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Lettre ouverte à Guy A. Lepage: Tout le monde en parle sans en parler!

Publication: 10/02/2014 14:56

S'il fallait démontrer l'incapacité des grands médias au Québec de donner l'heure juste sur le conflit israélo-palestinien, l'émission Tout le monde en parle du dimanche 9 février 2014 l'a fait de façon tristement convaincante.

Voulant «coincer» le ministre Chris Alexander (c'est bien le style - fort apprécié - de l'émission) par des questions embarrassantes sur la position honteuse du Canada sur la question du conflit entre Israël et les Palestiniens, vous êtes resté muet devant les mensonges énormes qu'a énoncés le ministre en réponse. Votre silence embarrassé a sans doute eu comme effet de donner crédit à ces mensonges. Le pire est que, j'en suis convaincu, vous avez agi de bonne foi. Mais c'est l'information pertinente qui vous manquait.

Chris Alexander a affirmé que l'ensemble des pays arabes ne veulent pas reconnaître Israël et qu'ils veulent le détruire. Or, la Ligue arabe a entériné une proposition de reconnaissance et de normalisation totale avec Israël en 2002, faite à l'initiative de l'Arabie saoudite. Cette offre a été faite à la condition qu'Israël se retire des territoires occupés en 1967, en conformité avec le droit international. C'est Israël qui a refusé. C'est une information facilement disponible et vérifiable. Cette condition (le retrait) était tout à fait compatible avec la position officielle du ministère des Affaires extérieures et du Commerce international du Canada, qui écrit sur son site web:

Le Canada ne reconnaît pas le contrôle permanent exercé par Israël sur les territoires occupés en 1967 (le plateau du Golan, la Cisjordanie, Jérusalem-Est et la bande de Gaza). La Quatrième Convention de Genève s'applique dans les territoires occupés [...]. Les colonies de peuplement israéliennes dans les territoires occupés sont contraires à la quatrième Convention de Genève. Elles constituent en outre un obstacle sérieux à l'instauration d'une paix globale, juste et durable.

Des pays arabes ont réitéré l'offre en 2013, en la diluant un peu puisqu'ils ne réclamaient plus le retrait de tous les territoires occupés, mais l'échange de territoires, ce qui signifie qu'Israël garderait (entre autres) la partie arabe de Jérusalem qu'il a annexée, en échange de quelques kilomètres carrés de désert qu'il cèderait aux Palestiniens. Israël a encore refusé. Mais, M. Lepage, vous n'avez pas été capable de rétorquer au ministre, donnant l'impression que c'est lui qui avait raison.

Quand Israël et le Canada demandent aux Palestiniens et aux pays arabes de reconnaître l'État hébreu, ils ne parlent pas d'un Israël qui vivrait dans les frontières que lui reconnaît actuellement le droit international. Ils veulent qu'Israël soit reconnu sur les territoires où il a installé ses colons, c'est-à-dire que soit reconnue la légitimité de cette occupation. C'est cela qui est refusé. La position actuelle du gouvernement Harper et de Chris Alexander viole donc tant l'esprit que la lettre de la position officielle du Canada. Mais Tout le monde en parle n'en a malheureusement pas parlé ... .

Sur la question de la démocratie, vous n'avez pas su lui dire qu'il y a une discrimination officielle et systématique envers les non-juifs, même nés sur le territoire israélien. Un Palestinien non juif né à Jérusalem de parents, grands-parents et arrière-grands-parents palestiniens n'a pas les mêmes droits de résidence dans sa propre maison qu'un Juif canadien qui vient d'immigrer en Israël. Les violations des droits des Palestiniens sont quotidiennes et massives. Un seul exemple d'expulsion de Palestiniens de leur terre pour faire la place aux colons juifs aurait suffi à contrer le bluff du ministre concernant la démocratie. Car ce ne sont pas là des erreurs administratives de la part d'un fonctionnaire israélien zélé, c'est l'essence de la politique d'occupation du territoire. Une politique qui est la cause principale de la perpétuation du conflit.

Ces informations sont facilement disponibles, y compris sur des sites israéliens qui s'intéressent aux droits de la personne, tel que celui de B'Tselem ou celui du Israeli Committee against House Demolitions.

Même si TLMEP n'est pas une émission d'information, vous avez une responsabilité morale envers vos téléspectateurs, M. Lepage. Ne serait-ce à cause de l'image de TLMEP pour son discours critique envers vos invités. Dans ce cas, non seulement vous n'avez pas été critique, mais votre silence a contribué un peu plus à la désinformation. Que ferez-vous pour corriger la situation?


