Israel controls our government
just as much as it does the USA. And note that inevitably,
the Israeli shill has to fall back on the Holocaust
to try to bludgeon his way through Galloway’s arguments.
The good point is watching the Israeli whore
thrashing around and clearly aware that
he is losing the war for legitimacy in the public eye.
We have all recently seen the true soul
of this rogue people at work in Gaza.
This absurdity is shaming us before the world ~
and ourselves. But then, shaming and throwing guilt
has always worked before. I say it is time to
STOP BUYING IT!
THIS CANADIAN IS ANGRY!
By Thomas Walkom
March 21, 2009 "The Star"
Jason Kenney has gone over the edge. The increasingly erratic immigration minister made headlines last week when, in a fit of pique, he cut off funding to an Arab organization that helps newcomers learn English. Now, Kenney has banned British MP George Galloway from entering Canada, on the spurious grounds that he supports Middle East terrorism.
It's a clumsy move, designed presumably to bolster the Conservative government's support among voters who ardently back Israel.
But in a roundabout way all it does illustrate how absurdly broad Canada's new anti-terror laws are and how dangerous they can be in the wrong hands.
Galloway's apparent crime was to deliver humanitarian aid last week to Gaza's Hamas government, which Canada deems a terrorist organization. But the 54-year-old Scottish MP's real sin was that he couldn't resist rubbing it in. Others have taken aid into Hamas-controlled Gaza, including a delegation of Canadians and Americans who crossed into the Palestinian territory on March 8.
As well, other Western politicians talk to Hamas. Last weekend, another British MP met the organization's top leader.
But the nattily dressed Galloway, known at home as Gorgeous George, is a relentless showboat, famous in his own country for appearing in a reality television show.
He praises Hamas extravagantly, calling on the West to recognize it as the legitimately elected government of Gaza. He castigates countries like Canada that are trying to isolate Hamas as the real criminals of the piece.
Expelled from the ruling Labour Party in 2003 for opposing the invasion of Iraq, he now sits in Britain's parliament as the sole member of Respect, an anti-war grouping.
When London's Daily Telegraph accused him of taking rake-offs from Saddam Hussein, Galloway famously sued and won.
In short, he's egotistical, opinionated and ~ on the question of whether the West should deal with Hamas ~ probably correct.
But he's not by any stretch of the imagination a danger to this country. Even Kenney must recognize that.
Yet in terms of Canada's ludicrously broad immigration and anti-terror laws ~ which deem criminal anyone who advocates any kind of relationship with a proscribed organization ~ he's apparently inadmissible.
Even Canadian Jewish Congress head Bernie Farber, who staunchly opposes Galloway's views, argued in a newspaper piece published yesterday that the MP does have the right to speak here ~ although not to promote or raise money for Hamas.
(When I reached Farber yesterday afternoon, he said he now fully supports Kenney's decision to bar Galloway and believes the law was applied correctly.)
Sadly, the Galloway incident is part of a pattern. Earlier this week, Kenney said he would not renew $2.5 million worth of contracts that the Canadian Arab Federation uses to teach English to new immigrants.
Ostensibly he was punishing federation head Khaled Mouammar for calling on Canada to treat Hamas and another proscribed body, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, as "legitimate organizations."
In fact, Mouammar is articulating a fairly common opinion among practitioners of realpolitik. Even the British government is reopening talks with Hezbollah, an organization it and Canada regard as terrorist.
The real reason for Kenney's snit may be that in January Mouammar called him a "professional whore," who supports Israel abroad to win Jewish votes at home.
Professional fool might be more apt. And a dangerous one. It's not unusual for politicians to pander for votes. But a government that limits freedom of speech on grounds as flimsy as those cited by Kenney is unconscionable.
KENNEY QUOTE: Look, equality doesn’t mean treating everybody exactly the same; there are forms of just discrimination. ~ National Post, February 15, 2005
Firebrand British MP George Galloway is vowing to take Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to court after the feds banned him from coming to Canada later this month.
"I'm very, very surprised by it, but I'm fighting it," Galloway said in a telephone interview from Britain. "My friends are even now planning judicial review of the reasonableness of the minister's decision. I will one way or another be heard in Canada ~ either in person or by some other technical means."
Galloway said he has traveled to Canada many times, as recently as last year, has no criminal record and has never had a problem entering any country.
Kenney's office said Canada Border Services Agency flagged Galloway as a security risk and the minister won't overrule them.
Initial news reports in Britain pointed to Galloway's opposition to the war in Afghanistan, but the decision also comes a week after Galloway delivered money and dozens of vehicles carrying more than $1.7 million in aid to the Hamas-run government in Gaza.
Yesterday, Galloway was quick to fire off an angry salvo at Kenney, saying "this idiotic ban shames Canada."
In a column in Britain's Guardian to be published today, he goes even further.
"Kenney is quite a card ~ almost a joker in fact. He's a gung-ho armchair warrior, with an odd habit of exceeding his immigration brief."
"While on one level being banned by such a man is like being told to sit up straight by the Hunchback of Notre Dame. On another, for a Scotsman, to be excluded from Canada is like being turned away from the family home."
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said Galloway should be allowed into Canada unless the government can prove he poses a threat.
"If he's being barred on free speech grounds, that's an outrage," Ignatieff said. "I mean, he can come to Canada and talk rubbish all day long as far as I'm concerned. (But) if there is a security threat, that's another matter."
Kenney's move was praised by Jewish groups like B'nai Brith and the Canadian Jewish Congress.
... or a Kenney mouse who whores for Zionist votes at home?
"Those who support the pro-terrorist agenda of groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, whose avowed aim is the destruction of the Jewish state, should not be given public platforms to spew their vile messaging," said Frank Diamant of B'nai Brith.MY $.02 WORTH: GO AHEAD B'NAI BRITH, CANADIAN JEWISH CONGRESS AND JEWISH DEFENCE LEAGUE! SHOW YOUR TRUE COLOURS TO THE WORLD AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO CANADIANS. JUST AS AIPAC DID A FEW WEEKS AGO IN WASHINGTON TO CHARLES FREEMAN, SHOW THE WORLD YOUR STRIPES SO THAT YOUR SLEAZY WAYS ARE FORCED OUT INTO THE DAYLIGHT AND CAN BE SEEN BY ALL. THIS ATTACK ON THE CHARTER RIGHTS OF CANADIANS IS REPRESSION OF FREE SPEECH.