Your party recently added the grassroots BDS movement to its official policy. This was a response to the continued settler colonialism perpetuated by the Zionist regime of Israel. Within Canada, there is a tremendous stranglehold of politicians in major parties by the institutionalized and powerful pro-Israel lobby, documented at great length for its dominance all across the world, including America and Europe.
The Green Party Justice Critic was incredibly clear and concise in the official policy, without a mention of the ancient religion of Judaism which predates the creation of Israel in 1948 by Zionism, which was practiced intentionally in European settler colonial fashion, dating back to the Balfour Declaration in 1917, which arranged for Zionist militias to invade Palestine (decades later); Palestine, which was home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, who lived in peace, was indeed ethnically cleansed by the Zionist regime, and the plot for there to be a Jewish colony in the middle east has taken place and developed, all at the unneeded expense of the Palestinians’ basic human rights.
We are no longer living in the 1800s or the 20th or 21st centuries. Colonization is not justifiable, although it has majorly occurred throughout history. It’s 2016, and Israel is still colonizing Palestine within the context of the aforementioned and abhorrent Zionist scheme.
Not only is the zionist concept offensive in the way it presupposes that Jews from Europe and all across the world need to live in modern day Israel, which brutally occupies Palestinians and leaves them without human rights, but this Zionist ideology in principle is inherently racist. To follow up with this fact, Israel is not even a Jewish state. It is not even a democratic state, either. To imply that it is would be factually incorrect, because there are millions of Palestinians living there, they are just regarded as sub human by the Zionist regime, whose alleged politicians explain that non-white Jewish people are a demographic threat.
Rogel Alpher writes in Haaretz:
“The only way to preserve Israeli control over Judea and Samaria and simultaneously maintain Israel’s standing as a Jewish and democratic country is to make the Palestinians disappear, to cause them to evaporate. If there are no Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, Israel will indeed be Jewish and democratic. But there are Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. They are not going to evaporate. That is also a simple fact.
As of November 2015, Israel is not a Jewish state. I don’t understand how there can be any argument over this statement. In the areas under Israel’s control, which include of course East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, Israel is a binational state, because two nations inhabit it. This is a simple fact. True, official Israeli sovereignty does not extend over Judea and Samaria, but Judea and Samaria are under Israeli occupation.
If the term occupation irritates you, for purposes of discussion we can replace it with “control” – freedom of action by the Israel Defense Forces throughout Judea and Samaria is the proof of Israeli control over these areas.
It [Israel] encourages “provocative” people – those who merely want to state simple facts – to be quiet lest something bad happen to them, or to leave the country.
Not only is Israel for all intents and purposes a binational state, it is also for all intents and purposes an apartheid state, because it deprives the Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria of their basic rights. Jewish Israeli citizens live in complete blindness. They repress the simple fact that Israel is a binational state imposing an apartheid regime over the Palestinian people living in areas under its control. They continue to think of it as a Jewish and democratic state.”
Miss May, since your party endorsed BDS, you have stated to the corporate media that you oppose BDS, and that you are disappointed in your party. You are quoted here:
“We had a very abbreviated debate and a very quick vote that left me breathless. I’m going away for the first week off I’ve had off since Christmas and I will be doing a lot of reflecting. It’s only been since the convention that I’ve been wondering what’s the best way to get this position reversed so that in the next election Green Party candidates across Canada are not facing a complete distraction of an issue.”
Your statements are understandable, as it is clear the pro-Israel lobby in Canada is using the media to smear you, as well as the party. However, I must question a leader not standing up for what a majority of voters of the party democratically voted for. What kind of message does this send to your party? To your colleagues, even?
While justice is a long and hard task at hand, who better to guide the greens than you? A seasoned politician, who, the media says, is at the end of her rope? Do you have much to lose, according to your critics? You know what it’s like–being them–so you should know how to defeat them, theoretically.
While the corporate media slanders your party, and while members of your party would now be officially detained and deported upon their arrival to Israel or the occupied West Bank, you are doing exactly what the lobbyists and the media want you to do. You are telling the media that you’re going to step down to trigger another convention sooner to try to “reverse” this policy.
While the green parties in other major nations fully support BDS and condemn Zionist terrorism, you consider making it possible for their to be a coup, of sorts, in this green party, and to have some sellout politician elected by the Israel lobby to cash in on a new position as head of the green party. This new leader will obviously smear BDS and be an apologist for Zionism, and then many of your party members will vomit in disgust before resigning from the party.
One of my main questions to Elizabeth May is, is this really something to be proud of?
When hard working people in important positions make a change–a change in businesses, athletic clubs, political positions–they are said to become invigorated with the vitality–the chance to start anew, like Mike Babcock said after switching NHL teams from Detroit to Toronto.
