Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Quebec supporting apartheid?

Stefan Christoff, The Electronic Intifada, 23 December 2008

".....Yet, Quebec's economic agreement with Israel provides no binding measures ensuring that Israel respects international law in relation to ongoing settlement construction or the treatment of Palestinian human rights. Through the recently signed Quebec-Israel economic accord, the Liberal government of Jean Charest in Quebec provides diplomatic cover and economic support for Israel without addressing the reality of its military occupation and colonization of the Palestinian territories.

Across Quebec a ringing question surrounding the agreement sounds today: why has the government signed a major accord with Israel without any public consultation, at a time of increasing international opposition to Israel's ongoing military occupation in Palestine, which many key figures in South Africa, including Desmond Tutu, compare to apartheid? Controversy surrounding the accord will only grow as public awareness increases."

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