JDL Canada to picket Toronto JSpace Conference: Oct 6

On October 6,  JSpace Canada is hosting a conference in Toronto entitled “For Israel’s Sake: Raising the Voice of Progressive Zionists in Canada.”

On Sunday, October 6, between 9:30 am and 11:00 am, the JDL will picket outside the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre at 569 Spadina Avenue. (Look for the sign “Koffler Centre” over the door.)

We invite all our supporters and friends of Israel to join us.

The JDL is protesting the participation of the Israeli Consulate General, who will give the opening remarks (9:30 am) at this pro-European Union “boycott Israel” conference.

Also, many of the other speakers of this conference have a history of giving legitimacy to leaders of Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah support groups in Canada.

The policies of JSpace are the same as the anti Israel policies of the European Union which is to boycott Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria. And that policy is counter to the policy of the Government of Canada and the Government of Israel.

All participants of the JSpace conference are giving legitimacy to the European Union’s policy.

Closing remarks for this pro European Union Boycott Israel Conference will be made by Peter Beinhart, whose ideas about Israel have been called “follies and illusions” by author Ron Radosh, who writes:

“[Peter Beinhart]  is quickly becoming the poster boy for the anti-Israel movement. (…)

Pretending to support a two-state solution, Beinart advances his thesis that Israel’s pro-settler policy is the reason that Palestinians have turned against the Jewish state. Of course, if the current settlements were the cause of their hatred of Israel, he would have to explain why throughout the decades they have consistently turned down every offer made by Israel that would have led to two states, one Jewish and one Palestinian.

And he would have to explain why, from day one of Israel’s creation, the Arab states and the Palestinian residents, led by the Nazi ally Grand Mufti Haj Amin el-Husseini, pledged to oppose the Jewish state to the last drop of their blood. In their eyes, any amount of territory given to the Jews was a settlement that had to be destroyed.

To advance his agenda, Beinart now argues for a strategy of boycotts and disinvestment not in all of Israel, but just in products coming from Jewish settlers who live anywhere in the West Bank. Of course, such a boycott could never work, and no one but Beinart favors it. It would quickly become a boycott of anything made in Israel, since no one buying any Israeli products in fact knows where it is made in Israel and by whom. It also legitimizes the very idea of boycotting Israel, but this time to be carried out in the name of saving Israel from itself.

This is, to use a Jewish term, a good example of chutzpah gone wild.