What I’m getting at here is this: Canadian citizens don’t have anyone like Jill Stein or Jeremy Corbyn to vote for. Past green party leaders have even been staunch supporters of Israel. Let’s face it, Canadian politics is a sham. It’s either the Liberals or the Conservatives getting elected, with the NDP even embarrassingly booting members for offering sympathies to Palestinians in an effort to garner more support from the Israel lobby and the media.
Miss May, I challenge you to respond to the media in a way that really does get everyone talking, not just the pundits and the rich and the ignorant and the manipulated. If you defended your party like a leader should, you’d gain respect from your own party ahead of an election, as well as otherwise apathetic voters like me. Does the Canadian government not recognize that its foreign policy causes depression, not only for the people being oppressed in the middle east, but for Canadians as well, of many nationalities, for how disregarded they are in the news and by politicians, and for how their relatives are being killed, or might be killed, or how they cannot travel safely to visit loved ones?
The Justice Critic clearly indicated facts in the policy, and lobbyists are allergic to facts:
“When Palestine was partitioned in 1947, the U.N. allocated approximately 1/3 of Palestinian territory to the Palestinian people, although they constituted approximately 2/3 of the population.
Since 1947, the Palestinian people have never exercised true sovereignty over the territory the U.N. had allocated to them. Moreover, due primarily to Israeli settlement construction in the OPT, the land Palestinians occupy has shrunk dramatically since 1947.
Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits occupying powers from transferring parts of their own civilian population to territory they occupy. Accordingly, the U.N. Security Council has declared that Israeli settlements in the OPT constitute “a flagrant violation” of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Moreover, in a 2004 advisory opinion, the International Court of Justice ruled that Israel’s settlements have been established in breach of international law.
Despite the clear illegality of Israeli settlements in the OPT, Israel has continued to construct and expand such settlements up to the current time and has given no indication that it will cease doing so in the foreseeable future. Moreover, the current Israeli Prime Minister has made numerous statements that raise serious questions as to his commitment to a two-state solution. Thus, Palestinians’ prospects for achieving a sovereign Palestinian state through bilateral negotiations with Israel are remote.”
Elizabeth May, instead of fearing the Israel lobby, why not take full advantage of your party’s enthusiasm for justice? Jill Stein, America’s Green Party candidate for President, is much more outspoken about all issues, especially on foreign policy regarding wars in the middle east for gas, as well as America’s tacit support of Israel’s perpetual extermination of the Palestinian people. In Britain and Ireland, for example, politicians speak out against Zionist crimes, without fear from the Israel lobby.
Justin Trudeau has proven to be part of the old boys’ club, totally uninterested in halting arms sales, or holding Israel accountable for war crimes. Israel has been grooming Trudeau for a while, clearly, for his glorious position of prime minister.
You, on the other hand, have a chance to further yourself in your chosen profession, while yes, challenging powerful members of the government, and not being scared sick of the goddamn corrupt media, which is so censored and framed in a way that makes young minds not question the issues of today whatsoever.
Canada does not have someone who is going to lead who’s not going to be a corrupt fear monger that helps subsidize oppression. Trudeau isn’t doing anything about the climate, and he is a staunch supporter of Israel. He’s more focused on his own family and career than any major human rights issue. In fact, he’s more worried about how to frack more, and make pro-Israel lobbyists not venomously harass and coerce and secretly bribe the government to provide complete support for the military occupation of Palestine.
This is your chance to do something special, not just for everybody being oppressed, but for yourself, also. Can you not see Jill Stein across the border being endorsed by Dr. West, artists like Immortal Technique, and many others? Can you not see the Black Lives Matter movement’s emergence so strongly in the United States, outrightly condemning Israel for apartheid and genocide?
The tides are turning on this issue. This can be used in your favour to garner support from the people. So far there have been whispers that you should resign. Please do not allow yourself to be ousted by somebody more corporate and cooperative with lobby groups. Rather, I ask that you come out swinging–draw attention to yourself, talk about the revolution that really is happening, and how you’re going to further it along.
The lobby groups are threatening you, true. But maybe it’s time to fight back. I’m sure a politician can find a way to prove to a blind society how evil and corrupt the people controlling the news are. You have an entire party at your disposal, and a just establishment needs to be won over. These institutions like B’nai Brith are complicit in the mass murder of indigenous Palestinians, and the continued destruction of their homes and lives. The fake philanthropists that preside over these lobby groups should be prosecuted immediately.
In summation, Elizabeth May, I wish you the best of luck and I wholeheartedly hope that you become more outspoken, not just about the crimes committed by Israel against Palestinians, but about all foreign policy issues, as well as the corruption within capitalism, and how to be part of an Earth that is not going to make mankind extinct over time because of the pollution resulting from global industrialization.
You cannot be selective about fighting injustice. Everybody in the world should have basic human rights. No nation should be exploited, and no democratically elected leaderships should be ousted by America and its allies. Enough is enough. Canadians want change. This is your chance. Don’t be afraid. Make the most of it–it could be the best choice you ever made.