SYNOPSIS


    How and why was Canada instrumental in Israel’s history? Has that distorted Canada’s own
    development as an independent nation? Excused Israel’s? The Canada Israel Nexus is a
    comparative political history of these two settler nations, their colonial past, their relations with
    the indigenous peoples on whose territories they imposed their rule, and what that tells us about
    where both are headed.

    The Zionist project dominates the news with good reason. Jews are the most energetic force in
    western society despite their small numbers, and Jewish influence is now embodied in a Jewish-
    dominated state, which is both feared and respected, while headed toward being an international
    pariah. Its ‘best friend’ is Canada, not just in former Conservative prime minister Harper’s words,
    but from 1948 on, when a youthful Liberal, then UN ambassador and future prime minister, Lester
    Pearson, pushed through the plan for a separate Jewish state, leading to Israel’s creationand a
    Nobel Peace Prize for Pearson, for his efforts related to the Suez crisis that followed.
       
    The battle for justice in the Middle East involves treachery, terrorism, exile, apostasy, and, yes,
    conspiracy. It is the stuff of legend, of which Canada, Israel, and their relationship is a crucial
    part. The conflict of interests and rights between the colonizer and the colonized is central to
    this narrative, as is the relationship between Jews and the state in history, and how that
    relationship was transformed by the creation of a Jewish state.
       
    The history of Israel-Palestine is like an accelerated version of Canadian-US history: the intifadas
    of the settler-dominated indigenous peoples, the duplicity of the British,  the development of the
    same colonial perfidy by the states it spawned, the parallel techniques of dispossession, and
    how they became the supporters of terrorism, both state and non-state, in the 21st century.
       
    Comparatively, the fate of the Palestinians looks both bleaker yet more hopeful than that of
    natives in Canada. Palestinians learn from Canadians (native and colonial) and seek support
    there, just as native peoples in Canada find inspiration in the struggle of Palestinians, and how to
    deal with the colonial master. There are vilified heroes in this story, both Jewish and non-Jewish.
       
    As the anti-semitism mantra has put any honest discussion of the good and bad of  Jewishness
    off-bounds, there is little acknowledgment of the great extent to which western popular culture
    is a product of east European Jewish culture—a subtle but powerful factor in the success of the
    Zionist agenda, though Yiddishkeit itself is the antithesis of Zionism.



    TABLE OF CONTENTS


    Preface
    Introduction

    Part One: Birth of Two Nations

    ch 1          Creating Canada
                    Geopolitics: Great Game I (up to 1945)
                              European settler colonies in North America
                    The Dispossession of Native Nations

    ch 2         Creating Israel
                   Great Game II (1945-1991)
                   A European settler colony in Palestine
                   The Dispossession of the Palestinians
                   Jews and empires

    ch3         Creating a new empire: Israel-US
                    Hard power
                    Soft power
                    Yiddishkeit as US-Canadian culture

    ch4         The Enemy of My Friend Is My Enemy
                        From Great Game II to III
                            Soviet Union
                            Iran, Egypt
                            Palestinian resistance
                            Violations of international norms

    Part Two: Canada Becomes  Israel's "best friend"

    ch 5         Jews in Canadian History
                   Introduction
         The 17th-19th Centuries: The Golden Age for Jews in
                  Canada
                   Early 20th Century: Mass Immigration and Assimilation
                   Post-WWII:   Resurgent Identity and Dual Loyalties
    Israel as the 'Promised Land'  
    Quebec's 'Jewish problem'
                   Formation of Jewish/ Zionist Organizations
                   Tagging the Early "Antisemites"
    Goldwin Smith,
    United Church,
    Reuben Slonim
           
    ch 6        Entrenching a Canadian Pro-Israel Foreign Policy
    From Pearson to Chretien
              Harper
    UN Embroglio
    Keeping Out Galloway
    Kicking Out Iran
    Terrorism from Harperism
                       Justin Trudeau: Harper-lite
                       Cultural battles
                       The Power of the Jewish Lobby in Canada  

    Part Three:  Anti-semitism Wack-a-Mole

    ch 7        The Lone Rangers
    Keegstra        
    Zundel/ Topham
    Finkelstein
                       Investigating the conspiracies

    ch 8        Native Nations in Canada and Palestine-Israel
                       Native affinity to Islam
                                 Israeli/ Zionist soft/ hard power with First Nations
                                       Native political resurgence

    ch 9        The New Anti-Semites: Tarring Anti-Zionism  
                      Secular activists
                      Muslims, Jews
                      From Canadian Jew to Jewish Canadian





The
Canada-Israel
Nexus

/ Eric Walberg

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    AUTHOR
Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and
Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West
relations since the 1980s. He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser,
writer, translator and lecturer. He was a writer at the major English-language  Cairo newspaper,
Al Ahram, from
2006--12. He is also a regular contributor to Dissident Voice, Counterpunch, Global Research, Katehon, Kayhan
and al-Quds, and a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio. His articles appear in Russian, German, Spanish,
Arabic and Persian and are accessible at his website ericwalberg.com.

Walberg was a moderator and speaker at the Leaders for Change Summit www.leadersofchangesummit.org in
Istanbul in 2011 and the New Horizon conference in Tehran in 2014. Foreign rights to
Postmodern Imperialism  
were acquired for Chinese, Turkish and Russian editions.  

