Dreamy Trudeau: Hypocrisy In the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was featured in a video in which he explained that he was proud to be a male feminist, and that he is not only living as a feminist but also imparting his beliefs to his children. Having someone as politically and socially relevant as Justin Trudeau openly admit to embracing feminism is a display of Canada’s new and improved government – seeming to shout at its viewers, “Look at us, we are the progressive government after Harper that you need!” His openly feminist stance aligns with his call to a national inquiry on the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Canada. He was also recorded in a video welcoming Syrian immigrants into the country, where he greets a man with his child saying, “Welcome to your new home.” Trudeau’s shiny image has become sensationalized across Canada and around the world, but the Justin Trudeau depicted on those famous Dreamy Trudeau sweaters may be just that – a dream. While Trudeau promises a new era of progression in the area of human rights, he ignores the thousands of indigenous lives that have been affected by marginalization, segregation, and massacre in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Although he has proved himself to be the saviour to turn around the legacy that Harper left, Trudeau has exhibited a cognitive dissonance between his stance on human rights and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Israel & Palestine by Rusty Stewart from Flickr Creative Commons

In the previous Conservative government, Stephen Harper has called Israel “the best friend and ally this country has”, and even after a change in Parliamentary power, Trudeau explained that “there would be a shift in tone, but Canada would continue to be a friend of Israel’s.” Being completely neglectful of human rights abuses faced by Gaza Palestinians, Trudeau only acknowledges “the suffering of Israelis” and actively campaigned against the BDS movement, making it clear in speeches and tweets that “The BDS movement, like Israeli Apartheid Week, has no place on Canadian campuses.” The BDS movement against Israeli Apartheid stems from the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions posed by Palestinian civil society in 2005 against Israel until it “complies with international law and Palestinian rights”. McGill has its own BDS Action Network, which works to raise awareness on the university’s investments in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine and its ties with other universities that are involved in war crimes committed by Israel. The main goals of BDS include ending the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands captured in 1967, recognizing the equality of Palestinian peoples, and protecting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes. BDS has faced criticism for polarizing the issue and not allowing space for nuanced discussion from both sides, but such disapproval seems irrelevant when considering the objectives of the organization. Abdulla Daoud, member of Concordia’s Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), responded to these criticisms by saying, “[BDS is] the most non-violent and peaceful way a person in North America can aid in resisting the occupation that occurs right now in the West Bank and Gaza.” Michael McCauley from SPHR McGill also had something to add: “Despite any sort of criticism that you may have of the ultimate goals of BDS, […] it’s something that you nevertheless have a responsibility to support because it’s a direct call that was made by the Palestinians themselves.”

Despite the demands of BDS, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear that there will be no Palestinian state while he is in office. Currently, there is not enough movement on the national and international level to change his decision on the matter.

Free Palestine @ Berlin by Montecruz Foto from Flickr Creative Commons

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A just peace for Palestine, means peace for Israel too. by Michael Rose from Flickr Creative Commons

Arab-Palestinians have had their homes illegally and forcefully taken from them, and are denied privileges (such as the rights to land and housing) that Jews are granted. Palestinians are also subject to a plethora of abuses. They have been dehumanized, which partly comes from the public demonization of Palestinians: for example, Netanyahu claimed that Hitler’s idea to exterminate the Jewish population was inspired by a Palestinian religious leader, though Christopher Browning, a Holocaust scholar, has called this claim “an historical fabrication, or more simply a lie.” Many are sent to jail without due process, where they are tortured and sometimes killed. And in spite of the fact that both sides have shed blood from each other, Jewish journalist Amira Hass, writer for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, has a different perspective to focus on. She writes, “The Palestinians are fighting for their life, in the full sense of the word…That we notice there’s a war on only when Jews are murdered does not cancel out the fact that Palestinians are being killed all the time, and that all the time we are doing everything in our power to make their lives unbearable…When something in the war’s one-sidedness is disturbed, and Jews are murdered, then we pay attention.” According to Ms. Hass, “Young Palestinians do not go out to murder Jews because they are Jews, but because we [Israelis] are their occupiers, their torturers, their jailers, the thieves of their land and water, their exilers, the demolishers of their homes, the blockers of their horizon. Young Palestinians, vengeful and desperate, are willing to lose their lives and cause their families great pain because the enemy they face proves every day that its malice has no limits.” This is the side of the story that goes largely unspoken for, and this is the side that Trudeau needs to acknowledge.

