My favorite activist group, the Canadian Coalition for Democracies, has once again hit the nail right on the head with a great press release today , giving Conservative Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier a firm push from the right over Canada’s policy of sending cash to the Palestinian Authority. I’ll republish the release below in full.
I once again ask: why do we hand out our money to ANY foreign government? Unless our military (yes, men with guns) is there to oversee exactly how the “aid” is being used, I can’t understand the concept. Especially when it comes to cash for our “friends”, the “moderates” of the discredited, defeated, and yet still terroristic Fatah faction of the Palestinian Authority.
CCD calls on Minister Bernier to disclose conditions for latest $300 million to Palestinian Authority For Immediate Release
March 11, 2008Ottawa, Canada – In December, Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier announced $300 million in new funding over five years to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA). This amount was on top of the $500 million given to the PA since 1993. As part of the new announcement, Minister Bernier proclaimed that “our funding is not unconditional. We will need to see … a viable Palestinian state that is democratic, accountable, and living in peace and security as a neighbour to Israel.”
“Canadians look forward to Minister Bernier disclosing the exact conditions under which Canadian tax dollars will flow to the Palestinian Authority,”, said Alastair Gordon, president, Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD). “We are reassured by the promise of conditions, but disappointed that those conditions have never been made public.”
CCD is deeply concerned that our tax dollars continue to fund the glorification of terror, the incitement of children and adults, a steady diet of Jew-hatred, and endless dependency on foreign aid, all being promoted by the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and its military wing Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, a designated terrorist entity in Canada.
This week, journalist Khaled Abu Toameh in Jerusalem reported that Fatah’s military wing celebrated the murder of eight young students by calling the massacre “heroic,” and proclaimed that the “option of resistance remains the only method to restore our rights, free our prisoners and liberate all our lands.” Also this week, Palestinian Media Watch reported that in the Fatah-controlled daily newspaper, Al Hayat Al Jadida, a picture of the killer appeared on the front page, with the caption, “The Shahid Alaa Abu D’heim,” honoring him as a holy warrior and a martyr to be emulated.
“The PA’s Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade is a designated terrorist entity in Canada. Any Canadian directly or indirectly funding that entity can be charged and imprisoned under our anti-terror laws”, added Gordon. “Do Canadians have to seek a court ruling to force disclosure of how our money is being spent in the Middle East and to determine whether or not our open-ended foreign aid to the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority violates our own anti-terror legislation or international treaties?”
“Should Canadians fund a Palestinian government whose charter – as inviolable as our own Charter of Rights and Freedoms – states ‘Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine’ (article 9) and ‘Commando action constitutes the nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war’ (article 10)? If we fund the PA, we are supporting these violent governing principles, not a peace process.
“The continued existence of Mahmoud Abbas’ terrorist military wing, Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the anointing of Alaa Abu D’heim as a shahid, and a governing Palestinian charter that calls for the destruction of Israel — these abominations all serve to perpetuate the death cult that imbues much of Palestinian culture, a culture that Canada should not bankroll.”
“The Palestinians will receive nearly a billion Canadian tax dollars with Ottawa’s new funding commitments, and peace is more remote than ever. Clearly the medicine of foreign aid more per capita to the Palestinians in today’s dollars than the Europeans received under the Marshall Plan — is making the patient sicker and sicker,” added Gordon. “It is time for a new prescription.”
“Minister Bernier needs to tell Canadians the exact conditions under which the Palestinians will continue to receive our aid, and to show he is enforcing those conditions. Taxpayers must continue to see that the present Conservative government is different from previous Liberal administrations when it comes to the unaccountable squandering of their tax dollars to perpetuate the racism, dependency, hatred and violence in Palestinian society.”
-30- For more information, please contact:
Naresh Raghubeer, Executive Director, CCD 613-216-2095For an index of CCD in the Media, please visit:
http://canadiancoalition.com/media.shtmlFounded in 2003, the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD) is a national, non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-religious organization of concerned Canadians dedicated to civil liberties, national security and the protection and promotion of democracy at home and abroad. CCD focuses on research, education and media publishing to build a greater understanding of the importance of national security and a pro-democracy foreign policy.
Contact info for Bernier:
Hon. Maxime Bernier
House of Commons
Telephone: (613) 992-8053
Fax: (613) 995-0687
Further: Gotta love Al Gordon, President of the CCD, and moderator of the CCD message board! He puts up with absolutely zero crap from lefties. From the discussion following this press release:
“Richard W”: This is an interesting question you’ve raised but its problematic on a number of fronts. You question Federal aid going to the PA; whatever the ideological bent of Fatah, Palestine is an occupied territory with a large population facing one of the largest humanitarian crises of modern times, without even mentioning the daily humiliation faced by Palestinians, 120 of who were killed two weeks ago, half of those civilians. Its also disengenous to talk about ‘hate-filled Palestinians’ when they are forced to live in third world poverty at the hands of a first world nation enjoying millions in US foreign aid every year. Flame away, flamers.
Al Gordon: Now let’s say you are genuine in wanting to find a solution to Palestinian suffering. Clearly billions in foreign aid are not the solution, as the Palestinians are more dependent and violent than they have ever been. So we must agree that another solution needs to be found.
If you are disturbed about the deaths of 120 Palestinians in Gaza as you claim, then why would you not propose the one simple step that will guarantee the end of all attacks on Gaza? It’s really simple: STOP ATTACKING ISRAEL! Not killing one’s neighbors is a restraint that most people can live with.
Now as to their economic condition, if that keeps you up at night, you would demand of the PA that Palestinians be given an education that creates the skills needed to build a real economy, rather than a dysfunctional hate-filled society shamelessly dependent on Western handouts. Are you recommending that?
So if you really care about Palestinian suffering, you would not propose more of the same medicine that is making them sicker and sicker. You would demand that the PA teach useful skills as opposed to hatred and victimization, you would be advocating the one simple step required to end their suffering in Gaza, and you would demand that foreign aid be tied to such reasonable advances.
And until I hear those demands, I can only conclude that the Palestinians are nothing more than useful fodder for attacking Israel and that their suffering is something you are completely indifferent to.