Palestine: Where is the parliamentary left?

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M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Of course it's far from likely!

But Madmax was asking what the Canadian government could do about the situation, suggesting that there really was nothing. He is very wrong.

We could also abide by the boycott of Israeli products and cultural and academic exchanges and imports. We could also put an embargo on sending war materiel to Israel or any other country that might pass it on to them (e.g. the USA). We could also stop voting against UN resolutions condemning the violence. There is plenty we could do.

The fact that there is no chance in hell that Harper will do any of that stuff is not an argument against it.

Frustrated Mess Frustrated Mess's picture

At least there is a parliamentarian in Australia prepared to speak out:

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It all reminds me of an old story from the days of the Roman Empire. The Emperor Nero was upset that his prized lions were being distressed by Christians who ran away from them in the Colosseum. Nero ordered that at the next circus a Christian was to be buried up to his neck in the sand to make things easier for the lions. When the lions entered the ring, the biggest and meanest saw the hapless condemned, swaggered over and stood astride the Christian's head, roaring for approval from the crowd. At that moment, the Christian craned his neck and bit off the lion's testicles. The crowd was shocked. "Fight fair! Fight fair!" they yelled.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/getting-away-with-murder/2009/01/10/1231004352831.html?page=fullpage 

contrarianna

madmax wrote:

Let alone that Canada has no enforcement capability nor any credibility with Israel.

Not entirely true.

Canada has some credibility with Israel as a subserviant partner to its terrorist actions --manifest most recently by being the only dissenting vote to the UN resolution. And who knows if that vote reflects some Canadian military "training" personel in Gaza?
As Linda MQuaig wrote last April:

"In another move that brings Canada closer in line with U.S. policy, the Harper government last month signed a wide-ranging agreement with Israel establishing co-operation in "border management and security" – even though we don't share a border with Israel.

Does this mean Israel will become involved in intelligence gathering about Canadian Muslims or other Canadians supporting Palestinian rights? Does it mean Canada will help Israel with its military operations in the West Bank or Gaza?

It's striking that Canada would sign a security agreement with Israel only months after a Canadian Forces board of inquiry concluded that an Israeli bomb killed a Canadian peacekeeper manning a well-marked UN post during Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon.

Given their controversial nature, the Harper government has played down both these recent agreements – and the Canadian media have obliged by ignoring them."

http://www.thestar.com/comment/columnists/article/411135

Michelle

Left Turn wrote:

Don told the rally that Libby Davies did not attend because she was sick. [Untrue statement removed now that Left Turn has corrected his previous post.]

Um, she WAS sick.  And here's her public statement about Gaza.

You might want to think about how to work with the few allies you have, Left Turn.  Hint: repeating second-hand (and, as it turns out, untrue) rumours about them on a public forum probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Fidel

Unionist wrote:

It's kind of pointless to argue with Fidel about this.

Well thanks for the show of solidarity. And I know better than to argue with you and several others about certain things as well. You're fairly strong-willed about things in general yourselves.

Unionist

Fair enough, Fidel. I apologize for that shot.

Fidel

That's okay, I've committed worse atrocities myself. And I still love you.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

Don Davies spoke at the rally in Vancouver yesterday. He parroted the NDP position -- after telling one of the rally organisers that he would not blame Hamas for anything (did the NDP not allow him to give a better position?). Don was rightly booed, and as the crowd got increasingly angry, one of the MC's tried to cut him off -- she was worried someone would throw a shoe at him.

[Edited to remove untrue second-hand info about Libby Davies non-attendance at the rally]

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

Michelle wrote:
Um, she WAS sick.  And here's her public statement about Gaza.

 

You might want to think about how to work with the few allies you have, Left Turn.  Hint: repeating second-hand (and, as it turns out, untrue) rumours about them on a public forum probably isn't the best way to go about it.

 

Michelle, I edited out my previous untrue statement about Libby Davies from my previous post.

That said, I don't support Libby's statement, because it implies that Israel has no responsability to withdraw from Gaza until Hamas stops firing rockets. It's also not substantively different from the speech Don Davies gave at the rally. If Libby had read this statement at the rally, I suspect she whould have been booed as well.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Michelle wrote:
Left Turn wrote:

Don told the rally that Libby Davies did not attend because she was sick. [Edited to remove retracted statement]

Um, she WAS sick.  And here's her public statement about Gaza.

