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July 14, 2014

Gaza: Canada's Harper is more Zionist than Netanyahu

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Elmasry

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Demonstrators gathered in Ottawa to denounce the Israeli attack on Gaza.

It was one of about a hundred pro-Gaza demonstrations across the world, with around 10 in Canada.

Many supported the call for boycott, disinvestment, and sanctions, echoing the words of John F. Kennedy in Berlin years ago — “We are all Palestinians.  We are all Gazans.” 

Speakers called Israel a terrorist state, a colonial state, an apartheid state, Gaza the world’s biggest prison and Canada’s PM Stephen Harper more Zionist than Netanyahu.

While Canadian Jewish organizations like to charge that opposition to Israel and Zionism is really camouflaged anti-Semitism, the crowd burst into loud cheers when speakers made reference to Jews who support Palestinian rights like Canada’s Independent Jewish Voices.

Harper is an evangelical Christian who strongly supports Israel on religious grounds. Since many persons judge the subject of creating a Zionist Jewish state in Palestine solely from this standpoint, it is proper that it should be considered.

Those who take this view are moved by the fact that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land is an accomplishment of the prophecies of the Bible.  Because of this they feel that no opposition of any sort should be made to this return.  They do not like to criticize Israel or to hear it criticized in any fashion.

  1. “Hardly any of us, certainly not I, oppose the return of Jews to Palestine,” wrote Joseph M.N. Jeffries, a British official, in 1939, 10 years before the creation of a Zionist Jewish state in his book Palestine: The Reality, “What we resist is a very different thing, the manner of their return and the extent of their return.   The manner has been illegal and arrogant, the extent excessive. To all intents the Arabs have been tied by Great Britain to their doorposts while the Jews streamed past. Under no circumstances can it be sustained that because of the prophecies of the Old Testament the Jews have a permit to return to Palestine arbitrarily and wrongfully.”

“In fine, to suggest that the rights and the wrongs of the question between the Arabs and the Zionists must not be taken into consideration because the Jews are predestined to return to Palestine is equivalent to suspending right and wrong themselves,” added Mr. Jeffries, “It is to imagine an impossible issue, to which, in order to fulfill the promises of God, the commandments of God do not apply.  It is to make sin the means of salvation and to controvert Christianity.  Therefore it is a doctrine which no Christian for a moment should permit himself to entertain.”

Similarly Mahatma Gandhi wrote in 1938, “The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine.”

“Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood? Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French,” added Gandhi, “It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.”

“Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home,” rightly concluded Gandhi, “The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred. The Jews born in France are French in precisely the same sense that Christians born in France are French.”

The creation of a Zionist Jewish state, concluded Mr. Jeffries, “is the fault of Mr. Lloyd George and Lord Balfour and the political Zionists who between them engineered conditions beyond absolute remedy.  It is said of architects sometimes that they have built for the generations, but these men ruined for the generations.”

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On July 7, 2024 in Toronto, Canada, Dimitri Lascaris delivered a speech on the right to resist oppression.

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