Harper and Israel

To whom it may concern,

I am writing this letter in regards to Prime Minister Harper’s planned visit to state of Israel. As a proud Canadian citizen I do not wish our country and its elected representatives to be associated with a state that enforces and executes oppressive, racist and terrorism-based laws onto its residents and surrounding countries. As such, I believe that visiting Israel implies our complicity with its acts and policies.

Its main policies of interest are based on the fact that it is meant to be a Jewish state despite being founded in an area that is comprised that is largely Muslims and Christians. Since 1948, the borders of Israel have increased from 20% of Palestinian land to approximately 70% of Palestine. This process is similar to Hitler’s policies [Editor’s note: lebensraum] of founding a Greater Germany before the Second World War. Similarly, this has included the removal and internal displacement of millions of Palestinians from their homes and the murder of countless thousands. Even today, Israel continues to build settlements in designated Palestinian territories illustrating their complete lack of desire for a peaceful solution. Second, its oppressive policies are acted out on Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank through the siege of Gaza and the apartheid wall. The combination of these two has prevented many families from accessing a livelihood, thereby forcing them into abject poverty. Furthermore, countless preventable deaths have occurred both at the checkpoints and because of the inability to access basic necessary healthcare – healthcare which is inaccessible in Gaza due to the complete standstill caused by the siege. Finally, the prosecution and harassment of any non-Jewish residents within the borders of Israel (including Ethiopians, Christian Arabs, and Muslim Arabs) and its support from leading Israeli politicians only goes further to illustrate the racist and bigoted nature of the state.

This, of course, does not take into account the daily murders, violence, and assault that the Palestinians must endure at the hands of both settlers and the Israeli Defense Forces. I urge you to speak out against the planned trip to Israel and our government’s support of the terrorist entity that is Israel.

A concerned Canadian citizen.