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Whichever Side You're On In the Israel-Gaza Conflict, Stick To the Facts

Gabriel Granatstein | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Gabriel Granatstein

The tragedy of friendly fire is perhaps the starkest proof that militaries can make deadly errors that are neither intentional nor illegal. In the same vein, civilian casualties are painful, but they do not automatically represent a breach of the international law so long as the distinction, proportionality, and intentionality are observed (and other rules of course).

Is Part of Toronto's Jewish Community Promoting Racist Militarism?

Yves Engler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

While one might want to believe that the warmongering promoted by dominant Jewish organizations is not widely shared by the community they claim to represent, I've seen too many sizable pro-war rallies and witnessed too many outbursts of anti-Arab racism over the past three weeks in Toronto to be hopeful in this regard.

In the War Between Israel and Gaza, Truth Was the First Casualty

Irwin Cotler | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

The notion that truth is the first casualty of war has found expression in the ongoing fog of the current Israel-Hamas conflict -- where truth is obscured or masked by oft-repeated clichés such as "cycle of violence," false moral equivalences, or unconscionable allegations of Israeli "genocide." If we want to prevent further tragedies in this conflict -- let alone frame the basis for its resolution -- then we have to go behind the daily headlines that cloud if not corrupt understanding, probe the real root causes of conflict, and finally travel the road not yet taken to its just resolution.

We Are All Hypocrites About the Gaza Crisis

Sophie Tarnowska | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada
Sophie Tarnowska

I want us all to shut up until we are ready to stop being hypocrites. I ask that we stop justifying pain that in our own lives would be unjustifiable, unliveable, unkind. I am so ashamed of my people -- all of you whom I intersect with on social media, and even myself -- I barely hear anyone with the guts not to answer back, not to justify "their" point of view.

A Logical Solution for the Middle East Conflict

Michael D. Nicula | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada
Michael D. Nicula

The conflict in the Middle East between Israel, a sovereign nation, and Hamas, a designated terrorist organization that represents the Palestinians li...

The Hypocrisy of Hamas

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I find it problematic hearing a Hamas representative using a concern for non-combatant citizens to criticize Israel. By definition, in being a member of a terrorist organization and, thus, in promoting the firing of rockets indiscriminately into civilian population centres, such an individual has already declared that he/she does not believe in a value of not attacking non-combatant civilians, including women and children.

Gaza, Israel: Words of Concern

Jason Najum | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
Jason Najum

I'm not restricted, nor occupied, nor landless. I have not lost a loved one to falling rubble or fire from above. I write this rolling in the privileg...

A New Manifesto For a Dangerous World

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It's been hanging over us in impending fashion for years. It creeps in around the edges of consciousness, leaving its effects even when it temporarily...

When My Daughter Says 'Mom, Everyone Hates All the Jews Now'

Mara Shapiro | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mara Shapiro

As a Jew, I feel sorry for Palestinians. Their plight is awful. They're at the mercy of a government who would see them dead if it would further their cause. You can be PRO Palestine without being ANTI Israel. You can be against this war and not be Anti-Semitic. Try to remember that when you ask Israel to lay down their weapons you're asking them to walk right into a gas chamber.

B.C. Proud To Be 'Friend Of Israel': Premier

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark has aligned herself and British Columbia with Israel in a letter to a Jewish-Canadian advocacy group in which she sa...

We Must Go Beyond the Cycle of Violence in Gaza to Find Moral Clarity

Irwin Cotler | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

I will stand with those who support the right of peoples in the Middle East -- Israelis and Palestinians alike -- to live in peace and security, free from any threats or acts of force, a cornerstone of UN principle and Canadian foreign policy; and I will oppose all those, like Hamas and its patron Iran, who seek the destruction of any people or state in violation of the UN Charter.

On International Issues, Harper Commits Selective Morality

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Harper government has mastered the art of selective morality. When it is convenient, Mr. Harper takes cover behind international law to attack those he disagrees with on ideological or religious grounds. And those with whom he has an ideological or religious connection, his government wilfully ignores their indiscretions. This selective application of morality is at odds with the principles of social justice, which all Canadians hold dear.

Gaza, Israel Protest Heats Up In Toronto

CBC | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada

Thousands of people went to Queen’s Park Saturday to protest the Israel-Gaza conflict. Both pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli groups faced off, hold...

Separate the People of Gaza from the Problem

Robert Barrett, PhD | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada
Robert Barrett, PhD

suffering conjures deep emotional sentiments that can quickly turn to feelings of anger and of retribution. And yet all too often this anger is channeled incorrectly. It's a mistake to think that pro-Palestinian is the antithesis of pro-Israeli. Would the Israelis not wish for a stable, prosperous, and free Gaza territory? Of course they would, because it would bring about a concomitant level of security for both Israel and the people of Gaza. Let's not confuse pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian with anti-Hamas.

BOMBARDMENT

CBC | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada

The main street leading into Shaja'ia is deserted. The shops that sell sweets and watermelons are shuttered. The groups of men and boys you see on mos...

How the MH-17 Tragedy Is a Leg Up for Hamas

Mark Towhey | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada
Mark Towhey

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine has inadvertently given Hamas a powerful strategic weapon in its war against Israel. And, it appears, both Hamas and Israel are well aware of it.

The Civilian Factor: 4 Things You Need to Know about Gaza

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Civilian casualties are the worst of many terrible events that take place in conflicts. Even in the most just or necessary war, those waged to protect...

How a Boat From Gaza Could Threaten Israel's Security

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

Historical precedent shows Israel's need to enforce a maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip to ensure that rockets, thousands of which are being fired at Israeli cities presently, do not end up in the hands of terrorists bent on maiming and murdering civilians. And yet, Lotayeff is of the mindset that Hamas should control the territorial waters for commercial purposes and peaceful sailing.

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.

Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens Of Targets In Gaza

Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

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We Need To Do More Than Just Sound Off About the Gaza Attacks

Joseph Soares | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
Joseph Soares

There is no fundamental difference between the conflict in Ukraine and that between Israel and Hamas. Each group in question sees itself as having its back to the wall. Each has had the bitter experience of trusting allies who let it down. This does not justify shooting down a plane filled with innocent people, but the fear of destruction that drives people to such exigencies is a terrible thing.

Why I, a Jewish Torontonian, Am Tweeting at Gazans

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Avrum Rosensweig

Hamas and Israel are at war and the land beneath their citizens' feet is crying. As it does, an incredible marvel -- while not entirely new-- is happening, and that is tweeting behind the lines. The idea that Palestinians and I, a Jewish community worker in Toronto in 2014, are bantering back and forth while bombs and missiles fall in Israel and Gaza is astounding.

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.