Say "NO" To Syria
It is URGENT to WRITE to our government representatives NOW!
The Canadian government must TAKE A STAND and vote NO to
Syria's request for a seat in the Security Council which will take
place in October.
In her excellent letter in the Canadian Jewish News on Wednesday,
Judy Feld Carr wrote,
"Anything other than a resounding negative vote
(not an abstention) by Canada on Syria's candidacy for a seat on the
United Nations Security Council would be a betrayal of everything
for which this country stands."
Ms Carr goes on to list the reasons:
*Syria's sponsorship of terrorism
During this past week's tragedy in the US, Syria has been identified as
a major supporter of international terrorism. Syria is on the US State
Department's list of terrorist states. While at Durban for the WCAR
Syria was amongst the most racist of representatives!
*antisemitism voiced in front of the Pope
*oppression of minorities
*oppression of the Jewish community held hostage for over half a century
*a repressive dictatorship
For a country which takes pride in preserving human rights, it would be
wrong for Canada to show any support for Syria - Canada should
attempt to block Syria's bid for a seat in the UN Security Council.
At the bottom I have included a letter by Canadian Jewish Congress
National president, Keith Landy, to FM Manley to use as a guide.
PLEASE WRITE (or FAX) Manley and your own MP (Chretien if you wish):
The Right Honourable Jean Chretien
Prime Minister of Canada
Fax: (613) 941 6900
The Honourable John Manley Minister of Foreign Affairs:
To find out the email address or Fax # of your MP
just click on the following URL and it will take
you to the Canada site - scroll down six lines to
"To find your MP..." - click on link - enter your
zip code - it will provide you with the information.
LETTER BY KEITH LANDY:
August 23, 2001
Hon. John Manley, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
125 Sussex Drive
I write on behalf of Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) to convey our utter
astonishment and dismay that Canada, according to published reports, would
even consider endorsing the candidacy of Syria for rotating membership on
the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Given the system of regional
groupings that dictates non-permanent membership on many UN bodies,
the success of Syria's bid for a Security Council seat may be a foregone
conclusion. Canada, however, should not be a party to such a travesty.
Syrian representation on the UN Security Council is an oxymoron. The reasons
for this are well known to you and I need not catalogue them in any great detail.
Suffice to say that Syria, by word and action, has proven itself over time to be
totally antithetical to everything that the United Nations is supposed to stand for
and represent. Its human rights record is among the world's most abysmal and
Syria is in its third decade as a US State Department-designated sponsor of
international terrorism. The ruthless dictator now running this dynastic
despotism appears to be even more viscerally antisemitic and anti-Israel than
his father, and that is no mean achievement.
Syria's candidacy for the UNSC may succeed because of the bloc of countries
that share its commitment to destroying the State of Israel but in reality it fails
to meet the objective criteria for membership. Canada's support for Syria will
resonate well amongst these oppressive régimes but ought to be completely
inexplicable to Canadians who value human rights, fundamental freedoms,
respect for diversity, in short, all of the hallmarks of a democratic state seeking
to live in peace with its neighbours.
Having so recently served a term as a non-permanent member of the Security
Council, Canada should be particularly sensitive to the valuable role that countries
can play on this body if they are dedicated to improving the human condition
around the world in keeping with UN goals and objectives. Syria can in no
way be counted among such states.
CJC respectfully urges you to announce immediately that Canada will not
support Syria's candidacy for the United Nations Security Council.
Keith M. Landy