Countering Canada’s national security agenda in Palestine

The people’s commission network held a two-day forum in Montreal titled Whose security? Our Security! from Feb. 4 to 6.

The event brought together activists, social justice organizers and communities impacted by Canada’s national security agenda in order to broaden the movement against Canada’s National Security Agenda, whether it be the criminalization of social justice movements, national security measures that target immigrant and migrant communities.

The importance of this gathering as it relates to Palestine solidarity was intrinsic, highlighting the work towards solidarity with Palestine through the growing Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign to end Israeli apartheid. It was critical for those who tackle this topic to also build an analysis and a challenge to the way in which national security has been used by the Conservative government as a means to support for Israeli Apartheid, through the ‘War on Terror’ and to delegitimize both the Palestine solidarity in Canada and the struggle for self-determination and justice in Palestine.

A panel on Feb. 6 discussed blacklisting and how to challenge the list and its basis as being political, and nothing to do with national security. In particular, Issam Elyamani, director of Palestine House in Toronto and (CAIA) Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, spoke to why Palestinian organizations such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) have been placed on the black list, having more to do with Canada’s policy of its steadfast support to Israeli occupation and apartheid, than the War on Terror.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has described Canada as one of Israel’s closest allies and expressed pride in the ever-strengthening relationship.

“Canada has clearly shown that it is a real friend to Israel and the Jewish people. It has stood up for Israel even when it wasn’t necessarily to its benefit, and that is greatly appreciated,” said foreign press spokesman Mark Regev.

“The prime minister considers Mr. Harper a personal friend, and everyone has noticed his international leadership in standing up for Israel and for what is right,” he continued.(Jerusalem Post, Jan. 7, 2011)

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