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Last update - 10:28 25/05/2009
Canada minister blasts 'dangerous' leftist-Islamist anti-Semitism
By Raphael Ahren
Tags: Islamist, Canada 

A "new anti-Semitism" that emanates from an alliance of Western leftists and Islamic extremists is more dangerous than the "old European" form of Jew-hatred, Canada's minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism said as he wound up a four-day trip to Israel Sunday.

"The existential threat faced by Israel on a daily basis is ultimately a threat to the broader Western civilization," said Jason Kenney, explaining the staunchly pro-Israel positions of his government, led by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"It's a threat that comes from profoundly undemocratic forces that don't have the same conception of human dignity or freedom, and which abuse Israel as a kind of representative of the broader West and Western liberal-democratic values," said Kenney. "I also very acutely understand the nature of the new anti-Semitism, and I think it's even more dangerous than the old European anti-Semitism."
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Kenney said many anti-Israel attacks come from adherents of a form of anti-Semitism that who appear to view a Jewish homeland as illegitimate.

"Israel is not perfect, obviously," Kenney said. "Israelis should be the first to admit that. But we acknowledge that so much of the criticism Israel faces is motivated by a dangerous form of anti-Semitism that tries to hide behind anti-Zionism and is represented by a coalition of the far left in the West with extreme currents of jihadi Islam that seek the destruction of the Jewish nation. They seem to believe that the Jewish people are the only people in the world that don't have a right to a homeland."

The 40-year-old, who earlier this month was elected Canada's "Best Overall MP" by fellow parliamentarians, prides himself on being responsible for his country's decision to shun the United Nations-sponsored Durban II conference on racism, based on fears it would be misused as a platform for unfair criticism of Israel. Canada was the first country to announce its boycott of the meet, even ahead of Israel.

Before coming to Israel, Kenney visited Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, as Canada is home to many immigrants from these countries, he said. After arriving Thursday, he visited a Jewish Agency absorption center in Mevasseret Zion, outside Jerusalem, and met with his Israeli counterpart, Immigration Minister Sofa Landver. He also spoke to Minority Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman and Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein, who is also the former chairman of the interparliamentary Canada-Israel Friendship Group.



