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Press Release: Parliament rejects BDS, reaffirms commitment to Israel, highlights failure of fringe anti-Israel movement

Feb 18, 2016 | Canada-Israel Cooperation, CIJA Publications, Israeli Politics, Media, Press Releases

Ottawa, ON—Today, Conservative MPs Tony Clement and Michelle Rempel tabled an opposition motion calling on the House of Commons to reject the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and on the Government of Canada to condemn attempts to promote BDS in Canada and abroad. During the debate, all major political parties reaffirmed their opposition to BDS. In response to the debate, Shimon Fogel, CEO of CIJA, issued the following statement:

“A clear, all-party consensus rejecting the divisive Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement was reaffirmed in the House of Commons today. One after the other, Members of Parliament spoke up in support of Canada’s friendship with Israel and spoke out against efforts to delegitimize, isolate, and discriminate against Israel by advancing the false idea that Palestinians bear no responsibility for the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“The boycott movement does not contribute to peace and is not pro-Palestinian. It is discrimination based on nationality, and it harms both Israelis and Palestinians alike by driving the two sides further apart. The BDS movement is a fringe movement and is outside genuine peace efforts that emphasize negotiation, fairness, and mutual responsibility.”

“We applaud our elected representatives for speaking out against BDS in the House of Commons today. There is clear agreement: BDS is hateful, divisive, and counter-productive.”

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