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Yves Engler: Niki Ashton speaking truth to power on Palestine | rabble.ca

18.7.17

Niki Ashton speaking truth to power on Palestine | rabble.ca: A few days after accusing her of "Standing in 'Solidarity' with Terrorists" B’nai B’rith CEO Michael Mostyn took another shot at Ashton. Clearly writing to the Toronto Sun's editors and his own organization's donors, Mostyn linked Ashton’s position on Palestine to sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement, which most NDP members probably support. On top of this own-goal, Mostyn opened the door for a rejoinder by the president of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. In his response Thomas Woodley described Ashton's promotion of the Palestinian cause as an outgrowth of her "support for Indigenous rights in Canada" -- for every NDP member Mostyn swayed against Ashton I'd bet Woodley convinced fifty to favour her.

Since the dustup at the end of May, B'nai B'rith -- and other Israeli nationalist groups -- have remained silent regarding Ashton. Yet when asked a question about Martin Luther King during an official party leadership debate six weeks ago Ashton went out of her way to link those campaigning for Palestinian rights to the US civil rights leader. Then, in a widely circulated FightBack interview at the end of June Ashton decried the NDP's purge of pro-Palestinian candidates in the 2015 federal election campaign as “totally unacceptable." She also called "justice for Palestine…a key issue" and referenced "the Nakba."


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