OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
welcomes the Government of Canada's decision to change its votes on
several one-sided resolutions at the United Nations General Assembly
(UNGA) relating to the Middle East peace process. These resolutions
frame Israel as the sole perpetrator of aggression, making no mention
of Palestinian culpability or responsibility for perpetuating conflict
in the Middle East.
In reaction to the Government's decision, Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre, issued the following statement:
"We commend Prime Minister Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister Baird for
the leadership they have shown on issues related to the Middle East.
Canada's principled stand in opposing a number of unbalanced
resolutions that portray Israel as the root cause of the conflict
represents an example that should be followed by all countries
committed to peace in the region.
"The cumulative volume of anti-Israel vitriol these resolutions contain
hinders credible UN involvement in moving the conflict toward a
peaceful resolution. Canadians believe the UN should take a
constructive approach to the conflict and focus on peace and
reconciliation, not blame and vilification. We can all be proud that
these are the values Canada upheld at the UN today."
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is the voice of the organized
Jewish and pro-Israel communities in Canada, including for those issues
formerly handled by the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canada-Israel
Committee, and the Quebec-Israel Committee.
SOURCE Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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