Well that is the best yet. Except that Gaza is not a state. One wonders if some copywriter was trying to avoid using anything associated with "occupation" while crafting that latter, as in "...government to uphold international law and work to stop this aggression by one state upon an occupied people."

Despite her best intentions, progressive people must be more clear about what is going on here. Condemning "all acts of violence" sounds very nice, but we must be clear on the fact that it is the occupation that is the root cause of the violence.

Too often "we" talk as if "the violence" is some kind of natural phenomena, or an act of god, not the expression of the material context of the oppression of Palestinian people.

But I guess that would amount to taking a side or something problematic like that. Libby makes a passing reference to UN resolutions regarding the "peace process", but fails also to mention resolution demanding and end to the occupation.

Michelle

Thanks, Left Turn.  I've just deleted it from my quote of your post then.

Fidel

I think Libby realizes the bombing and the state-sponsored murder is the ultimate expression of insanity. She realizes that powerful and influential nations have, in the recent past, been mediators to cease fires and peace negotiations when two principal countries involved are beyond resolving to work together toward a solution or at least an agreement not to launch missiles on each others civilian populations. ie Russia and Georgia and autonomous state of Ossetia. The same doesnt seem to be true of the USA's frontline state Israel.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Palestine is not a "country", I just finished explaining why this point is of enourmous importance in actually resolving the issues at hand, in the post you propose to be answering.

Repeating the falacy, only exacibates the problem, and underscores my point about the vacuity of the essential framing of, this, the best NDP originated stated thus far.

Avoidance of the fact that Israel is engaging in a crime, simply through its continued military presence on Palestinian territory, does nothing. You can wring your hands in anguish about "the violence' forever, but unless the essential cause of the violence is reolved, it will not end.

Fidel

I didnt refer to Palestine as a country. Perhaps our penultimate stoogeocrats in Ottawa should be doing their jobs instead of hiding out at the Eagle's Nest at Tremblanc or wherever it is theyre holed up. Because this is a lot of stuff to be dumping onto the shoulders of one single MP of the fourth political party in stoogetown.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Fidel wrote:

...in the recent past, been mediators to cease fires and peace negotiations when two principal countries involved are beyond resolving to work together toward a solution or at least an agreement not to launch missiles on each others civilian populations. ie Russia and Georgia and autonomous state of Ossetia. The same doesnt seem to be true of the USA's frontline state Israel.

You even go on to basically split the blame between "both" parties, finessing the fact that the it is not two countries fighting a war ("ie Georgia and Russia" sic), but one country imposing martial law on a people who are not its citizens.

Thank you for demonstrating the exact problem caused by the falacy of Davies framing of the issue. I am sure you will supplement this demonstration with more avoidance of the issues, anon.

Fidel

Cueball wrote:
Fidel wrote:

...in the recent past, been mediators to cease fires and peace negotiations when two principal countries involved are beyond resolving to work together toward a solution or at least an agreement not to launch missiles on each others civilian populations. ie Russia and Georgia and autonomous state of Ossetia. The same doesnt seem to be true of the USA's frontline state Israel.

You even go on to basically split the blame between "both" parties, finessing the fact that the it is not two countries fighting a war ("ie Georgia and Russia" sic), but one country imposing martial law on a people who are not its citizens.

I think there are some similarities between the disputed territories of both regions. The USSA and its frontline state don't want to recognize Palestinian territorial claims but were among the first countries to recognize Ossetia, and Kosovo, as sovereign states without any mediated input from either Moscow or Belgrade. Palestinians, though, have not had any such former superpower backing them up in this case. It's a very one-sided affair, and our stooges who are supposed to be at the helm in Ottawa and making use of established diplomatic lines of communication with all countries involved, took an early taxpayer-funded vacation several weeks ago.

Otoh, I think you are mistaken that I have equated Israel's methodic and high tech aerial bombing of Gaza with that of Hamas' striking back with WW II era Katyusha rockets and other dubya-md's amounting to Chinese fireworks.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Ossetia is not OCCUPIED.

Fidel

But Ossetia was attacked by aerial bombardment and innocent civilians killed. And there was at least a half-hearted international effort to mediate a ceasefire.

Where is Canada's equivalent of Nick Sarkozy today? Mont Tremblanc and doing apres-ski beerskis? Where in the world are our half-assed elected stooges when they're needed?

