Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
LIBERAL MP IRWIN COTLER CELEBRATES ISRAEL AT 60

Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler rose in the House of Commons to congratulate Israel on its 60th anniversary and "on the building of a pluralistic, democratic state amidst relentless assaults and calls for its destructions – and for an enduing legacy of scientific, cultural, academic, and economic achievements."

The Opposition Critic for Human Rights said that "Israel is not only a homeland for the Jewish people … but a homeland of the Jewish people, a vehicle for Jewish survival and self-determination – of the reconstitution of an ancient people in its ancestral homeland."

Professor Cotler recited the age-old prayer for peace in Hebrew – Oseh Shalom Bimromov, Who Yaaseh Shalom, Alenu V’al Kol Israel, V’imeru, Amen – which in translation reads "May God who establishes peace on high, grant peace for us all, Amen;" and concluded with his own aspiration for peace – that "this 60th anniversary herald the end of terror and violence – and a real, just, and lasting peace for all peoples in the Middle East."