Elizabeth May backs Green Party motion condemning 'illegal' Israeli settlements


mentalfloss
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I'm pretty sure Colpy said he would consider going green at some point.

Elizabeth May backs Green Party motion condemning 'illegal' Israeli settlements

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has no plans to pull her endorsement of a motion that would see the party "fully condemn all illegal Israeli settlement expansions" as "undeniable obstacles to the Israel-Palestine peace-process," despite escalating tensions in the region.

The proposed resolution is on the list of policy proposals slated to come up for debate during the party's weekend convention in Fredericton.

"I support the existing resolution condemning illegal settlements," May told CBC News Friday.

In fact, she says she wouldn't be surprised to see emergency resolutions related to both Gaza and the situation in Ukraine raised during Saturday's opening session.

The motion, which was drafted by Young Greens co-chair Ghaith El-Mohtar, a former intern in May's Ottawa office, is one of 54 draft policy resolutions on the agenda for convention attendees this weekend.

May is one of 14 listed co-sponsors.

Motion 'will likely have political repercussions'
According to an official policy statement on the Department of Foreign Affairs website, Canada believes the Israeli settlements "constitute a serious obstacle to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace," but the government has in recent years avoided commenting on the settlements.

In a backgrounder posted on the Green Party website, El-Mohtar acknowledges the motion "will likely have political repercussions" for the party.

"It will almost certainly frustrate the party's supporters who happen to support Israel's settlement expansions," he explained.

"It may also provoke a reaction from Canada's Israel lobby, which currently enjoys almost unconditional support for Israel's actions as the political norm in Canada."

On the other hand, he pointed out that it could "reinforce [the party's] image as a supporter of justice in the Middle
East," which, he predicted, "would likely win over former NDP supporters who oppose [NDP Leader] Thomas Mulcair's unquestioning support of Israel."

The NDP hasn't been shy of reminding the government of Canada's official position on settlements, but it is fair to say the party has become less critical of the Israeli government under Mulcair's leadership.

Last month, a would-be NDP candidate claimed his position on Israeli-Palestinian issues were behind the party executive's move to block him from running for the nomination in the new B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith. The NDP refused to confirm or deny his claim.

The government and the Conservative Party have been vocal about their staunch and unwavering support for Israel, while the Liberals this week expressed support for Israel in the current conflict with Hamas.

Elizabeth May backs Green Party motion condemning 'illegal' Israeli settlements
 
Walter
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Straight from the horse's mouth.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Straight from the horse's mouth.

Straight from the horse's azz.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Straight from the horse's azz.

An apt description of ellimay.

Who gets to decide if the settlements are illegal? Will the greenies decide this for all of us?
 
gerryh
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A little behind the times, aren't they.
 
petros
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It has long been the world stance that the occupation is illegal but US has used veto powers to keep the dogs at bay.
 
lone wolf
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Veto is the UN's big fail
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

It has long been the world stance that the occupation is illegal but US has used veto powers to keep the dogs at bay.


It would not be good for the U.S. or Canada if a resolution like that did pass and create a precedent.
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

It would not be good for the U.S. or Canada if a resolution like that did pass and create a precedent.

There's a pretty strong argument that immigration to North America predates UN
 
mentalfloss
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Well clearly Harper is not speaking for the country so somebody has to.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Well clearly Harper is not speaking for the country so somebody has to.


The Government of Canada has already condemned the actions. This is the first time the Green Party has done it. It's about time. I guess better late than never.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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I think that Flossy wants a more anti-Semitic representative than he sees in harper
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

I think that Flossy wants a more anti-Semitic representative than he sees in harper

those types try to be as subtle as they can.
 
mentalfloss
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I want a balanced analysis not this clear favouritism for one side.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I want a balanced analysis not this clear favouritism for one side.


bullshyte
 
Dixie Cup
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I was told by my sister-in-law that Elizabeth May was a genius. Apparently she doesn't know that the Israeli's left Gaza in 2005. I'm just sayin...
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie CupView Post

I was told by my sister-in-law that Elizabeth May was a genius. Apparently she doesn't know that the Israeli's left Gaza in 2005. I'm just sayin...


I guess your sister-in-law has very low standards when it comes to intelligence.
 
Dixie Cup
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

I guess your sister-in-law has very low standards when it comes to intelligence.



Apparently, she's a genius too lol
 
Praxius
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

It would not be good for the U.S. or Canada if a resolution like that did pass and create a precedent.

Yeah, heaven forbid Democracy was allowed to properly work
 
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