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Ignorance of facts is so depressing. We recently witnessed how few Canadians understand parliamentary democracy. Now we are witnessing our political leaders either willfully pretending that the assualt on Gaza is a war between two states or being totally ignorant of the fact that Gaza is an occupied territory and not a state (as denied by the creep Ignatieff who actually does know better).

blake 3:17

 The most useful thing anyone in Parliament could do would be to endorse the boycott, divest and sanctions campaign.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Why are you calling for a negotiated "cease-fire", when this is nothing but an airial massacre perpetrated by a sovereign state against a people who live under the heal of its military boot? A cease-fire is a negotiated agreement between two parties in conflict. There is no need for a negotiated agreement. What is needed is for Israel to stop the bombardment, and end the occupation.

This could happen without the participation of Hamas in any kind of negotiation process. Were this done the yearly casualty rates would go down to a level below the yearly number of premature baby incubator deaths throughout all of Israel. 

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

blake 3:17 said:

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The most useful thing anyone in Parliament could do would be to endorse the boycott, divest and sanctions campaign.

I agree but not likely to happen. Very few politicians in this country even have the courage to show up at demonstrations. 

Fidel

Cueball wrote:

Why are you calling for a negotiated "cease-fire", when this is nothing but an airial massacre perpetrated by a sovereign state against a people who live under the heal of its military boot? A cease-fire is a negotiated agreement between two parties in conflict. There is no need for a negotiated agreement. What is needed is for Israel to stop the bombardment, and end the occupation.

Okay then, a negotiated cessation of hostilities. Or better yet, a "Stop bombing Gaza, or we'll send in international troops with licence to shoot back if necessary" type of thing.

But right now our elected stoogeocrats in Ottawa are saying and doing nothing. The NDP and Jack Layton have made a statement already. It's posted above as plain as day. 

And the other two party leaders have said that "Israel has a right to defend itself"

It's clear to me just which weak and ineffective party leaders are the vicious toadies to Warshington and its frontline state Israel.

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This could happen without the participation of Hamas in any kind of negotiation process. Were this done the yearly casualty rates would go down to a level below the yearly number of premature baby incubator deaths throughout all of Israel. 

They are terrified of an outbreak of peace. Peace is not good for colder war business. This should be evident by now. Peace is a word that has meaning for the powerless. Hatred and war and death and fear are too useful and too profitable a tools to let slip through their fat fingers.

lagatta

The other two party leaders? The Bloc doesn't exist any more?

Yes, I know the Bloc has been dismal as well.

genstrike

Frustrated Mess wrote:

At least there is a parliamentarian in Australia prepared to speak out:

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It all reminds me of an old story from the days of the Roman Empire. The Emperor Nero was upset that his prized lions were being distressed by Christians who ran away from them in the Colosseum. Nero ordered that at the next circus a Christian was to be buried up to his neck in the sand to make things easier for the lions. When the lions entered the ring, the biggest and meanest saw the hapless condemned, swaggered over and stood astride the Christian's head, roaring for approval from the crowd. At that moment, the Christian craned his neck and bit off the lion's testicles. The crowd was shocked. "Fight fair! Fight fair!" they yelled.

See, this is what I meant.  Why don't we have any politicians like this in Canada?

Fidel

lagatta wrote:
The other two party leaders? The Bloc doesn't exist any more? Yes, I know the Bloc has been dismal as well.

We have to be careful with mentioning the Bloc. Even though Bloc MP's were all democratically elected by Canadians - and even though the Harpers were ready to align with the Bloc and NDP against the Liberals in '04 - ReformaTories are telling Canadians that the Bloc are part of some sort of traitorous coalition today. This is coming from the coalition of Reform Party retreads, rightwing Liberals, and Mike Harris refugees in Ontariario.

Unionist

genstrike wrote:

See, this is what I meant. Why don't we have any politicians like this in Canada?

I think we do - and at least one elected politician at that:

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Gaza : il y a urgence d'agir ![/url]

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Le 10 janvier 2009

Québec solidaire ne peut rester silencieux devant la catastrophe humanitaire qui sévit actuellement dans la bande de Gaza. À l'heure actuelle, plusieurs milliers d'habitants de Gaza n'ont ni eau, ni électricité à cause des bombardements israéliens, qui, rappelons-le, ont fait jusqu'à maintenant 700 morts. Il n'y a présentement aucun endroit à l'abri des bombes sur ce territoire grand comme l'île de Montréal. Pas même les écoles ! ...