Justin Trudeau has declared himself as a feminist and an advocate for Aboriginal justice, yet he continues to stand as a strong ally of Israel, whose forces have displaced and killed thousands of innocent Palestinian people. A population plagued by mass murders, permanent displacement, illegally occupied land. These characteristics can be attributed to both indigenous Canadian and Palestinian peoples, but Trudeau only speaks in support of those in Canada. Trudeau needs to face the facts on the oppression of the Arab-Palestinian population, and become an open supporter of their rights. He must either address this issue or address his great hypocrisy. Choose wisely Trudeau, a shiny reputation can only go so long untarnished.

For more information on the background of the Israel-Palestine conflict, click here.

42 comments for “Dreamy Trudeau: Hypocrisy In the Israel-Palestine Conflict

  1. bill smith
    February 19, 2016 at 5:12 am

    LOL.. what kind of crap is this to be coming out of a university… ever wonder why the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the Green Party and the NDP party are ALL against BDS?..

    • moosehorn
      February 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      LOL…University students denouncing Israel illegal occupation of Palestinian land and its unending human rights violations is a moral duty, not crap as some delusional see it .

      • bill smith
        February 20, 2016 at 5:19 pm

        Wow, another nut-case… it’s competing utopias… some think if Jews build a temple, god will return, some think that if all Jews are killed, allah will return and some think that if Israel is destroyed, a man-made utopia will be brought to the world… ie only Israel stands in the way of a worker’s paradise… all three cases are as nutty as each other… sweeite, Israel is just a regular country with it’s share of problems and blessings.. and they just want people to stop attacking them due to a perverted belief that doing so will bring on their flavour of utopia.

        • bill smith
          February 20, 2016 at 5:40 pm

          PS… I am not sorry for not issuing trigger warnings… the real world does not use them.

          • Ben Aloi
            February 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

            No one’s asking for trigger warnings. Just rational debate…something which you apparently have no interest in partaking in

          • bill smith
            February 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm

            HAHAHHAHA OMFG HAHAHA… I’ve stumbled across ‘the Rebel Media’ of the left…. featuring Ezra Lee. Look, in generations past, people would be ridiculed at a later date and tormented with pictures of them wearing bell-bottom pants…. If Ezra Lee ever gets married, someone is going to pull out this ‘opinion piece’ as a means to embarrass and shame her…. a poignant example of how naive and stupid she was before she grew up…. suck it up, I am trying to prevent future ‘oppression, racism and misogyny’ … LOL!

          • bill smith
            February 20, 2016 at 6:39 pm
        • moosehorn
          February 21, 2016 at 7:47 am

          You said it yourself: a nut-case with a perverted belief, I couldn’t find a better description for you.

    • Ben Aloi
      February 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Ummm…because those political parties all have an electoral and economic interest in opposing BDS (or, more accurately, simply ignoring the issue)? There are tremendous military, business and cultural ties between Israel and Canada. For a major Canadian party, particularly the one currently controlling Parliament, to openly endorse sanctions against the Israeli regime would be political suicide. However, does that mean we as concerned citizens should simply accept this status quo? Believe it or not: change can come from areas besides the government itself. Through targeted campaigns against certain businesses, universities and other institutions that aid and abet the Israeli occupation/settlement of Gaza and the West Bank, we can gradually halt the territorial fragmentation and economic plundering of Palestine.

      • bill smith
        February 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

        Good god you people are stupid…. Canada has no military ties to Israel but many billions of sales to Saudi Arabia… trade between Canada and Israel does not even equal 1 day of trade with USA… and far less than 1% of Canadian are Jewish… and the majority have no ties to Israel, many of them are self-hating or have stolholm syndrome or bought into the lefty narrative…. so in short, NO.. your post is as nutty as the article.

