The Real Face of Justin Trudeau

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1729 ... December 26, 2018
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The Real Face of Justin Trudeau

Ramzy Baroud

How does one explain Canada's contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel? On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canada's commitment not to follow the footsteps of the U.S. Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

But there is little worth praising here. Respecting the internationally-recognized status of Jerusalem is legally-binding commitment to international law. The fact that the U.S. chose to violate the law, hardly makes the opposite act heroic in itself.

Only five days earlier, on November 30, Canada joined a tiny minority of states, including Israel, the U.S., Australia and the Marshall Islands to vote ‘no’ against a United Nations... General Assembly (UNGA) resolution titled, "Peaceful Settlement on the Question of Palestine."

The Canadian government that is keen to present itself as a model, neoliberal, progressive country, even the antithesis to the U.S.’ hawkish policies, voted against a resolution that calls "for intensified efforts by the parties ... to conclude a final peace settlement."

If you find such behavior confusing, then you are not paying attention. Canada has not changed at all. It is our understanding of Canadian foreign policy that has almost always been marred with a true lack of understanding.

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