KAIROS - "Social justice group says Ottawa cut its funding..."

102 posts / 0 new
Last post
NDPP

Perhaps Mr Kenney has forgotten his 'hero':

http://mostlywater.org/jason_kenneys_hero

NDPP

 Christians of Palestine Decry Absence of Any Hope:

http://www.mathaba.net/rss/?x-622388

Unionist

Excellent article by Michael Valpy:

[url=Debate">http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/debate-continues-over-minis... continues over minister's comments about religious group[/url]

But here's my problem:

Ever since it was revealed (by anti-semite Jason Kenney) that the real reason for cutting off Kairos was its alleged stand on Israel and Palestine - has anyone heard from the Liberals, NDP, Bloc, or Greens!?

They all issued early press releases condeming the cut-off - but no one knew the reasons then (e.g. see speculation above about oil sands, etc.).

Political cowardice when it comes to Israel still stalks the halls of Parliament.

 

pogge

Unionist wrote:
has anyone heard from the Liberals, NDP, Bloc, or Greens!?

[url=http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/calls+Christian+funding+outrageous/236... calls Christian funding cut 'outrageous'[/url]

Quote:
The New Democratic Party called Monday for the restoration of $7 million in government funds to KAIROS, a mainstream Christian organization that has received government funds for foreign projects for 35 years.

It also demanded an apology from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for "an outrageous mistake" of accusing KAIROS of anti-Israeli activities and anti-Semitism.

Stockholm

The NDP has denounced the cut to Kairos in no uncertain terms:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/calls+Christian+funding+outrageous/236...

"The New Democratic Party called Monday for the restoration of $7 million in government funds to KAIROS, a mainstream Christian organization that has received government funds for foreign projects for 35 years.

It also demanded an apology from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for "an outrageous mistake" of accusing KAIROS of anti-Israeli activities and anti-Semitism."

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

Unionist wrote:

Ever since it was revealed (by anti-semite Jason Kenney)

Jason Kenney is an anti-semite???

Stockholm

One could argue that almost anyone who is a fundamentalist Protestant or a conservative Catholic like Kenney is ipso-facto an anti-semite since those people invariably believe that Jews will all burn in hell because they don't accept Jesus Christ as their personal saviour!

Unionist

Diogenes wrote:

Unionist wrote:

Ever since it was revealed (by anti-semite Jason Kenney)

Jason Kenney is an anti-semite???

Yes, of course - he hates Jews and loves Israel - he actually whitewashes the crimes of Hitler against the Jews. [url=I">http://rabble.ca/babble/national-news/jason-kenney-considers-opposition-... explained it all in this thread[/url]:

Unionist wrote:

[url=http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1087973.html]Canada minister blasts "dangerous" leftist-Islamist anti-Semitism[/url]

Quote:
A "new anti-Semitism" that emanates from an alliance of Western leftists and Islamic extremists is more dangerous than the "old European" form of Jew-hatred, Canada's minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism said as he wound up a four-day trip to Israel Sunday.

It is difficult to quote more from this article and remain cool-headed. I have said before that Jason Kenney is a Jew-hater, like his master Harper, besides both of them being Islamophobes and fawning bootlickers of the U.S. They seem intent on proving the point over and over every day.

Stockholm

Gerry Caplan has a brilliant column about this in today's Globe:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/is-the-harper-government-pl...

"Real enemies of anti-Semitism do not throw the term around recklessly.

In the United States, the leading Jewish neoconservatives made an unholy alliance with evangelical Protestants whose ultimate vision was a Jew-free world–-Hitler's demented goal finally realized. What they had in common was support for the state of Israel–at least for the moment.

Are Canadian Jews now going to be seduced by a government that uses anti-Semitism for political reasons? That maliciously accuses decent men and women of being anti-Semitic? That identifies legitimate, democratic criticism of Israeli governments with anti-Semitism?"

Polunatic2

Isn't it time to pull the plug on Harper and his gang?

Green Grouch

Sure, if anyone can figure out how to do it. FYI that the Bloc also came out in support of KAIROS post-Kenney Komments, but I don't have the link handy.

