On April 7, 2019, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), published on the Times of Israel an article titled: “Rivlin Visit to Canada Highlights Importance of Progressive Support for Israel.”
Here are excerpts from Fogel’s article dealing with the sources of anti-Zionism in the Canadian left:
“When leaders like Prime Minister Trudeau condemn anti-Zionism as antisemitism and refuse to bow to BDS pressure, the pro-Israel community – including those on the Left, Right, and Centre – should celebrate.”
“Anti-Zionists have long promoted their toxic agenda within progressive activist groups, such as unions, student organizations, and liberal Protestant churches. They are growing more aggressive in trying to convert the gains they have made in these areas into mainstream progressive politics by targeting Left-of-Centre parties and elected officials. The threat that this poses to Diaspora Jewish communities should not be underestimated.
“The scandal that has plagued the US Women’s March, headed by someone who openly asserts that Zionists must be excluded from the feminist movement, was a precursor for disturbing developments in the US Congress. The Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, once solidly pro-Israel, now includes those who tap into antisemitic tropes of dual loyalty and pro-Israel (some might say Jewish) financial manipulation in politics.
“The growth of anti-Zionism in labour unions in the UK was a forerunner to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader.”