Mayor Stéphane Gendron of Huntingdon Quebec has a history of anti-Israel remarks. On December 27, 2011, however, he increased his extremist rhetoric when he vehemently declared that Israel had no right to exist. This took place on a television program that he co-hosts, Face à Face, a daily news and debate morning talk show on the Quebec French-language television channel V.
Stéphane Gendron said that he enthusiastically supports a Montreal man, Amir Khadr, who called for a boycott of the Boutique Le Marcheur on St. Denis Street. The store is owned by a francophone Québécois couple and sells the made-in-Israel BeautiFeel shoes which represent a tiny portion of its overall sales.
"I want to pay tribute to him for his boycott of the boutique. There were boycotts of South Africa, there were ad campaigns saying 'there is organized apartheid, we will stop buying products made in South Africa'. It was a long process, the regime collapsed.
“Unfortunately, Israel has not yet collapsed but I support the boycott…because products made in Israel on land stolen from the Palestinians that is walled in, in an apartheid regime where they are cut off, it's very serious. And a country like that does not deserve to exist.”
Stéphane Gendron is the current mayor of Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada, a small town whose population as of the Canada 2006 Census was 2,587 having declined from 2, 746 in 1996. The town is located 75 kilometers (47 mi) southwest of Montreal, and only a few miles from the border with New York State.
Apparently Gendron’s main occupation, however, is as a political analyst for several media outlets. Gendron is a regular columnist with Journal de Montréal, a daily based in Montréal. He is a TV commentator with the daily program Le Show du Matin on Channel V. He is also a regular radio commentator in Eastern Québec (La Pocatière, Rivière-d-Loup, Rimouski and St-Georges).
(Picture above is of members of the Jewish Defence League protesting against anti-Israel Mayor Stephane Gendron at City Hall Thursday, January 26, 2012 in Huntingdon, Quebec.)
Stéphane Gendron makes a career of Israel bashing. These comments apparently please his French-speaking audience.
In August 2006, during the Israel/Lebanon war, he stated in an interview with Le Soleil that Israelis are modern-day Nazis ("Les Israéliens, ce sont les nazis des temps modernes"); he later clarified that was referring to the current Government of Israel, but stated that it was not exaggerated to compare that government with the Nazis.
On January 12, 2009, in the middle of the Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, he sent a vicious letter, which he also posted on his blog, to castigate Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Canadian government support of Israel. In the letter he accused Israel of genocide.
Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
Considering the vote taken at the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations in Geneva and the position of Canada in regards of the genocide conducted by the Zionist Government of Israel:
On behalf of my Administration:
You are a shame for Canada;
You are just disgusting;
You have no clue of History and Humanity;
You are just a band-wagon follower of Israel, its racist Government, and the dumb president Bush and the Republican Party;
Go and read some history books. Your position do not represent the majority of Canadians and you have no mandate to encourage the criminals of the Government of Israel.
You act like Chamberlain dealing with Hitler before World War II.
Just a plain blind sinister person - You are.
The Mayor of Huntingdon (Quebec),
January 12, 2009
On June 1, 2010, in the wake of Israel's interdiction of the Gaza-bound flotilla, an effort to enforce a legal maritime blockade to prevent the smuggling of deadly weapons to the Hamas terrorist regime, Gendron authored a column published in the Journal de Montreal where he spuriously compared the Gaza Strip to the Warsaw Ghetto.
On September 23, 2011, on Face à Face, Gendron claimed: “It is not because you are an Israeli that you have a monopoly on the truth. There are even orthodox Jews that are against Israel….Before 1948, that is, before the Jews stole the land from the Palestinians, you see it’s the Jews that invented terrorism, not the Arabs, who blew up buses, it’s Jews that blew up the King David Hotel at the time when they blew up the hotel to claim the land. So the Orthodox Jews don’t want Israel, it’s against their principles because they were well-treated at the time.”
On November 2, 2011, Gendron told his viewers on his morning show Face a Face that “The Minister of Foreign affairs, John Baird, decided not to make further contributions to UNESCO,” Mr. Gendron declared on Wednesday. “Why? Because the U.S. decided to cut its funding. Why? Because Palestine dared to be admitted to UNESCO. This is appalling! It is an affront to peace!
Do you know what Israel did? In revenge for the admission of Palestine to UNESCO, they decided to build 2,000 homes in areas that do not belong to them, the occupied territories, so they are going to bulldoze people, kill people, they will give them five minutes to get out and then they’ll run people down with bulldozers. And Canada supports this.”