There's a segment of the Canadian population that thinks the Harper government's devout support for Israel is not the right approach in the ongoing conflict between the Jewish state and the Palestinians.
These people — who often argue that Israel is the aggressor — have made their opinions clear via petitions, on message boards, social media and even community rallies.
The Star reports that Andrew Abbass has filed a complaint with police claiming that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird were advocating for genocide.
He's posted his allegations on the Change.org petition website:
Sections 318, 319, and 320 of the Criminal Code of Canada forbid hate propaganda."Hate propaganda" means "any writing, sign or visible representation that advocates or promotes genocide or the communication of which by any person would constitute an offence under section 319."
Section 318 prescribes imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years for anyone who advocates genocide. The Code defines genocide as the destruction of an "identifiable group." The Code defines an "identifiable group" as "any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation."
By choosing to side with one religious state (Israel) and declaring Hamas to be terrorists that need to be destroyed at the expense of civilian lives, Stephen Harper is advocating the destruction of an identifiable group and therefore should becharged with creating and disseminating hate propaganda under the Criminal Code and imprisoned alongside John Baird.
According to the Western Star, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s Corner Brook headquarters have forwarded the complaint to the RCMP as they are required to do.
The Prime Minister's Office didn't immediately respond to an email asking about the complaint.