The Canadian Zionism Question

A Fruitful Research Avenue for Tenured University Professors?

This is the kind of obviousness that a child can see—though the child may, later in life, become browbeaten into believing that the obvious problems are “non-problems”, to be argued into nonexistence by careful reasoning and clever choices of definition.

— Roger Penrose

… so obvious that it takes really impressive discipline to miss it …

— Noam Chomsky

Here we have Israel as an internationally recognized thug, keeper of the largest open-air prison on earth, regularly practicing war crimes against civilians, targeting civilian infrastructure and continuously disregarding the Geneva Conventions – virtually unanimously denounced by the international community, by every human rights watch group on the globe, and by international civil society for the last many decades1 – and how do Canadian politicians and parliamentarians respond?

Israel, the modern state that shamelessly uses the Nazi holocaust to justify overtly racist domestic and foreign national policies, stockpiles nuclear weapons, incites wars on its neighbours, overtly funds propaganda in foreign countries, routinely practices international pirating, kidnappings and murders, openly performs political assassinations 1 … and how do Canadian politicians and parliamentarians respond?

Israel has no significant economic exchanges with Canada and performs no significant geopolitical service of benefit to Canada; a Canada with virtually no economic ties with the Middle East and a Canada that is a net exporter of oil and gas.

Yet, apart from the independent-thinking Bloc Quebecois, it seems that half the time that English-Canadian politicians open their mouths it’s to denounce a “new anti-Semitism” that social scientists and statisticians tell us is a media fabrication or to express Israel’s “right to defend itself” or to declare Canada’s “unwavering support for Israel.” Not to mention Israel’s “right to exist”! 2

What about unwavering support for human rights and international law?

And I count the NDP (New Democratic Party)3 establishment prepared to sacrifice one of its own for stating a historic fact and happy to stand silent in the face of Zio-zeal.

The Canadian Zionism Question is: Why?

Why has Zio-zeal become English Canada’s new political religion? If Canada is Israel’s friend, why doesn’t Canada help Israel abandon violence as its main diplomatic tool and facilitate Israel’s integration into the community of nations that denounce violence and racism? Why doesn’t Canada help Israel and its people?

How do English Canada politicians benefit from being subservient to US geopolitical doctrine? Or how would they suffer from not trading away Canada’s sovereignty; and how are most Quebec politicians immune?

Would it be so difficult for English Canada politicians to not so enthusiastically kiss the ass of the Middle East tyrant? And not adopt unanimous parliamentary resolutions to suppress criticism of Israel on university campuses? And not spend valuable parliamentary resources “investigating” imagined new anti-Semitism in Canada?

How in God’s name can we understand this new madness?

What happened? Sure there was CanWest but it died, despite the government’s best efforts to covertly bail it out.

What is going on?

Some prominent cover-up artists have suggested that English Canada politicians are overly preoccupied with pleasing Jewish voters. But there just aren’t enough Jewish voters to explain transforming the Parliament into the embarrassing Zio-zeal fest that it has become, in the face of an opposing world consensus view. In addition there are growing numbers of Jewish Canadians who are critical of Israel and of Canada’s uncritical support for Israel and its policies. 4

No, there has to be more to it than Jewish voters. Not to mention that 56% of Canadians have a “mainly negative view of Israel”. 5 (The average global opinion for “mainly positive view of Israel” is 17%.)

Given the overwhelming evidence for the Zio-zeal phenomenon and given its obvious sovereignty implications, it seems fair to ask the Canadian Zionism Question: Why?

There are at least two categories of possible answers: One that involves the obedience of service intellectuals and political caretakers and a related one that involves “following the money”. There is also, of course, the always useful appeal to mythology:

And then, you know, there’s the obvious one – you love someone so much that you would do anything to spend all of eternity with them.

— The Vampire Diaries (TV series)

Is not the Zionism Question a worthy research question – brimming with societal implications – for tenured university professors? Or is everyone afraid of Stanley Fish and his crasser cohorts? Hey, those goons are in the US – remember?

New terms

Zionism Question: Why all the unconditional support for Israel and its crimes from Western politicians?

Zio-zeal: Western politicians’ beyond-the-call-of-duty enthusiasm to publicly support Israel and its crimes.

• First published at Activist Teacher blog.

  1. See the work of Norman Finkelstein [] []
  2. On Israel’s ‘Right to Exist’ and on Racism” by Denis G. Rancourt, Palestine Chronicle, June 30, 2010 []
  3. Canada’s “third” party that considers itself a social democratic party. — Ed []
  4. Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) []
  5. 2007 Global Opinion Survey, as reported in “For Israel, Every Traveller is an Ambassador” by Patrick Martin, Globe and Mail, February 23, 2010 []

Denis Rancourt is a former physics professor at the University of Ottawa, and is the author of the book Hierarchy and Free Expression in the Fight Against Racism. Read other articles by Denis, or visit Denis's website.

