By David Jay Bercuson

Canadian Zionists of the Thirties have been worried to contain their executive within the Palestine query. The strain they delivered to undergo used to be fuelled through a brand new urgency while British coverage in Palestine denied access to Jewish refugees from the Nazi terror. this present day there's a largely held influence that the Canadian executive replied fast and sympathetically to that strain. Jews and Arabs alike, every one for his or her personal reasons, have created just like a Canada pleasant to Zionism, and of Canadian coverage directed by means of such pro-Zionists as Lester Pearson.

But as David Bercuson demonstrates, in point of fact way more advanced. in reality, Zionist efforts to contain Canada within the Palestine query met with massive resistance from Ottawa, even if Canada used to be elected to club at the United international locations particular Committee on Palestine in 1947. The partition of Palestine used to be ultimately supported through Canada, yet begrudgingly. Ottawa seen partition because the ‘least awful’ strategy to an issue that used to be acutely delicate either diplomatically and politically.

Hardly the champions of Zionism that it has typically been thought of, Canada is published in Bercuson’s examine as having verified a center east coverage, now not on ethical or ideological grounds, yet at the foundation of the politicians’ view of its personal nationwide interests.

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