Thursday, August 07, 2014
Canada's Green Party sides with the Haters
Paul Estrin has learned that the Green Party, despite a claim of neutrality, has no tolerance for party officials who express contempt for Gaza's Hamas leadership, or support for Israel's right to defend itself when attacked. Estrin, who last week was the President of Canada's Green Party, last month posted a 2,200 word blog entry on the party website on 'why Gaza makes me sad.' He made a point of condemning the Hamas leadership for hiding in shelters while encouraging it's civilian population to remain in place and suffer casualties from Israeli attacks on rocket launch sites in civilian areas.
The Party received numerous complaints from party members, many of whom threatened to withdraw their memberships and financial support. Leader Elizabeth May was quick to distance herself from Estrin.
Estrin has resigned his position as Green Part President. The party says Estrin's resignation has no connection to his blog post. And if you believe that, I have a Green Party Memberhip application form for you to fill in. They like credulous fools over there.
My own personal position on the Green Party is that it's made up of well-meaning, credulous fools whose thinking processes must be mostly of the 'wishful' sort. I shouldn't be surprised that it's supporters were so largely swayed by the overwhelmingly anti-Israeli news coverage in Canada.