Canada’s Green Party supports BDS

August 7, 2016  

Canada’s Green Party on Sunday approved a resolution endorsing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at its annual convention in Ottawa.

The resolution states that the Green Party “supports the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions that are targeted to those sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

It also states that the Green Party “will support such a form of BDS until such time as Israel implements a permanent ban on further settlement construction in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and enters into good faith negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people for the purpose of establishing a viable, contiguous and truly sovereign Palestinian state.”

The Green Party has only one representative in the Canadian parliament – its leader, Elizabeth May.

It should be noted that the Canadian parliament in February approved by a large majority a draft resolution rejecting and condemning the BDS movement.

229 MPs from both the opposition Conservatives and the ruling Liberal party voted in favor of the resolution. 51 MPs voted against it.

The full motion states, “That, given Canada and Israel share a long history of friendship as well as economic and diplomatic relations, the House reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel, and call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”


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