An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Karl Nerenberg follows:
Well, in case some mysterious gremlins make the “official” Foreign Affairs position disappear from cyberspace before the Prime Minister and his extensive entourage land at Ben Gurion Airport this weekend, here it is, word for word:
Canada does not recognize permanent Israeli control over territories occupied in 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip). The Fourth Geneva Convention applies in the occupied territories and establishes Israel’s obligations as an occupying power, in particular with respect to the humane treatment of the inhabitants of the occupied territories. As referred to in UN Security Council Resolutions 446 and 465, Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The settlements also constitute a serious obstacle to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.
Canada believes that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority must fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law which is key to ensuring the protection of civilians, and can contribute to the creation of a climate conducive to achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement.
International law born out of the ashes of WWll
The Fourth Geneva Convention is one of a series of international agreements on the conduct of war and the rights of civilians, signed after WWll.
One of those agreements was the Convention on Refugees, which was in large measure motivated by the experience of Jews fleeing the Nazis, denied refuge and turned back to near certain death…
But there is a reason for the Conservatives’ deliberate ambiguity on the settlements and it has little to do with sound foreign policy. It’s all about electoral politics.
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
Don’t you just love law and order governments? The rule of law and the law of rules. For corporatists, it’s about power, period. Get everyone together (at the UN for example) to agree on the rules. Then strategically break them so as to dominate in society. From a position of dominance, you can dictate and guarantee outcomes, including economic, and personal, outcomes for you and yours. What’s not to like – for an eager player in the godless game of ‘riches for the strongest’?
As a believer in inequality, Harper likes a world such as we have, with 1% – who conveniently believe that they are God – surviving, essentially, by taking the means of survival from others. Therefore, He has no problem with a scammy electoral system in which rulebreakers can beat out rule-keeping suckers every time. It’s the same old with this system. You create hot buttons – such as Israel and the (debunkable) idea that Israel is God’s chosen country, nation, whatever – and then you press those buttons at election time and march your supporters to the voting booths. Paradoxically, The more that people eschew electoral politics (like this), out of principle, the easier it gets for the tyrants to stay in power, since most of the remaining voters are pro corporatocracy. And in power the fascists will maintain mechanisms, like these undemocratic electoral systems and strategies, to keep power.
On the personal side. Stephen Harper simply wants to please powerful people, like him. He has a friend in Jesus, you see. God (and Jesus) is Harper.
“I say then to you, Everyone who confesses union with me before men, the Son of man will also confess union with him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.” – Luke 12:8
“Many will say to me in that day, “Lord, Lord, Did we not prophesy in your name and expel demons in your name and perform many powerful works in your name?” And yet I will confess to them: “I never knew you! Get away from me you workers of lawlessness!”” – Matthew 7:22,23