Author Yves Engler will launch his new book Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, in the meeting room at the Nanaimo Downtown Library on Commercial Street. Admission is free. This book is the first critical primer about Canada’s ties to Israel. It’s a devastating account of Canadian complicity in 20th and 21st century colonialism, dispossession, and war crimes. The book documents the history of Canadian Christian Zionism, Lester Pearson’s important role in the United Nations negotiations to create a Jewish state on Palestinian land, the millions of dollars in tax-deductable donations used to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service ties to Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Mossad).
Gabor Maté, a physician and author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, says: “Yves Engler’s meticulously researched volume refutes, for anyone who still believes it, the myth that Canada is or ever has been an honest broker in the Middle East. Reading Engler’s work leaves one with the inescapable and sad conclusion that the essence of Canadian policy has always been support for the establishment and continued dominance of an expansionist Zionist state in the territories that now comprise Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. As a former Zionist youth leader, I thank Engler for setting the record straight and can only lament our country’s historical and ongoing contribution to the tragedy enveloping the long-suffering peoples of the Promised Land, Arab and Jewish.”