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In January, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper took part in a seven day visit of the Middle East which included four days in Israel. The visit reportedly cost Canadian taxpayers $239,000 and included an entourage of more than 200 people which included representatives from prominent Jewish organizations in Canada.
The Harper government has distinguished itself as the most ISRAEL friendly Canadian government in recent history, but is this stance significantly at odds with other governments historically? Are there economic as well as political and personal considerations underwriting Canada's cosy relationship with Israel? And what is behind the Harper government's efforts to conflate some criticisms of Israel as "anti-semitism."
This special broadcast of the Global Research NEws Hour examines the politics of Canada and Israel with Canadian Foreign Policy critic and author Yves Engler, Anti-war Activist and Press For Conversion Publisher Richard Sanders, and University of Guelph Emeritus Professor of Literary Studies and author Michael Keefer.
Interviews by Michael Welch
(2:00-7:20) News Notes
(7:25-29:15) Yves Engler
(29:40-43:00) Richard Sanders
(43:00-57:50) Michael Keefer