Canadian Minister Supports Israeli-Owned Store (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 02/24/12)
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A store in Vancouver, Canada which has been the target of anti-Israel
demonstrators received support from a government minister this week.
Shalom Toronto reported that Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, visited on Wednesday
Lavan, a Vancouver store owned by an Israeli and which sells
cosmetics and beauty products made in the Dead Sea, to express his
The store has been targeted by local pro-Arab groups who last Sunday
held a protest rally against it for selling Israeli products. This
was the second demonstration within the last three months against
this specific store, and the same groups have held similar protests
in the past, including one against a ship belonging to the Israeli
company Zim which had moored in Vancouver, a protest against local
wine stores that sell Israeli wines, and more.
Minister Kenney is known for his staunch support for Israel, Shalom
Toronto noted, similar to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s support for
the Jewish State. In his capacity as minister, Kenney has
substantially cut in recent years the budgets of pro-Arab
organizations working in Canada, claiming they are acting against
Israel and incite against it.
During his stop at Lavan, Kenney expressed the support of the
Canadian government in the store’s fight against pro-Arab supporters,
and even purchased a few products.
Earlier this week, Shalom Toronto reported that Mark Gurvis,
Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, is
encouraging local Jewish residents to protest the calls for boycott
on Israel and Israeli products.
Gurvis was quoted as having said that the campaign to boycott Israeli
products due to Israel’s so-called ‘apartheid policy’ is based on a
comparison of Israel with the apartheid policy that was used in South
Africa. He said making such a comparison obscures the complex reality
of the Israeli-Arab conflict.
“Do the real problems have a solution? Of course. Is Israel is an
apartheid state? No,” Gurvis was quoted as having said.
Gurvis called on members of Vancouver’s Jewish community to counter-
protest these groups by joining the BUYcott Israel group, which aims
to support Israel by encouraging the purchase of products and
services from Israel. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/24/12)
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