Looks like the Canada-Israel Committee, who just last week blasted a homophobic slur at Libby Davies on Twitter, is now offering her and the rest of her party a trip to Israel.
It might be an offer he can’t refuse. Late last week, NDP Leader Jack Layton held discussions with Canada-Israel Committee CEO Shimon Fogel on the possibility of visiting Israel on a CIC-facilitated trip for the NDP’s caucus and various party members.
It would be Layton’s first visit to Israel.
The talk between the two men came after comments by deputy NDP leader Libby Davies at a June 5 anti-Israel rally in Vancouver, in which she said Israel’s occupation of Palestine began in 1948.
Davies’ remarks led to ongoing calls on Layton during question period in the House of Commons to either kick her out of the NDP caucus or replace her as deputy leader. The situation has also created some discord within the party, with the NDP MP for Outremont, Thomas Mulcair, criticizing his colleague for “grossly unacceptable” remarks.
Fogel told The CJN late last week that he was “very encouraged” by Layton’s response to the trip proposal, which would allow the party leader to assemble a delegation of his choosing.
An invitation was also extended to Davies through Layton, Fogel added.
Gee, let's hope Jack finds a way to go on a trip paid for by people who spout homophobic slurs about his Deputy Leader!