Canada's foreign minister, John Baird, believes that the anti-Israel double-standard in much of polite discourse today is simply another form of anti-Semitism:

Slamming the "constant barrage of rhetorical demonization, double standards and delegitimization" of Israel, Baird characterized this as the new anti-Semitism.

"Harnessing disparate anti- Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western ideologies, it targets the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland, Israel, as the source of injustice and conflict in the world, and uses, perversely, the language of human rights to do so," he said. "We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is."

Joining the anti-Israel sentiment would be the "easy thing to do" and it would be much simpler to just "pretend that engaging in anti- Israeli rhetoric is being somehow even-handed," Baird said. But Canada would not "go along to get along," and would not remain silent while "the Jewish state is attacked for defending its territory or people."