NDP Youth Reject Leaders’ Support of Israel’s Gaza Atrocities

“As citizens of the world we owe it to each other to admit that no state can ever achieve security through force of arms.” 

by: New Democratic Youth of Canada | Posted Fri. Aug 1, 2014

Smoke rises above a Gaza city after Israeli air strikes. (PHOTO: Mohammed Saber/EPA)

Smoke rises above a Gaza city after Israeli air strikes. (PHOTO: Mohammed Saber/EPA)

An ocean away from Palestine, Canadians have watched on in absolute horror as the death toll continues to mount. In three short weeks, hundreds of people in Gaza, a majority of them civilians, have been wiped out at the discretion of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Anger, disbelief, outrage – we’ve felt these emotions before. We watched in horror as the U.S. dropped thousands of bombs on Iraq, we marched in the streets to protest NATO’s brutal occupation of Afghanistan and we’ve reacted with vile disgust at Russia’s cruel and bloody invasion of Ukraine. That is because as a nation we feel the pain of global conflict first hand: through the sacrifice of our own young women and men abroad, and through the incredible resilience of the many refugees fleeing these very conflicts, coming to Canada to seek a more just life.

If we are to live up to the standards of peace and tolerance that we’ve set for ourselves domestically, on a global scale, it is our responsibility to call for restraint and seek mediation whenever war rears it’s ugly head. In our short lifetime we’ve witnessed the same violent scene repeated time and time again, so we ask: how is this situation any different?

As the next generation, we are destined to inherit incredible political, environmental and logistical challenges. For us, the past 21 days have been deeply disheartening, as we now see that we are also destined to inherit a more violent world. And it isn’t only because Stephen Harper has proven himself (yet again) to be incompetent at representing Canada on the world stage but rather, also due to the hesitation from our Official Opposition when it comes to standing up for New Democratic values on this issue.

With respect to the current situation in Gaza, there can be no question: the NDP has been open about its desire to see hostilities cease from both sides in this conflict. Hamas must stop firing rockets indiscriminately at civilians, and so must the IDF.

But on the question of Palestine, let’s be clear:

Section 4.1 (f) of the 2013 NDP Policy Book states that the NDP supports “working with partners for peace in Israel and Palestine, respecting UN resolutions and international law, supporting peaceful co­existence in viable, independent states with agreed­upon borders, an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, and an end to violence targeting civilians.

These resolutions include those that call for the withdrawal from occupied territories during the 1967 war [1], the legitimacy of the struggle for liberation from foreign domination by all available means [2], condemnation of governments that don’t recognize the right to self determination and independence of peoples under foreign domination[3], and more recently, the upgrade of Palestine to a nonmember state of the United Nations [4].

We demand a fair approach be taken with the situation in Gaza, one that adheres to the above mentioned United Nations resolutions, among many others. As citizens of the world we owe it to each other to admit that no state can ever achieve security through force of arms. If terror groups are to be rendered irrelevant, and the growth of extremism stemmed, then we must address the root cause of the violence, not its symptoms.

It is time for Canadians to know where the NDP stands on this issue: as the only party that seeks a comprehensive and viable solution on agreed upon borders, that guarantees the security of both Israeli and Palestinian citizens to co-­exist in peace.

That is why New Democrats should never shy away from condemning the slaughter of civilians, no matter where it happens, or who perpetrates the act. That is why we agree with independent groups like Jewish Voices for Peace, who have called for an end to the bombing of Gaza, and for Israel to be held accountable for its actions [5].

We must further acknowledge that in the almost 20 years since the Oslo Peace Accords, the situation on the ground in Palestine has deteriorated so badly that it is nearly impossible to imagine a contiguous two­state solution based on the 1967 borders­ at least without serious land concessions from existing settlements.

Our government’s inaction and paralysis on the world stage is our shame to wear. By providing unflinching political cover for the Israeli state, we enable a situation where it is likely that much of the West Bank [6] will be annexed, and the erosion of Palestinian lands that started so many years ago will be complete.

That is, unless we finally elect a government that believes that upholding human rights and working to create lasting peace should be primary goals of a just foreign policy.

New Democratic Youth of Canada

Sources:
[1] United Nations Security Council Resolution S/RES/242 22 Nov 1967
[2] United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/3246 (XXIX) 29 Nov 1974
[3] United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/33/24 29 Nov 1978
[4] United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/67/19 4 Dec 2012
[5] Jewish Voices for Peace: End the Bombing. Hold Israel Accountable July 2014
[6] The West Bank was divided into areas A, B, and C during the Oslo II accords. Area C has been under Israeli civil and military control. It accounts for a majority of the territory of the West Bank Map of Area C, Retrieved from NPR.org “Palestinians fear new Israeli moves in West Bank” 30 Jul 2012

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  • gragor11a

    http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/08/01/ndp-youth-reject-leaders-support-israels-gaza-atrocities/

    Now stop right there “. . . we’ve reacted with vile disgust at Russia’s cruel and bloody invasion of Ukraine . . . ” Well that was it for me. Didn’t get past this statement that reminds me oh so much like a statement from the apologists for the Israelis bombing of the Gazans. You should know better.

    Firstly – what is happening to the fine non-combatant citizens of Novorussya is the same thing that is happening to the fine citizens of Gaza – they are being targeted by a military power with weapons of war in a battle they never started or participated in and have little chance of escaping. Note I said the citizens of Novorussya, just as you were referring to the citizens of Gaza, not the combatants of Ukraine, Donetsk, Russia, Hamas or Israel.

