(JNS.org) Delegates of the Canadian Green Party have voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a decision which adds the BDS agenda to the party's official policy, and which has been widely opposed by some members within the party and Canadian Jewish groups.
The vote to add the BDS movement's agenda to the party's policy occurred at the party's biennial convention in Ottawa on Sunday, despite opposition from Party Leader Elizabeth May.
“As a leader, I am disappointed that the membership has adopted a policy in favour of a movement that I believe to be polarizing, ineffective and unhelpful in the quest for peace and security for the peoples of the Middle East. As is the right of any member, I will continue to express my personal opposition to BDS," May said in a statement after the convention.
Former Green party candidate Richard Zurawski also called the vote "destructive for the party," reported the Globe and Mail.
“The BDS movement, which seeks to censor and blacklist Israelis, is fundamentally discriminatory and utterly at odds with Canadian values,” said Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) CEO Shimon Fogel.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies president and CEO Avi Benlolo said the party’s vote in favour of BDS “shows the party has been infected by a vicious strain of anti-Jewish hate."
B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn also said the party has "chosen to embrace the policy position of shills for 9/11 conspiracy theories and terror apologists rather than side with the democratic and environmentally friendly State of Israel," the Canadian Jewish News reported.