Saturday, August 1, 2009

Canadian embassy's helping hand

What business does a Canadian embassy have "representing the interests" of an Israeli embassy? Do we extend this service to other countries? What does this new role the Canadian government is playing say to the Chavez government and to the world? The tactics that our neo-con pro-Zionist Conservative government takes up to appease Isreal goes beyond reason, especially as our right wing government refuses to recognize the democratically elected government of the Palestinians of Gaza, Hamas. Time to write a letter to the PM. See the article below which I found on an online Jewish news site:

Canada to help Venezuelans obtain Israel visas

July 30, 2009

CARACAS (JTA) -- The Canadian embassy in Caracas soon will be able to help Venezuelan Jews obtain Israeli visas.

A Canadian government official made the announcement Wednesday.

Currently, Venezuelan Jews wanting to visit Israel must first travel to other countries that have an Israeli diplomatic mission, typically in Bogota or Miami, to request visas.

Earlier this year, Canada accepted a request from Israel to represent its interests in Caracas after Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez severed relations with the Jewish state over its military offensive in Gaza.

There are hundreds of Jews that have been unable to travel to Israel as a result, the Confederation of Israelite Associations in Venezuela reported in a news release.

According to a spokeswoman for the Canadian government, “someone soon” a the Canadian embassy in Caracas will be able to receive applications for Israeli visas and transfer them to an Israeli embassy abroad that can issue visas. The visas will then be sent back to the Caracas-based Canadian embassy.

“We still do not have a start date for the employee of the government of Israel and are therefore not in a position to provide assistance in obtaining a visa at the moment,” said Virginie Levesque for the Canadian embassy.

Venezuelan Jewish leaders met with members of Israel’s Foreign Ministry in Colombia this week to discuss the visa problem.

Abraham Levy Benshimol, president of Confederation of Israelite Associations in Venezuela, travelled to Bogota to meet with government officials accompanying Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during his 10-day trip to South America.


Merche Pallarés said...

As I mentioned in one of your earlier posts, one can see that Canada is the second Israel... How lucky they are!! Whereas the poor Palestinians have nothing, not even a land of their own. VERY UNFAIR. Hugs, M.

northshorewoman said...

it is the current Canadian government that favors Israel at the expense of justice for Palestinians. Many Canadians believe this slanted support is unfair, as do many Canadians believe our current war economy--entering the occupation of Afghanistan as aggressors--is wrong.