Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, meeting in Harper's office in Canada’s capital Ottawa on March 2, 2012
Source: Press TV
Canadian human rights activists have held a demonstration in the capital Ottawa to condemn visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promotion of war on Iran.
The demonstration was held outside the US Consulate at the end of Netanyahu’s two-day-long visit to Canada on Sunday.
The activists also criticized Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, saying his government supported a potential war that would “result in untold death and the destabilization of the entire [Middle Eastern] region.”
They further protested Israel’s continued atrocities against the Palestinians.
A similar rally was held in Washington on Sunday. Hundreds of activists rallied outside the Washington Convention Center, where the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was holding its annual conference.
The protesters called on US President Barack Obama to reject Israel’s push for war on Iran.
However, while addressing the conference, Obama recalled a number of occasions, in which Washington had stood by Tel Aviv despite its actions, adding, “When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.”
Netanyahu is now due to travel to the US to meet Obama on Monday. The Israeli premier is also expected to deliver a speech at the three-day-long AIPAC conference.
The US and Israel have each considered the other to be its most strategic ally.
Washington has invariably stonewalled the United Nations actions against Tel Aviv. It also provides Tel Aviv with nearly USD 3 billion in military aid each year.
The two and some of their allies have used the claim to impose sanctions against Iran.
Israeli officials have recently ramped up their war rhetoric, threatening Iran with military strikes in case the US-engineered sanctions against the country failed to force Tehran into abandoning its civilian nuclear energy program.
This is while the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran's nuclear energy program has been diverted towards nuclear weapons production.
Iran argues that, as a signatory to the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.