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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 03:26 AM
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Canada protests ‘one-sided’ resolutions with pro-Israel stand at UN
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Canada has changed the way it votes on Middle East issues at the United Nations, taking a firmly pro-Israel stand.

The Harper government described Thursday’s move as a protest against a flurry of “one-sided” UN resolutions on Israel, not a change in the country’s positions on the substantive issues in the Middle East
Observers said capitals around the world will see it as a policy shift and question where Ottawa actually stands on issues like Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Golan.

In nine votes at a committee of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Canada consistently voted with a small group of Israel’s staunchest allies. On five, including resolutions condemning Israeli settlements and Israel’s treatment of people displaced by the Six-Day War, Ottawa voted No alongside Israel, the United States and four small South Pacific island nations – Palau, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Nauru.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird called it an expression of frustration with resolution-making at the UN.
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