    REVIEWS

    “Heroic dissident writer Eric Walberg once again manages to hit at the deepest meaning of
    Zionist existence and the racialist ethos that fuels Jewish politics in Israel, Canada and beyond.”
    Gilad Atzmon author of The Wandering Who? (2011)

    “Eric Walberg is the perfect blend of a historian with a firsthand journalistic experience in the
    Middle East and Canada. He spent years perfecting his craft, as an astute researcher and a
    journalist. His books don’t merely recount history, but deconstruct it so capably to help the
    reader fathom the resultant complex reality. The Canada Israel Nexus’ is the outcome of many
    years of research and writing based on decade-long experiences writing for Al-Ahram Weekly,
    Press TV and many other media platforms. Walberg is an unapologetic advocate of Palestinian
    rights and this book represents both deep understanding of history and his unbending moral
    conviction.”
    Ramzy Baroud author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle (2006)
    and My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (2009)
Canada and Israel:  Connections and Disconnections



    EXCERPT from the Preface:

    Canada and Israel were cut from the same cloth: settler colonies that dispossessed and killed natives to steal their
    lands. While there were stark differences— in the size of the colonies, their geopolitics, their historical period, and
    in the degree of ruthlessness exercised by the mother country and its settlers— they both are offspring of British
    imperialism.

    Canada and Israel have many historical similarities, and Jews have come to Canada in the hundreds of thousands
    and prospered. The Canadian government under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2006-2016) reached
    a level of worship of things Israeli and Jewish unprecedented in Israel’s short history, officially referring to itself as
    “Israel’s best friend”. More than any country except the US and Palau, Canada supports Israeli violations of
    international law at the UN. Canadian Jews support the obliteration of Palestinian villages famously in Canada Park,
    a (surprisingly) Israeli national park stretching over 700 acres, extending into the West Bank, and with donations
    amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars to the ‘charity,’ the Jewish National Fund. Harper’s swan song was
    the creation (and funding while in office) of a bird sanctuary in Israel, which the Israelis were thoughtful enough to
    call the Stephen Harper Bird Sanctuary.

    In The End of the Peace Process: Oslo and After, Edward Said worried that there is “the strong possibility that
    Palestinians will be Red Indianized forever, that Israel’s Jews cannot tolerate our present status either as angry
    religious terrorists or as compliant Red Indians.

    As a weak postmodern nation (i.e., with no independent foreign policy), famous as a peace-keeper, Canada offered
    a perfect foil as Israel carried out some of its worst atrocities in Gaza. While the shameful Harper period seems to be
    at an end, the inhuman siege of Gaza continues, and Canada applauds, as if it were virtually an outpost of Israel. At
    the same time, Canada has become a haven for disaffected Israelis, looking for a more promising land than Eretz
    Israel. So this work is a case study in the way Zionism, Jews and Israel impinge on an otherwise law-abiding nation.
    It is also a study in contrasting relations with colonial natives.

    The problem that a state of Israel might create was foreseen from the start, and addressed publicly by statesmen
    after WWII, when the form in which a homeland/ refuge for Jews was being debated. In Canada, only the United
    Church spoke out to protest the creation of a Jewish state. Prime Minister Mackenzie King was as usual a fence-
    sitter, glad to be freed of too many Jewish refugees. But he was shocked by the brutality of the ‘war of liberation’
    of the Jews in 1948, and put off official recognition of the new state. As a seasoned politician with no particular
    interest in Jewish affairs, he saw trouble coming. When he retired, however, his heirs turned out to be enthusiastic
    Zionists. There was no public Jewish Canadian voice that was opposed to Israel, outside of the Communist Party,
    which was barely legal at that point, without much influence, and crippled by Cold War hysteria. The writing was on
    the wall.

    In the US, Einstein represented the most famous Jewish voice rejecting a racially based state, but he and a few
    others who spoke out were drowned in the euphoria of the novel idea embraced by the more than 2 million
    American Jews, who were already an important factor in American life. No strong voice was willing to articulate and
    work to prevent the obvious: a racial state means a racist state, which was the cause of WWII, launched by the
    ‘Aryan’ racial state, Germany. To found a Jewish state on the same principle was surely a recipe for disaster. In the
    dozens of books written about Canada and Israel—virtually all by Zionists, whether Jewish or Gentile—this issue is
    never addressed.

    ‘The Zionists won.’ There has been no public debate about the legitimacy of Israel as a racially-based state, despite
    the fact that international law rejects this. That is why it is so important for the Zionists to force Palestinians to
    recognize not just the state of Israel (which they did at Oslo in 1993), but Israel as a Jewish state. It seems that in
    this instance, only the Arabs understand international law.

    The history of Jews in Canada, and Canada in Israel, is fascinating in itself. We in Canada watch with horror the daily
    news, as if it were the war in Vietnam continuing, as Israel ruthlessly persecutes a people who have no effective
    means of self-defense. It is instructive to watch a speeded up version of what our forefathers did to Canadian
    natives over the past 4 centuries, though Israel has no time or interest in the niceties of British-style colonialism, so
    we get the uncensored, much more brutal version.


    Endnotes

    1 See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Park
    2 “Canadian legend Chapter IV: Goodbye Canada, Hello Harperland”, ericwalberg.
    com, January 1, 2016.
    3 Edward Said, The End of the Peace Process, 50.
    4 Gaza War (2008–09), also known as Operation Cast Lead, 2012 conflict, also
    known as Operation Pillar of Defense, 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, also known as
    Operation Protective Edge.
    5 The Land of Israel is the traditional Jewish name for an area of indefinite
    geographical extension in the Southern Levant, appropriately, as Israel’s ‘borders’
    keep expanding. In the words of Humpty Dumpty, “a word means precisely what
    I intend it to mean.” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass (1871).
RIGHT: Moses Hart was one of the first
shareholders of the Bank of Montréal and the
Bank of Canada. He opened a bank in Trois
Rivieres and issued his own currency in 1839.

LEFT:  Moses Hart self-published a Masonic
tract on General universal religion in 1815.
President George W. Bush signs a
proclamation declaring April 16, 2008, the
106th anniversary of the birth of Rabbi
Schneerson, Education and Sharing Day
USA.