Mark Vandermaas writes:
I was very proud to watch Jewish Defence League members and supporters protest with dignity at the recent JSpace conference at the University of Toronto on October 6th where those seeking to destroy Israel’s economy via BDS in pursuit of a new, utopian two-state solution were given the credibility provided by the presence of CIJA representation and Israel’s Consul General.
The JDL’s leader, Meir Weinstein, invited me to engage with the day’s keynote speaker, well-known Jewish BDS activist Peter Beinhart which I did in the lobby, politely asking if he was familiar with the original two-state solution created by the San Remo Conference and the League of Nations. He suggested that the League of Nations had no relevance to the issue.
When I pointed out that the UN assumed all League of Nations obligations to the Jewish people (Article 80 of the UN Charter), he replied, ‘I’m not a lawyer.’
Consider this sobering fact: Beinhart is a leading BDS/two-state solution advocate, but does not understand the basic legalities of the original founding of Jewish Palestine that Lord Curzon, British Foreign Secretary at the time of the San Remo Conference referred to as the “Magna Carta of the Zionists.”
Our exchange showed, just as in Caledonia, the sometimes shocking ignorance of the so-called experts with respect to fundamental facts. That ignorance opens a window of opportunity because it reveals a potential vulnerability. (…)
I recall meeting Dr. Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam and Judd Matheny – a Tennessee legislator who has seen the frightening Islamic no-go zones in Belgium firsthand – for the first time when they attended a JDL protest at the Israeli Consulate. Warner asked me, in total delight: Where do you find Jews like this! He was simply awestruck that Jews would take to the streets in protest.
Yes, I have seen JDL people engage in yelling matches with their enemies and, even though that is not my preferred style of protest, I would rather stand with 100 noisy Jews facing the enemy in the streets than to have the enemy win their coveted media victory unopposed.