    2nd of all – the Russians haven’t done anything vile in Novorussya as compared to what the Ukrainian forces do to the civilians every day. The Russian military have not invaded Ukraine. You confuse Crimea w/ the Ukraine. The country Russian had a treaty that was negotiated when they turned over their bases when Ukraine became a sovereign nation. After the western led and financed coup of the democratically elected kleptocracy in Keiv last November, the Russian military did reinforce their numbers in Crimea, but the reinforcements and armaments were within the allowable numbers as agreed to in the treaty as negotiated. The fact that the Crimeans held a legal referendum and succeeded from the country Ukraine and joined the country Russia is not surprising, considering the tack of the illegally installed Ukrainian putsch government who’s first policy initiative was to try to relegate the Russian language to second class status. As to Crimea, how the Tartars are going to feel about cooperating with their new Russian government is a situation that is still developing. I hope they manage to work it out peacefully this time around.

    These different cultures have a history of killing one another off and it was a pretty shaky union they were living in, but for the most part, both parties were getting along well enough to be sharing one national political umbrella, Ukraine, even if things were very regionalized. Kind’a like Quebec and the rest of us – together, but apart and very fragile.

    So 3rdly, when EXACTLY was this ‘ … Russia’s cruel and bloody invasion of Ukraine …”? Provide links. Be specific. I don’t think you can post anything substantial. I think your political rhetoric got away from you and got conflated in your spin machine. The fascist militias of the Ukraine have attached themselves to the conscript army of the Western regions of the Ukraine (such as the SS did to the German conscript armies) and they are in the process of making the civilian population of the break away Eastern Ukraine provinces (Novorussya) pay in blood for having the audacity to live in a region that does not share their political zeal for all things western, (including saluting the SS Galician divisions and their leader) whom 70 short years ago they fought to the death by the hundreds of thousands on each side. This is a war crime as is shelling the Gazans.

    4thly. I did not ” …reacted with vile disgust [to] Russia’s cruel and bloody invasion of Ukraine …” because it never happened. I reacted ” … with vile disgust …” to the Ukrainian military bombing, and then, when they lost air superiority, their shelling of unarmed non-combatants in, near and well away from the conflict zones, just as I am reacting with ‘vile disgust’ to IDF forces bombing unarmed non-combatants in Gaza and anywhere else in the world where zealots overrun fine decent upstanding people who, just like you and I, are trying to get along with their neighbours and create a better world for each other in worsening time.

    Political fanatics, even NDP political fanatics, are the antithesis of what people are looking for in good governance. Here in Canada we are looking for political cooperation between all progressive parties to defeat the CON hoard, as in ABC, Any Body but the Conservatives. We also look to progressive parties to support electoral reform to repeal our antiquated First Past the Post electoral system. We do not support strident party whip politics of any political ideology. In Canada and elsewhere in the world, we are looking for a standing down of the Industrial, Military, Banking complex by any means necessary. This will be achieved, partly by ending such conflicts as are being perpetrated upon the citizens of Gaza, Novorussya and many other places on all continents, by dragging these war criminals before a truly just International War Tribunal that is not just the mouth piece of the latest and greatest super power.

    Just as Elizabeth May’s senior party manager’s statement supporting the IDF’s feeble justifications for bombing Gazan civilian populations, as Thomas Mulcair has, as Justine Trudeau has and even as the Harpocrit himself has, I find such statements as inherently evil. Equally as important to me and others, I find you’re unsubstantiated statements demonizing Russians too much to swallow and way to similar to statements made by the IDF and their apologists explaining away the war crime of attacking non-combatants and their civil infrastructure.

    I fear you listen too much to our Main Stream Media and not enough to the alternates. There is a lot of propaganda out here from both sides and it takes an unhealthy dose of both to develop an educated opinion. If one only listened to the CBC or any other MS news source one would never become aware that there has been nothing but unproven allegations about what is going on in Ukraine, very little reported of fact, but much unsubstantiated rumour validated by the junta combatant government. There is very little or no substantiation from western governments to back up with anything that shows that Russians have perpetrated anything on the citizens of the Ukraine. In fact, the Russians have all along been releasing satellite and electronic data to support their allegations. The US/NATO has continually backed up nothing and instead resorted to red hot rhetoric demonising the Russian government in place of cold hard intelligence. Apparently the Youth Wing of the NDP has been unable to follow what has been happening in Ukraine (as this press release suggests) and therefore is just as big a disappointment to all of us out here as the older generation of entrenched NDP party members have been on these issues. And you don’t even realize it.

    I suggest you watch the entire 1h 23 minutes of the following compilation video before you shoot yourself in the face again. Don’t brush it or me off and don’t delete my post as it has already gone out on the interweb and can not be erased. You need to pick up your game or the next generation of politicians will be just as irrelevant as the last.

    Ukraine Crisis: Death and destruction continues in Eastern Ukraine / Хунта убивает людей. [ENG SUB]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE18iPQ1Euk&feature=share

    Another good source for counter information is
    http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/

    There are many more. The Times of India, the Guardian from Great Brittan for example.

    grant gordon
    Vancouver Island North.

  • sojourner soo

    Perhaps you have “reacted with vile disgust at Russia’s cruel and bloody invasion of Ukraine,” but that would just prove you are bigger idiots than I ever believed possible.