Is the Green Party promoting anti-Semitism with new party resolutions that have been put forward for their upcoming party convention?
The Ottawa convention is set for August 5th to 7th and proposed resolutions include supporting the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli goods, scholars and doctors – even though leader Elizabeth May says that it’s party policy to reject BDS.
The BDS movement is veiled as a human rights issue concerning Palestinians but those who oppose it believe it’s a new form of anti-Semitism and vandalizing Israeli products is a crime.
But this resolution isn’t where anti-Israel proposals end for the Green Party. There’s also a proposed resolution revoking charitable status for the Jewish National Fund of Canada, one of the most successful environmental charities in the world.
This past February, CPC MP Tony Clement brought forward a motion condemning the BDS movement. It passed in a 229-51 vote which Elizabeth May didn’t participate in and although she has stated she doesn’t support the movement, she publicly opposed the motion under the premise that it’s an attack on free speech but that argument is invalid.
Then there was former Green Party president, Paul Estrin, forced to resign over a blog post about Gaza on the party’s website that made pro-Israel comments.
May also once supported a party resolution condemning what was termed “illegal” Israeli settlements even after expressing support for Israel and publicly stating that the party supports Israel’s right to exist and condemns anti-Semitism.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East with a Green Party and the only democratic country in the Middle East. Yet these resolutions put forth by the Green Party are the only foreign policy resolutions to be promoted at the convention.
The “factual errors” within the JNF resolution could easily be construed as anti-Israel rhetoric. After all, when compared with the BDS movement itself, using misinformation as a thin veil for anti-Semitism is the mode of operation.