Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
Your government should firmly reject attempts by the Tory party to portray the BDS movement as hateful and Anti-semitic.
Nothing could be more untrue.
BDS is a legal and nonviolent way to bring pressure on Israel to respect human rights and international law.
It does not demand the end of the State of Israel. It does not demand that Jews return to Europe.
It does not call for a one state solution.
The BDS movement arose as a result of a plea from Palestinian civil society to the international community for help.
It has 3 specific democratic demands, all of which are consistent with existing Canadian policy:
1 an end to Israeli occupation
2 EQUALITY for Jews and non Jews in Israel
3 a fair and just solution for the Palestinian refugees.
See official site of BDS National Committee:
These 3 BDS demands are congruent with Canada’s officially stated policy objectives with respect to human rights, fairness and international law.
Canada should support BDS as a supplemental tactic to bring pressure on Israel to respect human rights and its existing obligations under international law.
Thank you for your attention.