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Feds fund group promoting campaign they condemn

By Becca Wertman      

Canada has consistently denounced boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns against Israel, making funding for the Palestinian group Wi’am completely incompatible with Canadian policy.

International Development and Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef, pictured, and her cabinet colleagues should ensure that taxpayer dollars are not provided to groups that undermine Canadian values, writes Becca Wertman. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

JERUSALEM—When the Liberal government came to office, there was excitement over how both domestic and foreign policy would take on a more feminist approach. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created a gender-balanced cabinet at home, while the government established its Feminist International Assistance Policy for work abroad. Among its goals, the policy seeks to enhance “peace and security, by promoting inclusive peace processes and combatting gender-based violence.”

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