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Canada slams Iran for comments about Israel


OTTAWA – Canada has slammed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for again making “noxious” statments about Israel – but it is unclear what prompted the tirade from Ottawa.

“Canada strongly condemns the anti-Israel comments made by Iran’s President on February 25, 2010,” said Canadian foreign minister Lawrence Cannon.

“His repeated threats against Israel and the Jewish people are deplorable and are outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour for the leader of a member of the United Nations. His noxious views also undermine efforts for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians,” Cannon said in a statement issued in Ottawa.

“Such comments add to the concerns of the international community over the threat Iran poses to international peace and security. Canada will continue to denounce all those who deny the existence of Israel and who threaten the Jewish people,” he said.

“We will continue to speak out against such unacceptable and threatening language,” Cannon said without elaborating on what thretening language he was speaking about.

Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah leaders as well as Syria have had trilateral meetings and some of the language heard from them is no different from past statements made by Hezbollah and Ahmadinejad.

A junior minister in the government of Canada recently said that any attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada. Cannon’s statement does not go that far.

But the statement again raises a question about why Cannon needs to react to the Iranian statement – when there is nothing new in the rhetoric. Cannon also attacked Iran’s record on human rights.

“The Government of Canada also remains deeply concerned over the Iranian regime’s continued stifling of democracy, its blatant disregard of basic human rights, its failure to meet its nuclear obligations, and its irresponsible behaviour, which threatens regional and global stability.”


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4 Comments for “Canada slams Iran for comments about Israel”

  1. Israel is the one true democracy in the middle east. They believe in freedom of speech, women’s rights, the major religions can practice their beliefs in Israel..
    I am not Jewish but i support a government that stands by rule of law and protects its rights to exist. The hatred of the Jews and the jewish state is hard to understand. The country of Israel has developed more medical breakthroughs and scientific advancements than all most any country in the world. The humanitarian efforts are legendary. Ahmadhijad wants to wipe Israel off the map. His words are pure hatred. The man is ignorant, The man denies the holocaust ever happened. Nothing I say will change people who hate….ignorance and hatred go together….

  2. Let me see if I get this right. All the writing you wasted in creating this piece of propagandistic drivel, and not once do you site a direct quote from Ahmadinejad. It only refers vaguely to previous rhetoric, which – itself, is not identified.

    Unbelievable.

  3. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN ISRAEL WAS THREATENING LEBANON AND SYRIA??

    You don’t condem the barberic words of liberman but when it comes Ahmadnijad you’re quick to respond? Shame on you.

  4. Who cares about Canada’s government condemnation. Canada under government of Harper is a Zionist poppet. Shame on Canada for being a slave in the hands of criminal Israel.

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