By Sudarsan Raghavan the incident offers a window into the Yemeni government’s efforts to conceal Washington’s mistakes and the unintended consequences of civilian deaths in American air assaults. In this case, the deaths have bolstered the popularity of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,
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Emily Wang AnhThu Dang
As you know, Canada has been one of the leading voices in the world in
defending the right of the Jewish people to defend their homeland
against terrorist aggression. When we see the 1,700 rockets that have
been fired by the banned, anti-Semitic death cult called Hamas against
civilians in Israel, we understand what stakes are at play. We know that
Hamas and its hateful leadership, its state-sponsors in Tehran, and
other extremist organizations like Hezbollah do not seek a normal,
legitimate peace solution. They are not interested in a two-state
solution. They are interested in a one-state solution, and no state for
the Jewish people. They’ve told us again and again through their
words and actions that they want to push the Jews into the sea. And this
Canadian government takes them at their word.
When the government of Israel has responded over the past week to defend
its innocent civilians from endless violent aggression and attacks
targeting its civilians, it has done what any other responsible
civilized democracy in the world would do. In fact, when we see
condemnations coming from various corners of the international community
against Israel’s efforts to defend its innocent civilians from
terrorist attacks and these rocket bombardments, we think to ourselves
– imagine what would happen if Canadians were subjected to repeated,
unpredictable rocket attacks from a neighboring terrorist state that
were designed not to achieve a military objective, not to promote some
kind of a durable peace settlement, but just to terrorize individuals
and innocent civilians. This is totally unacceptable.
Canada and any other responsible democracy would exercise not just her
right, but her responsibility to defend her civilians as the Israeli
defense forces have done in these past few days through Operation Pillar
of Defense. We know that whenever there is warfare or conflict, there
will be regrettable consequences; there will be the loss of life and we
all together mourn for the innocent civilians both in Israel and in the
Gaza Strip whose lives have been lost in these past few days. We hope
and pray that the Palestinian leadership will give as much regard to
human life as the government and people of Israel, and that they will
stop this aggression that has forced Israel into this kind of defensive
action. We hope that the people of Gaza will finally reject the
reckless, hateful and violent leadership of Hamas, of Ismail Haniya, and
their state sponsors in the Holocaust-denying, anti-Semitic regime of
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran.
So once again, on behalf of my colleague, the Honourable John Baird,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Canada’s Prime Minister the Right
Honourable Stephen Harper, we reiterate Canada’s solidarity with the
people of Israel. In expressing that solidarity, we are actually
expressing solidarity for the very foundational principles of democracy,
of human dignity. No democracy can live in peace if it allows itself
endlessly to be subject to harassment, violence, terrorism and attacks
on its innocent civilians, such as the bombing that we saw today in
Israel that injured over two dozen victims – an attack that was
immediately praised as a martyr operation by the spokespeople for Hamas
in the Gaza Strip.
That is why Canada has continued to stand for Israel’s right to
defend itself. That is why Prime Minister Harper was the first world
leader in March of 2006 to announce an ending of all Canadian aid to the
Palestinian Authority following the election of Hamas, in the PA
elections in 2006. This is why Canada was almost alone in the civilized
world in standing with Israel in July and August of 2006, following
similar provocative rocket attacks from Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
It is why Prime Minister Harper stood up to Jacques Chirac and dozens of
world leaders at the Francophonie Summit in October of 2006, who sought
yet again to adopt a resolution scape-goating the Jewish state for
defending its civilians. It’s why again and again, this Prime
Minister and our Conservative government have taken these strong and
principled actions, because recognizing the right of the Jewish people
to their homeland and their right of that homeland to self-defense is
fundamentally in-sync with Canada’s democratic values. It’s also
in-sync with our interests.
Because as our Prime Minister has said, those who seek to eliminate the
Jewish people, ultimately, if allowed to, would seek to eliminate all of
us. This is, in a strange way, being motivated by the same kind of
ancient and durable hatred, of anti-Semitism that the Jewish people know
all too well. So once again, I would like to thank you all for gathering
together tonight in a concrete expression of your solidarity and support
– yes, for the state of Israel, but also for human life, for human
dignity, for democracy. That’s what you’re gathering to support
tonight in Vancouver. We thank you for doing so and we remind you that
Canada stands with you.
Am Yisrael Chai. May Israel live and prosper. God bless Israel, and God bless Canada.
Ben White The majority of Israeli academics do little to support the rights of Palestinians, and their institutions are complicit in the occupation
Prof. James F. Tracy Decades of occupation and apartheid have shaped the current scenario; Israel has dehumanized an entire people by seizing their land and forcing them into prison-like ghettoes. Adherents to political Zionism have shown contempt for a genuine political solution to the Palestinian conflict, and the Netanyahu administration is poised to crush all opposition to the Jewish state
John Pilger This is notably true in the Middle East where the Israeli state has successfully intimidated the BBC into presenting the theft of Palestinian land and the caging, torturing and killing of its people as an intractable “conflict” between equals. Standing in the rubble from an Israeli attack, one BBC journalist went further and referred to “Gaza’s strong culture of martyrdom”. So great is this distortion that young viewers of BBC News have told Glasgow University researchers they are left with the impression that Palestinians are the illegal colonisers of their own country.
Finian Cunningham The timing of the Israeli air strikes and naval barrage on Gaza came one week after the re-election of Barack Obama to the White House, which strongly suggests that his administration orchestrated the attacks to occur after the election to avoid any possible domestic political damage in the polls. A major military onslaught such as this requires weeks of planning and, significantly, consultation given the integral role of the Pentagon in Israel’s deployment of the anti-missile system, known as Iron Dome.
Gao Changxin ( China Daily) Another nail in the coffin?