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Monday, September 22, 2008
Elizabeth May at anti-Israel rally
UPDATE: Please read Elizabeth May's response to this here.
Robert Jago has dug up some photos of Elizabeth May addressing a "Stop the War" rally on August 12, 2006. Here's one of May:
Addressing an anti-war crowd is no big deal. A majority of Canadians also opposed, and currently oppose, the war in Iraq. But this anti-war rally wasn't merely an anti-war rally, it was also an opportunity for some to march on the streets waving Hezbollah flags, and go off on Israel. For example:
And here's a video of a surreal moment. While one rally attendee is talking about peace, and his reasons for attending the march ("we want the occupation to end," and he's not there to intimidate the pro-Israel counter-protestors, etc.), what I understand is the Hezbollah fight song breaks out in the background:
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The link to the pictures of the rally provide conclusive evidence why this country needs a major overhaul of its immigration policy. Yet Stevie Harper and the Conservatives are letting even more of these scumbags into the country.
Posted by: The Stig | 2008-09-22 11:39:26 AM
Another example of how clueless and unhinged the Left has become. The constituency that spent a generation building its reputation on peace and tolerance has transformed, in the blink of an eye, into a proto-Fascist, proto-Nazi ogre. The fact that most of these people have post-secondary educations is enough to make one question the value of the modern university, or at least the humanities in their current form.
Truly is it said: You become the thing you hate!
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-09-22 11:53:50 AM
Actually folks this is old hat for the Greens, so it does not surprise me at all to see her there. When one examines the Greens' agenda under the light, it is pretty clear the environment is simply a cover for the extreme Left.
Posted by: Alain | 2008-09-22 12:28:02 PM
Anti-semites? Racists? In Toronto, you say? Perish the thought! The KKK doesn't operate there because they're not necessary. City council and the school board already occupy Toronto's racial politics. I say end Toronto now.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-09-22 1:57:40 PM
Don't be silly,why would the media bother with this damaging information when Lizzie and Steffi are buddies?
Posted by: Liz J | 2008-09-22 2:11:42 PM
I say end Toronto now.
Posted by: Zebulon Punk | 22-Sep-08 1:57:40 PM
I say send all these wonderful "new" Canadians to Alberta, specifically Calgary Southwest.
Posted by: The Stig | 2008-09-22 2:54:27 PM
Stig, the Harper Government has had only two and a half years of MINORITY Government to correct decades of Liberal stupidity and that includes on the immigration front. Give your head a shake and vote Conservative if your looking for improvements and honour being restored to this country.
Posted by: Liz J | 2008-09-22 3:08:41 PM
Attending a Hisbolah rally is the muslim equivalent of attending a KKK rally.
Hisbolah is murderous terrorist outlaw organization that exists for only one purpose - to eliminate Israel and all Israelis from the face of the planet.
Posted by: Fred | 2008-09-22 3:34:19 PM
This was NOT an anti-Israel rally, it was a peace rally and in fact there was a whole contingent of Jewish leaders marching as well. Elizabeth May marched with Judy Rebick.
The blogger is trying to imply that any speaker at a peace rally must by association hold the views of anyone in the audience. This is absurd.
So here are some categorical statements:
One of the Green Party fundamental principles is non-violence;
The Green Party unequivocally condemns all violence;
The Green Party unequivocally supports Israel’s right to exist;
The Green Party unequivocally supports Palestinian refugees in their question for basic living standards and human rights;
The Green Party unequivocally denounces suicide bombers – and the continuation of violence;
Posted by: GreenGuy | 2008-09-22 3:52:13 PM
That's your sales pitch Liz?
Honour and improvements?
The CPC, after more than 2 years of doing nothing more than spending money on false-debates and pandering to everyone including more new corporate friends, will regulate our societies in ways that suites people like me ?
Be serious darlin.
You just had a preview of what baby neocons can do with our economy.
Can you spell Liberals in cap letters?
The CPC being a majority at the time, we would be fighting and loosing our economy in Iraq. The buzz words for their party members and our society are: censure and control.
Their first mandate was a sneak peak of “honour and improvements”?
What are you? Paid?
Posted by: Marc | 2008-09-22 4:01:36 PM
Just stick to Quebec issues and leave Canada to the grownups.
Posted by: set you free | 2008-09-22 4:47:57 PM
OK, so a radical group broke off from the actual rally and went and did this on their own... and this reflects on the rally itself how? Much less, May for speaking at said rally.
If I didn't know better, I'd think the other of this post was purposefully trying to smear Ms. May.
Wait, no... you pretty much were.
*Sigh* Can't we have some discussion of politics without everyone trying to advance their agenda and twist the facts? Come on — find a little integrity, Jaworski!
Posted by: Adam King | 2008-09-22 5:03:54 PM
A peace rally, GG? That is the a good one!
Posted by: Alain | 2008-09-22 5:48:43 PM
I am not a Green party, supporter, but this is mudslinging, it does not appear to me that Elizabeth May has done anything to be concerned with here.
She attended a peace rally to protest Israel's destruction of southern Lebanon where civilians were begin slaughtered and the world consensus was that Israel's use of force was disproportionate and beyond what one can claim as self-defense.
If some people at the rally were not advocating for peace, she is not responsible for that. Does anyone criticizing this even speak Arabic and know what they were singing?
I think the people who are criticizing have never been to a rally because these things never speak with a unified message.
They are a forum for freedom of speech and expression of a diversity of ideas!
Posted by: Ken Adams | 2008-09-23 4:05:31 PM
URL to the flickr series the top photo is from:
There isn't much evidence of hezbollah support there.
Posted by: Felix | 2008-09-23 8:22:45 PM
Regardless of how this was handled by the Greens media people, it is a dead story. It only took me 15 minutes to get the back story about the rally.
The original call out letter for this rally contained endorsements from a bunch of moderate peace groups, including the “Jewish Women’s Committee to End the Occupation”. Hezbollah is not on the list of organizers or sponsors of the event.
There is a whole thread on Rabble.ca with posts by the event planners. There are also posts from some participants talking about it the next day. The initial call out letter is available and so is a bunch of discussion about the confusion caused by the loose associations of the groups involved.
Most informative is a post from someone called “Ohara” on Aug 13, 2006
“Though I was heartened to see that the marshalls took some action in demanding that terroism promoters and anti-Semites should go home.”
“Go organize your own rally, don’t sabotage (ours), he said”
So clearly the rally organizers had no desire to have Hezbollah and their ilk at the rally and told them to leave when they arrived.
The thread is right here read it for yourself:
I think it is pretty clear that Elizabeth May received an invitation to speak at a peace rally (badly) organized by some moderate peace groups and that more radical groups crashed the event.
I would hope that responsible journalists would perform at least 15 minutes of research before posting such inflammatory material.
You could have just asked Ms. May for her opinions on the conflict, she tends to be very candid.
Posted by: Dave | 2008-10-01 4:36:21 AM
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