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      1.   This makes me proud as a Canadian 08:07  |  danny 25/05/09
      2.   old antisemitism, new antisemitism it`s all the same 08:19  |  Ed 25/05/09
      3.   No.1 Danny - So, you like to see DEmocracy... 08:30  |  PADDY 25/05/09
      4.   The Canada`s minister of citizenship, immigration and multicultur 08:36  |  against other concep 25/05/09
      5.   Did you Enjoy your little "trip" to Israel, Mr Kenney? 08:51  |  PADDY 25/05/09
      6.   the only group? 08:56  |  potobac 25/05/09
      7.   say it to coward koucner french minister 09:02  |  de gaulle 25/05/09
      8.   What a load of old racist tripe 09:13  |  Nick Ferriman 25/05/09
      9.   #1 Danny 09:26  |  Nick Ferriman 25/05/09
      10.   Bravo ! I would also be pround if I were Canadian. 09:30  |  Fortuna Benmayor 25/05/09
      11.   MEANWHILE Canada sentenced its own terrorists who plotted 09:31  |  PETER SM 25/05/09
      12.   How can such gapes occur be on the same planet? 09:35  |  TonyL 25/05/09
      13.   What has Canada`s Minister for Citizenship got to say... 09:51  |  Maureen Ann 25/05/09
      14.   Under the (so called) "Christian" Harper, Canada has become.... 09:53  |  Swiss (Dino) 25/05/09
      15.   On whose pocket are you Mr. Kenney? 09:56  |  Lasmarch 25/05/09
      16.   Unflinching suppott 09:59  |  athiest zionist 25/05/09
      17.   and then he went to the bank 10:17  |  Candida 25/05/09
      18.   so very, blindly left wing maureen 10:30  |  athiest zionist 25/05/09
      19.   In the next election 10:34  |  Ann 25/05/09
      20.   dino 10:35  |  athiest zionist 25/05/09
      21.   Swiss(Dino) 10:37  |  Yosi 25/05/09
      22.   Left = Anti-Semetic ? 10:44  |  Canadian 25/05/09
      23.   And what does Maureen Ann have to say about her abysmal lack of 10:49  |  M Grassby 25/05/09
      24.   swiss dino shows his true face 12:05  |  swisswatch 25/05/09
      25.   #`s 2 & 3, are for preparing the end of civilisation 12:11  |  S 25/05/09
      26.   Jason Kenney....shows he understands 12:12  |  rich 25/05/09
      27.   Chris Linthwaite...i`ve been trying to teach you 12:13  |  rich 25/05/09
      28.   Maureen Anne - avoidance again 12:24  |  Magpie 25/05/09
      29.   oh that guy ... 12:28  |  David James Vickery 25/05/09
      30.   To Swiss (dino) 12:37  |  David James Vickery 25/05/09
      31.   Good job Kenney, keep scaring voters away from your minority govt 12:38  |  anti-racist 25/05/09
      32.   To #2- Is this talkback result of your concern... 12:40  |  Ben - Africa 25/05/09
      33.   Trying to tie criticism of Israel 12:41  |  Roo 25/05/09
      34.   Maureen Ann & Aboriginal Peoples 12:42  |  DMW 25/05/09
      35.   2 maureen ann 12:44  |  bruce 25/05/09
      36.   O Canada, my home and native land ... 12:47  |  AIC 25/05/09
      37.   #3 Swiss Dino 12:56  |  maxine 25/05/09
      38.   MEANWHILE Canada sentenced its own terrorists who plotted 13:04  |  PETER SM 25/05/09
      39.   Maureen Ann and Dino the truth hurts? 13:19  |  Canadian Jew 25/05/09
      40.   Don`t expect Kenney to be around long 13:31  |  Tim 25/05/09
      41.   Under Harper Canada Stands for Something 13:33  |  FOX 25/05/09
      42.   The truth hurts Paddy and Nick 13:37  |  Michael 25/05/09
      43.   More hypocrisy from Maureen Ann 13:38  |  Michael 25/05/09
      44.   You just can`t stand it Dino, can you? 13:39  |  Michael 25/05/09
      45.   PADDY no.3 is part of the problem. Hamas are terrorists 13:45  |  Steve Randolph 25/05/09
      46.   Jason Kenney is fantastic. Only the radical left would disagree 13:47  |  Steve Randolph 25/05/09
      47.   Desire for peace is not anti-semitic 14:28  |  Sad Canadian 25/05/09
      48.   #Steve Randolph - We ALL know where the REAL problem lies. 14:30  |  PADDY 25/05/09
      49.   bangkok nick 15:22  |  lawrenceofarabia 25/05/09
      50.   not very tolerant are you nick ferriman 15:24  |  harzion 25/05/09
      51.   nick ferriman is a bigot 15:27  |  thekingandi 25/05/09
      52.   nick ferriman "campaign against israel in the uk" 15:31  |  harzion 25/05/09
      53.   david james trickery 15:32  |  ivri 25/05/09
      54.   Canada can see the truth - hope at last !!!!! 16:01  |  world observer 25/05/09
      55.   #3 PADDY....WE do not recognize Hamas? 16:04  |  Lynn 25/05/09
      56.   Jews Christians Muslims 16:05  |  JH 25/05/09
      57.   ZOG 20:55  |  What else? 25/05/09
      58.   Tautologous Support Synonymous with Vacuous Support 20:58  |  Shaul Ben-Yimini 25/05/09
      59.   Wow! The truth coming from the mouth of a politician. 21:08  |  Schmidlap 25/05/09
      60.   Sad Canadian 21:26  |  TonyL 25/05/09
      61.   SAD Canadian "peace lovers" who call for genocide& reject peace 02:56  |  PETER SM 26/05/09
      62.   Kenney is the real Jew-hater 03:18  |  Avraham 26/05/09
      63.   Yosi: no, the left are only "aligned" with the Islamists... 03:33  |  AT 26/05/09
      64.   DAOUD Vickery.Whats your problem?Somebody dared call an Islamist 08:06  |  PETER SM 26/05/09
      65.   Kol Ha-kovod, Canada 10:44  |  David Zukerman 26/05/09
      66.   #62 Avraham from Montreal 10:53  |  David Zukerman 26/05/09
      67.   Paddy #8 10:56  |  David Zukerman 26/05/09
      68.   To Maureen - You Know Nothing of Canada`s Issues 15:56  |  Eli 26/05/09
      69.   To Avraham - Our Country Never Had Much Vestige During 16:05  |  Eli 26/05/09
      70.   This makes me ILL as a Canadian 18:12  |  Bob 26/05/09
      71.   So you like to see democracy...Michael 00:45  |  Michael 27/05/09
      72.   To Bill the Canadian 04:45  |  Avraham 27/05/09
      73.   canada minister blasts 06:01  |  Norman Gardner 27/05/09
      74.   #71 Michael - This may come as a surprise to you... 08:19  |  PADDY 27/05/09
      75.   Sounds just like the NEW Anti-Semitism in Germany 18:37  |  Anke 27/05/09
      76.   To Eli #68 `To Maureen - You Know Nothing of Canada`s Issues` 20:25  |  Colin Wright 29/05/09
      77.   To Paddy #5 `Did you enjoy your little trip...` 20:29  |  Colin Wright 29/05/09
      78.   Democracy without the LEFT? 17:04  |  jim the mechanic 30/05/09
      79.   Who paid your trip sir? 00:13  |  Arab Zionist 01/06/09
      80.   Something sane out of Canada 08:42  |  Jave 01/06/09
      81.   Canadian Backbone 08:03  |  Emanuel ben Avraham 02/06/09
      82.   wrong path 14:21  |  Javad 05/06/09
      83.   KENNEDY SHOULD EMMIGRATE 02:54  |  JOHN ISH ISHMAEL 06/06/09
      84.   And the rest of Canada 19:20  |  RH 08/06/09
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