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Canada denounces Palestinian application to ICC PDF Print E-mail
Jan 26, 2015 at 01:19 PM

Hon John Baird again adopts Israeli position

International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court, of which Canada was a founder, is based in the Hague. Its motto is "Peace through justice". The objective of the ICC is to bring criminals to justice when the local legal system proves unable do so. Apparently Canada believes this legal recourse should be available to Africans and Bosnians, but not to Palestinians.

Hon. John Baird has again taken a roundhouse swing at the Palestinian Authority, this time for applying to join the International Criminal Court.

In a front page article appearing the Ottawa Citizen on January 3, Baird slammed the move as "provocative" .

Baird has completely embraced Israel's position that joining the ICC would be "unhelpful" to a negotiated solution leading to Palestinian statehood. Palestinian statehood, he said in a press release, should come about as a product of negotiation with Israel.

In other words, the Palestinians should give up their current legal rights in pursuit of the ever vanishing goal of a "two state solution".

Baird's position effectively means that statehood for the Palestinians is subject to a perennial veto by Israel, which already has its own statehood. Since most of Israel's current political leaders, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rivlin, and opposition powerhouse Naftali Bennett have all said they could not "imagine' a Palestinian state, that could take a very long time.

Unfortunately, it appears that neither of Canada's opposition parties have dared to criticize Baird's statement or show any difference in their position

According to the same Citizen article, NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar said that while the Palestinian bid is "understandable" and "entirely legal", it "isn't helpful to the goal of a getting a negotiated settlement".

Liberal critic Marc Garneau said that the Palestinian's "unilateral" action gets in the way of a 'two state solution".

A principled position, which neither seemed willing to take, would be to unconditionally endorse the right of Palestine to join the ICC. If Israel has not committed any crimes, it should have no reason to fear the ICC. The ICC motto is "peace through justice". Canada should support that objective.

Any readers who want to write Mr. Baird, Mr. Dewar or Mr. Garneau are urged to do so.
Hon. John Baird john.baird@parl.gc.ca

If you do write them, please make sure to copy all your friends. The best way to influence any of these gentlemen will be through changing the minds of their constituents.

Peter Larson
Chair,
National Education Committee on Israel/Palestine
National Council on Canada-Arab Relations
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Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians slams Canadian Jewish Congress exclusion

PRESS  RELEASE          For immediate Release            2007-07-03
 
The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians responded today, to the decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to deny membership to the progressive Jewish group. The CJC issued a letter which gave no reason for its decision.

“The decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to exclude the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians illustrates the sectarian orientation of the forces controlling that organization,” declared ACJC Administrative Secretary Abraham Weizfeld. “The rejection of our application to become a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the refusal seat our delegates at the CJC Plenary on June 17th amounts to a refusal to acknowledge growing Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation and siege of the Palestinian territories.”

“CJC’s refusal to include all tendencies in the Jewish community should be seen as a futile attempt to marginalize growing Jewish opposition to Israel’s behaviour and to the exclusive character of the Israel State,” Weizfeld continued.

 He contended that this refusal also motivated the decision by the June 17 plenary of the Canadian Jewish Congress to annul the process of conducting elections to the Board of Directors. As a result of this decision, the Board will now have 25% of its seats reserved for the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy which controls the CJC funding agency, the United Jewish Appeal. Weizfeld explained that these organizations provide unquestioning support to Israel, regardless of what it does.

The resulting vote on a resolution to amend the CJC constitution with regard to election of officers may not have passed if the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians’ delegates had been included.

“We do not share in the uncritical support for Israel,” Weizfeld stated. “It is our position that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, which began in 1967, must end immediately. This is the view that the ACJC wanted to bring to the Canadian Jewish Congress and that the CJC leadership was determined to ignore.” The refusal to hear our independent voice is proof that the CJC is not a body representative of diverse currents in Canada's Jewish population.

“It is essential that Israel and the Palestinians – including the duly elected Prime Minister Haniyeh – begin negotiations to conclude a lasting peace without prior conditions from either side. Only this approach can put an end to this ongoing tragedy for both the Palestinian and Israeli communities,” he concluded.

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Alliance de Canadien/nes juif/ves concerné/es
68, av. Duluth est
Montréal QC H2W 1G8 Canada
(514) 284-6642

ACJC2006@yahoo.ca
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ACJC2006

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