On April 12 Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau released a statement congratulating Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on his fifth electoral victory. Two statements stood out for their misleading role in creating a contrived narrative.
The first statement concerns democracy, “During the conversation, the two leaders spoke of the underlying democratic values shared by both countries. “ Indeed, there is a common democratic sharing between the countries. Both are colonial settler countries, one has successfully sidelined/cleansed its indigenous population, the other is still working on settlements in order to create a racist apartheid state. There is a strong possibility that the first was a model for the second.
Democracy also involves the acceptance and application of the”rule of law”, a mantra used by all nominally democratic countries in order to keep the populace acquiescence in the face of some hidden transgression. Canada has demonstrated the abrogation of “rule of law” on many occasions: its bombing of Libya and Yugoslavia/Serbia; its extraterritorial arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou; its declaration of regime change in Venezuela and the support given to the U.S.’ illegal sanctions there; domestically, its application of a hastily written new law so that a large corporation, known for its insider dealings (SNC-Lavalin) could escape criminal charges. As a supporter of the ‘White Helmets’ in Syria, Canada is also in abrogation of international humanitarian law as that group was funded by the west in order to provide media bias in support of fanatical terrorist groups in Syria. The list could go on….
The second statement carries even larger implications for democracy and “rule of law”, “The Prime Minister expressed Canada’s continued and strong support for Middle East peace efforts leading to a two-state solution while standing firmly with Israel in its right to live in peace and security with its neighbours. Canada and Israel cooperate closely on matters of regional security.”
Okay, sure, but there never will be a two state solution. It was never intended to happen and Israel’s history makes that very clear. A very well written recent work, “Preventing Palestine” (Princeton University Press, 2018) by Seth Anziska, (a lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations at University College, London) demonstrates that a two state solution was never in the works. What was in the works was continual dialogue about ‘autonomy’ while settlements were built and expanded in order to prevent the very fact of a Palestinian state. This comes from both the Camp David Accords and on through the Oslo Agreements.
The current situation is such that a Palestinian state is impossible with all the small apartheid style containments – or in some cases virtual open air prisons – disallowing any contiguous entity to be made. It is about time that Trudeau, his Liberal party, and indeed all other Canadian federal parties supporting the two state solution – as they all do – apprise themselves of the real history and actual situation in Palestine/Israel. Neither democracy nor “rule of law” – other than extemporaneous military law – exists in occupied Palestine, and it is all designed to remove and restrict indigenous Palestinians within their homeland – always has, always will…perhaps.
As for regional security, Canada certainly supports that as its sale of military vehicles and weapons to Saudi Arabia – Israel’s de facto ally – and its pathetic pretense at attacking ISIS under U.S. patronage all attest to. And once again it rolls around to “rule of law” as Canada breaks international criminal law, war law, and humanitarian law in its support of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the Gulf States – all supplying material and service support to ISIS – a U.S./Saudi spawned group – in their war against Syria.
I hold no great expectations for Canada as a leading light for global affairs, for its self proclaimed status as “peacemaker” operating under “rule of law.” It has nestled itself comfortably into the western narrative framed by the Washington consensus and enjoys all the perks and problems that come within that configuration.
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Jim Miles is a frequent contributor to Global Research.
National unity the ‘sole choice’ for Palestinians to face ‘deal of the century’
April 20, 2019 at 1:47 pm
Palestinian speakers at a political discussion panel held to commemorate Palestinian Prisoners’ Day have concluded that Palestinians have to be united in order to face the US “deal of the century”.
Palestinians commemorate Prisoners’ Day on 17 April every year. The panel was held by the Palestinian Club in Britain, in cooperation with the EU-Pal Club, and hosted speakers Hafez Al-Karmi, head of the Palestinian Club in Britain Kamel Hawwash, and Palestinian National Council (PNC) member Ali Al-Saleh, Safa news agency reported.
Speaking at the event, Al-Karmi hailed Palestinians in Jerusalem who have undermined several Israeli “judaisation” programmes in the Holy City, including the electronic gates placed at the entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque and more recently attempts to change Bab Al-Rahma gate.
He also noted that Palestinians in the occupied West Bank cannot carry out the same mission, because they are being fought by both the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Israeli occupation.
Meanwhile, Al-Saleh, who is head of the Palestinian community in London, also condemned the oppression being practiced against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Commenting on the “deal of the century”, Al-Saleh said that the details revealed thus far were no more than leaks used as “test balloons” by the US to see how far they are acceptable to the international community. He added that the PA rejects the deal, and at the same time it refuses to sit with the current US administration because it is taking the side of Israel.
For his part, Hawwash called on the EU to recognise Palestine as a state, as well as to recognise the Two-States Solution. He also called for the PA to replace the US with the EU and send a representative at ambassador level to the EU member states in order to get these states involved in the Palestinian issue.
To face the “deal of the century,” Al-Karmi said that the PA has to translate its positions – which object Israel’s measures – into actions on the ground. He also condemned the lack of effective Arab involvement in the issue of Palestine and called for them to support the resistance of Palestinians in Jerusalem and support their existence.
However, Al-Saleh said that the Arab countries have “died” and stressed that there is no hope for their assistance.
Meanwhile, Zaher Al-Birawi, the head of the EU-Pal Club who moderated the panel, downplayed the claims by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he has “good relations” with most Arab and Muslim countries, pointing to the stances of some of these countries in support for Palestine.
Jordanian MPs quarrel during session on Jerusalem
March 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm
Discussions about the status of the holy city of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque led to quarrels among Jordanian MPs, Safa news agency reported yesterday.
The quarrel took place during an urgent session held specially to discuss the status of Jerusalem and the ongoing Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Safa said that the quarrel started when MP Mohammed Hudaib said that the Jordanian guardianship of the holy sites in occupied Palestinian territories “is dying and the deal of the century is in its final stages.”
Other MPs accusing Hudaib of questioning the seriousness of the Jordanian’s position on the holy site. Bottles of water were then thrown across the hall forcing Parliament Speaker Atef Al-Tarawneh to suspend the meeting.
Jerusalem has been witnessing continuous Israeli aggression as the occupation tightens its grip on Al-Aqsa Mosque in an effort to Judaise the Muslim holy site.
Over the weekend an Israeli court ruled that the Al-Rahma Gate area would be sealed off once again, has it had been since 2003. Palestinians re-entered the area last month and began holding prayers there.
In the weeks since, the Israeli authorities have banned scores of Palestinians – including religious officials – from entering the Al-Aqsa, which for Muslims represents the world’s third holiest site.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem, in which the Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.