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50 Years Of Israeli Occupation Is Far Too Long

Thomas Woodley | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

Unless something galvanizes Trudeau, Trump and other Western leaders to action, we may soon observe another sad anniversary of Israel's ongoing military occupation. If so, Israelis, and especially Palestinian civilians, will continue to pay a heavy price for our indifference.

Canada's Record Of Playing Favourites With Sanctions Can Backfire

Thomas Woodley | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

Let's face it: Canada's use of sanctions seems to be highly tainted by politics. Canada is no neutral administration, treating all misbehaving states equally. Instead, Canada is like a fickle schoolyard bully, harassing the kid who's smaller or different, and leaving his "friends" in peace.

Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitism In A Modern Disguise

Thomas Woodley | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Thomas Woodley

The jury is in. According to a new survey, the vast majority of Canadians do not consider criticism of the government of Israel to be necessarily "anti-Semitic." This finding contradicts those who have been warning of a "new anti-Semitism" in Canada, where criticism of Israel is a veiled form of this despicable historic ideology.

Pro-Israel Government Policies Don't Speak For Most Canadians

Thomas Woodley | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

A representative democracy is based on the principle that elected officials will advance the positions of their electors. When it comes to Israel and the Middle East, both Harper and Trudeau seem to have grievously violated this principle.

Raitt Presses Trudeau For Stance On 'Disgusting' UN Resolution

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Politics

The Conservative MP criticized the Liberal government for its silence on Israel.

UN Security Council Censure Of Israel A Step Toward Justice

Thomas Woodley | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

There are good reasons for Palestinians and many others to be frustrated with international mechanisms for social justice. But what the world witnessed at the UNSC on Friday may be a case of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s observation that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Globe And Mail Columnist Demonizes Israel

Mike Fegelman | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

They "... are humiliated, terrorized, abused, insulted, evicted, demolished, confiscated, dispossessed, expropriated, beaten, wounded or killed by Gol...

Althia Raj

Trudeau Praised And Criticized For Splitting With Harper On Mideast | Althia Raj | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada Politics

“The Trudeau government has finally differentiated itself from the Harper government ..."

Canadian Foreign Aid Further Marginalizes Palestinian Women

Nadine Tahan | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadine Tahan

Rather than providing developmental or good governance aid to the Palestinians, the vast majority of Canada's aid to Palestinians is dedicated to training security forces to police fellow Palestinians. It could even be argued that this is more so a form of aid to Israel than to Palestine.

Wishful Thinking Won't Solve The Israel-Palestine Conflict

Thomas Woodley | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

This is a bit like commenting on a married couple who have severe marital problems, complete with shouting matches and physical abuse. While all their friends may agree that the marriage is in trouble and that the couple should get counselling, no true friend would allow the husband to repeatedly beat his wife as they wait for counselling. But Canadian political leaders seem perfectly willing to allow the "beating" to continue as they await the ever elusive negotiated solution ("counselling") between Israel and Palestine.

Muslims And Allies Celebrate High Holidays And Diwali

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

The worldview based on salvific exclusivism and cosmic conflicts must be replaced by mutual cooperation and radical inclusion. It should not always be how we are oppressed by the world but what we can contribute to it. This necessitates addressing the supremacist tropes in our respective faiths.

Trudeau's Delegation To Former Israeli PM's Funeral Garners Praise

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau's whirlwind trip to Israel erased any doubts that the Liberal government might be wavering in its support of the Jewish state.

When Influenza Attacks, It Causes A Cellular Coup d'État

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Much like any viral infection, the invasion leads to a shutdown of normal processes as the virus uses up all the nutrients and resources to make more copies. Yet the mechanism of this takeover has been for the most part a mystery. That may change as a group of Israeli researchers have provided a glimpse at how influenza takes over the cell.

Althia Raj

World Leaders Swoon Over Trudeau At UN | Althia Raj | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Politics

The prime minister received an unusually enthusiastic welcome.

Our Taxes Should Not Fund Israel's Discriminatory Land Policies

Yves Engler | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Sixty-two per cent of Green members have voted for a resolution calling on Ottawa to end its support for a charity that discriminates in land use abroad. An owner of 13 per cent of Israel's land, Jewish National Fund bylaws and lease documents contain a restrictive covenant stating its property will not be leased to non-Jews.

Yakov M. Rabkin Asks 'What Is Modern Israel?'

Tyler Levitan | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Tyler Levitan

This is an interview I conducted with Professor Yakov M. Rabkin of the Université de Montréal, author of the recently published What Is Modern Israel. Professor Rabkin's earlier book on the subject of Israel was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award and for the Hecht Prize for Studies of Zionism.

Like Fort Mac Evacuees, Displaced Latrun Villagers Long For Home

Michelle Weinroth | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Michelle Weinroth

For all their tragedy, the victims of Fort Mac will one day see the restoration of their homes and most will enjoy the return to their beloved abode. But 50 years on, the Latrun villagers have yet to see their right of return granted.

Tories Blast Canadian's Appointment To UN Spot Over Israel Stance

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2017 | Canada Politics

Michael Lynk says he will carry out his responsibilities impartially and in keeping with international law.

Trudeau Is Correct In His Condemnation Of BDS

Jake Beaumont | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Jake Beaumont

In overwhelmingly condemning BDS in the House of Commons recently, Canadian parliamentarians have greatly advanced the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The BDS movement singles out Israel for exclusive censure encouraging boycotts of Israeli goods, which produces an outcome that also harms Palestinians, as their economy is closely intertwined with Israel's.

Dear Justin Trudeau: Don't Buy Into Israeli Exceptionalism

Michelle Weinroth | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Weinroth

We ask you to resist the false alarm that your Zionist friends sound when they cry "anti-Semitism!" as the proverbial boy might cry "wolf!" For those who do so are robbing a horrendous historic episode of its gravity, confusing legitimate dissent with genocide. Criticism is not Kristallnacht; challenges to the occupation are not the gas chambers. The distinction is crucial.

Ryan Maloney

Trudeau Willing To Criticize Canada's 'Friend' Israel | Ryan Maloney | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics

And the PM says Canada is sending the "right signal" on Iran.

This 'Human Library' Put A Face To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Aya Al-Hakim

The Palestinians and Jews of the community posed as a "human library" on Palestine. Each had a desk and a sign specifying if they were Palestinian Canadian, Palestinian Israeli, Jewish Israeli or Canadian Jew. Each had a story to tell on how the conflict affected them personally.

Truth vs. Myth In The BDS Movement

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

In a disingenuous ploy to gain acceptance and support in the West, many proponents of BDS typically claim that their movement is simply about promoting the "fundamental rights" of Palestinians in accordance with "international law." This means, foremost, pressuring Israel to end "its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands" and allowing "the rights of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties [in Israel] as stipulated in UN resolution 194."

Watch The Trudeau Town Hall On Canada's Place In The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Replay our chat with the prime minister.

The BDS Crackdown Is Dangerous For Democracy

Kyle G. Brown | Posted 02.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Kyle G. Brown

We have every right to ignore the BDS campaign -- as most of us do. But if we are not going to help Palestinians, the least we can do is allow for peaceful protest and grassroots organisation. We must break from the all too common policy of protecting the strong while denigrating the weak.