MPPs unite to condemn ?odious? Israeli Apartheid Week
Robert Benzie - Toronto Star
?Resolutions in the Ontario Legislature send a message. They are about moral suasion,? said Shurman, adding ?it is close to hate speech? to liken democratic Israel to apartheid-era South Africa.
?I want the name changed, it?s just wrong,? he said, emphasizing that ?respectful? debate about the Middle East is much more constructive than slinging slurs.
?Israeli Apartheid Week is not a dialogue, it?s a monologue and it is an imposition of a view by the name itself?the name is hateful, it is odious,? he said, adding it is also offensive to the millions of black South Africans oppressed by a racist white regime until the early 1990s.