Ahram Online has blasted Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today over claims that his support of Israel at the 2011 G8 summit in France equals him to that of a bigot and a supporter of Palestinian genocide.
Last month, as members of the G8 summit rallied behind the Mideast peace plan laid out by Barack Obama that aimed to pressure Israel into negotiated talks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper blocked key elements of the plan from moving forward.
A report just after the G8 summit by The Globe and Mail explained that “Mr. Harper’s opposition prevented a call for Mideast peace talks based on Israel’s 1967 borders, plus negotiated land swaps – which U.S. President Barack Obama had been pushing – from being included in the G8 declaration.”
Reporter Khalid Amayreh of the English language Ahram Online today fired sharp criticism at Stephen Harper for this decision in an impassioned article, calling Mr. Harper out on subjects ranging from religion to genocide, and from to fanaticism to human rights violations.
Amayreh contends that “thanks to the monomaniac discourse of Mr Harper and the coteries of obscurant evangelicals around him, Canada has effectively become a zealous supporter of apartheid in Palestine-Israel, a defender of ethnic cleansing and justifier of scandalous human rights violations.
“Harper and cohorts claim, obviously mendaciously,” Amayreh adds “that supporting Israel’s systematic oppression against defenceless Palestinians is a religious duty mandated by the Bible, since Israel allegedly represents God on earth and that standing against or even criticising [sic] the Jewish nation-state goes, therefore, against the will of the Almighty.”
One of cornerstones that Khalid Amayreh uses in his position against Stephen Harper is the direct contrast between the PM’s personal position on peace talks in Israel and that of long held Canadian policy on Israeli land disputes.
Amayreh supports his position saying that “Under the Harper administration, Canada doesn’t even say where the future borders between Israel and a putative Palestinian state should lie. In fact, Harper’s Canada doesn’t even believe in the two-state solution, whereby a viable Palestinian state, with contiguous borders, could be established on the West Bank.
“Canada’s true, undeclared stance under this pseudo-Christian bigot” claims Amayreh “is actually the evangelical stance, namely that those non-Jews, including thousands of Christians, have no right to human rights, political rights, dignity and civil liberties in Israel.”
What comes at the end of the article is perhaps the most provocative part of Khalid Amayreh’s anti Stephen Harper position, one that pits Harper directly against his own evangelical roots.
Indeed, Jesus Christ, who some settler leaders openly and shamelessly refer to as the “Hitler of Bethlehem,” would be hounded and perhaps killed by the very same people Mr Harper is now supporting heart and soul.
But, alas, fanatics don’t hold ideas, they are held by them.
Besides, invoking Jesus doesn’t mean that one is really following Jesus’ ideals. Throughout history, many evil men, who were notorious agents of inequity and oppression, thought or gave the impression that they were serving the Lord when, in fact, they were doing just the opposite.
I have no doubt in my mind that Harper and his government are doing just that.
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