The NDP and Is­rael

National Post (Latest Edition) - - LETTERS -

Re: Breath of fresh air in NDP’s Singh, Terry Glavin, Sept. 14

Jag­meet Singh is tak­ing the bal­anced ap­proach when he states his op­po­si­tion to vi­o­lence tar­get­ing civil­ians and his sup­port for hu­man rights, dig­nity, peace, eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity and free­dom for both Pales­tini­ans and Is­raelis. In prin­ci­ple he is cor­rect but it begs sev­eral ques­tions.

Why do the Pales­tini­ans de­serve these self- ev­i­dent rights when a quick glance at the Is­lamic Mid­dle East re­veals they es­sen­tially do not ex­ist in most of the coun­tries there? Why should the Pales­tini­ans be given the very rights they have de­nied and con­tinue to deny to the Jews? Why is it up to Is­rael to be­stow these rights on the Pales­tini­ans when clearly the NDP re­quires no other Mid­dle East­ern gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the P.A. and Ha­mas, to do the same?

Singh may be a breath of fresh air but the NDP’s ob­ses­sion with Is­rael is the same toxic smoke as be­fore. Steven Sch­ef­fer, Burling­ton, Ont.


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