Unionist

Green Grouch wrote:

Sure, if anyone can figure out how to do it. FYI that the Bloc also came out in support of KAIROS post-Kenney Komments, but I don't have the link handy.

Swallow already linked to it above:

[url=http://www.blocquebecois.org/bloc_manchette.asp?id=9926531]Mi... Oda must explain why she is withdrawing funding from Kairos[/url]

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

Thanks for the link Unionist.  While I can't agree with your conclusions, it certainly confirms my impression that Kenney is a dangerous madman. He refuses to apologize and is so full of himself that I think he is incapable of doing so no matter what kind of backlash occurs. This may prove his undoing.  But I think there is a real danger that this fervent pro-Israeli/anti-Christian stance might explode into some very real anti-semitism in this country.

I realize this consequence might support your assertion of Kenney being an anti-semite, but only if this behavior is calculated to bring about a rise in the hatred of jews.  I think Kenney is too stupid to be this clever.

And nothing from the Libs yet on the matter? You are so right about the political cowardice in this country.

mimeguy

Unionist - " Ever since it was revealed (by anti-semite Jason Kenney) that the real reason for cutting off Kairos was its alleged stand on Israel and Palestine - has anyone heard from the Liberals, NDP, Bloc, or Greens!?

They all issued early press releases condeming the cut-off - but no one knew the reasons then (e.g. see speculation above about oil sands, etc.).
Political cowardice when it comes to Israel still stalks the halls of Parliament."
 
The Greens have sent out another release today. We were working on it over the weekend.
 


http://tinyurl.com/yhkx5yu
Quote
22 December 2009 - 3:39pm
OTTAWA -- Immigration Minister Jason Kenney confirmed last week that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) decision to end its 35-year relationship with KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives was indeed politically motivated.
"Accusing KAIROS of being an anti-semitic group is truly reprehensible," said Stephen LaFrenie, Green Party's International Cooperation Critic. "Worse is the fact that the human rights work sponsored by KAIROS will be compromised by these irresponsible comments made on an international stage."
The Jewish community in Canada was also recently the target of a highly controversial Conservative mailer that painted the Liberal Party as anti-semites after attending Durban 1 a 2001 UN conference on racism.
"Not only are they wrong in their actions towards KAIROS, a group I fully support, but in an effort to further pander to and exploit the fears of my fellow Jews around the survival of the State of Israel they have shown an utter lack of leadership, as they divide Canadians along ethnic and religious lines," said Ralph Benmergui, Senior Advisor to the Green Party of Canada and creator of the Vision TV mini-series My Israel.
"We need to ensure that these types of slanderous allegations by Ministers do not go unpunished," said Elizabeth May, Leader of Canada's Greens. "It begs the question, what does a member of Harper's cabinet need to do to be dismissed?" end quote
-30- 

Green Grouch

Actually the BQ released another statement yesterday speaking specifically to Kenney's smear; that's the link I don't have.  Good to know the Greens are on board... now we'll all hold our breath waiting for the Libs. Some individual MPs have been very supportive but I'm not counting on Iggy til I see something public.

Polunatic2

Quote:
I think Kenney is too stupid to be this clever.
I think a lot of Kenney's positioning and posturing is related to his wonder boy communications director - Alykhan Velshi

Quote:
(Wikipedia) Velshi has written extensively about foreign policy, particularly with regard to the Middle East. His position is pro-Israel and aligned with the neoconservative tendency in George W. Bush's administration. In a December 2002 letter to the right-wing National Post newspaper, he argued that Canada should ban the political wing of Hezbollah. While attending the LSE, he wrote an academic piece defending George W. Bush's argument for "preemptive" war in Iraq as being grounded in both historical precedent and "original texts on international law". Just before graduating, he wrote an article for the National Review entitled "Choosing Sides: The challenge for Muslims", in which he argued that moderate Muslims were often reluctant to counter what he described as "Islamist extremism". This article favourably quoted George W. Bush's remark, "You're either with us or you're with the terrorists". In January 2006, he criticized the Globe and Mail newspaper for referring to Israel's separation barrier as a "wall"; Velshi argued that it should be called a "fence..."