        • moosehorn
          February 21, 2016 at 7:40 am

          Lol, the Jewish lobby influence on Canadian politics, especially when it comes to the Zionist state. is undeniable.

          • bill smith
            February 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

            LOL!!!! Name a Jew, a person or Jewish owned company, that donated more than $1500 to any politician or political, in the last election…

    • canadianwest
      February 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Actually, I find it rather sad that all the parties with the exception of the NDP had whipped votes in which members of the Conservatives and Liberal parties were ordered to vote against BDS.
      The NDP, despite it’s leader Tom Mulcair having an anti DBS opinion, at least had the backbone to stand up and defend free speech by allowing members to vote according to their conscience rather than against a blanket condemnation of the BDS system.
      By the way, perhaps you can enlighten us all be explaining just what efforts would be more successful than a BDS program, as played out in S Africa two decades ago, in bringing both sides to the negotiating table to actually negotiate a peace agreement.
      Free speech and the right to support it must truly frighten folk like you Bill.

      • bill smith
        February 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm

        Take all lefty invented causes… fem, enviro, BDS or whatever… they are strictly motivational tactics used by the left to get the easily influenced off their sofa and voting for them… and if they ever get voted-in, the story changes… take AB NDP Notley for example…she wants pipelines built now, as-is, no further review… it’s normal, and weak minded people have been falling for it since time began…. look at you..LOL!

  2. Oliver Puma
    February 19, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Jasmine: Shouldn’t we be giving Canada back to the aboriginals and going back to Europe, China etc?

    • moosehorn
      February 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Oliver are you exhibiting some racism?

      • Oliver Puma
        February 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        Had I just said Europeans, you would have accused me of being a racist for ignoring Canadians who originate from non white countries.

        • bill smith
          February 20, 2016 at 5:41 pm

          LOL!! So true…

        • Jasmine Lee
          February 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

          “Had I just said Europeans”
          Alas, you chose Europeans and Chinese. Unless you believe that China is a continent, I highly doubt that word choice was chosen at random.

      • bill smith
        February 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm

        Well, you do bring up a point… maybe you are gay and you have some inner conflict, maybe you are a 150k/yr port worker and your union has convinced you that you are oppressed, maybe you are Fist Nations and someone has convinced you to have a chip on your shoulder, maybe you are a visible minority and someone convinced you that the world is unfair, maybe a woman that thinks your life will always be crap because of men or maybe you are just fat and ugly, and were bullied… whatever the source of inner rage, “un-justice” and perceived oppression, it is bat-shiite stupid to direct the rage towards Israel considering its track record on all these issues vis-a-vis her neighbours.

        • moosehorn
          February 21, 2016 at 7:26 am

          Maybe you are a psychopath and ran out of meds, or maybe you are are an idiot, and there is no cure for that!!!!

          • bill smith
            February 21, 2016 at 6:04 pm

            Hey child, there’s a problem… the grass in my front and back yard are invading species.. they have compelled colonized the area and the indigenous plants are starving… the grass uses up all the water.. it’s terrible oppression and genocide… so come over every two weeks and mow my lawn… at least your stupidity could be put to a productive use.

          • moosehorn
            February 22, 2016 at 7:00 am

            Stupid and despicable, eh.

    • Jasmine Lee
      February 20, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      No Oliver Pussy, in fact I am not. If you read my other articles on Aboriginal rights in Canada then you would not get that impression. In fact, I encourage you to read them and not spoil the fun for you by revealing my full opinion on indigenous issues in this already heated commentary. Go forth my wildcat, educate yourself and assume that I am Chinese based on my profile picture and even possibly last name.

      • Oliver Puma
        February 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

        “No Oliver Pussy, I am not.”

        Not what?

      • bill smith
        February 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

        Ah, thanks but no thanks…. silly girl.

        • Jasmine Lee
          February 21, 2016 at 7:36 pm

          I’m fairly aware that you were not addressed here billy…silly boy. Please go elsewhere to anonymously make lame attempts at invalidating someone’s opinion based on their gender and/or other characteristics that are irrelevant to their intellectual capabilities.

