B’nai Brith Canada Supporters Call for the Death Penalty for Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh and Liberal Muslim MPs

B’nai Brith Canada is apoplectic, but for all the wrong reasons.

On August 29, 2018, dozens of supporters of Palestinian human rights gathered across the street from B’nai Brith’s head office to protest its smear campaign against the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

Like many unions around the world, CUPW has resolved to support Palestinians’ call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

In its smear campaign, B’nai Brith accused CUPW of having aligned itself with the Palestinian Postal Services Workers Union (PPSWU), which B’nai Brith claims is ‘pro-terrorist’.

In response, the PPSWU issued a statement in which it categorically denied B’nai Brith’s accusations and condemned its attack as part of an “aggressive defamation campaign which is being led by Israel’s far-right government and lobby groups… with the aim of demonizing the Palestinian people, suppressing solidarity with the our struggle for freedom, justice and equality, restricting freedom of expression, and shielding Israel’s illegal occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheidfrom being held accountable to international law.”

Other trade union groups, including Brazil’s CSP-Conlutas and the International Labour Network of Solidarity and Struggles, also issued statements in which they expressed solidarity with CUPW and the PPSWU in the face of B’nai Brith’s smear campaign.

Before the August 29 rally, the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) issued a press release falsely claiming that the rally had been organized without CUPW’s knowledge or consent. In fact, organizers of the rally (of which I am one) had already made senior CUPW officials aware of the rally, following which CUPW issued a statement expressing gratitude to its allies for opposing the smear campaign.

Shortly after the rally’s organizers publicized their intention to hold a demonstration in support of CUPW, the Jewish Defence League (JDL) announced that it would hold a counter-protest at the same time and place. The JDL’s inflammatory and outlandish announcement described the rally as a “pro terror march in the middle of the Jewish community.”

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As I have written previously, the JDL is a motley collection of violent, racist, Islamophobic hate-mongers. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has categorized the JDL as a “violent extremist Jewish organization,” while the Southern Poverty Law Center describes the JDL as “a radical organization that preaches a violent form of anti-Arab, Jewish nationalism.” Within the past year, two members of JDL Canada have been charged with a hate crime by police in Washington D.C.  The charges arose from the savage mob-beating of a defenceless and elderly Palestinian man. In May 2018, one of the accused failed to appear for a court hearing in Washington. A warrant was then issued for his arrest. Continue Reading ›

If Trump’s G7 Antics Prove Anything, It’s That Canada Must Become Less Dependent on U.S. Trade

On The Real News, I discuss with Sharmini Peries Canada’s excessive dependence on trade with the United States and the pressing need for Canada to diversify its trading relationships.

Sharmini and I also discuss Doug Ford’s reckless plan to withdraw Ontario from a cap-and-trade program with California and Quebec.

My conversation with Sharmini can be seen here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/trudeau-imposes-retaliatory-trade-tariffs-against-the-u-s

Ontario’s Premier-Elect Doug Ford Threatens To Suppress Free Speech Based On Fake News

On June 7, 2018, Doug Ford and Ontario’s “Progressive” Conservative Party won a large majority of the seats in Ontario’s legislature with the support of less than 41% of voters and less than 24% of eligible voters.

Three days later, Ford launched a frontal assault on Ontarians’ right to free speech and free assembly.

As reported by the Ottawa Citizen on June 11, “Doug Ford’s first new position as Ontario’s premier-to-be is that he’ll stop the annual anti-Israel protests called ‘Al-Quds Day.’”

The apparent cause of Ford’s lightening-speed assault on our constitutional rights was a barrage of fake news from none other than B’nai Brith Canada. Continue Reading ›

Far-Right Ideologue Doug Ford Wins a Majority in Canada’s Most Populous Province

In 2006, the scandal-plagued Liberal Party of Canada opened the door to the far-right Conservative government of the now discredited Stephen Harper.

In 2018, the scandal-plagued Liberal Party of Ontario opened the door to the far-right “Progressive” Conservative government of Doug Ford.

As I discuss with Sharmini Peries of The Real News, Canada’s Liberals seem to have a perverse talent for creating the conditions in which far-right candidates can win:

https://therealnews.com/stories/canada-update-doug-ford-becomes-ontario-premier-in-waiting-trudeau-heads-for-the-hills-for-the-g-7-summit.

 

Trudeau Government Spends Billions to Acquire TransMountain Tar Sands Pipeline

For the Real News, I speak with Adam Scott of Oil Change International about the Trudeau government’s decision to spend 4.5 billion taxpayer dollars on a planet-wrecking tar sands pipeline that cost Kinder Morgan $550 million.

My interview of Adam can be seen here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/trudeau-government-spends-billions-to-acquire-tar-sands-pipeline-in-canada

Activists Disrupt Love-Fest Between Canadian & Israeli Trade Ministers

On May 29, 2018, I and four other activists disrupted a Bay Street luncheon at which the Trade Ministers of Canada and Israel promoted a ‘modernized’ free trade agreement between Canada and Israel.

My fellow disrupters were Canadian-Israeli spiritual leader Sandralaya Ruch, Canadian-Palestinian activist Hammam Farah, Canadian-Israeli filmmaker Lia Tarachansky, and Ontario lawyer and activist Stephen Ellis.

The luncheon was organized by the Canadian Club of Toronto. Its stated mission is “to connect Canadians with world-class leaders and newsmakers and be a leading platform for influencers to engage Canadians on what matters most.”

The purpose of this grand affair was to promote a ‘modernized’ trade agreement between Canada and Israel, which the governments of Justin Trudeau and Benjamin Netanyahu signed on May 28 in Montreal. The keynote speakers at the Canadian Club luncheon were Canadian Minister of International Trade Francois-Phillipe Champagne and Israel’s Economy Minister Eli Cohen. Cohen is a former major in the Israeli Air Force. Continue Reading ›