Bien que le gouvernement canadien en ait appelé, bien timidement, à un cessez-le-feu, cela ne l'empêche pas de soutenir avec obstination les pires agissements du gouvernement israélien. Cet alignement sur la politique guerrière du président Bush démontre encore une fois toute l'étendue du cynisme et de la vacuité du gouvernement Harper en matière de politique étrangère.

Ce samedi 10 janvier, nous irons manifester pour démontrer notre solidarité envers le peuple palestinien. Nous y serons également pour rappeler que des solutions existent à ce conflit et qu'elles sont connues depuis déjà trop longtemps : abattre le mur de la honte qui empiète largement sur des terres palestiniennes, mettre fin aux colonies de peuplement israéliennes en Cisjordanie, mettre fin au blocus qui accable Gaza, délaisser les armes de chaque côté et négocier de bonne foi dans le but de donner au peuple palestinien un pays viable. Bref, redonner la liberté au peuple palestinien. Parce qu'un peuple libéré préfère toujours les moyens pacifiques et démocratiques pour se faire entendre.

Françoise David
Amir Khadir

And likewise for Monique Richard, elected PQ MNA for Marguerite-D'Youville and president of the Parti québécois, who spoke at the Saturday march and denounced the Israeli apartheid regime by name.

 

 

 

 

Fidel

I think the Palestinians of Gaza would appreciate someone actually stepping in and helping them right now. They've stood alone against Israeli blitzkrieg for a number of days, and words must ring hollow for them at this point. They'll be needing actual help in this particular time of need. This is a complete failure of the international community to intervene for the sake of peace and a people's basic human right to exist.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Libby Davies's statement is no better than Jack Layton's. Both take a phony "neutral" position between the two sides. Both make demands on the Palestinians, as if they are equally responsible for the carnage. Neither calls for Israel to end its military occupation of Gaza, or to end the arbitrary arrests, torture, killings, detentions, and various forms of collective punishment. Neither offers any explanation of, or insight into the conflict, or points the way to a solution.

 

panhead

"..being totally ignorant of the fact that Gaza is an occupied territory and not a state"

The same holds true for all of Israel.  Why would the international community interfere now when it facilitated the present day situation with its support for an illegitimate state to begin with?

When peace arrives the Palestinians will be expected to be grateful to Israel and its Western benefactors for removing them from their lands and finally procurring a settlement whereby they can live under economic and military domination on a scrap of land allowed them by a powerful neighbour.

Western governments bombed Serbia for less. So why not give Israel equal treatment for a sixty year history of countinuous attrocities and crimes against humanity?

 

Fidel

M. Spector wrote:

Libby Davies's statement is no better than Jack Layton's. Both take a phony "neutral" position between the two sides. 

What's neutral about Layton's statement? He calls for an end to the hostilities all the way around and the blockade of food and medical aid to Palestinians to end. Iggy and Harper both say that Israel has a right to defend itself. For me, I cant read anymore vicious toadying into that than meets my eyes.

Layton's statement: most practical and definitely helpful for Palestinians losing their lives and in need of emergency aid at the moment

AWOL Harper and Iggy's statements: bald-faced toadying to the vicious empire and one of its frontline states in the war on democracy, Basically Canada is a ship without a rudder, a Northern Puerto Rico run by colonial administrators who took an early vacation several weeks ago because they're afraid to show up for work. It's a leadership 9-11 in Ottawa, and the NDP are going to dog these scurvy dogs until theyre run outa town on a rail at high noon.

panhead

"a Northern Puerto Rico run by colonial administrators who took an early vacation several weeks ago because they're afraid to show up for work. "

 

No kidding, but has it ever been anything more?

Cueball Cueball's picture

Fidel wrote:
M. Spector wrote:

Libby Davies's statement is no better than Jack Layton's. Both take a phony "neutral" position between the two sides. 

What's neutral about Layton's statement?

Nothing at all. This is why the term "neutral" is in quotes. Layton's statement is a reiteration of the Israeli position as refracted through the lens of the US State Department. The very idea that the Palestinians are involved in hostilities ("all the way around") qualifiable in the same category as those engaged in by the IDF is central to the Israeli position.

There is no quid pro quo here, this is a massacre. 

Fidel

The NDP are supposed to go on record as making political statements on how another country is supposed to govern themselves - and bascially amounting to political interference in Israeli-Palestinian affairs. And I think they've had enough political interference from the USSA over the years to warrant more from Canada's fourth political party.

