I would implore our federal New Democrats and their leader to look, for a moment, at some of their fellow travellers.
Soon to be ex NDP'r here as well. I utterly loath the moral stance they are taking here. I have had enough of the simplistic "my political enemies hate Hamas, so I therefore support Hamas." I am not sure which is more pathetic that they actually convince themselves they are being righteous or they are just being cynical political opportunists. I have seen both from inside the party and Unions. I remember one high ranking CUPE member honestly telling me that in order to save Canada Post, we needed to start a lobby campaign to make e-payments harder and encourage people to write physical letters more. They have lost the plot. Its all about power for power's sake.
Today’s NDP is no longer the moral compass of Canada, as espoused by Tommy Douglas, Stanley Knowles and others who truly cared for those on the margins of society.
The current NDP model has been taken over by self satisfied urban professionals such as teachers, nurses union leaders and other stakeholders who are invested in advancing their own welfare and everyone else gets endless lectures about how the NDP is the party of the little guy.
Tied to this selfish attitude is the current faddish notions of Critical Theory and DEI that percolates through the left, far left. This distorted view of the world has brought an oppressor-victim angle to Middle East politics that has Israel as the oppressor and Hamas as some sort of innocent bystander who has no obligation to account for their abuses of Palestinians. When ideology drifts that far from reality, blaming Israel for a genocide isn’t far behind. It is no surprise to see high profile NDP members openly supporting these views, as repugnant as they are.
It is often said that sunlight is the best sanitizer and the while the anti-semitism in SOME of our political leaders is a serious concern, at least it has come out into the open and Canadians can act accordingly. The writer of this article has shown us the way...quit supporting those who foment hate and openly state why.
I wonder if the NDP and others see this purely through the lens of the oppressor versus the underdog, not anti-Semitism. While Jewish people were being oppressed, they were the darlings of many on the left. Now that Israel is country that can very ably defend itself, recent events notwithstanding, they are seen as the oppressors and therefore evil. As underdogs, Palestinians are now celebrated and their actions are tacitly excused as reasonable in the face of oppression. The fact that Hamas cares less about the lives of Palestinians than do the Israelis and that Hamas is committed to the total eradication of Jews in Israel are irrelevant. They are oppressed; ergo, they are good.
Canadian Jew hatred has revealed itself as never before. It can only be decreased by forceful confrontation at cocktail parties and when deciding to STOP DONATING to Jew-hating universities like U of T, McGill, Concordia, Laurentian, UBC, York, Toronto Metro University, Queen's etc.
What's difficult is the confrontation. How do you comfortably chastise a neighbour who equates Gaza levelling with baby killing? How do you have a discussion with a young family who've been taught Jew hatred at school? It's tough and it's a bitch.
I know, I tried...on my son-in-law who espoused the "they're all the same" flatulence. He was reluctant to acknowledge that a "cease fire" was in effect on Oct. 7--and that Hamas killed it, literally. But we've raised an entire 18-30 generation without a moral compass.
But the job needs doing. God willing, Hamas and its murderous constitution will be obliterated.
I didn’t like a lot of the language in the quote from Mr. Singh’s statement. It also sounded nothing like the Ayatollah. That’s a ridiculous comparison and it hurts the credibility of the piece, which otherwise makes some good points.
The commies had their useful idiots. The equally despotic and possibly even more murderous islamic fundamentalists have... Jagmeet Singh. He's an embarrassment of a politician on just about any front.
I remember when he first came up and people loved him because he was stylish. What an accomplishment.
Any future pieces about the actual genocidal statements from actual Israeli politicians? Any thoughts about these fellow travelers?
“Gaza needs to be wiped out,”
-Galit Distel Atbaryan, Likud Knesset member
“It is an entire nation out there that is responsible,”
-President Isaac Herzog
“Gaza won't return to what it was before. We will eliminate everything.”
-Defense Minister Yoav Gallant
“It's time to kiss doomsday. Shooting powerful missiles without limit. Not flattening a neighbourhood. Crushing and flattening Gaza. ... without mercy! without mercy!"
-Revital "Tally" Gotliv, Likud Knesset member
"You must remember what Amalek has done to you, says our Holy Bible" (for reference: “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass" 1 Samuel 15:3)
“We are now rolling out the Gaza Nakba…Gaza Nakba 2023. That’s how it’ll end.”
-Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter
“We are too humane. Burn Gaza now, no less!" &
“We can leave one old man (alive) there - he will tell everyone"
-Nissim Vaturi, deputy speak of the Knesset
But yeah, tell us more about how Jagmeet Singh is the problem here
By Brian Henry’s criteria you can call me a “well-meaning person” I guess. Although, to be honest, it feels a little condescending. Regardless, I can’t help but hope that all of us want a ceasefire, that we simply differ in terms of the conditions under which a ceasefire could be implemented. I mean, it seems pretty fuckin psychopathic to actually want to see the bullets, bombs, and shrapnel keep ripping into living people who don’t fight for the IDF or Hamas or one of the other terrorist organizations in Gaza. I kind of think of there being a spectrum with people like Amihai Eliyahu and Mohammed Deif on one end, committed to fighting this war to the last Gazan and then taking it elsewhere, and say, Antonio Guterres and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the other end saying everybody stop now and go home, and most of the rest of us fitting somewhere in between. Is that wrong?
