Our Conservative Government has taken a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of hatred, including anti-Semitism. Standing side by side with the State of Israel, our friend and ally in the democratic family of nations, we unequivocally condemn efforts to single out and attack the Jewish people and their homeland.
Next week, after consultations with all political parties, I will proudly introduce the following motion before the House of Commons:
“That this House considers itself to be a friend of the State of Israel; that this House is concerned about expressions of anti-Semitism under the guise of "Israeli Apartheid Week"; and that this House explicitly condemns any action in Canada as well as internationally that would equate the State of Israel with the rejected and racist policy of apartheid.”
On university campuses, Israeli Apartheid Week promotes the one-sided, intolerant, and unbalanced position that Israel is a racist state. This has helped create a public opinion environment where Jewish students who happen to also support Israel are subject to condemnation and opprobrium.
Canadians are free within the bounds of our law to express their opinions. At the same time, it’s important for Members of Parliament to stand up and publicly condemn efforts to single out one group of people for harsh treatment. I sincerely hope that all Members of Parliament will support this motion.