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Prime Minister Stephen Harper listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on Jan. 20, 2014.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on Jan. 20, 2014.
(BAZ RATNER/REUTERS)

Doug Saunders

Why Harper’s ‘Jewish state’ demand is a word too far

If there is one largely agreed-upon principle in modern international ethics, it is that no country should view itself as the domain of a single people or ethnic group. When, for example, Beijing officials act as if China is the land of the Han majority at the exclusion of Uyghurs or Tibetans, or when Indian political parties adopt Hindu-nationalist rhetoric, they receive outright condemnation from the rest of the world.