foreign investments in Israeli assets hit a record high last year of $285.12 billion, a near-tripling from 2005 when the BDS campaign was launched by Palestinians, according to Bloomberg.