Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has shamefully linked legitimate criticism of Israel with violent antisemitic crimes. In short, he threw Palestinians living under violent occupation even further under the bus.
On 7 November, Trudeau gave a speech that was meant to offer an apology to Jewish refugees who fled persecution in World War Two. In 1939, over 900 Jewish people fled from Nazi Germany on a boat. Cuba and the US turned them away. Then Canada also refused them asylum.
During the ‘apology’, Trudeau acknowledged and lamented that antisemitism is still rife. But he then went on to say:
Jewish students still feel unwelcomed and uncomfortable on some of our college and university campuses because of BDS-related intimidation. And out of our entire community of nations, it is Israel whose right to exist is most widely and wrongly questioned.
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is a:
Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
And people quickly took to social media to challenge Trudeau for apparently equating BDS to antisemitism. Some pointed out that he twisted “Canada’s history of white supremacy to throw Palestinians under the bus”:
During an apology for Canada's past rejection of Jewish refugees, @JustinTrudeau pivoted to condemn BDS, equating it with hate crimes & violence. He used Canada's history of white supremacy to throw Palestinians under the bus (who had nothing to do with this). #cdnpoli #StLouis pic.twitter.com/eu9Tktvr0H
— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) November 7, 2018
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