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David Greaves: To Vote for the Jew or the Party?

October 26, 2015



[Editor's note: This piece by Winnipeg's David Greaves  was first published in the Times of Israel David Greaves has established a fundraising consulting firm, Protexia,, and can be reached by email at [email protected] ]


eh andThe votes have been counted and the results are in — the world leader who has been the most outspoken throughout his tenure as Prime Minister of Canada, when it came to supporting Israel, has lost the election. In his place, a new political party and a young charismatic leader with a very familiar name, Trudeau; Trudeau’s father, Pierre, was Prime Minister some 3 decades earlier. Many Canadian Jews are holding their breath as Prime Minister Harper prepares to exit and Prime Minister Trudeau to enter. Will Trudeau carry on where Harper left off in his unconditional support of Israel? Most of us think not, but I will reserve full judgement for now until we see his actions…



As a Zionist living in the Diaspora, I struggle as most others do with similar fears. As we have seen recently in the headlines, from every corner of the world, Israel is once again vilified for defending itself in the face of terror. In the case of the current ‘intifada’ a more accurate assessment of the media is its inexcusable misreporting, if not rewriting of the narrative. And those of us who love Israel and support Israel and who even sometimes criticize Israel, feel helpless. The recurring question that Jews and Jewish communities everywhere have is: What can we do to fight the media bias? The ugly perceptions that some of my own friends have, Jewish and non, based on the misrepresentation of the truth, is completely understandable… it’s what they see. So with this in mind, the loss of Prime Minister Harper’s steadfast and public support of Israel becomes amplified for many Canadian Jews. With this in mind, it would seem crystal clear how a Zionist would have to vote… 


In my riding, however, many of the Jews had an added complexity when deciding whom to vote for. The incumbent is a member of the Harper government who many were unhappy with and the challenger, a Jewish candidate running as Trudeau’s Liberal representative. Not only a Jew but also a staunch supporter of Israel, a community minded person and a well-respected person in the general community as well. He is well known and seemed to be the perfect person to replace the incumbent in our riding… except for one thing — he is with the ‘wrong’ party. How can a Zionist vote against the party that has so strongly and with conviction supported Israel, when most others have not; when even our so-called allies have been silent?



Do I vote for the Jew who I know will bring the voices of my community to parliament and who I know will support Israel even though he may be one of only a few voices? Or do I vote for the incumbent who under normal circumstances would never receive my vote but when it comes to Israel, is with the ‘right’ party? But these are not normal circumstances… For some the decision i

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