Mr. Speaker, next week on May 8 the state of Israel will celebrate its 60th birthday. I rise today to congratulate the Jewish state for what has been a miraculous achievement in the last six decades to create one of the world’s most advanced democracies.
Unfortunately here at home, radical left-wing groups are targeting the Jewish state. Only two weeks ago the Canadian Union of Postal Workers passed a resolution calling for an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions. Radical left-wing groups on campuses have been holding Israel apartheid weeks and intimidating Jewish students.
On November 8, 2007 at York University, Jewish students were swarmed by anti-Israel students shouting, "The Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization. The real terrorists are Zionists and the Americans". One faculty member is said to have shouted, "Gestapo" at the students themselves. In April 2008 at Carleton University, a student picked up a picture of a terrorist who had killed eight Israelis.
This kind of thing is unacceptable…