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NDP - Stop obeying the Israel lobby
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Dear NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar,
I am deeply disturbed by the recent move by the NDP to force the resignation of NDP candidate Morgan Wheeldon. Mr. Wheeldon was publicly smeared by the Conservative party and Canada’s Israel lobby for speaking the truth about Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinians, through Israel’s decades-long, ongoing project of expelling the native inhabitants from their lands, and demolishing their homes. In other words, the forced removal of one ethnic group to make way for another, or ethnic cleansing.
We see this as fitting into an unsettling pattern, with Jerry Natanine being pressured by NDP headquarters not to run after voicing support for Palestinians, and Paul Manly losing this nomination last year due to his criticisms of Israel’s behaviour.
The fact that Canada’s progressive party shows an unwillingness to even discuss openly the reality on the ground for Palestinians is both morally reprehensible, and contrary to the openness and progressiveness that the NDP claims to represent.
I understand that the Israel lobby in Canada fiercely attacks anyone who dares criticize Israel’s ongoing colonization, but this does not excuse the NDP’s behaviour with regard to its candidates and their completely legitimate and valid opinions regarding this foreign policy issue.
I call on the NDP to refrain from stooping to the level of the Conservatives and the Liberal Party in their blind allegiance to Israel and its bullying lobby groups, and to take a strong stand in support of freedom of speech on this issue. Obeying the unethical demands of the Israel lobby will not win the NDP votes among progressives in Canada.