Functioning at the UN as Israel’s defense lawyer for its serial violations of international law has once again cost Canada the coveted Security Council seat. And rightly so, says Fr. Robert Assaly.
The Trudeau government’s record of voting against 50 UN resolutions affirming Palestinian rights undercut its effort to get on to the UN Security Council, and the blowback may lessen the influence of the Israel lobby in Canada. Because the truth is that the Canadian public doesn’t want the government pursuing anti-Palestinian positions.
A new poll found that three out of four Canadians want their government to oppose Israel’s proposed annexation West Bank, and almost half would support sanctions on the country over the issue.
A strong movement has coalesced opposing the Canadian government’s attempt to gain a seat on the UN Security Council. For Palestinian activists, this call to refuse to reward the Trudeau government is welcome.
UN ambassadors will soon select new members to the UN Security Council. Rifat Audeh says Canada does not deserve a “a place at the table” due to its abysmal record on Palestinian human rights.
The Trudeau government has been campaigning aggressively for a seat on the Security Council, but its bid to win a place on the United Nations’ most powerful decision-making body later this month will be hampered by Canada’s decidedly anti-Palestinian voting record.
Justin Trudeau has floundered in Canada’s response to Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank. Perhaps it’s because he wants a seat on the security council.
Canada recently voted to support “the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” at the UN. The move broke with the country’s decade-old tradition of steadfast support for Israel at the UN by either voting against or abstaining on these resolutions. Marion Kawas looks at the motives behind the vote, and whether it is a sign of change for the Trudeau government.