On December 1, Toronto Star columnist Haroon Siddiqui sharply criticized the Harper government for cutting funding to Palestine House last year. The Harper government had indicated it would cease funding of the Palestinian non-profit due to concerns of its “pattern of support for extremism”. The government stated Palestine House aligned itself with terrorist causes, including celebrating the release of terrorists and those responsible for numerous armed attacks and hijackings in the 1960’s and 1970’s. In response, Palestine House stated it denounced all forms of terrorism and extremism.
In his column, Sidiqui stated “The prime minister portrays himself as a staunch ally of Israel, and tends to brand those who don’t agree with him as anti-Semitic and bully them — as discovered by the Christian ecumenical group Kairos, the Canadian Arab Federation and Palestine House, whose funding was cut, and Montreal-based Rights and Democracy, which was destroyed. In fact, what Harper has done is to take sides with the right wing in an ideological and political struggle within Israel and the Jewish diaspora. He could have sided with those who do not agree with Israeli expansionism and permanent war on the Palestinians”.
Now that Palestine House has once again betrayed Canadian values by celebrating convicted terrorists as heroes in a recent solidarity rally for terrorist-cum-hunger-strikers involved in attacks and kidnapping attempts against Israelis, does Siddiqui still believe the Harper government erred in withdrawing funding from a group aligned with terrorists?