          Anyway, I’ve been generous spending my time responding to a fool hiding behind an anonymous username to spout idiocy and will waste no more of it. Farewell billy boy, I can only pity you.

          • bill smith
            February 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm

            Sweetie, oh sweeite, your comment specifically addresses me… FYI, I am a First Nations person, and your condescending version of pity or ‘help’ is not appreciated, required or helpful… in-fact, it’s harmful… so feel free to STFU stupid girl… go find something to make yourself useful… not just being a useful idiot.
            Regards,
            Bill Smith
            Salish First Nation

          • moosehorn
            February 22, 2016 at 7:12 am

            Lol, a nut-case with a perverted belief.

          • bill smith
            February 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

            Truth hurts eh sunshine…. LOL…idiot.

      • bill smith
        February 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

        Here sweetie, have a little education on McGill, BDS and your childish nonsense… from your dreamy PM’s staff: https://youtu.be/Q3O6O0KhqnY

        • moosehorn
          February 22, 2016 at 7:27 am

          Of course, he is against BDS. He is Jewish.

          • bill smith
            February 22, 2016 at 8:49 am

            OK sweetie, let’s have it your way… According to you, Jews are synonyms with anti-BDS… , inversely, to according to you, BDS is anti-Jewish, which is anti-Semitic….. wow, nice that you have such a big mouth.. lots of room for your feet … idiot.

          • moosehorn
            February 22, 2016 at 10:59 am

            There might be still help for your psychological derangement, if you admit it, seek help before it is too late.
            By the way stop call people sweetie? it is nauseating.

          • bill smith
            February 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm

            OK sweetie…. check out Freud, hating people that you can see elements of yourself that you do not like… see above comment re inner rage… LOL!!! Idiot.

          • moosehorn
            February 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm

            You are beyond help.

      • bill smith
        February 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

        Hey sweetie, Buzzfeed Canada is hiring…. no need for talent, just gotta be female and non-white. http://www.mediaite.com/online/buzzfeed-canada-is-looking-for-writers-white-males-need-not-apply/

        • moosehorn
          February 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm

          What a despicable ignorant!!!!

  3. P Smith
    February 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Justin Trudeau has just proven himself to be as much a bastard as was his father. Trying to outlaw criticism of Israel is both his “just watch me” and Neville Chamberlain moment, and it will be his legacy.

    In the 1970s, the dead one enacted the war measures act, criminalizing any speech in favour of Quebec independence, leading to arrest and indefinite detention without trial. And like Naive Chamberpot, the child is appeasing a violent and oppressive regime with murder on its mind. Twenty years from now, scum like Trudeau will be trying desperately to wash the blood of two to five million dead Palestinians off their hands.

  4. Stan Squires
    February 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I am from Vancouver and I wanted to say that Trudeau should be condemned for supporting the Bill against the BDS Campaign. He is a supporter of Israeli Apartheid while the majority of people here in Canada support the Palestinian People in their fight against Israeli Apartheid.The people here in Canada who work with the BDS Campaign will continue to do so despite the bill against it.I am working with the BDS Campaign myself and I will continue to do so.The BDS Campaign is doing good work and it needs to continue until Israeli Apartheid is overthrown.The majority of people in the world supports the Palestinian people in their fight against Israeli Apartheid.

    • Jasmine Lee
      February 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Cheers Stan, thanks for being one of the few comments to make a comment that actually contributes to the conversation and doesn’t attack someone based on their gender and/or race.

  5. Yasmin
    May 31, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I see a bunch of ZioTroll Hasbarists hard at work here, trying–and succeeding–to divert attention away from any meaningful response to this article. But hey, that’s what they’re paid to do. Best thing is to ignore them. They really hate that. There’s a reason they say “don’t feed the trolls.”
    Jasmine Lee, good on you, and kudos for shining a light on the plight of the Palestinians. Keep it up
    P.s. ZioTrolls need not respond, ‘caus I won’t!

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