Monday, March 01, 2010

Is Ehud Barak an Antisemite?

"As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic," Barak said. "If this bloc of millions of ­Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state."
Don't tell Iggy:
'Let us be clear: criticism of Israeli government policy is legitimate. Wholesale condemnation of the State of Israel and the Jewish people is not legitimate. Not now, not ever.' - Michael Ignatieff
Of course this isn't the only time Ignatieff has addressed the Apartheid comparison:

"When I looked down at the West Bank, at the settlements like Crusader forts occupying the high ground, at the Israeli security cordon along the Jordan river closing off the Palestinian lands from Jordan, I knew I was not looking down at a state or the beginnings of one, but at a Bantustan, one of those pseudo-states created in the dying years of apartheid to keep the African population under control."
- Michael Ignatieff, The Guardian, April 19, 2002.

Will Ignatieff accuse former Israeli Prime Minister and current Defense Minister Ehud Barak of antisemitism? Will Stephen Harper demand Israel lose any government funding from Canada as a result of Barak's statements?

5 comments:

The Mound of Sound said...

Thanks

Cliff said...

You're welcome.

Dylan said...

Game. Set. Match.

Excellent post.

LeDaro said...

All reasonable Israelis question the tactics of their government. It is the fanatics who are a problem. Remember Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated who wanted peace.

I don't know what Iggy's problem is.

Cliff said...

Iggy is obsessed with triangulation at the expense of principal. He's playing 'more pro-Israel than thou.' with Stephen Harper, who seems to be succesfully defining pro-Israel to mean pro-Likud.

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