In late 2008, Velshi promoted the Harper government's position that conscientious objectors from the United States military are not legitimate refugees in Canada. A few months later, he defended the government's decision to restrict certain aspects of Canada's refugee and immigration process. He argued that failed refugee claimants and others were abusing the federal pre-removal risk assessment program (which is intended to ensure that people will not be deported from Canada to face torture in other countries).

 

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture

[URL=http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/742495]Jason Kenney has something to say[/URL]

Polunatic2

Quote:
“Canadian government has now…implemented a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism in Canada. What does this mean? In part it means we have eliminated any government funding relationship with organizations…who are taking a leadership role” in the campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. That's why, he said, “we have defunded organizations most recently like KAIROS who are taking a leadership role” in this campaign.
 I'll have to review the video later to check the "...'s" but my recollection is that he made the link very clear in his speech to the applause of a bunch of people in the audience.

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

When the issue was first raised in the House of Commons on Dec 3, John Baird's non-answer included the phrase "anti-semetic hatefest" of Durban I.

And Jason Kenney's speech to the "Global Forum for Combatting Anit-Semitism" included this excerpt (emphasis mine)

Quote:

Almost at the same time that Prime Minister Harper was visiting Chabad House in Mumbai, anti-Semitic fanatics in his home city, my home city of Calgary, Alberta were spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the Jewish Community Centre, Jewish homes, on public transit installations and indeed, spray painting swastikas on our city's Holocaust memorial. Some of this graffiti called for the end to the Israeli genocide in Gaza -- "Stop the Israeli genocide in Gaza."

I'm surprised that Kenney included this phrase in his speech because it must have made a few people in the audience a bit uncomfortable. But Kenney is a man of limited intelligence who firmly believes that any criticism of Israel is anti-semetic. 

Now Kenney  is relying on (new senate hopeful) Rosie DiManno to spin his way out of this one because he can't do it on his own.

contrarianna

Even Selly in the Nat Post points out Kenny's unbelievable "No-I never-said-such-a-thing-who-do-you believe-ME-or-my-words?"  (of course the NP blog entry  exists in the interests of "balance" ---to be submerged in limitless pile of Kenny praise)

Quote:
Today: Ready for the punch line? Mr. Kenney pops up in the Toronto Star (a) to deny having called KAIROS anti-Semitic; (b) to deny having cut off funding to KAIROS because it's anti-Israel (let alone anti-Semitic); and (c) to deny having had anything whatsoever to do with cutting off KAIROS's funding in the first place...

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/12/24/...

You have to wonder if Kenny is getting nervous about a possible libel suit.

Unionist

[url=http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Shaming/2383265/story.html]Here's a fine op-ed piece[/url] from the Ottawa Citizen's Janice Kennedy, entitled "Shaming Us All":

Quote:

While Oda had announced that KAIROS was being cut off because its priorities didn't match CIDA's, Kenney took it up a notch. A notch? Make that a whole mountainside. Speaking in Jerusalem, he said the de-funding of KAIROS was part of the Canadian government's vigilant efforts to disempower anti-Semitic groups.

Anti-Semitic. He effectively called KAIROS anti-Semitic.

The charge is horrific. For people of good will who are not Jewish, the very idea of being or appearing anti-Semitic is chilling.[...]

Any well-meaning Canadian -- left, right, centre -- should feel a justifiable sense of shame that our government, in our name, has so ill-used an organization that walks the walk, fights the fight and does all those other things for which most of us lack the time, inclination and stomach.

In a world with no shortage of self-interest, though relatively trace amounts of hands-on compassion, KAIROS can count itself squarely among the good guys. The Harper-Kenney-Oda gang, with all due respect, can not.

Someone needs to apologize and make amends. And it's not the good guys.

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

hsfreethinkers wrote:

[URL=http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/742495]Jason Kenney has something to say[/URL]

This letter by Jason Kenney refers to an op-ed piece by Rosie DiManno - Agency's anti-Israel role is obvious - that supported Jason Kenney's comments regarding KAIROS.  I was not impressed.

