Israel Lobby supports Mulcair leadership - raises concerns


mentalfloss
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Support from Israel Lobby for Mulcair NDP leadership bid raises serious concerns

With voting underway to elect the new leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party and just two weeks until the leadership convention, Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) has discovered information indicating that key players at the highest levels in Canada’s Israel Lobby are backing the candidacy of Thomas Mulcair.

IJV is a non-partisan organization and is not endorsing any candidate in the NDP leadership race. But IJV has a responsibility to highlight the fact that the positions of leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair stand out as more closely aligned with those of Stephen Harper than with the NDP on the issue of the ongoing crisis in Israel/Palestine.

The newly revealed Israel Lobby support for Mulcair’s NDP leadership bid includes donations from David Mayhood, a former chair of various fundraising programs at the United Israel Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto, an organization which raises millions of dollars for Israel advocacy and the “centrality of Israel” and partners with the Strauss Group, a company targeted for its questionable practices by the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement; and accolades from Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Canada-Israel Committee, who has called Mulcair “ courageous” for his one-sided support of Israel, because Mulcair has, in Fogel’s estimation, “consistently challenged the radical element that has sought to capture the soul of their party.”

Others contributions to Mulcair’s campaign include one from Brent Belzberg, past co-chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA); the endorsement of former NDP MP Lorne Nystrom, who is currently a board member of CIJA; a donation from CIJA board member Joel Reitman; and another from Alvin Segal, who is a board member of the Canada-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

The sums of money involved are not large, but “IJV’s concern is that these donations indicate the leadership of the Israel Lobby recognizes that Mulcair would be ’an ardent supporter of Israel in all situations and in all circumstances,’ as he himself put it,” says Montreal IJV steering committee member Fabienne Presentey. “As IJV sees it, Mr. Mulcair’s unconditional support for Israel could result in the NDP ignoring Israel’s violation of Palestinians’ human rights and its contempt for international law.”

Canada’s Israel Lobby is becoming increasingly centralized and undemocratic. CIJA and its allies represent the corporate interests of only a minority of Canadian Jews. But they provide strong, unquestioning political and financial support for everything Israel does. CIJA’s board members include Stockwell Day, a former senior executive at Irving Oil, and a variety of senior corporate executives and board members, as well as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defence Forces reserves.

IJV is deeply concerned about this high-level support for Mulcair’s leadership bid from Canada’s Israel Lobby. We believe that NDP members voting to elect a new leader should be concerned as well, as these latest revelations serve to compound the concerns already raised by previous reports from IJV, Rabble.ca, and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East .

Independent Jewish Voices is a pan-Canadian human rights organization that promotes the application of international law and respect for human rights as the basis for the resolution of the ongoing conflict in Israel/Palestine. While IJV is politically non-partisan, the organization seeks to ensure that our analysis is shared with those who are in a position to influence Canadian public policy. To that end, IJV is expressing its perspective on the unbalanced positions taken by one of the candidates for leader of the federal New Democratic Party with respect to this conflict.


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petros
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What is to be surprised about? Jews have always been Socialists.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

What is to be surprised about? Jews have always been Socialists.

Either way, Colpy's NDP vote is now secure.
 
Colpy
Conservative
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Either way, Colpy's NDP vote is now secure.

Well.....don't hold your breath.

They's still have to back off on a LONG list of things to get my vote..........green silliness, love of the UN, lust for my guns, and the romance they are having with the separatists.....just to start with.

Although it is nice to hear that the probable leader of the NDP will support our friends manning the gate against the barbarians.........instead of doing a Libby Davies, and stabbing them in the back.
 
petros
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Quote:

manning the gate against the barbarians

You've been Catalina Island? Weird **** in California.

Ohhhh the other Barbary.....
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy View Post

They's still have to back off on a LONG list of things to get my vote..........green silliness, love of the UN, lust for my guns, and the romance they are having with the separatists.....just to start with.

