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February 20, 2016 9:25 am

Canadian Lawmakers Set to Condemn BDS Movement

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A BDS protest. Canadian lawmakers are set to pass a bipartisan bill that rejects the BDS movement. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.

A BDS protest. Canadian lawmakers are set to pass a bipartisan bill that rejects the BDS movement. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons. – Canadian lawmakers are set to pass a bipartisan bill that will “condemn any and all attempts” by entities in Canada to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The measure, slated to be voted on next week, rejects “the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel, and call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”

“We must fight anti-Semitism in all its forms,” Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion said. “We must oppose the boycott, divest, sanctions campaign in our communities and continue to speak out forcefully against them.”

“This is not a partisan issue,” said Conservative Party lawmaker MP Tony Clement, the Canadian opposition’s leading foreign affairs commentator. Clement called BDS a form of discrimination, “just like boycotts that have targeted Jews throughout history.”

The BDS movement has gained considerable traction in Canada. BDS is supported by the United Church of Canada as well as a major Quebec-based labor union, Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN).

Canada’s third-largest party, the far-left New Democratic Party, condemned the anti-BDS measure, saying it stifles freedom of belief.

Similar bills targeting the BDS movement are under consideration in the United States and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., the bipartisan “Combating BDS Act of 2016” empowers state and local governments to sever ties with entities that support BDS movement, wile the British Parliament is seeking to outlaw BDS entirely.

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  • Juan Rabinovits

    The “occupied territory of the West Bank” is not occupied. In 1948 israel was confirmed as a national entity by the U.N. with Judea and Samaria as part of this sovereign state based on an international agreement signed by the government of Turkey and recorded in the Treaty of Lausanne which legalized the San Remo Accords. The government of Turkey as signatory to this binding treaty gave up all claim to its former territories and the Mandate for Palestine came into legal force. And thus ‘Jewish Palestine’ was established by the League of Nations on September 16th 1922 as Eretz-Israel when Israel was defined as the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea by the Transjordan Memorandum. This subsequent partition plan of 1947 was merely a proposal and totally rejected by the Arabs. It has no legal standing whatsoever. The San Remo agreement and the Treaty of Lausanne are Israel’s Magna Carta and are in full force to this day. No country may try to change the legitimate borders of another country by intimidation, coercion or force. BDS is illegal under international law.

  • Laura Burkhart

    So, if Canada and Britain can deal with the BDS movement, why can’t the USA? We are simply too liberal, stupid…and anti-Semitism is growing fast, and will destroy us, as it did Germany!