It the heartening to read the letters to the editor that came in response.   A total of 14 out of 16 letters took exception to DiManno's drivel, which gives one hope that Kenney has seen his last cabinet post and his last election win.

remind remind's picture

The National Post article is  propaganda, on several levels.

 

Sure they appear to declaim Kenney's actions and words, however what the so called writer of the piece did was smear the blame for Kenney's actions over all politicians...

 

The whole "none of them are different" meme, is a  thought terminating cliche.

 

Moreover, using Levant's words really can be seen as an attempt to foster discord between the Jewish and Christian communities.

 

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture

EDIT:

Diogenes wrote:

Oops - sorry - suffering from jet lag - original post has been corrected.

Thanks!

NDPP
Diogenes Diogenes's picture

...

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

Two thoughtful and intelligent op-ed pieces by Gerald Caplan

Stephen Harper and the Jewish question Dec 13, 2009

Is the Harper government playing the anti-semitic card?  Dec 22, 2009

Both still available free on the G&M online (may not last)

KAIROS is mentioned in both articles - Caplan suspected it from the beginning and had it confirmed by Jason Kenney's speech in Israel at the 'Global Forum for Combatting Anti-semitism' (or something like that).

The church groups behind KAIROS have debated boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) but none (to the best of my knowledge) have formally adopted such a position.  But that doesn't matter to the regressive conservatives, even thinking about it is anti-semitic.

And don't even think about sympathy for the Palestinians, or the suffering of Gaza, because that is anti-semitic too. You got that?

Green Grouch

KAIROS in the Battle of the Blogosphere... Ezra Levant and claims of "scrubbing" refuted:

http://bigcitylib.blogspot.com/2009/12/ezra-goes-smearing.html

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Just received:

 

Thank you for your message regarding the announced funding cut to
Canadian aid and social justice group KAIROS' by the Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA).

New Democrats respect KAIROS' work to reduce poverty here in Canada and
around the globe. We believe that there is simply no justification for
bankrupting such a respected organization whose work should be supported
and promoted by our government.

New Democrat International Cooperation Critic John Rafferty commented,
"KAIROS does tremendous work and this cut is mean-spirited and
unnecessary. At the drop of a hat, the Conservative government has cut
this reputable church-based social justice movement without any
justification." Looking forward, we will continue to monitor this
situation. For more information on our position on this issue, please
visit: http://www.ndp.ca/press/kairos-funding-must-be-restored.

Again, I appreciate knowing of your support for KAIROS and having the
benefit of your comments on this important matter. All the best.

Sincerely,

Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada's New Democrats

NDPP

Canada Cut Funds To Anti-Israel Groups

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,1340,L-3834666,00.html

'Pro Palestinian, Christian groups among those targeted by Canada's government'

WFPD

Criticizing Israel's violations of international law is now anti-Semitic in Canada. It is important for right wing politicians to placate Canada's very large Jewish community with positions like this. Astute politicians know that Jewish votes are a determining factor in almost every federal election. Canada's Jews account for about 3% of the overall vote, if I am not mistaken. 

 

Am I missing something here?

 

 

 

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

I think 3% might be on the high side, but that's about the only thing you missed.

Gus Williams

WFPD wrote:

Criticizing Israel's violations of international law is now anti-Semitic in Canada. It is important for right wing politicians to placate Canada's very large Jewish community with positions like this. Astute politicians know that Jewish votes are a determining factor in almost every federal election. Canada's Jews account for about 3% of the overall vote, if I am not mistaken. 

 

Am I missing something here?

Im confused. I have tried a number of searches to see if any Canadian politician right wing or otherwise, have stated that being critical of Israel's alleged violations of international law is anti-Semitic. No luck.

Now don't get me wrong I think the removal of funds from Kairos was dumb period. But let's not make up stories to explain it. Kenny thinks Kairos is anti-Semitic. He's wrong. I would .lke to see his proof but he never stated what WFPD claims.

 

 

 

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

Now where did WFPD mention Kenney?

Jaku

Quite right Diogenes but I suppose Gus still has a point. So let me re-state the question in my terms, who of any significance claims that criticizing Israel's violations of international law is now anti-Semitic in Canada?

