According to a new poll released on Wednesday, four in five Canadians believe that the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel is reasonable.
Over half of Canadians who took part in the survey also oppose their parliament’s condemnation of the BDS campaign.
BDS campaign aims to put pressure on Israel as to respect the rights of Palestinian people and international law.
Two-thirds of the contestants said they would support government sanctions on Israel.
The new survey suggests that efforts by the Canadian government aimed at demonizing the Palestinian solidarity movement are failing miserably,
Conducted by EKOS Research Associates from 25 January to 2 February, the survey was commissioned by Independent Jewish Voices, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East and journalists Dimitri Lascaris and Murray Dobbin.
Last month’s poll results suggested that a large number of Canadians see Israel’s government negatively.
Also, Canadian people unanimously reject the idea that criticizing Israel is “anti-Semitic”.
“Our government’s support for Israel is not just immoral and unjust, it’s irrational, because it’s not a vote winner to be pro-Israel – the opposite is true,” said Lascaris, a lawyer, journalist and former justice spokesperson for the Green Party.
These numbers are breathtaking, he emphasized.