Canada denies it will criminalize boycotts of Israel

The Canadian government has denied a report that it is considering criminalizing boycotts of Israel.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp’s website earlier this week posted a story saying Ottawa “is signaling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel,” saying such a move “could target a range of civil society organizations.”

The report came after CBC reporter Neil Macdonald asked the government what it meant by earlier statements that it would show “zero tolerance” for those who promote boycotts of Israel…

Honest Reporting, a media monitoring group, wrote that Macdonald’s “animus against Israel is well-known.”

  • David Murrell

    “Honest Reporting, a media monitoring group, wrote that Macdonald’s ‘animus against Israel is well-known’.”.
    Er. actually CBC News’s animus towards Israel is well known. If one checked the hysterical “comments” at the bottom of MacDonald’s story — all were stridently anti-ISrael, and anti-Harper. Neil MacDonald’s story planted just to kick up some anti-Israel hysteria. No other national news outlet repeated MacDonald’s lie. All this was is more CBC lies, trumped up lies.

  • ontario john

    I blame global warming.

    • Frau Katze

      Or George W Bush.

  • mobuyus

    Neil Macdonald is more palistinian than palistinians.

    • disqus_W6sf

      He’s been that way for a long, long time.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Harper should drop the CBC’s budget another 10 percent for reporting misleading information.

    • barryjr

      Had to give you a thumbs down because you left a 0 off the number.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    God help me that I’m going to have to use Warren Kinsella as a source to rebut my socialist friend’s assertion today that this story was true.
    But, use it, I will.

    • andycanuck

      Also tell your Red friend the federal government (provincial ones for that matter too) never decides who to prosecute for crimes.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Never knew that, either.

  • marty_p

    Neil Macdonald and Peter Jennings used to fight to be 1st in line to kiss Hanan Ashrawi’s ass.

  • Minicapt

    They could show ‘zero tolerance’ toward Herr Macdonald …


  • Shebel

    Everybody knows —

  • Mickey Oberman

    I wonder in which room the CBC stores its anti Israel, anti Semitic reporters and journalists.
    They are usually brought out for exercise when real news is slow or becoming too pro Israel or too pro Jews.