Statement by Liberal MP Joyce Murray regarding Israeli Apartheid Week
VANCOUVER – Liberal Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, Joyce Murray, made the following statement today regarding Israeli Apartheid Week:
“This week on campuses across Canada and at the University of British Columbia in my own riding, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is taking place.
Israel, like any other state, is responsible for any violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Dissent and opposition to individual actions of the Israeli government are both legitimate and permitted both in Canada and in Israel; just as political dissent is permitted and encouraged with respect to any democratic nation.
However, public calls for the destruction of Israel and Jews wherever they may be must be condemned and have no place in Canada or anywhere else in the world.
IAW aims to delegitimize Israel’s very existence – checkpoints, inflammatory language and deliberate attempts to portray the Jewish state as criminal undermine any attempt for legitimate dialogue or debate to occur. The kind of vehemently anti-Israel language promoted by Israeli Apartheid Week only serves to heighten the tension in our communities around the tragic conflict in the Middle East.
At a time when Canadian students should be engaging in pro-peace campus debates and positive change, the intent of the IAW campaign appears to solely demonize and undermine the state of Israel and, in turn intimidate and alienate Jewish and non-Jewish students alike.
On behalf of the Liberal Party I would like to encourage all Canadians to reject all forms of anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance, both within Canada and around the world.”
The 6th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place in Canada from the 1st to the 14th of March 2010. It is part of a global campaign of calls for divestment, boycotts and proclamations against the state of Israel.
Office of Joyce Murray, MP