By Letter to the Editor on August 3, 2014.
Current Israeli-Gaza violence is being utilized by the Conservative Party of Canada through circulating an email as “the only party that stands with Israel.” In it those calling Israel’s self-defence measures “blind and cruel,” criticizing Israeli actions, are termed “anti-Semitic terrorists and extremists.” It concludes with the request to “forward this email to your friends and ask them to add their support?” through http://www.conserv
One group of Canadians, Independent Jewish Voices, “urges the Israeli government to change course and seek a diplomatic route to the current conflict – one based on the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. As a starting point, Israel must end its illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip and urges “that Canada should provide the means to give specialist medical assistance to Palestinian civilians caught up in the conflict, most of whom are UN-recognized refugees.”
The Conservative Party’s stand with Israel is unquestioning of a seven-year illegal blockade of Gaza, employment of extremely harmful illegal weapons in bombings and a totally disproportionate impact on civilian populations.
The statement made that the Conservative view of standing with Israel without criticism “is Canada at our very best” is erroneous.
Canada “at our very best” would be doing that which the Independent Jewish Voices argue for: providing medical assistance and negotiating the end of the blockade.
Niagara Falls, Ont.
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