This is a guest post by comrade Wendy G. that addresses why the New Democratic Party (NDP) is not even a viable social democratic force in Canada. Since many of the arguments levelled against a potential boycott by leftists who theoretically believe in revolutionary politics (but apparently not practically) centre around the belief that the NDP is our only viable option––or even worse that it's a party that actually represents the interests of the oppressed masses––it is necessary to discuss the actual behaviour of the NDP in Canada. For those comrades just south of the border, we should also point out that the NDP is even (and sadly) to the left of the US Democratic Party...
GUEST POST ON THE BOYCOTT (upcoming event on March 19th)
by Wendy G.
Meanwhile, critics within the NDP who have spoken out against the occupation of Palestine are quickly silenced and condemned by the party. In 2010, when Libby Davies said that the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory began in 1948, the NDP propaganda machine went in overdrive to exclaim that Davies’s views were not shared by other members of the party. Jack Layton phoned up Israel’s ambassador to Canada to “clarify” that Davies’ comments did not represent NDP policy. Davies herself publicly apologized. “My reference to the year 1948 as the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory was a serious and completely inadvertent error,” she said. Given that in 1948, Israel expelled hundreds of thousands of the non-Jewish population, confiscated property and placed the remaining non-Jewish population in Palestinian territory under military rule, the statement that the occupation began in 1948 is factually accurate – yet the NDP refuted this statement due to outcry from the pro-Israel lobby in Canada.