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B’nai Brith, JNF Irate over Green Party’s Anti-Israel Policy



During its weekend convention in Ottawa, the Green Party of Canada added support for the anti-Israel boycott movement (BDS) to its official roster of policies. 

“With the Green Party’s support for unfairly singling out the world’s only Jewish state for contempt, it has firmly entrenched itself beyond the fringe of mainstream Canadian politics,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “Greens have chosen to embrace the policy position of shills for 9/11 conspiracy theories and terror apologists rather than side with the democratic and environmentally-friendly State of Israel. This clearly reflects how out of touch the Green Party has become with Canadian culture and values and it has made itself less relevant after its convention this weekend by voting for the politics of division and demonization.”

Josh Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), said: “We are appalled that the Green Party has endorsed BDS against the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and a country that is a world leader in environmental technology and solutions.”

Paul Estrin, a former President of the Green Party, wrote on Facebook before the vote that “A vote for BDS is a vote by those who seek the delegitimization of Israel, and ultimately seek to have it, and its population, wiped off the map.” Estrin, who is Jewish, was compelled to step down as party president in 2014 after expressing pro-Israel views on his blog.

“Independent Jewish Voices” (IJV), a fringe group masquerading as a Jewish organization, was integral to anti-Israel efforts within the Green Party. Among those attending the Green Party convention were Diana Ralph, a 9/11 conspiracy theorist whom IJV claimed to repudiate in the past, and Tyler Levitan, who has been called a “righteous Jew” by prominent American white supremacist Jim W. Dean. Ralph is also a Green Party member and used her membership status to repeatedly speak in favour of the anti-Israel boycott resolution.

IJV and Green Party member Corey Levine also submitted a motion to revoke the charitable status of the JNF, but this resolution failed, and was ultimately amended to merely call on the Canada Revenue Agency to more strictly enforce its existing rules on charitable status.

“All Canadians should be very concerned by these developments,” Mostyn said. “A political party with representation in Parliament chose to adopt an antisemitic policy, contrary to a recent resolution in Parliament condemning BDS as discriminatory. B’nai Brith will continue to expose the bigotry that festers within Green Party ranks.”

Published : Aug 07, 2016

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  • Elmo Mackay
    commented 2016-08-14 10:23:27 -0400
    No, B’nai Brith is not listed in the U.S.A. as a terrorist organization. The U.S. Department of State publishes the list. Easy enough to check.
  • Jim Meeks
    commented 2016-08-13 19:41:28 -0400
    B’nai Brith is listed in the U.S. as a terrorist organization so why should what they advocate not be considered questionable in Canada? Israel is violating international law and the BDS movement is a peaceful and non-violent means of seeking justice for the Palestinian People.
  • Elmo Mackay
    commented 2016-08-12 10:52:00 -0400
    The Green Party’s support of the BDS against Israel is further proof, not that we need it, that the Left in the West has gone completely bonkers. Why does the Left seek to bring down the only secular democracy in the area? Why are they against a country that gives the full rights of self-determination to women? How can they characterize self defense as terrorism and terrorists as freedom fighters? I, a gentile by the way, condemn the Green Party of Canada for their appalling anti-semitism.
  • Elwood Jones
    commented 2016-08-08 22:36:45 -0400
    Why can you not tolerate any sort of criticism. The tiniest thing and you scream hatred. 99% of the world is tiring of this. Please stop! Soon!!!!! I like Israel as a Country and its people whether in Israel or Jews in Canada but at times I am not proud to acknowledge that fact. This being one instance!!!
  • Klaus Nenn
    commented 2016-08-08 20:15:48 -0400
    Israel restricted the movement out of Palestine of the Palestinian Olympic chief, and now feels it is discriminated against when they can’t ride on the same bus. As for the Greens, they are a political party that finally has the cajones to tell it like it is. Israel should feel ashamed at how she treats Palestinians. No one believe Israel any more. No one feels sorry for Israel. As a german I have guilt about the second world war and our actions, but now I look at Israel and see she has only learnt to emulate those evil bastards in the war. Peace? Never with Israel.
  • Landru Archon
    commented 2016-08-08 12:39:10 -0400
    I’m sorry but B’nai Brith is a facility of hatred, terror and intolerance. Your failure to recognize the value of any life but a Jewish one makes you irrelevant. Your refusal to recognize the suffering being inflicted on innocent people in the name of so-called self defense of Israel is and abhorrent assault on the morals, conscience and values of sentient persons around the world. The constant flogging of ‘anti-antisemitism’ and the endless looking for example of it is meaningless in the face of the destruction, death and mayhem Israel unleashes on a daily basis in Gaza and elsewhere in the middle east.
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