This is a UN matter like it most often is. The NDP is trying to democratize our little Northern Puerto Rico. The UN needs democratizing, too, but that's another matter that merits input from a real government in Ottawa, if we had one. We dont. We have Steve the rabid lap poodle with a DO NOT DISTURB sign over his dog house for good doggies. Steve's working on a bone right now in fact. He and Iggy will earn  pats on their heads and belly rubs more than likely.

Cueball Cueball's picture

That is one of the dumbest posts you have ever written on this web site.

If you actually believed that it is improper for the NDP "to go on record as making political statements on how another country is supposed to govern themselves," you should be condemning Layton for having issued a statement at all.

Now you are just reiterating the idea that organizations like CUPE have no right to make statements on international affairs, and extending it to include political parties in Canada.

Fidel

Just admit that this another one of your politically motivated attacks on Canada's fourth party, again, and nothing whatsoever to do with personal concern for Palestinians suffering the consequences, and we'll call it like it is.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Yes. My attack is "politically" motivated. It does not appear that the NDP is either political, or motivated.

Fidel

CUPE can do whatever it wants. They dont have seats in the House of Commons.  CUPE is not a political party representing millions of voters or participating in Canadian politics in the national capital.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Throw the ring into the big firey pit Fidel.

Fidel

Cueball wrote:
Yes. My attack is "politically" motivated. It does not appear that the NDP is either political, or motivated.

The NDP made a winning statement on this international incident - an incident that needs to be dealt with at a UN level. And no one's home in Ottawa as per usual to even deal with it like federal governments normally do.

Steve the lap poodle isnt very motivated right now at all. He doesnt even want to show up for work and tend to this U.S.-related problem in the Middle East unfolding today. Apparently our leader who majored in economics is studying up on macroeconomics and Keynesian stimulus 101.

Ottawa is traditionally a compliant colonial outpost manned by stoogeocrats who rarely say shit to the US or any of its client states, even when they have a mouthful.

And it looks like Iggy understands where the bear shit in the buckwheat, too, with parroting Harper's own words to the effect that Israel has "a right to defend itself" Talk about getting shit all over their moustaches. Well nothing's new here, that's for sure.

 

 

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Unionist wrote:

I think we do - and at least one elected politician at that:

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Gaza : il y a urgence d'agir ![/url]

Bravo, Amir Khadir! It is truly inspiring to see a politician doing what politicians should do. I had almost given up in terms of parliamentary politics but Dr. Khadir offers real hope (as opposed to the counterfeit stuff peddled south of the border).

Incidentally, I have received no response from any of the NDP members I emailed several days ago about their lack of response. What timidity in the face of tragedy.

Fidel

According to this, the NDP is rife with anti-Israeli elements. So which is it?

 

Canada votes alone for Israel

We're the only one of 47 nations on UN rights panel to refuse to condemn military offensive in Gaza

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NDP MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) criticized Ottawa's "muted" reaction to this latest offensive. He said Canada should be taking a "robust" role to deliver aid to civilians and monitor any ceasefire.

Instead, he said Canada is sitting on the "sideline," suggesting a pro-Israel viewpoint by the Conservative government was the reason for lack of outcry from Ottawa.

Loretta
Cueball Cueball's picture

That is much better.

Not sure what he means by a "un-recognized Occupation", but that's probably just bad wording. At least the word is in there. Calls for an end to the bombardment, and notes the events of November 4th, where Israel broke the ceasefire. Much better overall.

Slumberjack

While it is nice to see the winds from the street belatedly filling the sails of individual NDP MPs, it would be nicer still to see those sentiments reflected through statements by the leader.  If the trend continues, I suppose we can eventually look forward to seeing some revised commentary.  Better late than never.  By the way, where is Jack Layton these days?

genstrike

Cueball wrote:

That is much better.

Not sure what he means by a "un-recognized Occupation", but that's probably just bad wording.

I think he means "UN (as in, United Nations) recognized occupation"

Cueball Cueball's picture

Yes, I see, But my point was that it kind of sounds like he is saying the occupation is legitimate because it is "recognized" by the UN, if you see what I am saying.

Max Bialystock

Slumberjack wrote:
While it is nice to see the winds from the street belatedly filling the sails of individual NDP MPs, it would be nicer still to see those sentiments reflected through statements by the leader.  If the trend continues, I suppose we can eventually look forward to seeing some revised commentary.  Better late than never.  By the way, where is Jack Layton these days?

