Libby speaking up for a lasting peace in the Middle East

(Libby Davies, MP Vancouver East): Mr. Speaker

I am honored that the report of the parliamentary delegation to the West Bank and Gaza, this past August, is now presented.

It was a significant and compelling experience and I am committed to raising awareness about the worsening humanitarian disaster in Gaza and the need to end the blockade, normalize borders, and end the occupation of Palestinian lands

I am deeply concerned that the Conservative government has so politicized the situation in the Middle East, and has gone so far as to attack MP’s and organizations who criticize the actions of Israel, as being anti-Semitic. Let’s be clear, Anti-Semitism has no place in Canadian society.

The Conservative attacks are reminiscent of McCarthyism and also have no place in Canadian society.

Rather than trying to silence and denigrate legitimate public debate, including its contempt of the Goldstone report, the Conservative Government must stand up for International Law, Human Rights, and the 4th Geneva Convention.

I hope all members will consider this report and ensure that Canada affirms its commitment to peace and justice for Palestinians, and for a lasting peace in the Middle East.

This Statement in the House of Parliament was posted on November 26, 2009