Canada: First Country to Sign Protocol on Combating Anti-Semitism

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As if any further proof was necessary, Canada stepped forward once again and showed the world that it is Israel’s best friend. In taking the field on behalf of the Jewish people this time around, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper became the first country last week to sign the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Anti-Semitism. (For the full text of the protocol click here.)

“The fact that this important document was crafted in Ottawa is further testimony to Canada’s leadership role in this vital global battle,” said Shimon Fogel of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, adding that the protocol is “groundbreaking” and “will serve as the basis of the renewed international effort against anti-Semitism.”

The protocol, drawn up by international parliamentarians in a series of conferences that began in Ottawa last November, is intended to combat the ongoing, worldwide threat of anti-Semitism. It is a reaffirmation of the “commitment to institute tangible measures” to counter the scourge of anti-Jewish hatred that is often disguised as criticism of Israel. The Ottawa document is meant to plainly distinguish between the two and does so in exemplary fashion.

“The criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be anti-Semitic,” the protocol states. “But singling Israel out for selective condemnation and opprobrium – let alone denying its right to exist or seeking its destruction – is discriminatory and hateful, and not saying so is dishonest.”

The Canadian government co-hosted last year’s initial conference along with the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism. The meeting “reaffirmed the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism as a template for fighting anti-Jewish prejudice.” In this spirit, Prime Minister Harper addressed the November gathering and, in plain language not often heard from a politician, especially on this subject, showed his great respect and support for the Jewish state as well as a high level of morality and insight lacking in most other world leaders.

“When Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand,” said Harper. “…Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tell us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are in the longer term a threat to us all.”

Without directly naming the guilty party, Harper also added “a hateful ideology with global ambitions” is the “one which targets the Jewish homeland as a scapegoat” and is responsible for Jews being “savagely attacked around the world.” Hopefully, someone from the Obama administration was present and taking notes.

The Ottawa Protocol on Combating Anti-Semitism is just the latest manifestation of Harper’s siding with Israel on the international stage. Since coming to power in Ottawa in 2006, the Canadian prime minister and his government have garnered nothing but praise from Jewish organizations and advocates for Israel around the world. His government’s pro-Israeli policies have earned his country the unofficial title of being the Jewish state’s “greatest friend in the world” at a time when Israel is under constant attack internationally and sometimes inside Canada itself.

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  • UCSPanther

    This should blow the minds of all the anti-semites and anti-Israel radicals around the world. Good.

    I'm proud to be a Canadian, and if anybody has a problem with that, go eat sawdust.

    • Dorian Bucholz

      Thanks to our Canadian neighbors to the North. If only our current Obummer President would do the same but no, he wants to go back the borders of 1967. Shame on him!!!!

  • Gary Ashdown

    Hooray for Canada and GOD bless Canada

  • elihew

    The USA certainly should be next!? Anybody want to place odds on Maobama following Canada's lead?

  • Everett

    Our government shamelessly believes that Israel is above all criticism, no matter how much they abuse human rights of the Palestinians. Now they have started to impose that view on others. Clearly, this limits free speech, and will only make many Canadians investigate why they are doing this. I can assure you, Canadians, will not like what they find.

    • Larry

      I would strongly recommend that you spend less time bent over with your pants around your ankles. Eventually the tea towel wearers will score with the big pointy stick and it won't be pleasant for you.

    • stern

      what a pity, Everett, that Harper has only gone from strength to strength and the Liberals have been decimated. You poor, poor slob, No longer is your politically correct view of the world the prevailing one in Canada. Finally, Canadians with more intelligence than you have seen the light and voted for it.

    • alan g

      Maybe they got it right and you should start investigation on your biased resources to find out what their agenda is.

    • aspacia

      Ever perused the human rights violations of Arab/Muslims against others? I doubt it. Why no outcry regarding the continual slaughter Muslims perpetrate against others?


    • effemall

      Sieg Heil, Everett. You lost another war.

  • Brian Donegal

    Well this is a surprise. Canada was always denigrated as the left-wing wonderland of North America – Canuckistan. I never expected they would extend support to Israel.

    More power to the Canadians!

    • Mickey Oberman

      Where the hell have you been hibernating these past years.

  • Anamah

    Is good to have such an ethical and clever mind in Canada, as PM Stephen Harper… and a leader as PM Bibi Netanyahu, thanks to both!!! You make the light in the darkness of apocalyptic ideologies. You are so necessary to palliate the well known psychopathic Richard Falk the most extreme anti Semite and anti Israeli racist activist. Many will stand with you against the craziness, against the visceral hate and the obsession to hurt Israel and Jews. The world should know there is no place in history to impunity and racism smells is powerful.

  • Chezwick_mac

    If only Harper were available for 2012 in America.

    • kafir4life

      Hey ya never know!! The Kenyon has shown that being born on US soil is not a requirement. Stephen has the experience and the right stuff. It's not too late! Draft him!

