Micha Kurz, writing for the Harper Decade.com, illustrates the kind of regressive and divisive Canada we’ve seen under the Harper regime, especially in its efforts (or lack thereof) to support peace negotiations in the Middle East. (“Canada: A Dishonest Broker for Peace in the Middle East“, TheHarperDecade.com, 27 August 2015). Although Harper touts the importance of the “ongoing diplomatic process” to achieve peace, all signs point to a government whose actions send the opposite message.
“… Harper promotes an Israeli economy that comes at the expense of the Palestinian population through the violation of Palestinian human rights and economic marginalization of their communities and cities. While Palestinians are increasingly confined and warehoused into walled cities where unemployment is reaching all time highs, Israel/Canadian free trade means Israeli exports are tax exempt while Palestinians cannot export at all due to access restrictions. Israel’s successful start-ups are primarily based in high tech, a particularly strong branch of Israel’s prolific arms industry. ‘High-teching’ the occupation has become an industry in its own right.”
When the Palestinian leadership applied to become a ‘non-member observer state’ of the United Nations, Canada (under then Foreign Minister John Baird) was one of only nine countries to vote against the motion; with an overwhelming majority of 138 member states voting in support of Palestinian observer state status.
“Slowly but surely, Canada has lost its international standing as a leader [and] as a peace builder in the Middle East….
Harper has taken action to undermine diplomatic and nonviolent tools to oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestine, while at the same time arguing that he and Canada support a diplomatic path to peace. He says one thing but he does another. We all end up paying the high price for his bias.”
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