Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Canada’s Ignorant Prime Minister

Comment by Khalid Amayreh

"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently made outrageously ignorant comments on the plight of the Palestinian people.

He claimed that criticism of and opposition to the Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the Palestinian people amounted to “anti-Semitism.”......

Obviously, Harper was trying to curry favor with Jews by appearing more Israeli and more Zionist than many Israelis themselves are.

But in truth, he is harming Jews, because it is not a sign of true friendship to encourage one’s friends to walk along the path of evil as Israel has manifestly been doing for decades......

Canada, a country that used to pride itself on its commitment to the rule of international law and regard for human rights and dignity, should stop this blind fanatical and unrestricted support for Israel and instead adopt a balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Canada should tell Israel that killing Palestinian civilians in Gaza, knowingly and deliberately, is wrong; that starving and tormenting and killing innocent people in order to weaken Hamas is wrong; that withholding critically-needed fuel and electricity supplies, let alone food and other consumer products, amounts to a crime against humanity.

Unfortunately, instead of doing what is morally right, Canada is cheering Israel’s criminality and evil behavior, very much like the Führer of the White House who called Israel’s certified war criminals “men of peace,” ignoring the fact that they have tons of innocent blood on their evil hands.

Well, birds of a feather flock together. "

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