Despite popular belief, Canada’s foreign policy vis-à-vis the Middle East is not predicated on idealism or the will of the Canadian people, but rather hinges upon the desires of special interests groups who generally operate in the dark.
One special interest group in particular that has considerable pull on Ottawa is the Zionist lobby. This lobby is not only comprised of dozens of powerful pro-Israel pressure groups such as B’nai B’rith Canada, Canada-Israel Committee and the Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee, but is also made up of powerful Jewish financial tycoons and media owners who are actively involved in pro-Israel campaigning and lobbying. Author Yves Engler documented the extensive reach and breadth of these Zionist forces in his book Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.
For example, the prominent Toronto Jewish couple Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, the primary shareholders of Chapters/Indigo, have been deeply engaged in pro-Israel activities in Canada. They even run a charity called “Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers,” which provides scholarship money to Canadian Jews who join and fight in the Israeli military.
The wealthy Bronfman family has been a veritable emissary of Israel in Canada since the formation of that state, using their vast resources and influence to move Canada in a direction favourable to Zionist objectives. A prominent member of that family, Edgar Bronfman Sr., was a vocal mouthpiece for the Israeli regime in Canada as the former president of the World Jewish Congress. His brother Charles is a supporter of Israeli charities such as the Libi Fund, which fundraises for the Israeli military abroad.
Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., the Canadian-born billionaire and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress
Izzy Asper is shown in this file photo from a news conference in Toronto on July 31, 2000. (Kevin Frayer/Canadian Press)
Another influential media owner in Canada is ZoomerMedia CEO Moses Znaimer. Znaimer was born and raised in a Jewish-Zionist family with his sister Libby Znaimer (who also works for ZoomerMedia). Canadian Jewish News quoted Libby as describing herself as a “staunch Zionist” who lived in Israel for five years in the 1970s. In 2013, Moses Znaimer boosted his Zionist credentials by producing a four-part documentary series entitled “Jew Bashing: The New Anti-Semitism.” The film was little more than a pro-Israel propaganda production that attempts to portray all critics of Israel and Zionism as irrational bigots.
In 2005, then-Bank of Montreal President Tony Comper, an outspoken pro-Zionist fanatic, formed a group called FAST (Fighting Anti-Semitism Together), which prides itself as “a coalition of non-Jewish Canadian business and community leaders who have vowed to speak out against anti-Semitism.” Most of the leaders of Canada’s major banks and corporations are members of the group, showcasing their subservience to Canada’s Zionist elite.
The Zionist extremists have organized several international conferences under the auspices of the Interparliamentary Coalition to Combat anti-Semitism. The conferences are branded as gatherings of world leaders to brainstorm ways to “combat anti-Semitism.” Many Canadian MPs led by Conservative minister Jason Kenney attend these Zionist meetings to pledge their unshakable commitment to serving the Israeli agenda.
In truth, Zionists use the phrase “anti-Semitism” as a smokescreen to stifle criticism of their morally indefensible policies of ethnic cleansing and terrorism against Arabs. Zionists and their cohorts use this ill-defined term to divert attention from the fact that Jews are the furthest thing from being some persecuted, oppressed minority.
“[Labelling critics of Israel anti-Semitic] is a trick, we always use it,” said the former Israeli minister Shulamit Aloni in an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. “When [European leaders] are criticizing Israel, we bring up the holocaust,” she added. The dishonest practice of calling their critics names and using past events as emotional blackmail reveals the malevolent, anti-democratic inclinations of Israel’s partisans.
The Jewish Zionist lobbyists also have an ally in the right-wing, pro-Zionist Christian community and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper can be counted among them. Motivated by his pro-Zionist evangelical faith and a desire for Jewish financial support in his political campaigns, Harper is an amoral opportunist whose only concern is to satisfy his own lust for money, power and the interests of his financial benefactors.
“We will stand with Israel whatever the cost,” Harper proclaimed in a 2010 speech on Parliament Hill.
Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three other United Nations observers were killed in 2006 when the Israeli military targeted their small outpost with repeated artillery barrages as well as an attack by a fighter aircraft. (Photo: CTV)
Harper’s support of Israel flies in the face of his disingenuous and downright delusional claim to be promoting “human rights” and “democracy” in the world.
“[The Canadian government] don’t want people reading about it,” the widow of the slain Canadian soldier told the Ottawa Citizen. “It’s embarrassing to the Israelis and, as we know, Prime Minister Harper has given his unconditional support to the Israelis.”