Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day:
On this day, we pay tribute to the memory of the millions of victims murdered during the Holocaust. We honour those who survived atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and welcome their courageous stories of hope and perseverance.
The Holocaust is a stark reminder of the dangers and risks of allowing hate, prejudice, and discrimination to spread unchallenged. It also reminds us that silence must never be an option when humanity is threatened.
As we pause to educate ourselves and our families on the bitter lessons of the Holocaust, we also strengthen our resolve to work with domestic and international partners to continue defending human rights and condemning intolerance.
Do you notice what doesn’t appear in the statement?
There is no reference to Jews despite the fact that they were the primary target of Hitler’s final solution which would ultimately claim six million in all.
The Prime Minister’s office indicated that the statement “was an incorrect draft issued in error.” However, Lorrie Goldstein of the Toronto Sun (no relation) is skeptical of the explanation. Goldstein wrote, “I find it difficult to understand how anyone in the PMO with even a rudimentary grasp of history could issue a statement marking the Holocaust without mentioning the six million Jews who died in it.”
Trudeau’s omission is part of a disturbing pattern by him and his Liberal government where it concerns Jews and the State of Israel.
When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trudeau to congratulate him on his victory, Trudeau informed Netanyahu that there would be “a shift in tone” in relations between the two countries. By contrast, Trudeau’s predecessor Stephen Harper was an enthusiastic supporter of Israel. Did Trudeau tell any other world leader that there would be “a shift in tone” in relations with their countries? Or did Trudeau single out Israel?
The shift in tone became evident in early November when Stephane Dion, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and former leader of the Liberal Party, stated that Canada would be returning to the role of “an honest broker”. By honest broker, Dion means putting West Bank settlements on the same moral plane as Palestinians who wantonly stab Jewish civilians including children as he did last month. The now opposition Conservatives called Dion’s approach “unacceptable” noting that he did not criticize the Palestinian Authority or Hamas for inciting violence.
Or what of Trudeau’s appointment of Omar Alghabra as Dion’s parliamentary secretary? Alghabra is the former President of the Canadian Arab Federation who was a senior policy advisor to Trudeau before being elected to the House of Commons last October representing a constituency in Mississauga, west of Toronto. The Saudi born Alghabra has stated he does not believe either Hamas or Hezbollah are terrorist groups.
Trudeau might be more circumspect in his statements about the Holocaust in the future. But mark my words. This won’t be the last time Trudeau and his Liberal government will say or do something untowards Jews and Israel.
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