The CBC's recent revelation that Conservative Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has called for "zero tolerance" of criticism of Israel and that Canadian hate laws could be applied to those campaigning for BDS -- Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions -- against Israel is repugnant enough. But the truly disturbing irony in this outrageous declaration is that the more extreme the Israeli government becomes, the more illegal settlements it builds, the more explicit its open contempt for world opinion and the more outrageous Netanyahu's statements, the stronger is the support from the Harper government. It raises the question: is there any action, including the actual expulsion of Palestinians from Israel and the Occupied Territories that Harper would not support?
John Kerry's inspired peace process since July between the Israelis and Palestinians is "worse than going nowhere," and so "the big question becomes what to do next," argues the Ramallah based Palestinian-Canadian human rights lawyer, Diana Buttu.
"There might be an extension to the talks, but that extension is actually going to be a bad thing, not a good thing. The longer negotiations go on, the worse the situation gets on the ground" she told rabble in a recent interview.
"The international community has been putting a lot of emphasis on the Kerry talks; the Palestinian people are not. They are recognizing it for what it is, which is a sham and a process to allow Israel to build more settlements and buy more time," Buttu continues.
Marching with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) at the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, July 1, 2012.