Jewish groups condemn Green Party for supporting Israeli boycott policy
Leader Elizabeth May ‘disappointed’ by party’s vote at its national convention
The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 08, 2016 10:09 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 10:09 AM ET
World Sees Israel as a Pariah State, Senior Gov’t Official Says
Strategic Affairs Ministry aims to change the way Israel is perceived in the international arena, director general Sima Vaknin tells lawmakers; says victory will be achieved when Israel won’t be equated with apartheid.
Barak Ravid Aug 07, 2016 12:49 PM
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.735598
I have been flirting with the idea of voting Green Party lately because of its stand on issues I consider important regarding our environmental and economic future here in Canada, and especially BC..and to be honest I am (was?) a great admirer of Elizabeth May..she is always prepared and always erudite, makes other politicians look sloppy and uninformed for the most part, and is killer in debates..but this issue has me rethinking my all but unconditional approval ..
May has often had an unfortunate tendency, on international issues, to be blindly partisan..and not with her own party, as evidenced by this delegate vote in support of BDS when it comes to the Israeli treatment of Palestinians..something I have always regretted that the other parties always capitulated on…something that the party I usually vote for (NDP) does not address, but simply goes along with whatever spew comes from the other two parties..this is political expediency at its worst..why is it that we can support Syrian and other refugees escaping war and genocide, but our ‘leaders’ refuse to acknowledge the very real ugliness being perpetrated on Palestine by the Israelis? I cannot answer that in any way except to point out that, like the NRA in the States, the Jewish voting bloc (that exists to a lesser extent than might be imagined) must be worshiped and catered to, lest they turn away from voting for whatever party is molly-coddling them at the time..
Cheers for the Green Party delegates who voted to support the initiative designed, as it was with South Africa, to express disapproval of the actions of the Israeli regime..if you need an education on these actions, may I recommend either the Haaretz News or Jews for Peace – both are good sources of information on this issue..the MSM is, decidedly, not..
Ms. May, may these delegates be a reflection of the changes the party needs to make in order to grown into its position of viability..I am betting that these delegates were young people, part of a world-wide movement that recognizes that the hypocrisy of the old democracy is a relic, and needs to be replaces with a humane and caring system for all of us…when you, as leader, recognize and agree to support such actions, I may break down and actually vote Green..
Disclosure statement: My mother’s family is Jewish…in case you were wondering…