    • Mickey Oberman

      It's a shame that Sarah Palin is not in the running for President of the USA.

      She would have brought honesty, fairness and courage back to the American people.

      Your mealy mouthed, lying, pro Obama media and talking heads have caused her a great deal of unfair, untruthful and unethical angst.

      • mlcblog

        She'll be wielding plenty of power from her present position, without subjecting her innocent young children to the tawdry press mess.

  • kafir4life

    Thanks Canada!!!

  • StephenD

    Stephen Harper is a great example of what real leadership is. I should think our POTUS would try to emulate him. Of course, he can't see Harper standing erect with Israel while he is busy being bent at the waste bowing to a Saudi King.

  • stern

    Actually, Canada probably would have lost that UN seat anyway. There was (or perhaps still is?) on ongoing dispute between Canada and Dubai over landing rights for Emirates Airlines and the Arab world doesn't like it when somebody stands up to their bullying. Also, the Europeans were conspiring to get another seat anyway, so the votes probably wouldn't have been there for Canada, no matter what Harper did.

    Blaming the loss on Canada's friendship for Israel is just one more convenient weapon the useful idiots like Everett, who posted above, can use in their ongoing hatred for and demonization of Israel.

  • Raymond in DC

    I'd offer to trade our (US) leader for Canadian leader Harper, but I wouldn't wish Obama on our friends to the north, and the Canadians are too smart to accept his like.

    God bless PM Harper and the people of Canada. If Obama is (shudder!) reelected in 2012 I may be returning to Canada (McGill U grad).

  • mrbean

    The left-wing Obama administration, and in particular, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Secretary of State Clinton. and the present Secretary of Defense Panetta all have a history on-the-record of both anti-Semetic public and private comments, and publically aligning themselves with Israel's enemies on Mid East policy, also as a matter of record, Do expect anything but lukewarm bromides on combating anti Semetism out of this anri semite crowd.

  • Andrew

    This is a great time to be Canadian. Bravo PM Harper.

  • AdroitWriter

    Whatever our radically leftist government may be doing currently, we’re with you, Canada. G_d bless you all for your courage and standing true.

  • Dana

    Stephen Harper has brought pride back to Canada. I honestly don't follow politics as much as I should, so I can not say that I would definitely agree with everything that Mr. Harper says, but based on his support of Israel, he must be on the "RIGHT" track.

    Thanks you Stephen Harper. I for one am proud of you and of being a Canadian.

  • Andre

    It is the best thing we can do ….Who need American to take the lead…….

  • Brujo Blanco

    There is no doubt that the US will abandon Israel to gain the favor of the Islamists. Obama has stared in the past that if it comes down to it Obama will come down on the side of the Muslims. My fear is that Israel will have to stand alone.

    • mlcblog

      Obama's crowd may abandon them but true Americans never will.

      • ziontruth

        I agree with both posts (Brujo Blanco, mlclog). True Americans, as opposed to Marxist world citizens happening to reside in America, will always stand with Israel. However, the U.S.A. as a state will probably abandon Israel, for a reason much deeper than Obama's crowd: In light of the situation that many people all over the world are now saying Israel's existence is dependent on America's help, God is steering things such that the world will go back to the correct view that He alone is the Jewish nation's protector and savior.

  • mlcblog

    Oh, Canada!! I hear your national anthem….

    I had no idea! and none about Mr. Harper, either.

    So happy to see this news.

  • maturin20

    Conflating anti-Semitism with anti-Israel is an old trick.

    • William_Z

      Jew haters usually try to dodge the association.

    • aspacia


      • maturin20

        Now, now.

    • ziontruth

      Invoking anti-Israel to deflect charges of anti-Semitism is even older.

      • maturin20

        Oh, I don't know. Israel is a very young country.

  • William_Z

    Something the left would never do.


    Thank You PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER, you are making many of us proud to be CANADIANS. With the past infiltration of Communists in Canada, we felt terribly isolated. Some of us fought in many ways against them. Your leadership is a BREATH OF FRESH AIR, in our continuing battle against TOTALITARIAN IDEOLOGIES.
    My hope that an ORGANIZATION strictly for DEMOCRACIES can be developed in CANADA, to counteract the DEBASEMENT OF THE U.N..
    Sign the "Ban Islam" petition at:….

  • rulierose

    thank you and G-d bless you Canada! the US and other right-thinking countries should take their money out of the corrupt UN, and the heck with the whole organization. let the OIC replace the $22 billion a year we American taxpayers now give the UN.


    Correction re "Ban Islam" petition:

  • notasheep

    One more step to NWO, thanks Zionist Harper!

  • austin

    Canada usually does things right or they seem to try to do things that are best for their people. I think a lot of places could use them as an example–especially their neighbor to the south…

  • Guest

    Yeah, they sign this Protocol but pull out of Kyoto? Not saying signing this was a bad thing, but Kyoto affects the entire earth, circumcised or not, so why not carry over this concern for justice and project it onto humankind as a whole?