He certainly stayed away from the rallies against the Israeli assault on Gaza.  He has no problem going to CJPAC dinners though.

Fidel

Cueball wrote:

Yes, I see, But my point was that it kind of sounds like he is saying the occupation is legitimate because it is "recognized" by the UN, if you see what I am saying.

Atamenko is saying that this is the context of the overall situation, that the UN recognizes the occupation. He doesnt speak of the the overall context in a positive way.

 In fact, the problem is with the USA's support of Israel and its policies toward Palestinians in general. The USA is also a UN member nation and regularly uses its veto power within the UNSC to undermine that organization's legitimacy and democratically arrived at resolutions. The U.S.A. is shipping an unusually large amount of ammunition to Israel right now. It's not a positive sign for peace in general and looks to be more like cold war era maneuvering.  

martin dufresne

Maria Mourani (Bloc québécois - Public security, Children, Status of Women) has been known to take courageous positions in the past, e.g. on issues such as prostitution and the trafficking of women, racism, etc. At a time where most elected officials are remaining shamefully silent or being openly complicitous about the massacre in Gaza, she issued yesterday the following position, relayed here with her permission.

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Lettre ouverte Gaza : Israël devrait prendre l'initiative d'un cessez-le-feu Maria Mourani 12 janvier 2009

Le jeudi 8 janvier 2009, le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a adopté une résolution appelant à un cessez-le-feu immédiat à Gaza. Ce cessez-le-feu devrait conduire à un retrait total de l'armée israélienne, à un accès sans entrave aux transports de nourriture, de carburant et de médicaments et à un mécanisme visant à empêcher le trafic d'armes et de munitions vers le territoire palestinien de Gaza.

Encore une fois, le gouvernement israélien, qui est aux prises avec des problèmes de crédibilité importants avec un premier ministre au cours d'un scandale financier et une élection générale anticipée pour le 10 février, fait la sourde oreille et poursuit des actions militaires à Gaza où sont ciblés des écoles, des institutions de l'ONU et des hôpitaux. Des frappes inhumaines contre une grande majorité de civils, dont des enfants.

Il faut rappeler que les belligérants dans cette affaire ne sont pas égaux.

D'un côté, il y a un pays avec un parlement, une armée et un financement important qui occupe un territoire étranger et qui installe, périodiquement, des colonies illégales sans égard aux conventions internationales et aux résolutions de l'ONU.

De l'autre côté, il y a la population palestinienne de Gaza, en mode de survie depuis des années, parquée sur un territoire minuscule et dont la majorité des habitants sont des réfugiés expulsés illégalement de leurs terres. Une population qui subit depuis des décennies une politique violente de harcèlement et d'humiliation de la part d'un État qui exige de sa part de renoncer à la justice et à la dignité pour se voir imposer la paix des « vainqueurs ». Une population qui n'a pas une vie normale et qui est soumise à l'influence de l'extrémisme nourri par des années de misères et d'iniquités.

Ainsi, le gouvernement d'Israël, qui se trouve dans une position de force exceptionnelle, a le devoir de se contenir et de se discipliner. Ce gouvernement ne peut se comparer au début de gouvernance palestinienne que nous voyons poindre depuis quelques années. Dans un tel contexte, la responsabilité de l'initiative de la paix appartient d'abord à Israël.

D'un autre côté, nous nous devons de condamner le lancement de roquettes par certains Palestiniens parce qu'ils peuvent toucher des civils innocents. Ces actions militaires inutiles alimentent l'image de « terroriste » attribuée au peuple palestinien qui, dans les faits, est un peuple de « résistants » qui mérite notre admiration, notre compassion et notre soutien.

Quant à Israël, il devrait tout simplement respecter les nombreuses résolutions de l'ONU le concernant. Ce qui permettra à plus long terme, un règlement pacifique du conflit qui passe par la fin de l'occupation militaire israélienne et la fin des colonies en territoire occupé, un règlement satisfaisant pour toutes les parties tant de la question de l'annexion de Jérusalem-Est que celle des réfugiés, ainsi qu'un règlement global qui reconnaît à Israël le droit d'exister à l'intérieur de frontières sûres et reconnues tout en assurant la création d'un État palestinien indépendant, digne et viable.

Maria Mourani Députée d'Ahuntsic

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