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CHIMO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 08:40 PM
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Canada has shifted its position on Middle East votes at the United Nations, taking a firmly pro-Israel stand on almost every question ranging from settlements to Palestinian refugees.

The changes place Canada in a small club of Israels most staunch allies at the UN. On several resolutions Thursday, Ottawa voted as part of a tiny minority of seven countries, alongside Israel itself, the United States, and four small South Pacific island nations closely allied to Washington Palau, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Nauru.

That fits with the pro-Israel policies adopted by Stephen Harpers Conservative government, but they change Canadas historical stand. On Thursday, Canada voted against a resolution blasting Israel for allowing settlements in East Jerusalem and the Golan; it had voted for similar resolutions in previous years.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird described the voting shift as a kind of objection to the sheer number of United Nations resolutions critical solely of Israel. /
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