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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 07.26.2014 | 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.

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.

Stop the Downward Spiral of Hate in Israel

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Two general arguments thus exist against any act of terrorism. One is substantive, an argument that the situation which the terrorist defines as necessitating eradication is, in fact, not the case. The terrorist's perception and determination of the facts, in themselves, are challenged. Accordingly, there is no argument for terrorism as there is no need for terrorism.

Hamas Attacks Force Canadian Senators, MPs To Take Shelter In Israel

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A group of Canadian MPs and senators had a first-hand experience of what Israelis have been enduring when they were shaken up by air raid sir...

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Is This Opera Really Anti-Semitic?

Adam Moscoe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

The Metropolitan Opera recently announced it would cancel a planned worldwide cinema broadcast of John Adams' haunting opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Indeed the whole opera has been criticized -- including by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer -- as humanizing and even justifying acts of terrorism.

Minister Chris Alexander Cried Last Week, But Not for These Women

Dana Wagner | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The new citizenship and immigration minister, Chris Alexander, delivered a speech last week, the day before International Women's Day. The surprising part was just short of the end, when Alexander paused, stared down at the podium. He was crying. But Alexander and his government created a fast refugee system, not a fair one.

Israeli Peace Activists Are Shocked By Harper's Visit Too

Ilan Baruch | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Ilan Baruch

The occupation contradicts the values and wishes of most Israelis. There is no need for incitement to drive a wedge of hate between Palestinians and Israelis. The policy of occupation and the behaviour of the settlers is enough. I condemn terrorism and incitement, but the truth must be said: some of us, Israelis, engage in incitement.

Israel's Enemies Are Too Distracted To Worry About An Attack on Iran

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

President Obama does not want to lose the Senate to the Republicans, yet that might happen if he is seen to side with Iran, which Americans detest, and against Israel, which most Americans, including mainstream Democrats, solidly support. For this reason, the Obama Administration could be counted on to veto the anti-Israel resolutions that would surely arise at the United Nations.

The U.S. Won't Save Israel From Iran

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

The U.S. under President Ronald Reagan opposed Israel's decision to destroy Saddam Hussein's Osirak nuclear reactor, and when Israel went ahead in 1981 Reagan embargoed delivery of F-16 fighters to punish Israel. The U.S. under President George H Bush insisted that Israel not retaliate against Iraq when Saddam Hussein launched 39 Scud missiles into Israel.

Hollywood Actress Scarlett Johannson Joins Harper in Fighting Against Global Anti-Semitism

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Famous Hollywood actress Scarlett Johannson, was until recently, the global spokesman for Oxfam International. Oxfam International (Oxfam) is an int...

Israel-Palestine: Focus More on Talking and Less on the Politics of Talk

Avi Goldberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

The Jewish community in Canada didn't even concentrate on Israeli politics until the Six Day War in 1967. Resulting, however, from the fear that Israeli Jews were facing a second Holocaust, as well from a new confidence that was born out of decisive victory in the war, Israel was officially adopted by the Canadian Jewish mainstream.