The Israeli-Apartheid Anomaly
"The Prime Minister, the Government of Canada, and the Canadian Parliament have been very clear that we oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and that anti-Semitism is never acceptable."
Statement, MPs Anthony Housefather and Michael Levitt
"Why is Israel the only country constantly singled out? Why are they [World Social Forum group] not concerned about human rights in North Korea, or Iran or Syria?"
"Somehow boycotting the most democratic country in the Middle East is what they're focusing on, and it's really unfortunate."
MP Anthony Housefather
"We have already taken a stand to exclude all people, organizations or activities that promote any kind of oppression, supporting Palestinians and all the people struggling for their emancipation and freedom."
World Social Forum website
"The detailed programming of activities was not in the request for financial assistance or in the organization's charter."
"It should be mentioned that the government [of Quebec] was not involved in creating the programming, which includes some 1,000 activities."
Alexandra Pare, Quebec government spokeswoman
"This is the first time it's [World Social Forum annual conference] being held in North America, in a pluralistic and liberal democracy."
"It's an opportunity for them to pick it up a notch and make it a forum for legitimate expression of views on serious global concerns."
"The emphasis placed and the space given to those who seek to delegitimize the state of Israel and promote anti-Semitism is our biggest concern."
Eta Yudin, deputy director, public affairs, Centre for Israel and -cJewish Affairs, Quebec
|The federal government has distanced itself from the World Social Forum, expected to draw 10,000 people to Montreal this week, after concerns were raised about anti-Semitic content. fsm2016.org|
Sounds, from its title, like a responsible public-interest-conscience group with an international signature and an intention to focus on the social ills besetting the world of today. The conference that opened in Montreal today has been billed as a major international gathering, expecting over ten thousand participants. The Government of Canada participated in the event to the extent of funding employment for two students working with the organization.
The Province of Montreal, on the other hand, extended a subsidy to the value of $100,000 in mounting the conference, in a bid to advance the choice of Montreal as this year's venue, marking the group's first entrance into North America. Taken on trust that the programming for the conference would reflect a sober, intelligent lens on world affairs, neither the federal nor the provincial governments thought to glance at the programming.
They have, since. One session focused on the position that Islamic terrorists in reality are "in the service of world Zionism-capitalism". The website page for the event featured a cartoon of a stereotypical WWII-Nazi-era hook-nosed Jew, a Star of David on his hat. Forum organizers, reacting to shock at the revelation that they will be fronting 21 sessions demonizing Israel, cancelled that particular session.
Sayyed Ali Mousavi, the workshop organizer featuring the cartoon turned ballistically furious when the Forum reached the conclusion that his featured event went astray of its basic guidelines, condemning the very group he had been prepared to share his world views with: "World Social Forum is occupied by Israeli tanks and petrodollars Saudi Arabia", he screeched on the Forum's website.
A document on the website advises for the boycott of academics, artists and products linked to "Israeli apartheid", a position obviously held in trust by the group. The conference will hone in on 28 separate events targeting Israel, while two of the 21 major sessions scheduled are to focus on "Israeli apartheid". Which, when pointed out to the government, led to withdrawal of its meagre support for the conference and a condemnation of its focus.
The Forum's coordinator, Carminda Mae Lorin, stated that her organization "provides a stage for civil society" in the events it holds, while the content is led by individual groups. "We are still in the process of reviewing programming. If there are questionable activities, we will remove them from the programming", she assured her critics. To qualify for event removal the Forum's principles which prohibit proselytism, violence and political partisanship must be breached.
Yet as a result of its stance on eco-responsibility, accessibility and security, adding "non-apartheid" to the mixture representing one of four key commitments, it has invited participation by radicals who pose as social liberal democrats to enable them to present as legitimate critics of a country that its enemies claim has pathologized the Middle East in a war of conquest of Jews over Arabs; a nation of eight-and-a-half million oppressing a regional population of 422 million.
Taking out its psychotic Jewish ire in a particular focus on the helpless Palestinian population, roughly equal in numbers to the Jews in Israel, despite a lifetime's-worth of Palestinian terrorist attacks non-stop on Jews in Israel and the West Bank. Apartheid most logically describes Arab nations which cleansed themselves of their ancient Jewish populations in 1948. Apartheid reflects the Palestinian Authority's declaration that not a single Jew must remain within a future Palestinian state.
The world is inhabited by realists and also by delusionists.