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  1. bozh said on January 28th, 2011 at 8:50am #

    i no longer vote for NDP. i used to support new dem’c party with money as well, but never again.
    i think that infiltration into NDP by fascist began even 40+ yrs ago. at that time the real socialists, the WAFFLE, got ousted by NDP . it was then led by the polish ‘jew’, Lewis. i forgot his first name.
    he did not adequately explain why the faction had been ousted. however, i was not much interested in world affairs or narrow politics. tnx

  2. jayn0t said on January 28th, 2011 at 8:55am #

    This article asks the right question: why does Canada support Israel? The answer is not at all obvious, and would make an excellent research project. The same question should be asked of all the other Western countries. Traditional leftism can’t explain it – it’s not ‘white supremacy’, it’s not ‘imperialism’ etc.. In fact, much of the left diverts the issue: I’m glad the article mentioned Stanley Fish. He and his fellow ‘critical race theorists’ constructed a whole ideology about alleged white racism, but completely downplay the Z question.

  3. Ismail Zayid said on January 28th, 2011 at 12:58pm #

    The support of Canadian political leaders for Zionism is a longstanding practice. It has been there in the role of Mr. Lester Pearson and Justice Ivan Rand, in their formulation and strong support, through the UN Special Committee on Palestine [UNSCOP], for the Partition plan, pushed through the UNGA in 1947. For his great and decisive role in pushing that plan, Mr Pearson was dubbed by Canadian Zionist as “the Balfour of Canada.” And nothing has changed since then. Virtully all Canadian prime ministers and all political parties have been in firm unquestioning support for Israel, regardless of its wars of aggression against its neighbours, its war crimes, defiance of international law and violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Its attack on Lebanon in 2006 was described, by our prime minister, as “a measured response”, and its onslaught on Gaza in 2008/2009, “an act of self defense.” And former prime ministers made similar unbelievable statements about Israel and its policies.

  4. Keith said on January 28th, 2011 at 4:03pm #

    I have asked myself this same question. The two most obvious answers are A) a desire to appeal to rich Jewish political donors, and B) complete subservience to US foreign policy interests. Both are probably at least somewhat valid, however, even combined they don’t seem adequate to explain the outrageous deference exhibited by the Harper government. Living in the US, I am undoubtedly missing something which, hopefully, a Canadian can explain to us all.

  5. Rehmat said on January 28th, 2011 at 5:19pm #

    The leaders of all three major Canadian political parties are pro-Zionism. Conservative Party is more Jewish than its American counterpart Repulican. NDP has long been controlled by the Jewish ‘Lewis family’.

    For his blind support of Israel and criticism of the Islamic Republic – Stephen Harper has been hailed as the modern day Patriarch Abraham by Israel-based ‘Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies’ in its publication ‘Perspectives. “Our biblical patriarch Abraham pleaded with G-d to rescind the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, arguing that the virtues of just a few righteous people could suffice to save that world,” wrote Professor Efraim Inbar (Bar-Ilan University) and David Weinberg, director Begin-Sadat Centre.

  6. catguy00 said on January 28th, 2011 at 9:35pm #

    Please explain how the NDP are controlled by Jews?

  7. a thompson said on January 28th, 2011 at 10:13pm #

    The question needs to be asked: What is the future of zionism in North America and other western nations if Israel is dismantled? Will it get stronger?

  8. hayate said on January 29th, 2011 at 11:02am #

    Since zionist Jewish people control both the usa and Britain, their control of states like Canada and Australia is to be expected. Lower population densities make it that much easier to control them. The political selection process in all these is similar, where the prospective politico is picked by special interests long before they run for office. The media in all these is dominated by zionist (mostly Jewish) interests. The zionists are also very strong in the financial/banking sectors (if not absolutely dominant). Dominance by zionist interests of education is also common factor between these countries.

    In this interview from a few years ago, Blankfort describes how zionists infiltrate and then dominate local community, business and political orgs and how this provides a base to their operations. This dominance is brought about by not just rich Jewish people buying politicians, it’s a very comprehensive process of interweaving zionist power into every nook and cranny of society.

    Jeffrey Blankfort: Jewish-American anti-Zionist journalist

    Thursday, 23 November 2006 07:57
    Jeffrey Blankfort, interviewed by SF Indymedia org

    [http://www.rebelnews.org/opinion/middle-east/2380]

  9. hayate said on January 29th, 2011 at 11:14am #

    James Petras also provides a good in depth analysis of the zpc and how they come by their power in the usa. The way the zionists work it in the usa is very similar to how they dominate other countries, such as Canada. The names of the orgs and people are different, but the basic processes are essentially the same with minor differences to accomodate how society is organised in the various countries.

