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FIRST READING: Everything is genocide – a cursory guide to Canada’s most abused term – The Chronicle

Dec 11, 2023

Climate genocide, pipeline genocide, prison genocide … there are few contentious Canadian issues that haven’t been equated to genocide

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In recent weeks, it’s become popular among Canada’s activist groups and even mainstream politicians to accuse Israel of “genocide.” In a since-deleted Thursday evening social media post, for one, NDP MP Don Davies accused Israel of “cultural genocide” against Palestinians. The United Church of Canada has also begun using the g-word in its official literature.

The charge doesn’t hold up on any material grounds. Unlike most genocided people, the Palestinian population has been soaring dramatically ever since the 1960s — all while retaining their traditional language and religion. Israel’s prosecution of its current conflict against Hamas, meanwhile, has featured any number of factors that are markedly out-of-step with an attempted genocide, including detailed evacuation orders and a rate of civilian casualties markedly lower than the global average.

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