EXCERPT from the Preface:
Canada and Israel were cut from the same cloth: settler colonies that dispossessed
and killed natives to steal their lands. While there were stark differences— in the size
of the colonies, their geopolitics, their historical period, and in the degree of
ruthlessness exercised by the mother country and its settlers— they both are
offspring of British imperialism.
Canada and Israel have many historical similarities, and Jews have come to Canada in
the hundreds of thousands and prospered. The Canadian government under
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2006-2016) reached a level of worship of
things Israeli and Jewish unprecedented in Israel’s short history, officially referring to
itself as “Israel’s best friend”. More than any country except the US and Palau,
Canada supports Israeli violations of international law at the UN. Canadian Jews
support the obliteration of Palestinian villages famously in Canada Park, a
(surprisingly) Israeli national park stretching over 700 acres, extending into the West
Bank, and with donations amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars to the
‘charity,’ the Jewish National Fund. Harper’s swan song was the creation (and funding
while in office) of a bird sanctuary in Israel, which the Israelis were thoughtful enough
to call the Stephen Harper Bird Sanctuary.
In The End of the Peace Process: Oslo and After, Edward Said worried that there is “the
strong possibility that Palestinians will be Red Indianized forever, that Israel’s Jews
cannot tolerate our present status either as angry religious terrorists or as compliant
As a weak postmodern nation (i.e., with no independent foreign policy), famous as a
peace-keeper, Canada offered a perfect foil as Israel carried out some of its worst
atrocities in Gaza. While the shameful Harper period seems to be at an end, the
inhuman siege of Gaza continues, and Canada applauds, as if it were virtually an
outpost of Israel. At the same time, Canada has become a haven for disaffected
Israelis, looking for a more promising land than Eretz Israel. So this work is a case
study in the way Zionism, Jews and Israel impinge on an otherwise law-abiding
nation. It is also a study in contrasting relations with colonial natives.
The problem that a state of Israel might create was foreseen from the start, and
addressed publicly by statesmen after WWII, when the form in which a homeland/
refuge for Jews was being debated. In Canada, only the United Church spoke out to
protest the creation of a Jewish state. Prime Minister Mackenzie King was as usual a
fence-sitter, glad to be freed of too many Jewish refugees. But he was shocked by the
brutality of the ‘war of liberation’ of the Jews in 1948, and put off official recognition
of the new state. As a seasoned politician with no particular interest in Jewish affairs,
he saw trouble coming. When he retired, however, his heirs turned out to be
enthusiastic Zionists. There was no public Jewish Canadian voice that was opposed to
Israel, outside of the Communist Party, which was barely legal at that point, without
much influence, and crippled by Cold War hysteria. The writing was on the wall.
In the US, Einstein represented the most famous Jewish voice rejecting a racially
based state, but he and a few others who spoke out were drowned in the euphoria of
the novel idea embraced by the more than 2 million American Jews, who were already
an important factor in American life. No strong voice was willing to articulate and work
to prevent the obvious: a racial state means a racist state, which was the cause of
WWII, launched by the ‘Aryan’ racial state, Germany. To found a Jewish state on the
same principle was surely a recipe for disaster. In the dozens of books written about
Canada and Israel—virtually all by Zionists, whether Jewish or Gentile—this issue is
‘The Zionists won.’ There has been no public debate about the legitimacy of Israel as
a racially-based state, despite the fact that international law rejects this. That is why it
is so important for the Zionists to force Palestinians to recognize not just the state of
Israel (which they did at Oslo in 1993), but Israel as a Jewish state. It seems that in this
instance, only the Arabs understand international law.
The history of Jews in Canada, and Canada in Israel, is fascinating in itself. We in
Canada watch with horror the daily news, as if it were the war in Vietnam continuing,
as Israel ruthlessly persecutes a people who have no effective means of self-defense.
It is instructive to watch a speeded up version of what our forefathers did to
Canadian natives over the past 4 centuries, though Israel has no time or interest in
the niceties of British-style colonialism, so we get the uncensored, much more brutal
1 See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Park
2 “Canadian legend Chapter IV: Goodbye Canada, Hello Harperland”, ericwalberg.
com, January 1, 2016.
3 Edward Said, The End of the Peace Process, 50.
4 Gaza War (2008–09), also known as Operation Cast Lead, 2012 conflict, also
known as Operation Pillar of Defense, 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, also known as
Operation Protective Edge.
5 The Land of Israel is the traditional Jewish name for an area of indefinite
geographical extension in the Southern Levant, appropriately, as Israel’s ‘borders’
keep expanding. In the words of Humpty Dumpty, “a word means precisely what
I intend it to mean.” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass (1871).