    Bended Knees: Zionist Power in American Politics

    By James Petras

    [http://www.lahaine.org/petras/b2-img/petras_bended.pdf]

  10. Loucleve said on January 29th, 2011 at 7:55pm #

    …..unquestioning support for Israel, regardless of its wars of aggression against its neighbours…………

    Ah, you mean the 1948 war, right? Oops., no, they didnt start that one. 1967? Nope, not that one either. 1973? Nope.

    Hmm. Just what wars of aggression against its neighbors are you referring to ismail?

    As for Hayate, you sir are in need of serious psychological counselling, as you obviously suffer from severe paranoid delusions. A few million Jews control the USA and the UK? My word, these Zionists must really be supermen!!!!!!

  11. hayate said on January 29th, 2011 at 9:26pm #

    Loucleve said on January 29th, 2011 at 7:55pm

    Is that the best you can do, israeli?

  12. 3bancan said on January 30th, 2011 at 1:28am #

    Loucleve said on January 29th, 2011 at 7:55pm #

    Wow, another producer of typical zionazi blather…

  13. mary said on January 30th, 2011 at 2:21am #

    The peace loving Netanyahu is watching the situation in Egypt ‘with vigilance’. I bet he is. Worried about his ships and subs getting through the Suez Canal and also his Sinai borders left open.

    There is some story that Murarak is being offered santuary in Israel!! which seems rather far fetched.

    {http://mycatbirdseat.com/2011/01/veterans-today-al-jazeera-reports-mubarak%e2%80%99s-planning-exile-to-tel-aviv/}

  14. hayate said on January 30th, 2011 at 9:09am #

    An example how ziofascism, inc. controls u.s. colleges:

    ‘Within 24 hours of the city councilman’s phone call, I was fired’ –Brooklyn College adjunct professor

    by Zoe Zenowich on January 30, 2011

    “The dispute over Petersen-Overton’s course began after the class syllabus was circulated to prospective students. On January 12, a student worried about Petersen-Overton’s political affiliations emailed the department with the accusation that Petersen-Overton is an “active partisan of Palestinian in Gaza.” (linked here). Bruce Kesler, who appears to have taken up the hobby of monitoring Brooklyn College’s assigned reading material (note this piece), and now teaching appointments, was quick to follow with a blog post condemning the hiring….”

    [http://mondoweiss.net/2011/01/within-24-hours-of-the-city-councilmans-phone-call-i-was-fired-brooklyn-college-adjunct-professor.html]

  15. mary said on January 30th, 2011 at 9:36am #

    Did you see the banner on the blog that published that trash? Maggie’s Farm –

    ‘We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn’t pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does “try my best to be just like I am,” and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.’

    They seem to omit the words Zionist, bigoted and bullying.

    PS Mohammed El Baradei had joined the protesters in Tahrir Square.

  16. hayate said on January 30th, 2011 at 9:49am #

    “Did you see the banner on the blog that published that trash?”

    I had not checked the link till you mentioned it, Mary.

    Hmmmmm…..they describe themselves as “humanoids”. That’s remarkably honest for ziofascists. :D

  17. bozh said on January 30th, 2011 at 10:40am #

    loucleve,
    illegal and immoral invasion of ‘jews’ into palestina, particularly from ’19- to 47 represented a casus belly.

    we all know that from ’46 not a single illegal immigrant to palestina had been expelled or drowned in dead or mediterranian see.
    ‘jews’ on the other hand, have expelled about 800k pal’ns from land which they may have continually inhabited for at leas 8 k yrs.

    few if any ‘jewish’ ‘settlements’ had been razed by pal’ns. ‘jews’, a nonshemitic people, on the other hand, have razed hundreds of pal’n villages and used military might and terrorist acts to accomplish that.
    but the war is still going on. i am expecting ‘jews’ wld lose it! tnx

  18. Rehmat said on January 30th, 2011 at 11:41am #

    Zionism is a racist cancer which bring politicians under its dominion with the help of mass media and bribes. It has swallowed many nations in Europe, Africa and North America. Canada joined this slavery through former prime minister Trudeau’s Jewish sexpot.

    Stephen Harper has the honor of being listed as ‘Author’ on Israel Hasbara Committee’s list.

  19. catguy00 said on January 30th, 2011 at 7:49pm #

    “Canada joined this slavery through former prime minister Trudeau’s Jewish sexpot.”

    Source?