I wish I had your problems, lol
 
Colpy
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

I wish I had your problems, lol

That's just because then you'd get my medication.....
 
taxslave
Free Thinker
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Now that would be a novel experience, the NDP supporting a democracy.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Now that would be a novel experience, the NDP supporting a democracy.

Of course, democracy is only a novel experience for conservatives.
 
DaSleeper
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For NDP Ideologues.....
Don't Touch My Kool-Aid - Cameron J - YouTube
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

I wish I had your problems, lol

Now if the supported a Liberal it would fine and dandy?

HHmm bias - HHmmm Possible - HHmmmm - Have to think on it. HHmmmmm - Yes
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

Now if the supported a Liberal it would fine and dandy?

HHmm bias - HHmmm Possible - HHmmmm - Have to think on it. HHmmmmm - Yes

Nah, I'm more of an "anyone but Conservatives" kinda guy.

I do agree with the party on some issues, but it is rare.
 
55Mercury
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Well, I guess this means if Mulcair wins then the Liberals will have the Al-quaeda vote sealed up.
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Nah, I'm more of an "anyone but Conservatives" kinda guy.

I do agree with the party on some issues, but it is rare.

And your opinion of Justin Trudeau the Lesser is?
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Now that would be a novel experience, the NDP supporting a democracy.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Of course, democracy is only a novel experience for conservatives.

Democracy in Canada is a myth. Not as bad as in the States, though, but we're getting up there.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

And your opinion of Justin Trudeau the Lesser is?

He makes inflammatory statements to get attention for some just causes.

His existence is a bittersweet reminder of why society requires a figurehead to pay attention.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

He makes inflammatory statements to get attention for some just causes.

His existence is a bittersweet reminder of why society requires a figurehead to pay attention.

And an adoring fan of Fidel Castro - He is just a piece of crap that should go back to something useful.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
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I hope Israel knows Mulcair can't make the world any safer for Israel than the last place they bled dry....
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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If you love Israel you aren't Canadian, you hate democracy you condone murder, genocide, organ theft, slavery, illegal wars of agression, international terrorism, private transnational banking and the largest international organized crime ring the world has ever known. That blight on human decency has not one redeeming virtue except possibly it's rapidly disappearing future. Nobody will miss the untreated sewage.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy View Post

Well.....don't hold your breath.

They's still have to back off on a LONG list of things to get my vote..........green silliness, love of the UN, lust for my guns, and the romance they are having with the separatists.....just to start with.

Id be fine if we pulled out of the UN altogether. Its a useless body barely any better than its predecessor.

The 'romance with the separatists' is rather disturbing, I'll admit. Hopefully that'll end.
 
Colpy
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http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.c...387191cl-8.jpg

I like it! I wonder if they have an extra suit????

Eye on a Crazy Planet: Emotionally unbalanced Jews aggressively campaign to have NDP reject Thomas Mulcair
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy View Post

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.c...387191cl-8.jpg

rofl

If the parties were students in a classroom - the NDP would be the geeks, the Cons are the jocks and the Liberals would be the guy that just gets by cheating off of other classmates.

Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy View Post

Eye on a Crazy Planet: Emotionally unbalanced Jews aggressively campaign to have NDP reject Thomas Mulcair

The funny thing is that there isn't really much about Mulcair's campaign that says his foreign policy is favourable for one side or another. I'm sure he can't be anywhere near the j00 worship the Cons are doling out though.
 
CDNBear
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The analogy and terminology used in that post, are very interesting and quite telling.
Last edited by CDNBear; Mar 21st, 2012 at 07:09 PM..
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

rofl

If the parties were students in a classroom - the NDP would be the geeks, the Cons are the jocks and the Liberals would be the guy that just gets by cheating off of other classmates.



The funny thing is that there isn't really much about Mulcair's campaign that says his foreign policy is favourable for one side or another. I'm sure he can't be anywhere near the j00 worship the Cons are doling out though.

Much different than Joo hate by the Liberals.