BC Greens Leader Andrew Weaver and the BC Greens party have slammed their federal Green counterparts for the one-sided anti-Israel resolution … Boycott, Divest, Sanction policy … passed at their federal policy convention.
“BDS is a politically motivated movement that damages any attempt at peace in the Middle East by assigning blame to one party. It risks increasing tension and does not represent a responsible or thoughtful approach to a difficult international issue,” BC Greens Leader Andrew Weaver has said in a statement.
A spokesman for Weaver also pointed out the BC leader is NOT a member if the federal Green party.
Weaver said the passage of the BDS policy represented “a significant step away from the values that define the BC Green Party.”
“This is not a policy that I nor the B.C. Green Party support. I think the Green Party of Canada needs to take a careful look at their policy process and ask themselves how a policy that goes against Green Party values could have been allowed on the floor of a convention.”
“There are no shortcuts when it comes to standing up for human rights. Any policy that creates division and assigns blame rather than bringing people together is not one that the B.C. Green Party can support. No matter how hard it is, we must strive to find real solutions that build acceptance and tolerance for all people,” Weaver added.
Kudos to Weaver and the BC Greens for disassociating themselves from this hateful, discriminatory move by the extreme radicalized federal Greens, but I believe the damage has already been done and BC Greens will “wear” the results.
After all, many BC Green members are also federal Green members?
I have not seen any mass move by BC Green members themselves to disassociate from their increasingly extreme federal party. How many of them supported the hate-filled resolution at the convention …or failed to point out the MUCH WORSE (but IGNORED by the federal Greens) policies on human rights/occupation/bombing, chemical use, torture, summary executions by several other countries … Russia, China, Syria, Iran, North Korea etc.?
Strange how the federal Greens seem to really like dictatorships!
And where were the BC Green members who are also federal Green members when the convention called on Ottawa to cancel charitable status for the Jewish National Fund of Canada, which helps fund projects in Israel? Did many … or any … BC Green delegates speak out boldly against it? Did any of them point out the DOZENS of other ethnic Canadian charities (Indian, Muslim, Christian, Ukrainian, Italian, etc. etc. etc.) send money to help projects in those countries … and ask WHY was only the Jewish charity singled out?
BC Green Party members …. especially those who are also federal Green members … have to do MORE to stand up for fairness in and by their federal party.
Silence in the face of hate and discrimination is complicity … and deserves repudiation by the voters.