Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff delivered similar messages denouncing “the new antisemitism” in speeches at the second annual Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism.
Demonization, double-standards, delegitimisation: the three “D”‘s. It is a responsibility of us all to stand up to them … and as long as I am Prime Minister … Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost.
– Stephen Harper
Not every criticizm of the government of Israel is antisemetic. But there is a form of criticizm of the state of Israel which passes into active delegitimization of a recognized democratic state.
I refer of course, in my own country, to Israeli Apartheid Week. Israel is Israel; Apartaid in South Africa was a crime against humanity. To conflate the two is to deligimize a democratic state and Canadians must stand against it.
– Michael Ignatieff