 

 

Prophit

Jaku to be fair there are probably some more radical leaders in the Jewish community like Frank Dimant or the head of the JDL who may have made such suggestions.

I certainly would be interested in seeing if any credible political leaders or even more mainstream Jewish leaders have made such comments.

contrarianna

Jaku wrote:

So let me re-state the question in my terms, who of any significance claims that criticizing Israel's violations of international law is now anti-Semitic in Canada.

A red herring.
Those in the public limelight who sling around the "antisemitism" slur either
downplay, or never concede, Israel's crimes so, obviously, the phrase "those who condemn Israel's violations of international law are antisemitic" is hardly a frequently used propaganda line.

But the abbreviated version of the lie by Israel's defenders is "the new antisemitism" (ie. criticism of Israel equals anti-semitism) rarely challenged in mainstream press and has the endorsement of the "Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism":

Quote:

What is the ‘new antisemitism’?

Antisemitism is an age-old phenomenon, yet it is always re-invented and manifested in different ways. For example, while accusations of blood libel are still being made against the Jewish people, instead they are being directed against the State of Israel, such that anti-Zionism is being used as a cover for antisemitism....

Only the extreme cases such as Kenny's attack on Kairos as being "antisemetic" get any MSM detractors.
Kenny:

Quote:
We have articulated and implemented a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism. What does this mean?  It means that we eliminated the government funding relationship with organizations
....
We have defunded organizations, most recently like KAIROS, who are taking a leadership role in the boycott.

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

Beautifully said Contrarianna.

During press coverage of the United Church session last summer, Bernie Farber of the CJC was quoted more often that anybody from the United Church.  All the UC did was debate, amoung many things, the merit of a boycott of products made in the illegal settlements of the West Bank. 

Farber and the National Post made such a stink about it, it had no hope of being endorsed.

But Kenney has made it clear that even debating a boycott qualifies as new age anti-semitism. His quote comes from a recent speech he made in Israel at some Global forum to Combat Anti-semitism.

Jaku, Prophit and Gus - this is more than just circumstantial evidence. Connect the dots and stop insulting us with these red herrings.

 

Jaku

Call them red herrings all you wish. What you have demonstarted to all but those who want it to be as you claim is that no politician or mainstream Jewish leader has ever made such claims.

Then, to put gravy on your uncooked brisket, you decide to be critical of Bernie Farber for doing his job. Farber has been nothing if not straight-up. He has derided BDS and the attempt to unfairly punish Israel with discriminatory boycotts. Much of Canada and many in the western world hold similar views. And that BTW is a red herring that had nothing to do with my original question. Anyone reading this thread fairly will get it.

Unionist

This whole convoluted discussion is a red herring. Calling critics of Israel "anti-semitic" is only one small weapon in the arsenal of those who whitewash crimes against humanity and violations of international law.

It's the overall message of: "Israel is like us; they look like us, they share our values, they fear the Arabs as we do, they're on our side..." It takes many many forms. This is the message propounded by them all, from Dimant to Farber to Harper and (in less toxic form but with the same insidious content) by Ignatieff and Layton and Duceppe.

That's why not one of them will even stand up and repeat the minimalist demand that "Israel must withdraw, NOW, from the illegally occupied territories", let alone suggest an end to warmongering and apartheid and the disinheritance of the Palestinian people.

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture
contrarianna

Jaku wrote:

So let me re-state the question in my terms, who of any significance claims that criticizing Israel's violations of international law is now anti-Semitic in Canada.

Jaku wrote:

Call them red herrings all you wish. What you have demonstarted to all but those who want it to be as you claim is that no politician or mainstream Jewish leader has ever made such claims.

It is not a matter of "calling" it a red herring. It either is, or is not a red herring, on the basis of logic.
It is a red herring because it is designed to mislead people into thinking that there is no prevalent ongoing smearing of those who bring into light Israel's crimes.

How did you do that? Well, by the use of a related logical fallacy, the inverted straw man.(see below for a straw man definition).

Though I outlined it in my previous post, let me make it clearer here:
 
A prime purpose of the very prevalent smear of "the new antisemitism" is to distract from the details of documented ethnic cleansing and oppression by Israel. How better to do that than to short circuit protest by denying the validity of the evidence, that is, by claiming the complainants are just being irrational (antisemitic)--ie. "move along folks, nothing to see here, they are "antisemitic"".

