Friday, May 28, 2010

Israel and Canada; Project Karni, 'security' and racism. Two best friends with much in common

Probably more then many of us have ever realized.

Given Canada's apparent lust for torture in Afghanistan... And rampant racism, always targeting Arab/Muslims of course. Then, the crushing of democracy. Oh and of course human rights. What are those? Neither government honours those. Accountability, Canada and Israel's governments don't concern themselves with such trifles. Very sad to say, It seems the two new best friends have many commonalities. Tyranny, yes, tyranny seems to be a descriptive that fits both governments. (see the G-20 security/tyranny measures, insane)

When Binyamin Netanyahu arrives in Canada on Friday, immediately following the ceremony in Paris to introduce Israel to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), it will mark the first visit to Ottawa by a sitting Israeli prime minister since Yitzhak Rabin in 1994.

"What Netanyahu is trying to do is cement the base," said Dr David Bercuson, the director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary and author of Canada and the Birth of Israel.

"The Israeli diplomatic position is deteriorating and he's trying to keep the stalwarts in place.”

A peak in relations

While key Canadian diplomatic support for Israel dates back to the creation of the state, relations have never been stronger.

In early 2006, immediately following the election of Hamas, Canada was the first country in the world to boycott the new government, ahead even of Israel.

"Not a red cent to Hamas," said Peter MacKay, the then Canadian foreign minister, setting the tone for a crippling blockade that the United Nations has called "possibly the most rigorous form of international sanctions imposed in modern times”.

Perhaps the high-water mark came in the summer of 2006, as Israel launched a massive military response to a Hezbollah raid on an Israeli patrol on the border with Lebanon.

As Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, was en route to the G8 summit in St Petersburg, Russia - during the first week of a war that saw some 1,400 Lebanese killed, the majority of them civilians - he made an impromptu three minute speech to the reporters on his plane, expressing unequivocal support for Israel's bombing of Lebanon.

"I think Israel's response under the circumstances has been measured," he said, backing Israel's right to defend itself and placing the "onus" for the war on Hezbollah.

Because the wanton killing and destruction of the Lebanese people/country is right up the racist Harper's alley

As the death toll mounted in the days and weeks that followed, Harper did not budge from his position. In fact, he used the G8 summit and the subsequent gathering of the Francophonie to actively block ceasefire resolutions that were increasingly supported, even by the US.

VERY INTERESTING

In 2005, immediately following Israel's 'disengagement' (removal of illegal settlements in preperation for a brutal attack) from Gaza, Canada dispatched a top official from the Canada Border Services Agency, Denis Levebre, to advise Israel and the Palestinian Authority during the earlier stages of the blockade of Gaza. (nice of Abbas to help with the blockade of Gaza, he is a real friend to the Palestinians)
It was at this juncture that Canada began funding and training Palestinian forces to monitor the sealed borders of the Gaza Strip, under the auspices of General Keith Dayton, the US security coordinator.
Known at the time as the Karni Project, named after the principle commercial crossing into Gaza, the initiative was a covert – though not clandestine – effort to train a pliable security force to work with Israel.

More on the Karni Project here. I also urge you to read this- Fighting in the Gaza Ghetto Karni was more then training a pliable security force. It was a model for Palestinians enforcing Israel's occupation. It was also meant to encourage the Gazans to overthrow their elected government. To foment a coup. And, Canada was their in the thick of it!

In many crucial ways, Canada is the heart of the Dayton project(Karni)
- 18 of the training officers are Canadian and 10 are American.

During his only public policy speech, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in 2009, Dayton lauded the role of Canadian forces officers, calling them his "road warriors" and his indispensable "eyes and ears" on the ground.

There is more to read at all the links, much more, and it will make you sick.

"Our paramount concern is the security of Israel," said Toews, who has since been promoted to minister of public safety, the Canadian equivalent to the interior ministry.

Please have the barf bag on hand, perhaps several?

5 comments:

  1. Hey Penny,...Absolutely brilliant stuff, I research all the time, truly and I am always gob-smacked by your work - excellent stuff - keep it up mate - you are relevant and important, I encourage people to read your Blog all the time - we have a lot of Canadian back-packers here and many of them are as sleepy-headed as my compatriots...brilliant.
    I don't know if you do this peroquial angle regularly but I think we should always "Act Locally and Think Globally", (without the lefty 'hack' agenda, heh heh);

    Nameste,

    PG.

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  2. Thanks veritas!
    Glad you enjoyed it.
    I do local stuff, often enough, judging by the last few posts..
    G-20, H1N1 in Canada, and this one, which disturbed me, it truly disturbed me.
    I find that posts flow one from the other most of the time, so I just go with that flow

    No left or righty agenda here. Since I sit in the camp that right vs left is a divide to conquer strategy, the elites wage against the masses.

    nameste

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