Friday, June 18, 2010

Canadian Version of a Helen Thomas Blunder

Why is Libby Davies glum?

Well, it seems that earlier this month at an anti-Israeli government protest in Vancouver during an interview with an Internet blogger, David Katz, she told Katz that she believed Israel had been occupying Palestinian territories since 1948, the year of Jewish independence, and also that she supported a campaign to boycott and sanction the democratic state. (See here
and also here where the clip is)

She apologized on her site, writing that her reference to 1948 was an inadvertent and serious mistake. But she has not apologized for stating her personal support for the boycott


...My reference to the year 1948 as the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory was a serious and completely inadvertent error; I apologize for this and regret any confusion it has caused.

I have always supported a two-state solution to the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict and have never questioned Israel's right to exist and the Palestinian’s right to a viable state.

New Democrats have long called for a peaceful, negotiated end to the conflict where Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side with secure borders. This is a policy I fully support.

I reject the allegation that I hate Israel, and I reject the assertion that I said that Israel is illegitimate or an abomination. Neither are true.

Libby Davies
MP Vancouver East

Well, that's generous. But how did she, for example refer to the flotilla guerrillas?


I wish to express my sympathy and outrage for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and those who were injured in the horrendous attack today by Israeli Defence Forces against the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

This deadly assault on peace activists, who only wanted the people of Gaza to receive the basic necessities of life, is shocking and unconscionable and demands an immediate investigation and response by the International Community. The illegal siege on Gaza, now in its 3rd year, must be ended.

The Government of Canada must speak out and make it clear that Canada condemns all such actions against innocent people who are peace activists. The hundreds of participants in the Freedom Flotilla who have now been detained by Israel must be released.

As someone who has visited Gaza twice, mostly recently in August 2009, I have witnessed first-hand the devastation of the siege on Gaza and its 1.6 million inhabitants.

Like Rachael Corrie and other internationals who have given their life for peace and justice for Palestinians, we honour their life’s work and will continue to work for peace and justice in the Middle East.

"Deadly Assault"? It was self-defense in the face of an initiated violent assault by humaniterrorists.

"Peace activists"? Who "only wanted"?

"Canada condemns"? All of Canada? All Canadians"?

"Rachel Corrie"? She's a groupie?

All the radical extreme platitudes of antizionists. Period.

Story here.

Oh, she's also, er, big on transgender rights, et al. (she herself seems to be in a lesbian relationship). That's transsexual artist/writer Nina Arsenault on the left with MP Davies:-

At least she does have a soft side.

(Kippah tip: BT)

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