So, tell me, who wishing to suggest that complainants are just being irrational (antisemitic) would begin a propaganda statement with an admission of the reality of Israel's crimes--how difficult is that to understand?

====

From fallacyfiles.org :

Quote:
The Straw Man is a type of Red Herring because the arguer is attempting to refute his opponent's position, and in the context is required to do so, but instead attacks a position—the "straw man"—not held by his opponent. In a Straw Man argument, the arguer argues to a conclusion  that denies the "straw man" he has set up, but misses the target. There may be nothing wrong with the argument presented by the arguer when it is taken out of context, that is, it may be a perfectly good argument against the straw man. It is only because the burden of proof is on the arguer to argue against the opponent's position that a Straw Man fallacy is committed. So, the fallacy is not simply the argument, but the entire situation of the argument occurring in such a context.
Quote:

Martha B

This is really confusing. I deplore Kenney's removal of Kairos funding but have Jewish leaders made this anti-Semitic claim or not?

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture

Martha B wrote:

This is really confusing. I deplore Kenney's removal of Kairos funding but have Jewish leaders made this anti-Semitic claim or not?

Well, see [URL=http://www.cjc.ca/2009/12/07/cjc-at-parliamentary-inquiry-into-antisemit..."CJC at Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism"[/URL]. Excerpt:

Quote:
Antisemitism’s latest mutation, which affords it yet another alibi once again redefines its Jewish target. Instead of “the Jewish religion” or “the Jewish race” or  ‘the Jewish culture of decadence” or “Jewish financial influence”, the target is now often redefined as “the Jewish State” (and of course the International Jews who support it)  

The cause no longer calls itself antisemitism, but rather anti-Zionism and its new alibi is that what is being targeted is not individual Jews, nor Judaism as religion, but rather the alleged misdeeds of the State founded by Jews as a Jewish National Homeland.
[...]
The “new” antisemitism likewise employs double standards and resorts to demonization in order to delegitimize the world’s only Jewish State and those who support it.
 
[...]
We urge you to bell the cat of antisemitism, including explicitly recognizing that so-called anti-Zionism can and often does, cross over into antisemitism.

ov ov's picture

The Canadian Jewish Congress commending the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism is a pretty clear indication that it will soon be a thought crime to criticise Israel. Until that time when you can be put away in jail know that any funding will be cut, and that you will have a high probability of encountering misfortune. The only objective of this can be to silence dissent.

mesmer

Embassy Magazine, jan 20:

'Calling out NGO Monitor'
(Embassy magazine's editorial slams NGO Monitor, Kenney + Harper)
http://embassymag.ca/page/view/edit-01-20-2010

'The truth about KAIROS, NGO Monitor'
(KAIROS' exec direc washes Steinberg and NGO Monitor's mouth out with soap)
http://embassymag.ca/page/view/corkery-01-20-2010

 

Prophit

ov wrote:

The Canadian Jewish Congress commending the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism is a pretty clear indication that it will soon be a thought crime to criticise Israel. Until that time when you can be put away in jail know that any funding will be cut, and that you will have a high probability of encountering misfortune. The only objective of this can be to silence dissent.

You say "pretty clear" yet I read the submission and saw nothing that would suggest this. Perhaps you can link to the parts that are "pretty clear". Thanks

Prophit

hsfreethinkers wrote:

Martha B wrote:

This is really confusing. I deplore Kenney's removal of Kairos funding but have Jewish leaders made this anti-Semitic claim or not?

