Saturday, August 9, 2014

How Canada's NDP enables and seeks to participate in the Israel genocide

Logo from the NDP petition

By Denis G. Rancourt


It is no longer a question of serious debate whether Israel's intentions and actions constitute genocide, versus less serious crimes against humanity, or simple war crimes [1]. The Israeli establishment, Jewish Israeli citizens, and some prominent members of the Jewish diaspora all expressly call for genocide (extermination, cleansing, "mowing the grass", etc.). Op-Eds and media statements by Israeli government officials are explicit. Thus, Israel's actions since 1948 need not speak for themselves, although the actions themselves do speak plenty loud enough. [2][3][4]

All three major Canadian political parties (Conservatives, Liberals, NDP) directly enable the Israel genocide against Palestinians by:
  1. staunchly refusing to condemn Israel for its now-routine mass slaughters in Gaza, or for its latest and most brazen mass slaughter in Gaza of the last month;
  2. expressly, repeatedly, and glibly insisting that Israel -- the aggressor, occupier, and perpetrator -- has a "right to defend itself";
  3. accepting and enforcing the US-Israel stance that the forefront formation of Palestinian resistance -- Hamas, the elected representatives of Gazans -- is a "terrorist" organization; 
  4. using this contrived classification of Hamas as a false pretext for allowing the Israel genocide to continue unimpeded, and as a pretext to prevent any meaningful negotiations by allowing Hamas to be excluded from all settlement discussions. 
The Green party also plays this role admirably well. 

But mostly one has to admire the Conservatives for being consistently vehement with their support for the terrorist state of Israel, whereas the others are pathetic in the apologetic tone of their public statements in support of Israeli crimes, and in their sustained attempts to deceive their potential supporters.

And it is an obvious question to ask how it is that all these parties follow the exact same script? It's almost like there is an edict being decreed from some unseen body, otherwise known as the Israel Lobby -- the US-Empire's de facto whip on the Empire's Middle East policy [3].

Back to the NDP. In trying to deceive concerned Canadian citizens while serving the Israeli project of genocide, the Zionist Thomas Mulcair (leader of the NDP) is testing a particularly disturbing tactic: He wants to "bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment" [5][6][7]. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is apparently allowing himself to be used in this way, and is fully participating in the proposed scheme [5][6][7].

The NDP would have us follow Dr. Abuelaish who "rejected the politics of hatred and revenge, and instead committed himself to reconciliation and love" [5]. Translated, in its context I take this to mean: to not condemn Israel for its abominable on-going crimes, including incremental genocide, and, instead, to remove children from Gaza in a vast guilt-alleviation scam rather than demand that the blockade be lifted immediately so that all Gazans can begin to benefit from improved medical care and healthier living conditions.

As far as I can tell, this latest public-image-management scheme is not something that originated from Gazan civil society, or from the victims themselves and their extended families. Such systematic child removal is an ethical nightmare: How could this crass proposal have been cooked up and why? Have any of the MDs who want to participate ever asked to volunteer in Gaza, or have they ever spoken out against the Israeli crimes against humanity in Gaza? On so on.

This is lower than low: "Let's save Gazan children by bringing a token 100 of them to modern medicine in Toronto! Let's put all the needed diplomatic and logistical resources into this scheme rather than sending aid to Gaza to the people in the field who best know the priorities of what is needed."

One of the possible defining characteristic of genocide is "Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group" [1]. Arguably, this is the only characteristic of genocide that racist-Israel had not yet materialized. It would appear that it took Canadian multiculturalism and the NDP -- benefiting from Canada's extensive experience from its own highly successful genocide against the First Peoples [2] -- to bring us there.

Bravo Thomas.

To me, the NDP scheme is repugnant, à la Zionist Mulcair, and it shows how naive the Canadian public has become (at least the potential supporters of the NDP) that such projects can be proposed for public consumption, and seriously be echoed in some media, without critical analysis. Have we gone mad?


Endnotes

[1] See the definitions of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes given in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Articles 5 to 8.

[2] "Israel's attempted genocide must fail -- Lessons from Canada's genocide" by Denis G. Rancourt, July 29, 2014; http://activistteacher.blogspot.ca/2014/07/israels-attempted-genocide-must-fail.html -- and at Dissident Voice.

[3] "The Intended Roles of the Israel-Lobby and of Israel in the US-Empire are Incompatible with Peace" by Denis G. Rancourt,July 30, 2014; http://activistteacher.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-intended-roles-of-israel-lobby-and.html -- and at Dissident Voice.

[4] "Israel-US has interrupted its slaughter in Gaza only to press forward with its genocide" by Denis G. Rancourt, August 6, 2014; http://activistteacher.blogspot.ca/2014/08/israel-us-has-interupted-its-slaughter.html -- and at Dissident Voice.

[5] "Act now to help bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment" NDP petition started in the last few days; http://petition.ndp.ca/children-from-Gaza

[6] "Canadians can help to heal wound in the Holy Land -- Canadians should help save 100 children wounded in Gaza by bringing them here to be treated, says Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish" Toronto Star, July 30, 2014; http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/30/canadians_can_help_to_heal_wound_in_the_holy_land.html

[7] This entire blog article is, obviously, an opinion piece. The author does not question that Dr. Abuelaish authentically holds well-meaning personal motives. The author does not know Dr. Abuelaish. This article is meant as sociopolitical analysis in an attempt to understand the mechanisms of complicity and of cover-up regarding Israel's abominable on-going crimes, which operate in Canada.


Dr. Denis G. Rancourt is a former tenured and Full Professor of physics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is known for his applications of physics education research (TVO Interview). He has published over 100 articles in leading scientific journals, and has written several social commentary essays. He is the author of the book Hierarchy and Free Expression in the Fight Against Racism. While he was at the University of Ottawa, he supported student activism and opposed the influence of the Israel lobby on that institution, which fired him for a false pretext in 2009: LINK

1 comment:

Arthur Topham said...

Bravo Denis! Thank you for exposing the glaring and disgusting hypocrisy of all of Canada's federal parties but in particular the one that should have stood up for Gaza – the NDP.