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  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper touches the stones of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Harper is on an official visit to the region. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen stand next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin and his wife Sara as they look at pictures of Jewish Holocaust victims at the Hall of Names on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 during their visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks out towards the city of Jerusalem over the Kidron Valley as he visits Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. While in the Middle East Harper will be visiting Israel, West Bank, and Jordan.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen visit Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel, on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem is seen in the background. While in the Middle East Harper will be visiting Israel, West Bank, and Jordan.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, take part in a joint press conference at Muqa'ata (Presidential Compound) in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, January 20, 2014. While in the Middle East Harper is visiting Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, sits with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, during a welcoming ceremony at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Harper is on an official visit to the region.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a welcoming ceremony at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Harper is on an official visit to the region.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits the Church of Nativity during a visit to the West Bank City of Bethlehem on Monday, January 20, 2014. While in the Middle East Harper is visiting Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Harper is on an official four-day visit to Israel.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Harper is on an official four-day visit to Israel.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen receive flowers from school children after their arrival at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Harper is on an official four-day visit to Israel.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen are greeted by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, center left, as they arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Harper is on an official four-day visit to Israel.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is escorted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (in the back) as they inspect the honor guards during a welcome ceremony upon the former's arrival in Jerusalem on January 19 2014. Harper is on four days official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2ndR), his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper (2ndL) and their spouses Sara Netanyahu and Laureen Harper (2ndL) take part in a welcome ceremony in Jerusalem on January 19, 2014. Harper began his first official visit to Israel, with Netanyahu hailing him as a 'great friend' of the Jewish state.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, as he takes part in an official welcoming ceremony at Muqa'ata (Presidential Compound) in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, January 20, 2014. While in the Middle East Harper is visiting Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives to address the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, on Monday January 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the Knesset on Monday, January 20, 2014. While in the Middle East Harper is visiting Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen speaks at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk following a joint press conference in Jerusalem, Israel on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. While in the Middle East Harper is visiting Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Israel on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. While in the Middle East Harper is visiting Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • PLUS: Quels pays Stephen Harper a visité?

  • FRANCE

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands on top of the Arc de Triomphe Saturday June 15, 2013 in Paris, France . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

  • SWITZERLAND

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes a moment to look at the Alps view from the shore line of Lake Geneva prior to holding a wrap up media conference following his participation at the Francophonie Summit in Montreux Switzerland on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010. Harper is in Europe from Oct. 21st to Oct. 26th to take part in the Francophonie Summit in Montreux, Switzerland and visit to Kyiv and Lviv Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • COLOMBIA

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  • GREECE

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen tour the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, on Saturday, May 28, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • CHINA

    A panda reaches for Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a photo at the Chongqing Zoo in Chongqing, China, Saturday February 11, 2012. A pair of giant pandas born and raised in China are about to receive a Canadian welcome worthy of their name.Harper, who personally announced the loan deal during a trip to China last year, will be on hand to greet the new arrivals as they disembark from a highly customized plane trip. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

  • INDONESIA

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives to the Family Photo and Gala Dinner during the APEC summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Monday, October 7, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • INDIA

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen are given a tour by Priest Sundar Dixit during a visit to Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple in Bangalore, India on Thursday, November 8, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • CROATIA

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper is given a tour of the Zagreb Cathedral by Reverend Josip Kuhtic in Zagreb, Croatia Saturday May 8, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

  • SINGAPORE

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks with Chinese opera singers as he stops for a quick photo while making his way to the Leaders Dinner at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-Operation Summit in Singapore Saturday Nov. 14, 2009. Harper is in Singapore to attend the APEC meetings before heading to India for a three day visit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

  • IRELAND

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands with Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty (right) and Canada's ambassador to Ireland Loyola Hearn (left) take in the replica tall ship Jeanie Johnston Sunday June 16, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. The replica ship, built in 2002, was based on the original ship built in Quebec City in 1847.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

  • HAITI

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves as he arrives by helicopter on board the Canadian frigit Athabasca stationed just outside the Hiatian capital, Port-au-Prince, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. With Harper is Brigadier-General Guy Laroche (left) and Canadian Ambassador to Haiti Gilles Rivard. Prime Minister Harper will stay overnight on board the Canadian ship during his 2-day tour of earthquake stricken Haiti. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

  • POLAND

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper chats with museum director Piotr M.A. Cywinski as he gets a tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State museum in Auschwitz, Poland, Saturday, April 5, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks from an American Blackhawk helicopter for a tour of a Canadian forward operation base in Ma'Sum Ghar, Kandahar province Afghanistan Wednesday May 23, 2007.(CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson) CANADA

  • VIETNAM

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper follows China's President Hu Jintao (centre) and Vietnam's President Nguyen Minh Triet (right) on their way to the official photograph at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hanoi Vietnam Sunday Nov 19, 2006.(CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson) CANADA

  • MEXICO

    Mexican President Vicente Fox shakes hands with Prime Minister Stephen Harper as United States President George W. Bush looks-on following a tour of the Mayan Pyramid in Chichen Itza Mexico Thursday March 30, 2006. The three leaders are having a North American summit in Cancun Mexico over two days.(CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson)

  • ENGLAND

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • MOROCCO

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reviews the Guard of Honour at the royal palace in Agadir, Morocco Thursday Jan.27, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/POOL/Adrian Wyld

  • UKRAINE

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks with Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, left, upon his arrival to the Presidential Administrative Building in Kyiv, Ukraine on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. Harper says he raised human rights issues in detail with Ukraine's President Yanukovych during talks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • NETHERLANDS

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves as he steps off his plane in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday May 5, 2010. Harper flew will visit a war cemetery Thursday to mark the country's liberation in the Second World War.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

  • NEW YORK CITY

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tours Times Square following a media interview in New York City Monday Feb. 23, 2009. Politics, not policy, has been the biggest change in five years of Harper government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson

  • HAWAII

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the 2011 APEC Summit in Kapolei, Hawaii on Sunday, November 13, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • AUSTRALIA

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers reporters questions at a news conference overlooking Sydney Harbour following the APEC summit in Sydney, Australia Sunday Sept 9, 2007. (CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson) CANADA

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