Side note: Harper’s government just refused to take any “palestinian refugees” into Canada; KUDOS!
Now, if only he’d block ALL holy mobster criminals (aka “muslims”) from coming here, and throw the ones already here back out!
Arab Journalists Claim Harper’s Bodyguards Assaulted Them
Published: January 20th, 2014
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday warned that a dangerous new form of anti-Semitism has emerged and said the globe has a moral and strategic objective to rally around Israel as a haven for Jews.
Even as Harper delivered the message in a historic speech to the Knesset, Israel’s legislature of elected politicians, two Knesset members heckled him, then walked out. The two hecklers — Ahmad Tibi and Talab Abu Arar — are Arab Israelis who are members of the same party, which has four seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Tibi has in the past called on Canadians to boycott companies and products linked to Israeli towns built in the West Bank and other occupied lands.
In response to the brief protest, the rest of the Knessett repeatedly and enthusiastically applauded Harper.
It is the first time a Canadian prime minister has spoken to the assembly.
In his wide-ranging, bluntly worded address, Harper made it clear why his government has formulated a pro-Israel policy.
“Those who often begin by hating the Jews, history shows us, end up hating anyone who is not like them,” said Harper.
“Those forces, which have threatened the state of Israel every single day of its existence and which, today, as 9-11 graphically showed us, threaten us all.”
“And so either we stand up for our values and our interests here in Israel and stand up for the existence of a free, democratic and distinctively Jewish state or the retreat of our values and our interests in the world will begin.”
Harper said Canada finds it “deplorable” that some in the international community still question the legitimacy of Israel’s existence.
“Our view on Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is absolute and non-negotiable.”
Harper said that he refuses to single out Israel for criticism on the international stage, arguing that such action is not a “balanced” approach to foreign policy, and is, in fact “weak and wrong.”
“We live in a world where that kind of moral relativism runs rampant. And in the garden of such moral relativism, the seeds of much more sinister notions can be easily planted.
“And so we have witnessed, in recent years, the mutation of the old disease of anti-Semitism and the emergence of a new strain.”
Harper said the old-anti-Semitism was “crude and ignorant, and it led to the horrors of the death camps” in Nazi Germany in the 1940s.
“Of course, in many dark corners, it is still with us. But, in much of the western world, the old hatred has been translated into more sophisticated language for use in polite society.
“People who would never say they hate and blame the Jews for their own failings or the problems of the world instead declare their hatred of Israel and blame the only Jewish state for the problems of the Middle East.”
The prime minister added that whereas there was once a time when Jewish businesses were boycotted, some “civil-society leaders” now call for a boycott on Israel.
“On some campuses, intellectualized arguments against Israeli policies thinly mask the underlying realities such as the shunning of Israeli academics and the harassment of Jewish students.”
Harper said it is a disgrace that some people openly call Israel an apartheid state. He condemned the “twisted logic and outright malice” behind that attack.
“A state, based on freedom, democracy and the rule of law that was founded so Jews can flourish, as Jews, and seek shelter from the shadow of the worst racist experiment in history that is condemned, and that condemnation is masked in the language of anti-racism.”
“It is nothing short of sickening. It targets the Jewish people by targeting Israel and attempts to make the old bigotry acceptable for a new generation.”
Harper is in the Middle East for a week-long trip that will bring him to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. He is meeting leaders in all those areas and is accompanied by a large delegation of cabinet ministers, Conservative backbench MPs, business leaders, and members of the Canadian Jewish community.
In his speech to the Knesset, he made it clear that although his government is pro-Israeli, it also favors a resolution to the long-standing conflict over land between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“Our commitment as Canadians to what is right, fair and just is a universal one. It applies no less to the Palestinian people, than it does to the people of Israel.
“Just as we unequivocally support Israel’s right of self-defence, so too Canada has long-supported a just and secure future for the Palestinian people.
“We share with Israel a sincere hope that the Palestinian people and their leaders will choose a viable, democratic, Palestinian state, committed to living peacefully alongside the Jewish state of Israel.”
Meanwhile, Harper was critical of how Israel is routinely “targeted” at the United Nations, speaking of how in its 65-year history, the Israel has endured “attacks and slanders” and has never known a true day of peace.
“We understand that Israelis live with this impossible calculus: If you act to defend yourselves, you will suffer widespread condemnation, over and over again. But should you fail to act, you alone will suffer the consequence of your inaction and that consequence will be final — your destruction.
Who were the hecklers?
The two hecklers — Ahmad Tibi and Talab Abu Arar — are Arab Israelis who are members of the same party, which has four seats in the 120-seat Knesset.
Tibi is the deputy speaker of the Knesset. An Arab-Israeli, Tibi served for a time as an adviser to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and is one of 12 Arab members of the Knesset.
He has been extremely critical of the Israeli government’s activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and openly flouted a law during a trip to Ottawa in 2012 banning Israelis from advocating a boycott of companies and products linked to settlements in those areas.
Tibi also accused the Harper government during that visit of essentially turning a blind eye to the settlements and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
“It seems that the Canadian government is not willing to differentiate between for example, products coming from settlements and products coming from Israel,” he told Postmedia News in an exclusive interview at that time.
Canada doles out $66M to ‘further ‘peace’
Mark Kennedy, Postmedia News
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to the West Bank Monday bearing gifts for the region’s Palestinians as part of a plan to foster “peace and stability.”
After meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Harper announced that Canada will provide $66 million to the West Bank and Gaza.
“Canada looks forward to a bright future for all Palestinians, one in which security and prosperity are enjoyed in a viable and democratic Palestinian state,” Harper said in a prepared statement.
“The support we are providing today will advance those goals by furthering the peace process, generating jobs and economic growth through private-sector partnerships, and helping to further advance security and justice sector reforms.”
However, the government was vague on exactly how the money will be spent, and there were indications that the funds might actually be a decrease from previous years’ assistance. Over the past several years, Canada provided a total of $300 million to the Palestinians. This latest $66 million in funding, on top of $30 million announced last year, will be stretched out over three to five years.
Last week, a leading Palestinian negotiator complained Canada had become “more Israeli than the Israelis.” But Abbas spoke diplomatically Monday about Canada, saying he appreciates the money it has given Palestinians and understands that Harper can take any position he wants on the region.
“Canada is a sovereign state and has the right to adopt the position it pleases,” said Abbas. “We hope that in future things will change.”