Backlash long overdue, Re: Ottawa Slams Apartheid Week, National Post, March 12, 2011

It is very encouraging to hear that the Government of Canada is slamming Israeli Apartheid Week and that there is a growing Canadian backlash against it. This is IAW’s seventh year of pelting Canadians with dishonest, disingenuous, racist, anti-Semitic rubbish that has no basis in reality and a backlash is long overdue.

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IAW serves no one except the ideologues and bigots behind it because it gives them a forum to indoctrinate young minds and spread their anti-Israel bilge. It does a terrible disservice to everyone else, including students and Palestinians themselves…students because it presents a very one-sided, unbalanced and incomplete picture of events in the Middle East with no historical context or recognition of contrary viewpoints whatsoever and Palestinians because it reinforces their false sense of victimhood, because it precludes them from recognizing the real roots of the problems that plague them and taking constructive measures to improve their lives and because it allows them to carry out and justify unspeakable atrocities like the murder of an Israeli family in their sleep two days ago, a father and mother in their mid 30′s and three children aged 11, 4 and 3 months, all of whom had their throats slit.

Palestinians reacted to the murders by taking to the streets and celebrating and passing out candies and sweets. The day after the murders they also named a town square after the leader of a 1978 bus hijacking in which 35 Israelis were killed.

Israeli Apartheid Week won’t bring Israel down or raise up Palestinians. All it really does is diminish everyone and act as an impediment to peace, security and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians alike. The sooner we reject it and rid ourselves of it the better.

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