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April 19, 2008

Paging Jay Currie to the HRC fax machine

The BDS National Committee (BNC) in "Palestine" and the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) congratulate the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) for their recent, reported boycott resolution against Israel; this in turn inspired by a May 2006 resolution to the same effect by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE, Ontario). I cannot find the resolution at the CUPW website, however, it apparently reads in part:

The resolution states that CUPW will work “… with Palestinian solidarity and human rights organizations to develop an educational campaign about the apartheid nature of the Israeli state and the political and economic support of Canada for these practices.” The resolution also calls on the Canadian government to increase humanitarian aid to Palestinians who have been affected by the conflict, and commits CUPW to research on Canadian involvement in the occupation.

It seems to me this language is obviously wrong some sort of moonbat demon mumbling anti-Semitic potentially hurtful. Ouch... my feelings! Words like "apartheid" and "occupation" have a negative connotation that might expose those of us who support representative democracy, the rule of law, equality before the law, freedom of religion, freedom of expression and a whole raft of other notions supported by Israel and opposed by her every adversary to feeling bad about ourselves. And at the end of the day, it is our feelings that matter.* In fact, this CUPW resolution might expose those of us who support Israel to hatred and contempt.

Paging Jay Currie to the HRC fax machine. Jay Currie to the HRC fax machine, please.**

* As opposed to, say, rational public policy, a sense of duty, human decency, and such trivialities as defending an embattled democracy against repeated threats of genocide. You know, priorities.
** That last link might not be exactly on topic.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 19, 2008 09:07 AM


Ah, but they seem to be wearing the HRC proof Zionist/Israeli figleaf...now if you have something where they actually say what they mean about Jooooos!

I am not sure the CHRC is capable of recognizing the fact most Zionists and many Israelis are Jews and the idea of Israeli apartheid is about Jews and Palis (otherwise it makes even less sense than it does in its current figleafed form). Nope, I would suspect the CHRC would say Zionists and Israelis are not properly protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Now, as it happens speeches at York university dropped the fig leaf but I have not been able to find any of them published online.If you have let me know and the fax machine will spool up.

Posted by: Jay Currie [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2008 06:34 PM


When elements of the union of British post-secondary teachers -- the UCU -- started pushing the boycott of Israeli institutions, the executive received a legal opinion that to engage in such a boycott would violate British human rights laws as it was clearly discriminatory. The "activists" are at it again, and opponenants of the boycott have engaged their own lawyers to take action against an executive that is clearly abusing its executive power. http://www.engageonline.org.uk/blog/article.php?id=1832

Unfortunately, I doubt CUPW has members like David Hirsh and Jon Pike to stand up to the "activists" in that union.

Posted by: waterdragon52 [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 21, 2008 10:48 AM

Clearly I need to look at this accursed legislation more carefully. For example, I would like to initiate complaints against - in no particular order - the government of mainland China, the Canadian government for complicity in human rights violations by the government of mainland China and a variety of private interests (including and especially at least on fringe political party) for their advocacy of the government of mainland China.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 21, 2008 10:55 AM

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