Green Party leader Elizabeth May speaks at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, B.C. on October 19, 2015. (Photo: Chad Hipolito/CP)B'nai Brith Chief Executive Michael Mostyn says the Greens have decided to embrace the policy position of terror apologists rather than side with the "democratic and environmentally friendly state of Israel."
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May sought to distance herself from the party's vote, saying she is disappointed her members have adopted a policy that favours a movement she calls "polarizing, ineffective and unhelpful in the quest for peace and security."
'Politics of division and demonization'"This clearly reflects how out of touch the Green party has become with Canadian culture and values and it has made itself less relevant after its convention this weekend by voting for the politics of division and demonization,” Mostyn said in the statement.
BDS movement controversialA statement on the Greens' convention, posted on the party's website, said the party's members come up with resolutions independently and aren't vetted by the leader or the party's executive. The BDS movement has gained momentum in recent months. Supporters say it's aimed at supporting Palestinian independence while critics say the campaign is aimed at delegitimizing Israel itself. In May more than 1,500 students filled the United Nations General Assembly for a conference sponsored by the Israeli mission on how best to combat the movement on many U.S. campuses.
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