Hamas is a terrorist organization and the acts committed by them and whoever else came with them out of Gaza on October 7 were atrocities that are not justifiable. But, I seriously don’t understand how it makes sense to say this war has to continue until Hamas is destroyed. How do you measure progress towards that goal? How close is the IDF to that goal now? Even if every Hamas member was dead it won’t kill the ideas that drove them. I think that’s a bigger problem. If the idea is that you bomb Gaza into a moonscape, and hope that everyone else either sees the light or is now too scared to turn those ideas into violence, that severely underestimates the degree of commitment antisemites have shown historically. I don’t have solutions, mostly questions, but in all honesty I don’t get why anybody deserves space to kill, maim, and psychologically destroy innocent people who can’t help when and where they were born and raised any more than I can.
I was a member and was involved in the NDP back in the late 80s and early 90s; mainly for provincial reasons and let my membership lapse when they were finally elected but still supported them. I gave up on the NDP federally when Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis et al managed to freeze out the able Mulcaire and adopt the Leaf Manifesto, which I thought was a big mistake. It is very authoritarian and far left and frankly, not democracy friendly which is a worrying thing for a political party to enthusiastically adopt.
Under Mr. Singh, the NDP, has lost its way and it’s purpose and should just merge with the ever unsavoury Liberals.
Sadly, this is not the party it once was.
"Of course, it can be perfectly reasonable to subject Israel to ordinary and consistent criticism of political policies and actions" BUUUUUUUT:
Don't talk about the flattening of Gaza or the thousands of dead Palestinians or the collective punishment or the ethnic cleansing in the West Bank or Netanyahu's disastrous footsie game with Hamas or the blockade or the murderous rhetoric that has been coming out of the mouths of Israeli officials for decades. All those topics are antisemitic.
No sir, the world is a Hollywood movie, and there are good guys and bad guys and nothing has any nuance or complexity. Let's all come together to cheer on the bad shit that our side does because nobody has any principles and that's the only consistency that matters. Let's spend thousands of words engaging in semantic pedantry instead of engaging with the meat of the issue.
Singh will do and say anything to stay
In the elusive dream of power that he thinks he has with the PM. When you sell your soul and any principles you have to avoid going to an election and to cling to the semblance of power you think you have you become “ full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”
It doesn't matter that the IDF is attempting to limit civilian casualties, the number of dead is still a horrifying number. And the lack of medical facilities, water, food & shelter is only going to increase that number. This reality also needs to be acknowledged.
Surprised how hard it is for educated critical thinkers (?) on both "team israel" and "team palestine" to acknowledge being both victim and perpetrator at the same time. Of course the challenge is emotional, therefore the most challenging, but it feels bizarre, otherworldly when either side makes remarkable, unsupportable claims like,
"Unlike Hamas, the IDF is taking reasonable steps to minimize civilian casualties..."
Really? How do you confirm that? Is it your position that the IDF is above reproach, has never had any credibility issues?
Neither team looks virtuous, quite the opposite.
Sure Jaggy looks like an idiot. Both ends of the spectrum look silly when they flail about for attention from their most religious zealots with "Freedum!" or "End the colonial, western, oppressive, capitalist, societies for our marxist utopia!" (like we've never heard that joke or punchline before.)
Rather than just another gotcha article: "Hey, your side is the same as the Ayatollah!... so we're more moral!" (boring, repetitive), maybe a discussion about why and how, in a pluralistic society, it might be better for a leader not to pick sides. On the subject of leadership, helping a community survive global trauma, maybe even leading us to a better place... this is a pretty rich vein.
I enjoy The Line despite not always agreeing with everything written because the commentary is smart, well-informed, and well-stated. This piece is astonishingly inflamatory, biased, rage-farming rubbish, although successful judging by many of the comments. Jagmeet Singh = Ayatollah? Are you kidding me?? This is journalism?
When I read this, I find myself thinking about Jen Gerson's article from Monday, as well as feeling a little distraught, wondering where I can turn in terms of our politics now, as someone who tends to the left - but also where we might turn as a nation, in terms of smarter strategic diplomacy and alliances.
Take the NDP and Left’s call for a ceasefire as legitimate. How would you start? I suggest starting with the (George) Mitchell principles that helped initiate the Northern Ireland “Troubles” ceasefire. Yes it’s different (N.I. was a territorial conflict masking as a religious one, Israel-Gaza is a religious conflict masking as territorial) but it’s a start. I don’t see Hamas ever signing on to even one of the Mitchell principles never mind all six, so it’s fair to say calling for a ceasefire is not a realistic option until Hamas is eliminated to the extent that ISIS was.
The Israel-Palestine issue is just the latest ’thing’ for the radical Left. Before this it was Covid lockdowns, before that it was J6, before that it was BLM, and before that it was George Floyd.
The real motive (as explained far better than I can by James Lindsay’s piece: ‘The Current Thing Did Not Take Place’) is to ginny up the support for the Left’s radical view that “we’re all in for the revolution!!” and keep the Marxist ball moving down the field.
Rest assured the ‘next thing’ for the Left will be along soon enough when the Critical Theory movement to tear down society finds its next issue to latch on to.