B.C. premier Christy Clark says she supports Israel and its right to defend itself

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      B.C.’s premier has issued a statement in support of Israel as it continues its offensive against Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

      In a July 27 statement posted on the website of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Christy Clark states that “Israel has a right to defend itself”.

      Here is the statement presented in its entirety:

      The current conflict in Israel and Gaza is of great concern to anyone who believes in democracy and human rights.

      While the world watches in agony, we recognize the need for a ceasefire that leads to long-term security and peace in the region. Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens against terrorist attacks.

      At this difficult time, let us remember the values we share with Israel: a vibrant, culturally rich democratic nation committed to maintaining the rights of its citizens, regardless of gender or religion. Israel is an example not only to the region, but the world.

      Support for Israel abroad makes a difference.

      As the world continues to hope for a peace that satisfies both Israelis and Palestinians, I’m proud that British Columbia can be counted as a friend of Israel.


      Christy Clark

      CIJA describes itself as the “advocacy arm” of the Jewish Federations of Canada, a “pro-Israel” nonprofit “tasked with advancing the public policy interests of Canada’s Jewish community”.

      According to BBC News, as of July 27, more than 1,030 Palestinians, 43 Israeli soldiers, and three Israeli civilians had been killed since fighting began on July 8.

      On July 8, Canadian minister of foreign affairs John Baird issued a statement on behalf of the federal government expressing support for Israel.

      "Canada condemns the brazen and indiscriminate attacks that Hamas continues to wage on Israel. Rocket attacks today aimed at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem prove that Hamas continues to target innocent civilians," Baird said. "Canada believes that Israel has every right to defend itself, by itself, from such belligerent acts of terrorism."

      In Vancouver, a demonstration that describes itself as being in support of Gaza is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday (August 2) on the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery.


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      Jul 28, 2014 at 12:57pm

      Premier Christy Clark's statement in support of Israel's assault on Gaza was issued on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.



      Jul 28, 2014 at 2:04pm

      Pro-genocide. What a surprise.


      Jul 28, 2014 at 2:51pm

      Good to see support for Israel. A country that has brought a lot of good to this world. Anyone blinded by Hamas is either not paying attention or is a terrorist supporter.

      Peter Eller

      Jul 28, 2014 at 4:07pm

      wonderful that she is campaigning on an issue that has nothing to do with governing BC , now can she get back to work and do what she was elected todo like get deal done with the teachers !!!!


      Jul 28, 2014 at 4:51pm

      Sheesh, what a doorknob...self defense is one thing, bombing hospitals in someone else's territory is another. Keep it to yourself Christy and leave the province that didn't actually vote for you out of it...


      Jul 28, 2014 at 5:11pm

      Im absolutely ashamed to be represented by such an fool. Proof that Canadian politics is becoming more and more Americanized. I ask anyone with any doubt as to what is right and what is wrong to watch virtually any documentary on "Al Nakba". After the horrible atrocities that the Jews of Europe endured during WW2, Jews brought the same wrath upon the Palestinians and along with the Americans, gave birth to Terrorism. Taught by the masters.


      Jul 28, 2014 at 8:11pm

      God what an idiot C. C. is and what a shame that this person is OUR Premier. Israel has a right to defend itself? And that means killing 700 (so far) men women and children? And how many - 29 - Israelis killed by Hamas rockets? Israel's actions are analogous to a red-neck shooting fish in a barrel. At one time it would have been called genocide. Now it's called "defending" yourself.


      Jul 28, 2014 at 8:36pm

      Just when you start to think she's the most ignorant politician there is, along comes Baird! The humanity!


      Jul 28, 2014 at 8:59pm

      What are you talking about Jeremy? The Palestinians were never forced to leave Israel, they chose to leave rather than live in a Jewish state. There are actually many Muslim and Christians who currently live there now.
      More than 66 years after Israel came into existence, the majority of its neighbouring countries still hope to see it destroyed. Hamas repeatedly bombs Israel, ignores a ceasefire and then uses women and children as shields. It is a disgusting situation, but what is Israel's option in this case? When diplomacy fails options tend to be limited.


      Jul 28, 2014 at 10:11pm

      Right on Cc now watch your province get Blessed...blessed are those who bless you God referring to Israel