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When Palestinian Solidarity Harms More Than It Helps

Avi Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

Palestinian solidarity activists are using Zionism isn't Judaism on social media to say that Jews aren't the problem, the Zionist state of Israel is the problem, but will this tactic work? Despite good intentions, the answer is no. One problem with Zionism isn't Judaism is that its primary assertion is inaccurate.

The New Indigenous Peoples Being Slaughtered

Mark Taliano | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

Israel's largely American-supplied war machine--though Canada is increasingly adding to the mix -- is perpetuating the imperial cycle of conquest: a technologically advanced force is imposing its monstrous will on a vilified, relatively defenceless people.

Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens Of Targets In Gaza

Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

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Nirvana Member Backs Eddie Vedder's Controversial 'Israel' Comments

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Music

With Paul Anka, Neil Young and Backstreet Boys cancelling or postponing shows in Israel due to the escalating crisis, some artists are speaking out. L...

Jewish Diaspora Must Stand Up for Peace

Adam Moscoe | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

I am grateful to be able to say my focus remains on imagining the possibilities for a resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. I have the privilege of maintaining, with relative ease, a personal sense of hope with respect to a two-state solution.

Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not Journalism

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada
Davide Mastracci

George Orwell stated, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Anything else is public relations." Unfortunately, most North American journalists have acted as PR reps for Israel's ongoing invasion in a variety of ways, some subtle, others explicit.

Why Did Israel Target Gaza's Ark?

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada
Ehab Lotayef

Early morning on Friday, July 11, Gaza's Ark received a direct hit by a shell fired from an Israeli navel vessel which badly damaged the boat and started a fire on board. The civil defense and fire brigades could not extinguish the fire quickly enough due to the continuous shelling of the port that night and the boat was completely destroyed.

Eddie Vedder's Anti-War Rant Causes Offense In Israel

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Music

Eddie Vedder didn't specifically name a country but many are inferring it was Israel during a speech near the homestretch of a Pearl Jam gig Friday ni...

In the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Religion Supports Human Rights

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Those who are mired in bigotry have and will continue to derail efforts towards peace by resorting to fear mongering and smear tactics. Yet, the Persian mystic Rumi taught us to not be afraid of sullying our reputation. This is especially true when the lives of our children, both Jewish and Muslim alike are at stake.

Harper: There's Evidence Hamas Uses Human Shields Against Israeli Airstrikes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Terrorists are deliberately placing people in the path of an Israeli offensive aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Gaza, says Prime Ministe...

Harper Government Takes On UN Again, This Time On Israel Comments

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government is taking aim at the United Nations once again, this time over comments a senior official made abo...

Canadian Politicians in Israel Just Experienced Terrorism Firsthand

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Around 9 p.m. Israel time on Tuesday, Liberal MP Gerry Byrne and a group of Canadian parliamentarians were forced to take cover in one of many bomb shelters across Israel when a siren warned of missiles fired from Gaza headed for Jerusalem, the nation's capital. While all emerged safely, the experience -- and the knowledge that several missiles landed in the city's vicinity -- will not be soon forgotten. Being Canadian is among the greatest gifts in an often-dangerous world.

Learning to Forgive and Giving Up Hate

Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is not a Canadian, he will only become eligible to apply for citizenship on June 16. But he is acting like one and is arranging...

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

Baird's $5-Million Offer To Palestine

CBC | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada will contribute $5 million to support economic growth for the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird...

John Greyson -- The Man Syria Needs and Gaza Doesn't

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Professor Greyson and Tarik Loubani, an emergency doctor from London, Ont., went to Egypt despite the unrest. They seemed not to know about the animosity between Egypt and Gaza, between the Egyptians and Hamas. Now, we Canadians will have to get him out of jail where he has been incarcerated since August 26.

In Sderot, Life Is Under Attack

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

Fifteen seconds is the difference between life and death for residents in a small village 100 kilometers from Jerusalem. In Sderot, an agricultural village just a stone's throw from the Gaza border, the fear of attack weighs heavy on everyone's mind.

Calling Terror by its Rightful Name

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Canadian and international media often shy away from using the word "terrorism" and its variants when discussing violence directed against Israelis, d...

Part Two: Post-Modern Sounds of Anti-Semitism

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

This is the sound of anti-semitism. It knows no boundaries. The sound travels through time, crosses generations, gender, religion, race, culture, ethn...

Harry Fear Has a Message for Canadians

Amy MacPherson | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Amy MacPherson

He graced our television sets with live reports from the most recent conflict between Palestine and Israel. Now that a ceasefire has been reached, British filmmaker and human rights advocate, Harry Fear, has embarked on a world talking tour. He arrived in Toronto Monday.

Can We Use Religion for Justice -- Not Evil?

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.07.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Would it have been possible to prevent human tragedies in the Middle East attacks this November if relations between Israel, its Arab neighbours and the larger Muslim world were driven by human dignity and justice rather than business and political interests?

To the Media, Building Settlements in Israel's a Crime

Michelle Whiteman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada
Michelle Whiteman

Official Palestinian incitement against Israel has been minimized or altogether ignored in the mainstream media. Instead, moral indignation and media condemnation has consistently been reserved for "settlements," the building of homes to accommodate an expanding Jewish population in Israel. Whatever one's opinion about the wisdom of building in disputed areas, the Oslo Accords do not prohibit Israel from building homes.

Human Lives Are More Important Than Holy Books

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

The UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs indicated that of the 158 Palestinians killed in the November Israeli assault on Gaza, 103 were civilians. Israel's deputy defence minister indicated that Palestinians would bring upon themselves a bigger "shoah" -- holocaust. Unitarian Chaplain Reverend Audrey Brooks questioned how Israel could inflict the horror of the Holocaust on the Palestinians. Time and again, Jews and Muslims, notwithstanding the narrative of bigots in their respective faiths, have reached out to each other.

Half Of Us Would Prefer They Butt Out

CBC | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Politics

Nearly half of Canadians polled would prefer the federal government be neutral when it comes to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, a new poll sug...

Singing for Syria and Gaza

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Hadani Ditmars

The other day I found myself in a 100-year-old Anglican Church in Vancouver, in a place called rather fittingly, the Sanctuary. I was there to rehearse for a benefit happening the evening of Friday December 7th for Syrian refugee relief and emergency aid to Gaza, with funds directed to Doctors Without Borders and the ICRC's Middle East fund.