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Elizabeth May Responds to Complaints from Jewish Community

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In response to thousands of email complaints in the past couple of days from the Jewish community, Green Party leader Elizabeth May had this to say in an email reply Thursday:

"Thank you for writing about the proposed resolutions to the Green Party of Canada convention.  I appreciate you taking the time to share your views. In my work in Parliament, I have raised human rights concerns about many nations, but not Israel.  I point this out only to provide context to the CIJA email that suggests the Green Party is singling out Israel. That said, our members come up with resolutions independently. I am not - nor is anyone in the leadership of the party - in charge of resolutions. Nor do we know ahead of time what resolutions will come forward.

"The Green Party resolution process is very different from other parties.  We do not have any screening process.  Resolutions of all kinds go forward for a vote. Until the convention in August in Ottawa, we will not know if there is sufficient support to change our current policy.

"The Green Party of Canada opposes the use of Boycott, Divestment and Sanction tactics to influence the policies of the Netanyahu government. Some members wish to change that policy.  That is their right as members.  

"The resolution relating to the Jewish National Fund is more problematic. There are clearly a number of problems with the draft resolution.

"I had a very productive and respectful meeting with Josh Cooper, CEO of JNF Canada, to talk about the resolution. I have invited JNF Canada to participate in the convention and speak to the resolution if it comes to the convention floor.  It may well be defeated in on-line voting and never make it to a debate.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

Respectfully,

Elizabeth May, OC

Member of Parliament

Saanich-Gulf Islands

Leader of the Green Party of Canada

Published : Jun 23, 2016

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  • commented 2016-07-09 15:44:12 -0400
    Elizabeth May, Are you unaware of the situation in Palestine? With the new rules the committee is working on to provide for better representation for all parties, thus greatly increasing Green Party chances in upcoming elections, why would you take on right wing policies. Your party is the hope of many people, and I had thought it would be a given that the Green Party would support a fair chance for Peace in Palestine. Please explain yourself. I think your party members and supporters are feeling disappointed and confused. Does the Green Party need the Israeli lobby? Does the Green Party support apartheid, genocide, administrative detention, jailing of children, bombing of shelters, hospitals? Does the Green Party support zionism? What is left?
  • commented 2016-07-06 18:33:06 -0400
    “In my work in Parliament, I have raised human rights concerns about many nations, but not Israel. "

    Why is the Green Party afraid to express concerns about persistent and egregious human rights violations by Israel? Why are you singling out Israel for special treatment?
  • commented 2016-07-05 17:26:35 -0400
    Ms. May
    I am going to have to reconsider my membership in the Green Party given the party’s opposition to the free speech rights of those who choose to support the BDS movement, and lack of support for the human rights of Palestinians. Please explain to me why I should continue to support your party in the face of these positions.
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