Ottawa | Greens tear up over Israeli-Palestinian conflict

(Ottawa) The Israeli-Palestinian issue is causing further turmoil in the Green Party. A rift is emerging between the chief Annamie Paul, of Jewish faith, and two of her three elected officials – whom the principal adviser of the leader has bluntly accused of anti-Semitism.

Posted on 1is June 2021 at 5:00 am

Melanie Marquis

The issue had given a hard time to the former leader of the formation, Elizabeth May, in 2016. After the green activists had adopted in congress a motion supporting economic sanctions against Israel, she had considered stepping down from her role.

The storm finally passed. But another, possibly even more powerful, has fallen in the last few days. Two declarations on the resumption of the conflict set fire to the powder, because considered too timid in their condemnation of the Hebrew state.

Of the trio of Greens, one clearly expressed her disapproval. “This statement is totally inadequate,” wrote Jenica Atwin in reaction to a statement from her party on May 11. “I stand with Palestine. […] Let’s end apartheid! ”


MP Jenica Atwin

Another elected official, Paul Manly – whom the New Democratic Party (NDP) had prevented from running under his banner in 2015 because of a pro-Palestinian lean, according to him – denounced a day before, on Twitter, the “cleansing ethnic ”underway in East Jerusalem.


MP Paul Manly

No regrets

The two found themselves in the crosshairs of Noah Zatzman, senior advisor to leader Annamie Paul. In a screenshot that was relayed by CBC, he labeled them anti-Semites, essentially.

He doesn’t regret it. “These two deputies have spread what I consider to be anti-Semitic words,” he said in an interview with Press. “I’m not trying to rule out Jenica or Paul,” he says.

But now, the Green Party wants to transform itself into a “mainstream” formation and make gains, and if that means that it must “lose Jenica along the way for that, well, too bad”, slice Noah Zatzman.

“He should be fired immediately”

The adviser also has against Dimitri Lascaris, unsuccessful candidate in the last leadership race of the party, whom he also accused of anti-Semitism. Furious, the Montrealer demands the departure of the strategist.

“I have never seen such a thing in Canadian politics: the adviser to a leader accusing [des] deputies to be anti-Semites! He should be fired immediately, ”the latter protested in an interview.

Asked to comment on this tumult, Annamie Paul remained vague. “I didn’t follow the chatter online; I rarely do. But when it comes to anti-Semitism, it is clear that there has been an increase [des incidents] “, She offered Monday.

Last October, the trained lawyer, who still does not have a seat in Ottawa, became the first black woman and the first woman of the Jewish faith to be made head of a federal party. She was elected with 50.6% of the vote, ahead of Dimitri Lascaris, who collected 42.2%.

She will be in Montreal on June 3 and 4.

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