February 23, 2016
OTTAWA – A motion forwarded by Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement and Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel calling for the rejection of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has passed in the House of Commons.
Clement and Rempel introduced the motion on February 18. It called on the House of Commons to reject BDS, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel. It also asked the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.
The motion was overwhelmingly passed on Monday afternoon by a 229 to 51 margin, receiving broad support from the Liberal government. The NDP unanimously rejected the motion.
“With the passing of this motion, we recognize and reaffirm the State of Israel`s right to exist and right to self-defence and condemn any organizations, groups and individuals which actively promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,” said Clement.
• BDS is an acronym for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, which seek to delegitimize and isolate Israel and single Israel out around the world.
• The premise behind the idea of BDS is the promotion of the odious narrative that Israel is uniquely responsible for the Arab-Israeli conflict.
• Further, BDS activists push for a complete boycott of the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, while simultaneously exempting some of the worst human rights offenders in the world from equivalent attention.
• The boycotts manifest in many ways: from pressuring consumers not to buy Israeli products, to calling for universities to cut ties with Israeli academia, to calling for Israeli athletes to be banned from international sports competitions.
• By advocating this, these activists are assaulting all Israelis, of all political persuasions and opinions.
• BDS often uses the discourse uniquely reserved for pariah states, and applies it singularly to the Middle East’s only liberal democracy, and the world’s only Jewish state.
• It’s clear that the intent of those in favour of BDS is not to resolve the conflict, but rather to single out Israel and contest the Jewish state’s right to be treated with fairness.