By Khalid Amayreh • May 13th, 2008
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently made
outrageously ignorant comments on the plight of the
He claimed that criticism of and opposition to the Israeli
policies of ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the
Palestinian people amounted to “anti-Semitism.”
“Unfortunately, Israel at 60 remains a country under threat
– threatened by those groups and regimes who deny to this
day its right to exist,” Harper said in a Toronto
celebration marking the inauspicious anniversary of
“And why? Look beyond the thinly veiled rationalizations;
because they hate Israel, just as they hate the Jewish
Obviously, Harper was trying to curry favor with Jews by
appearing more Israeli and more Zionist than many Israelis
But in truth, he is harming Jews, because it is not a sign
of true friendship to encourage one’s friends to walk along
the path of evil as Israel has manifestly been doing for
In fact, Israel and Jews in general need sincere friends
who should tell them that the pornographic oppression being
meted out to the Palestinians is wrong and ought to stop
Today, Israel is intoxicated by its arrogance of power and
the predominance of her supporters in North America,
especially in the US. And as is the case with drunken
people whose true friends don’t let them drive, lest they
kill themselves and cause harm to others, Israel’s friends
should likewise advise her to get sober and abandon her
Harper’s equation of opposition to Israel’s policies its
actions with anti-Semitism and “hatred of Jews” would be as
outrageous as claiming that opposition to the Third Reich
and its crimes and genocidal designs emanated from
intrinsic hostility to the German people and the ‘Aryan’
Well, doesn’t Harper realize that there are thousands of
honest and conscientious Jews who reject Zionism and its
virulent brat, Israel?
Harper is actually more than just ignorant. He seems
virulently dishonest as well.
Otherwise, who in his or her right mind would dismiss the
ghastly Israeli crimes against the peoples of the Middle
East as “thinly veiled rationalizations?”
In 1948, Israel acted and behaved like Nazi Germany when it
destroyed more than 460 Palestinian towns and villages and
expelled more than 700,000 Palestinian Muslims and
Christians to the four winds on no grounds other than the
fact that the victims were not Jews. Is that a thinly
Israel, this hateful thiefdom, massacred them, destroyed
their homes, confiscated their farms and property, stole
their valuables before claiming that the refugees left
their homes voluntarily.
Moreover, Zionist terrorists, acting on instructions from
the Zionist leadership, poisoned water wells in the
depopulated villages in order to prevent the refugees from
returning. And those who did try to return, even to
retrieve some of their movable property, like my three
uncles tried to do, were summarily executed in the fields.
Perhaps Mr. Harper should have spoken with some of the
refugees, or their descendants, some of whom live in
Canada, before he made his ignorant remarks.
Harper should understand, if he is really willing to listen
and is interested in knowing the truth, that the strife in
Palestine is not about religion or about anti-Semitism.
After all, both the Israelites and the Palestinians are
The conflict in Palestine is about theft, dispossession,
colonialism, occupation, racism, ethnic cleansing,
oppression and persecution.
It is about killing people because they don’t belong to the
right tribe, it is about demolishing homes because the
proprietors don’t belong to the “right race,” it is about
murder, rape and oppression carried out for the purpose of
cleansing the land of the natives, the inferiors, the
goyim, the U”-ntermensch, the children of the lesser
It is about the arrogation of Palestine by racist Zionism
through organized mass murder and mass terror, and the
displacement and deportation of the indigenous Palestinian
inhabitants; it is about the attempted physical
annihilation of an entire people, the people of Palestine.
Are these acts, Mr. Prime Minister, compatible with the
moral ideals that you in Canada claim to uphold?
And you claim that Israel is under threat? Shouldn’t you
have calculated your words before uttering them?
How could a state that possesses more than 300 nuclear
weapons and has one of the most powerful armies in the
world, and in addition to that, tightly controls the
politics and policies of the only superpower in the world,
be under threat?
Are you fornicating with words, Mr. Harper?
The truth of the matter is that Israel continues to
threaten, bully and attack its subjects and neighbors and
In the West Bank, Israel has effectively morphed
Palestinian population centers into modern-day detention
camps, thanks to this gigantic wall of shame built on
stolen land, coupled with hundreds of hateful roadblocks
manned by Gestapo-like trigger-happy Israeli soldiers who
draw satisfaction from tormenting and humiliating their
helpless Palestinian victims.
And in Gaza, the country which considers itself a “light
upon the nations” is effectively carrying out a slow-motion
genocide against 1.5 million thoroughly starved Gazans
whose only crime is their refusal to elect as their leaders
Israel’s quislings and collaborators.
It is really sad and lamentable that while Israel is
indulging in these shameful acts against a people that is
as helpless as European Jewry was under Nazism, morally
desensitized western leaders, obviously including yourself,
Mr. Prime Minister, are cheerleading these crimes against
humanity, committed callously by the children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren of the holocaust.
Canada, a country that used to pride itself on its
commitment to the rule of international law and regard for
human rights and dignity, should stop this blind fanatical
and unrestricted support for Israel and instead adopt a
balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Canada should tell Israel that killing Palestinian
civilians in Gaza, knowingly and deliberately, is wrong;
that starving and tormenting and killing innocent people in
order to weaken Hamas is wrong; that withholding
critically-needed fuel and electricity supplies, let alone
food and other consumer products, amounts to a crime
Unfortunately, instead of doing what is morally right,
Canada is cheering Israel’s criminality and evil behavior,
very much like the Führer of the White House who called
Israel’s certified war criminals “men of peace,” ignoring
the fact that they have tons of innocent blood on their
Well, birds of a feather flock together. (end)