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Press Release: CIJA Condemns Green Party’s Latest Anti-Israel Resolution

Dec 3, 2016 | CIJA Publications, Press Releases

For Immediate Release 

December 3, 2016 

Calgary, AB – Today, the Green Party of Canada (GPC) passed another resolution calling for Canada to impose economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure exclusively on Israel.

In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:

“We condemn this resolution, which confirms the Green Party has been coopted by extreme activists who – in their obsessive campaign of prejudice against Israelis – threaten the party’s own credibility and relevance in Canadian politics.

“The new policy is rife with historical distortions and places the Green Party at odds with the Canadian consensus that BDS is discriminatory and counter-productive to peace. The Ontario Legislature just voted by a ten-fold margin to reject the differential treatment of Israel, underscoring how out of touch the Green Party has become.

“Elizabeth May and the party’s leadership have turned their backs on the mainstream Jewish community, including the many Jewish Greens who no longer feel welcome. Despite repeatedly flagging that the anti-Israel vote was scheduled to take place on the Jewish sabbath, senior Green Party officials insisted on holding the vote today, thereby excluding many Jewish Green Party members from voting. This is an alarming development and a stunning failure of leadership.”

Background

  • This resolution replaces a resolution that was passed at the Green Party convention in August.
  • The party’s decision to endorse economic penalties against Israel is incompatible with the wishes of the party’s grassroots. A survey of Green members conducted by the party after their convention revealed that, of 2,800 respondents, 28% agreed with the decision to support BDS, 44% wanted it repealed, and 28% thought it should be amended to remove any reference to a specific movement or country.
  • The text’s exclusive recognition of Palestinians as “the indigenous people” of the region implies that Jewish people have no ancestral or indigenous roots in Israel. This misleading suggestion contradicts millennia of archaeological and documentary evidence.
  • The one-sided nature of the resolution and its call for extreme measures against Israel puts the Green Party outside the international consensus for achieving peace, which emphasizes the need for both parties to compromise and negotiate.

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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.

For more information, please contact:

Martin Sampson
Director of Communications
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
613-219-3500

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