Well, see [URL=http://www.cjc.ca/2009/12/07/cjc-at-parliamentary-inquiry-into-antisemit..."CJC at Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism"[/URL]. Excerpt:

Quote:
Antisemitism’s latest mutation, which affords it yet another alibi once again redefines its Jewish target. Instead of “the Jewish religion” or “the Jewish race” or  ‘the Jewish culture of decadence” or “Jewish financial influence”, the target is now often redefined as “the Jewish State” (and of course the International Jews who support it)  

The cause no longer calls itself antisemitism, but rather anti-Zionism and its new alibi is that what is being targeted is not individual Jews, nor Judaism as religion, but rather the alleged misdeeds of the State founded by Jews as a Jewish National Homeland.
[...]
The “new” antisemitism likewise employs double standards and resorts to demonization in order to delegitimize the world’s only Jewish State and those who support it.  
[...]
We urge you to bell the cat of antisemitism, including explicitly recognizing that so-called anti-Zionism can and often does, cross over into antisemitism.

There can be little doubt that anti-Zionism can morph into anti-Semitism. This is no proof however that Jewish leaders made specific charges as earlier suggested is it?

contrarianna

mesmer wrote:

Embassy Magazine, jan 20:

'Calling out NGO Monitor'
(Embassy magazine's editorial slams NGO Monitor, Kenney + Harper)
http://embassymag.ca/page/view/edit-01-20-2010

'The truth about KAIROS, NGO Monitor'
(KAIROS' exec direc washes Steinberg and NGO Monitor's mouth out with soap)
http://embassymag.ca/page/view/corkery-01-20-2010

Thanks for the Embassy links mesmer, the first link is subscripion only, but the 2nd by the KAIROS executive director is very good.
I had overlooked the fact that Kenny's office had cited the outrageous NGO Monitor:

Quote:
Gerald Steinberg is chair of political studies at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He is president of NGO Monitor, an Israeli organization that monitors NGOs, the UN, and other organizations around the world that critique actions of the Israeli government. The list of organizations that NGO Monitor criticizes is a long one and includes Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders, Save the Children, World Vision Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Christian Aid in the UK, Human Rights Watch in the US, and France's Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme, among many others.

NGO Monitor made a submission to Canada's Parliament in August 2009 in which it lists over 35 Canadian NGOs and community organizations it claims are, in one way or another, part of the "global movement of anti-Semitism." Interestingly, KAIROS was not among them.


http://embassymag.ca/page/view/corkery-01-20-2010

And from Rabble's opinion page:
Policy and prejudice: De-funding Canadian aid projects
By Bahija Réghaï
January 18, 2010

Quote:
...Kenney's office justified the "defunding" by citing "critical comments" made by NGO Monitor (NGOM) and demands from B'nai Brith and Canadian Christian College (CCC) president Charles McVety (Toronto Sun). All three of Kenney's sources are politically motivated and interconnected. They recycle and repeat one another's single lens views without consideration to other perspectives or narratives. Their primary concern is to remain on message with Israeli foreign policy and support the ultra-far-right Israeli parties no matter what Israeli government is in power....

http://www.rabble.ca/news/2010/01/policy-and-prejudice-defunding-canadia...

contrarianna

And from the
Independent Jewish Voices Press Release: Jewish group slams Minister Kenny’s attack on Kairos

Quote:
OTTAWA, Dec. 21 /CNW Telbec/ – Independent Jewish Voices-Canada (IJV) condemns Immigration Minister Kenny’s politicized move to defund social-justice church-group Kairos, which received government funding for 35 years. Kenny said this occurred because, in 2007, Kairos offered a grant to Sabeel, a Palestinian NGO that doesn’t mirror Conservative policy.

“This is the new McCarthyism. If you don’t tow the government line, you get your funding cut. From this week’s conference in Israel to the Canadian Parliamentary Committee to ‘Combat Anti-Semitism’, Kenny strives to stifle all criticism of Israel, falsely labelling it anti-Semitic,” says IJV spokesperson Sid Shniad.

Having worked with Sabeel, IJV was surprised by the accusation. “Sabeel doesn’t tolerate racism, especially, anti-Semitism,” Shniad said.

Explaining why the funding was cut, Kenny’s office referred to a report of NGO Monitor, a right-wing Israel-based activist group, which had erroneously stated that Sabeel supported sanctions against Israel.

NGO Monitor is headed by Gerald Steinberg, a professor at Bar Ilan, known as Israel’s most right wing university. Sabeel has made no statement on sanctions or divestment.

http://ijvcanada.org/racism/new-antisemitism/jewish-group-slams-minister...

Pages

Topic locked