In our previous post, we examined Robert Fisk’s claim, in his latest column at The Independent, that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper argued that “merely to criticise Israel can be a form of anti-Semitism.”
Now, we’ll look at another allegation in his piece, a charge levelled in the headline.
But in Canada – and I had to literally rub my eyes when I read this – the totally pro-Israeli Conservative government of Stephen Harper intends to list the boycotting of Israel as a “hate crime”.
This is preposterous. If I decline to buy Israeli-produced oranges at a British supermarket, this doesn’t make me a Nazi murderer. To criticise Israel doesn’t turn Canadians into Jew-haters. A number of liberal Jewish groups have protested against Harper’s proposed new law – far too many Jewish organisations have praised it – on the grounds that it assumes that all Jews…
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