TORONTO (JTA) -- Canada's prime minister is being honored by a leading Jewish umbrella group for his country's support of Israel.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will present Stephen Harper with its inaugural International Leadership Award. Canada's Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas) Peter Kent is slated to attend Thursday's reception and ceremony in New York to accept the award on behalf of the prime minister.
The group said it is expressing appreciation for Canada's "courageous stands" on next year's so-called Durban II anti-racism conference, which Ottawa announced earlier this year that it will boycott. It also lauds the nation's "support for Israel and [its] efforts at the U.N. against incitement and ... the delegitimization [of Israel], where they have taken a role in the forefront," said Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-chairman of the conference.However, a published report said this year marks the first since Harper became prime minister in 2006 that Canada "has not incrementally shifted" its voting in the U.N. toward Israeli positions on many Middle East-related resolutions.
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Harper was interrupted by several standing ovations — at the grand opening ceremony for a community centre.Of course targeting civilians and rescue workers, using human shields and carrying out a genocide in Gaza has nothing to do with anything. Everyone who criticizes Isr-el is an antisemite.
Harper, who was joined by Conservative MP Peter Kent, who represents the area, urged all Canadians to “confront” anti-Semitism as a “moral evil.“
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper holds a prayer book given to him by Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, left, during the grand opening of the Ernest Manson Lubavitch Centre in Thornhill, Ontario on Thursday, March 26, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darren Calabrese)
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THORNHILL, Ont — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is urging all Canadians to confront what he calls a “rising tide of anti-Semitism” around the world.
Harper passionately reaffirmed his government’s support for the state of Israel in a speech to hundreds of members of the Jewish community in the Toronto suburb of Thornhill.
Harper was interrupted by several standing ovations — at the grand opening ceremony for a community centre.
Harper, who was joined by Conservative MP Peter Kent, who represents the area, urged all Canadians to “confront” anti-Semitism as a “moral evil.”
He said the Conservatives have been taking continual leadership on that issue, including when Kent spoke out against recent anti-Semitic incidents on some university campuses.
The speech comes amid the government’s refusal to allow British MP George Galloway from entering Canada, apparently because of links to Hamas.
The federal government says Galloway is inadmissible because he engaged in terrorism and was a member of a group that engaged in terrorism.
That charge is apparently based on the fact that Galloway delivered humanitarian goods to war-torn Gaza and gave $45,000 to the Hamas government.
Hamas is a banned terrorist organization in Canada.
Galloway’s lawyers are challenging the entry ban and are considering a civil action.
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