The Opposition is accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of a one-sided stance and of viewing the situation in the Middle East in "black and white" terms.
MP Anita Neville, co-chair of Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel, says she fears the Harper government is overshooting its mark with its staunch support for Jerusalem, and that this could elicit an anti-Israeli response from Canadians.
In its most recent pro-Israeli move, Canada has withdrawn support for Kairos, a Christian organization critical of Israel.
“I appreciate the support of the Jewish community, unequivocally I appreciate the support of Israel. But by making it frequently into a black-and white-issue, they're setting it up as a wedge. And they're also setting it up so that people who have been long-time strong supporters of Israel are questioning issues like the de-funding of Kairos,” Neville told reporters.
She also told Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who has recently promoted bills against anti-Semitism, that the government's policies could lead to “anti-Semitic response”.
However, Kenney insists that Harper will not shy away from defunding organizations that promote hatred.
“All I get is praise for Canada's efforts to deal with these sometimes difficult issues, and not to sweep them under the carpet,” he said.
Harper is well-known for his strong support for Israel. During the Second Lebanon War he backed the IDF's efforts against Hezbollah, thereby drawing criticism from many Liberal politicians in Canada.