Speaking to the Knesset, Canada’s Prime Minister, Steven Harper said:
Some civil-society leaders today call for a boycott of Israel.… Most disgracefully of all, some openly call Israel an apartheid state. Think about that. Think about the twisted logic and outright malice behind that.
A remark that promoted two Arab members of the Knesset to walk out.
One of them, Ahmad Tibi, a deputy speaker of the Knesset, speaking to Evan Solomon, host of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics said Harper’s speech was “biased” and that he described Israel in “a very unbalanced way.”
That democracy of Israel is a selective democracy, ethnic democracy. Canada is a democracy and people are equal without relation to their ethnic background. Here, there’s a problem with that …
When you are controlling, discriminating, confiscating, occupying lands from one side and putting them in the corner without any basic rights, you are by this way ruling and committing apartheid in the occupied Palestinian Territories,” Tibi said.
“If he is talking about freedom, why [is he] totally neglecting the absence of freedom of the Palestinians under occupation? It is a double-standard. These words are moral double-standard from the prime minister of Canada.