Canada-Israel: The other special relationship

Al Jazeera’s newest piece on Canada’s shameful support for the Zionist state (war crimes, occupation, illegal colonies, massacres, and so much more aside…)


Canada votes against UN call to open Israel nuclear facilities

Canada was one of only six nations in the UN General Assembly to vote against a resolution Monday that called on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and that backed a recently cancelled conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East.

The vote comes less than a week after Canada was one of nine countries, including the U.S. and Israel, to oppose upgrading the UN observer status of the Palestinian Authority from “entity” to “non-member state.”

Canada also stood apart Monday from some major allies, the U.S. included, in refusing to condemn Israeli plans for new settlements in areas claimed by the Palestinians, only saying, “Unilateral actions on either side do not advance the peace process.


read Jon Elmer’s “More settler than the settlers”: Canada’s UN policy and Israel

“Canada opposing resolutions dealing with Palestinian rights is not new, nor is it the effect of a particular government or another. Opposing such resolutions has been a core Canadian diplomatic tactic since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 – by both Liberal and Conservative governments.

In the principal study of Canada’s role in the creation of the State of Israel, historian David Bercuson described diplomat Lester Pearson – who chaired the pivotal United Nations Special Committee on Palestine – as playing “a unique and crucial role at the UN… Partition might not have been adopted without Pearson’s efforts”.

But the implications of Canada’s disposition are potentially deeper than diplomatic verbiage. Classified defence department documents obtained by the Canadian Press detailed a 2011 visit to Israel during which Defence Minister Peter MacKay told Israeli army chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, “a threat to Israel is a threat to Canada”.

The defence minister’s phrasing was a slightly toned down version of a provocative statement made earlier by former junior foreign affairs minister, Peter Kent, that “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada”. The minister described the statement as a paraphrasing of the prime minister’s policy.

The consequences of the Harper government’s unconditional fawning of Israel have begun to surface. Perhaps most prominently, this one-sided approach played a central role in Canada being denied an elected seat on the United Nations Security Council – for the first time ever….”

very important reading on Canada’s historical support for the Zionist state and its creation in historical Palestine…and Canada’s current unabashed support for the Zionist state:

Yves Engler’s: Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid — 2010

apartheidcover1Order Canada and Israel online here

This book is the first critical primer about Canada’s ties to Israel. It is a devastating account of Canadian complicity in 20th and 21st century colonialism, dispossession and war crimes. The book documents the history of Canadian Christian Zionism, Lester Pearson’s important role in the United Nations negotiations to create a Jewish state on Palestinian land, the millions of dollars in tax-deductible donations used to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service ties to Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Mossad).

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