Did you know that the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel (BDS) conforms 100% with official Canadian policy?
Don’t believe us? Compare the three BDS demands to Canada’s official policy on Israel, Palestine and human rights. (US policy is similar too).
The three BDS demands: (1)
- Ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
- Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
- “Occupied Territories and Settlements: Canada does not recognize permanent Israeli control over territories occupied in 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip).” “Canada opposes Israel’s construction of the barrier inside the West Bank and East Jerusalem which are occupied territories.”(2)
- “The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canadian efforts abroad. As part of this commitment, Canada champions the values of: inclusive and accountable governance; peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity; human rights including the rights of women and refugees”; and “international indigenous rights.” (3)
- “Canada believes that a just solution to the Palestinian refugee issue is central to a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as called for in United Nations General Assembly resolution 194.”(2)
Our government and the Israel lobby are hypocritical when they condemn BDS as radical, antisemitic or anti-Israel. When they defame us, they fail to mention what the actual demands of the BDS movement are.
The grassroots BDS movement will end when Israel complies with international laws which Canada claims (but so far refuses) to uphold.
BDS info links:
(2) Canadian Policy on Key Issues in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Global Affairs Canada Website, Government of Canada, http://www.international.gc.ca/name-anmo/peace_process-processus_paix/canadian_policy-politique_canadienne.aspx?lang=eng