SYNOPSIS


    How and why was Canada instrumental in Israel’s history? Has that
    distorted Canada’s own development as an independent nation?
    Excused Israel’s? The Canada Israel Nexus is a comparative political
    history of these two settler nations, their colonial past, their relations
    with the indigenous peoples on whose territories they imposed their
    rule, and what that tells us about where both are headed.

    The Zionist project dominates the news with good reason. Jews are the
    most energetic force in western society despite their small numbers,
    and Jewish influence is now embodied in a Jewish-dominated state,
    which is both feared and respected, while headed toward being an
    international pariah. Its ‘best friend’ is Canada, not just in former
    Conservative prime minister Harper’s words, but from 1948 on, when a
    youthful Liberal, then UN ambassador and future prime minister, Lester
    Pearson, pushed through the plan for a separate Jewish state, leading
    to Israel’s creationand a Nobel Peace Prize for Pearson, for his efforts
    related to the Suez crisis that followed.
       
    The battle for justice in the Middle East involves treachery, terrorism,
    exile, apostasy, and, yes, conspiracy. It is the stuff of legend, of which
    Canada, Israel, and their relationship is a crucial part. The conflict of
    interests and rights between the colonizer and the colonized is central
    to this narrative, as is the relationship between Jews and the state in
    history, and how that relationship was transformed by the creation of a
    Jewish state.
       
    The history of Israel-Palestine is like an accelerated version of Canadian-
    US history: the intifadas of the settler-dominated indigenous peoples,
    the duplicity of the British,  the development of the same colonial
    perfidy by the states it spawned, the parallel techniques of
    dispossession, and how they became the supporters of terrorism, both
    state and non-state, in the 21st century.
       
    Comparatively, the fate of the Palestinians looks both bleaker yet more
    hopeful than that of natives in Canada. Palestinians learn from
    Canadians (native and colonial) and seek support there, just as native
    peoples in Canada find inspiration in the struggle of Palestinians, and
    how to deal with the colonial master. There are vilified heroes in this
    story, both Jewish and non-Jewish.
       
    As the anti-semitism mantra has put any honest discussion of the good
    and bad of  Jewishness off-bounds, there is little acknowledgment of
    the great extent to which western popular culture is a product of east
    European Jewish culture—a subtle but powerful factor in the success of
    the Zionist agenda, though Yiddishkeit itself is the antithesis of Zionism.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Preface
    Introduction

    Part One: Birth of Two Nations

    ch 1          Creating Canada
                    Geopolitics: Great Game I (up to 1945)
                              European settler colonies in North America
                    The American Dispossession of Native Nations
                          Indigenous Dispossession, Canada-Style

    ch 2         Creating Israel
                   Great Game II (1945-1991)
                   A European settler colony in Palestine
                   The Dispossession of the Palestinians
                   Jews and empires
                   Other "Others"
                    Conundrum of Jewish Nationalism & Democracy

    ch3         The Seeds of a New Empire
                    Hard power
                    Soft power
                    Yiddishkeit as US-Canadian-Israeli Culture

    ch4         The Enemy of My Friend Is My Enemy
                        US-Canada-Israel vs. Soviet Union
                   Soviet Union
                    Iran, Egypt
                    Palestinian resistance
                    Perpetual War
                    Violations of international norms

    Part Two: Canada Becomes  Israel's "best friend"

    ch 5         Jews in Canadian History
                   Introduction
         The 17th-19th Centuries: The Golden Age for Jews in
    Canada
                   Early 20th Century: Mass Immigration and Assimilation
                   Israel as an Escape Clause for Unwanted Refugees
                   Post-WWII:   Resurgent Identity and Dual Loyalties
                                   Israel as the 'Promised Land'  
                   Quebec's 'Jewish problem'
                   Formation of Jewish/ Zionist Organizations
                   Tagging the Early "Antisemites"
    United Church,

           
    ch 6        Entrenching a Canadian Pro-Israel Foreign Policy
    From Pearson to Chretien
              Harper
    UN Embroglio
    Kicking Out Iran
    Terrorism from Harperism
                       Justin Trudeau: Harper-lite
                       Cultural battles
                                  Israel in Canada:  Promised Land
                       The Power of the Jewish Lobby in Canada  
                                   Finance, Mining, Media
                        Dual Loyalty
                                    When Dual Loyalty Got a Wink and a Nod

    Part Three:  Anti-semitism Wack-a-Mole

    ch 7        The Lone Rangers
    Keegstra, Zundel/Topham
    The Lone Rangers' Tontos
    More Foot Shooting
                       Investigating the conspiracies
                       The Unknown Holocaust

    ch 8        Native Nations / Canada and Palestine / Israel
                      Land and Resource Rights
                                 Israeli/ Zionist soft/ hard power with First Nations
                                       Native Political Resurgence

    ch 9        The New Anti-Semites: Tarring Anti-Zionism  
                      Secular activists
                      Jewish, Muslim Activism
                      From Canadian Jew to Jewish Canadian
                      Deconstructing Jewishness
                                      South Africa and Israel
                       Afterword
    Bibliography



The
Canada/Israel
Nexus

/ Eric Walberg

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    AUTHOR
Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and
Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West
relations since the 1980s. He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser,
writer, translator and lecturer. He was a writer at the major English-language  Cairo newspaper,
Al Ahram, from
2006--12. He is also a regular contributor to Dissident Voice, Counterpunch, Global Research, Katehon, Kayhan
and al-Quds, and a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio. His articles appear in Russian, German, Spanish,
Arabic and Persian and are accessible at his website ericwalberg.com.

Walberg was a moderator and speaker at the Leaders for Change Summit www.leadersofchangesummit.org in
Istanbul in 2011 and the New Horizon conference in Tehran in 2014. Foreign rights to
Postmodern Imperialism  
were acquired for Chinese, Turkish and Russian editions.  

    REVIEWS

    “Eric Walberg is the perfect blend of a historian with a firsthand
    journalistic experience in the Middle East and Canada. He spent years
    perfecting his craft, as an astute researcher and a journalist. His books
    don’t merely recount history, but deconstruct it so capably to help the
    reader fathom the resultant complex reality. The Canada Israel Nexus’ is
    the outcome of many years of research and writing based on decade-
    long experiences writing for Al-Ahram Weekly, Press TV and many other
    media platforms. Walberg is an unapologetic advocate of Palestinian
    rights and this book represents both deep understanding of history and
    his unbending moral conviction.”
    RAMZY BAROUD, author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of
    a People’s Struggle (2006) and My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s
    Untold Story (2009)

    “Eric Walberg stood up for indigenous people when it was not popular to
    do so, as well as having the courage to question and to present the
    Palestinian side of the story. He offers humanization of the issues when
    the main stream media will not.”
    TERRANCE NELSON
    Vice-Chairman of the American Indian Movement, former Chief, Roseau
    River Anishinabe First Nation
Canada: Israel's 'best friend' in many little known and unexpected ways

    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
    Red Indians.

    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
    never addressed.

    ‘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
    version.


    Endnotes

    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).
LEFT: Moses Hart was one of the first
shareholders of the Bank of Montréal and the
Bank of Canada. He opened a bank in Trois
Rivieres and issued his own currency in 1839.

ABOVE:  Moses Hart self-published a Masonic
tract on General universal religion in 1815.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing Kippah.
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