Canada signs another Memorandum of Understanding with Israel

2014.11.07.Canada must condemn.Toronto-FreePalestineDemo-13On January 18, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, John Baird, and Avigdor Lieberman representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “seeking to uphold the commitments” made in the MOU regarding the Canada-Israel Strategic Partnership signed one year ago “to strengthen their strategic partnership.”

In the opinion of Renewal Update, the MOU is worrisome because how its contents are interpreted by the government is based on definitions which have not been discussed or agreed to by the polity. They seem to be designed to criminalize political opinion and permit the state of Israel, which is an occupying power subject to international law as to its conduct, to commit crimes against the Palestinian people in the name of self-defense.

Part one of the MOU reads:

Reaffirming their dedication to the shared values of freedom of expression and assembly, democracy, and the rule of law,

Sharing the view that only direct negotiations between the State of Israel and the Palestinians can lead to a peaceful resolution of the conflict and the achievement of a two states solution,

Deeply concerned by efforts to single out the State of Israel for criticism and isolate the State of Israel internationally including calls for a boycott of the State of Israel, for the divestment of investments, and for sanctions to be imposed on Israel,

Recognizing that the selective targeting of Israel reflects the new face of anti Semitism, 
“Have come to the following understanding:

1. The Participants will work together to oppose efforts to single out or isolate the State of Israel through:

  1. Developing a coordinated, public diplomacy initiative both bilaterally and in international and multilateral fora to oppose boycotts of Israel, its institutions, and its people within three to six months;
  2. Publically expressing their opposition to those who would call into question the State of Israel‘s very right to exist or to defend itself, by itself;
  3. Engaging in annual consultations to identify opportunities to advocate in favour of the State of Israel’s full participation in the global economy.”


(The full Memorandum of Understanding is available at: http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2015/01/18b-3.aspx?lang=eng&pedisable=true

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