The protesters are not "anti-Israeli"!! so would the REAL reporters out there stop slapping that label on them. It’s pathetic!!
This group is NOT opposed to Israel, a label that has been slapped on them by folks to justify the purely political censorship imposed.
These well meaning folk are opposed to what to what they perceive as an apartheid being perpetrated against the Palestinians similar to what transpired in South Africa 20 + years ago, which is not even comparable to them being purportedly anti-Israel.
Just like the people who protested against Guantanamo Bay are not anti-American because they do not believe in torture, etc…
Having a dissenting view should not be censored.
I’m not part of the group. To be honest, I could care less, but allowing the City of Toronto dictate to Pride Toronto of all agencies what is palatable to the public and what is not flies in the face of everything that Pride Toronto was created for.
Pride Toronto generates how many dollars in comparison to the pittance the City donates? Administration should have just "cancelled" the party, stating the reasons why. and then stood back and watched the international fall-out ensue, until City Councilors ran back to them, begging them to reconsider and vowing never to interfere again.
You’re very much right (about the "anti-Israeli" label, at least)—I’ve updated the article and appended a correction above.
Agreed. The best thing that could happen to the majority of Israelis would be an exit from the settlements and a normalization of their relationship with Palestine. It’s hardly anti-Israel to promote what would be in the best long term interests of all of the parties in the region.
The best thing that could happen to the majority of Isrealis would be if their neighbours stopped trying to exterminate them just because they’re Jewish.
Way to dumb it down, Colin.
I don’t think it’s dumbing it down at all. People on the left in Canada conveniently ignore that fact that most of the actions Israel takes are done because they are under constant siege and threat from the states around them.
Whether occupying Gaza or the West Bank actually accomplishes this is another story. But the motivation is to protect Israelis from groups who would like to see them obliterated.
Of course you dumbed it down, and now you’re being just as selective about which side of the story you want to tell as you accuse "the left in Canada". You’ve taken an extremely messy issue, which goes back generations and centuries, and reduced it to "because they hate Jews", and turned a willfully blind eye to Israel’s share of the antagonism lobed back and forth over the (real and unrealized) borders of the region.
No, I admitted that the Israelis may not be innocent in this debacle. But nobody arguing the Palestinian point of view is ever willing to concede their role.
Of course, if I were not holding back I’d argue that the entire thing is the fault of organized religion. Which is the cause of more death than anything else humans have created.
Tread carefully here… the issue of Israel vs. Palestine is nearly as contentious as bikes vs. cars.
I’m sorry, but why should we tread carefully.
The last time people stayed silent when a people were being oppressed, 6 million people died in Europe during the Nazi era. During Stalins regime, perhaps 20 million died. In Haiti, countless numbers of political dissenters and their families disappeared overnight, and this type of behaviour is still ongoing all over the world every day!
This has nothing to do per se with the issue of Israel VS Palestine. This has to do with good people standing up when they see injustice, and saying enough is enough!!