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Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« on: November 06, 2009, 04:10:20 PM »
aka MPs Receive Private Funding to Meet in Centre Block and Silence Criticism of Israel

In February, Bernie Farber CEO of the CJC, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, and 10 other Lib and Con MPs attended the London Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism.
4 months later Canada set up its own branch office :
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"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

Dr. Dawg : House Un-Canadian Activities Committee launched
and The CJC's submission to HUAC North

Combating Anti-Semitism or Shielding Israel?
Submission to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism
by Joanne Naiman

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 05:54:53 PM »
If people have the time and patience, it is worth listening to the audio of the committee's first hearings this past Monday, linked here.

(Man, is that site unhelpful so far or what? I don't see a full list of who has made submissions, much less an archive, and I've written to ask them when they might provide either. At the moment, it's hard to navigate around the site itself.)

For my sins, I sat through the whole thing, two panels, this a.m. The first panel, MacShane and Weisskirchen, was actually very interesting and kind of lulled me out of my annoyance with the whole idea in the first place. Those two have an obvious sympathetic tilt towards this unconstitutional adventure, but they are articulate and thoughtful people, and our MPs were mainly just asking them for background information, so the first hour is fairly civilized.

MacShane talked a lot about the resurgence of neo-fascism in Europe (not just Eastern Europe, as Stockholm at babble would have you believe), and Weisskirchen was moving if troubling on the subject of German revisionism. At one point, eg, he cited Gunter Grass's guilty admissions last year as an example of revisionism, which I think is just the opposite of the truth. But anyway, that was interesting and intelligent.

Then came the second panel, and everything changed. Cotler (also a member of the committee) might as well have been reading the CJC submission, although at least he didn't take flight on Islamophobic fantasies. The other two panelists, both Americans (Small is originally Canadian), did, in cliché'd war on terra, clash of civilization terms. The one MP who, very late in the recording, said much on his own was Scott Reid, who I take to be a major mover of unconstitutional inquiries into the "values" held by citizens.

I ended up exceptionally annoyed, although I guess I knew that I would.

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 10:20:50 PM »
No, really don't have the time for that sort of thing. Are any (alternative?) media covering it?
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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2009, 07:09:52 AM »
I do believe that would be us.

At some point I'm sure a lot of us will write to the topic, although they're making it blasted difficult by not having transcripts available until, it appears from their semi-unreadable website, blinkin' Febuary.

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009, 11:19:43 AM »
BCL has a big coloured ad from B'nai Brith in the National Post on Nov 9/09; "The Unholy Alliance: Common Objectives of Nazism & Radical Islam http://bigcitylib.blogspot.com/2009/11/stay-classy-bnai-brith.html#links

Wow. Just wow.  "Responsible Jewish advocacy" at the bottom.
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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 11:30:18 AM »
Holy mackerel!   :shock:

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009, 02:50:19 PM »
Wow. I can appreciate pointing out the history of nazism and the Brotherhood/Al Queda/Saudi Arabia/radical Islams, but this re-hashing of history is ignoring the fact that Islam itself (not radical islam) in America is protesting the neo-nazism harrassing Jewish groups, as recently as last MONTH/Muslims condemn neo-nazi harassment of jewish worshippers, in California

So WTF is BB up to? I'd say taking the heat off Goldstone.
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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2009, 05:19:06 PM »
Where is the photo of Lady Eaton summering with her good friend Benito Mussolini? Or the Duke and Duchess of Windsor palling around with von Ribbentrop?

Cherry-picking celebs who were chummy with fascists in the 1930s and even into the war can be a risky business.

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2009, 06:03:47 PM »
A somewhat surprising historical omission is future Israeli president Yitzhak Shamir's attempted deal with the Nazis in 1941 to establish a Jewish state in Palestine in return for taking an active part against the British on Germany's side.

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2009, 04:38:27 PM »
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Cherry-picking celebs who were chummy with fascists in the 1930s and even into the war can be a risky business.

Yeah, like Jack and Bobby and Ted's daddy Joseph P. Kennedy.

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2009, 05:58:37 PM »
I thought of Joe too, Unionist -- and don't I remember the Walkers and the Bushes having their fingers in a few German industrial pies as well?

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2009, 06:01:00 PM »
Via Hill Queeries, a bit of news about what went on at the second session of the CPCCA. I don't see an audio link there this time.

ETA: Not to worry -- I'm sure at the next session -- or maybe the one after that -- they're going to get fair and balanced with the speakers they hear from.

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2009, 01:09:28 AM »
You know, this is starting to feel like a way to justify Israel bombing Iran back to the stone age. Getting ready for the 'aftermath' or something. Do we have these Combats to eliminate anti-native or anti-Muslim or anti-Punjabis or anti-Women, or anti-Anything, nope.
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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2009, 01:01:27 PM »
Letter from Ariela Cotler to National Post:

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...Irwin Cotler and the Liberal Party of Canada won't use Israel or any other issue to promote wedge politics for partisan gain...

http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=2248879
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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2009, 01:28:46 PM »
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Irwin Cotler and the Liberal Party of Canada won't use Israel or any other issue to promote wedge politics for partisan gain. As Michael Ignatieff said in May, "It is beyond reckless for political leaders to try to score points by branding one another as 'anti-Israel' -- to try to win votes by claiming a monopoly on supporting Israel. My party will never claim to be the only genuine defenders of Israel in Canadian politics --because I don't want my party to be alone in the defence of Israel. I want all parties to be genuine defenders of Israel."

Right. I would call that essence of non-partisanship -- wouldn't you? /s

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Re: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism
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