Canada Israel

You Know, about the Middle East, "In Harper's Words..."

Bill Haines | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

It is great, at least on this one issue, to be able to echo the words of the Prime Minister of your country, and not have to "reinvent the wheel" because some politicians won't talk straight about Middle East violence.

Stephen Harper and the New Strain of Anti-Semitism

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

To suggest that Israel is guilty of engaging in apartheid, akin to the racist and discriminatory treatment of black residents of South Africa, is a modern day form of blood libel. (for centuries anti-Semites alleged that Jews kidnapped Christian children, killed them and used their blood for Jewish rituals)

Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper's Career

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Prime Minster Stephen Harper made a historic speech before the Israeli Knesset. I predict it will be considered Harper's greatest and most memorable of his political career and one of the most memorable speeches given by any Canadian prime minister domestically and internationally.

Harper in Israel? Time for Pundits to Whine

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

The Prime Minister of Canada unveiled his latest stimulus program this week. He's visiting Israel, and in doing so is helping foster a boom in the production of one of our nation's most treasured goods: whiny editorials about Canadian foreign policy. There are a lot of nasty tropes floating out there about the cryptic man running our country. The no less oft-repeated claim that Stephen Harper is the most aggressively pro-Israel leader in the world, however  --  that one's on considerably firmer ground. So if all these bigshot important people say Harper's clearly in the wrong with all this Israel stuff, why's he plowing forth anyway?

Dear Bibi, Don't Return Israel to "Auschwitz Borders"

Frank Dimant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
Frank Dimant

Israel must be the final arbiter of its own destiny. Not only can Israel's national security not be outsourced, but Israel must be the guarantor of its own security. That is why Israel cannot acquiesce to the reckless abandon of adopting the vulnerable pre-war armistice/Auschwitz lines.

How Egypt Won the Battles But Lost the War

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada
Firas Al-Atraqchi

When talk show host David Letterman asked news anchor Scott Pelley on June 27, 2012 what happened to the "Arab Spring," the latter replied: "It's almost as if the revolution never happened." This was what Omar Kamel, an advocate for social justice and civilian rule, feared the most.

Ariel Sharon's Life of Vigorous Inertia

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

It is difficult to overstate Sharon's shaping of the state of Israel. He fought in every war of the quarter-century from 1948 onwards, and played leading roles in both the military and political spheres for over a half-century. Whether as a criminal or hero (and each assessment is amply represented), his every move reorganized the chessboard. Sharon's political ambitions and calculations contributed to the rise of Likud, and when his tactics had changed, another grand reorganization occurred culminating in Kadima and the eventual return of Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister.

Harper Offers Condolences After Ariel Sharon's Death

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Canadian leaders past and present are remembering former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, a controversial figure known for his battlefi...

Christianity's Savior in the Middle East -- Israel

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Lawrence Solomon

With one exception, Christians throughout the countries of the Middle East are at risk or on the run, their churches burned, their property expropriated, their personal safety in peril from thugs intent on beatings, rapes, and murders. The one exception -- where Christians flee to rather than from, where they increase rather than decrease in numbers -- is Israel.

Jewish Communities Pay Back Their Filipino Allies After Typhoon Haiyan

Frank Dimant | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Frank Dimant

From afar, we witnessed the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. To date, Canada's Jewish community has commendably raised close to $200,000 for relief in the Philippines. We will never forget the role the Philippines played in helping to push for the Jewish people's salvation and in ensuring that our futures are secure thanks to the creation of the Jewish state.

Why Does the Myth of Apartheid Persist in Israel?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Edmund Burke said "For evil to triumph it takes good people to do nothing." These words were shared by Kenneth Meshoe, South African Member of Parl...

Why Iran Will Not Get the Bomb

Hilik Bar | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Hilik Bar

One way or the other, Iran will not obtain nuclear weapons. I hope that this can be achieved peacefully. But despite my many deep political disagreements with him, there is no daylight between Prime Minister Netanyahu and myself on the crux of this issue.

Harper's Support for Israel Worthy of Praise

Mike Fegelman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

A closer look at the Canada-Israel relationship reveals that Canada has exercised moral clarity by standing up to double standards, dictators, and outright hypocrisy. Canada, under Stephen Harper's administration has confronted terror, upheld international law, and promoted peace between Israelis, Palestinians and the region as a whole.

Make No Mistake: Stephen Harper Supports Netanyahu, Not Israel

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

Incorrect is the claim that Stephen Harper defends the freedom and dignity of all people. Israel's occupation of the West Bank is an institutionalized system of oppression that every day denies the freedom and dignity of millions of Palestinians. When Canada votes against Palestinian aspirations at the UN, we come across as vindictive.

Israel's Future Is Brighter Than You Think

Conrad Black | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
Conrad Black

Israel has sailed through the international economic downturn and continues to rack up impressive economic growth rates and excel in all areas of scientific innovation. Large reserves of oil and natural gas have been discovered just off-shore. And the Arab Spring has created immense disarray in the ranks of Israel's traditional enemies.

Breaking Down Negative Muslim and Jewish Stereotypes

Tahir Gora | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Tahir Gora

I can't understand why Muslims from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Somalia, Turkey, Iran, Malaysia and Indonesia etc., have to be against Israel and Jews over Israel's conflicts with Hamas, AlFatah and Hezbullah. Muslims from those countries have no reason to hate or dislike Israel. But unfortunately they do on the basis of rhetoric that Israel is an illegitimate state.

10 Spas That Are Worth the Flight

Sara Graham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

I don't know about you, but this weather change is really getting me down. I'm stiff. I'm achy. All this misery is only leading to memories of spa experiences past. From the massage at Miraval and the "mudslide" at Solage, to a traditional Thai treatment in Phuket and therapeutic thermal waters in Italy... I've got a few I would jump on a plane for.

Slavery in Africa Is Alive, Well and Ignored

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Simon Aban Deng is a Sudanese human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng spent several...

Israeli Parliament to Hold Historic Meet at Auschwitz

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

On January 27, 2014, the largest-ever delegation of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) members will convene overseas -- on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with Holocaust survivors, for a historic gathering on combating anti-Semitism.

In Israel, the Sanctity of Life Trumps Religion and Conflict

Mike Fegelman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

As conflict rages in Syria, Israel has taken in hundreds of Syrian refugees in need of urgent medical care. Even though Israel is officially at war with Syria, the preservation of life trumps security concerns. Likewise, when Palestinian terrorists try to indoctrinate children to wear suicide bomb vests, Israel remarkably takes painful efforts to save that child's life.

A Legal Test for Hate Speech in Canada

Avi Benlolo | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Avi Benlolo

If a Canadian incites hatred against an identifiable group in public and advocates murder or genocide, does that constitute a hate crime? If the incitement is against, for example, the gay, black or aboriginal community should criminal charges be laid? What if the incitement is against the Jewish community, is there a difference?

The Soft Bigotry of Low Palestinian Expectations

Mike Fegelman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Almost at the same time that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Washington recently, ostensibly in good faith to re-launch Mideast peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Egypt that no Israelis would be allowed to remain in a future Palestinian state.

To the Jews in Jerusalem: "Get Out or We'll Start Shooting!"

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

"We say get out, or you're dead!" "We'll give them two minutes and start shooting!" Elias Hazineh, former President of Palestine House spoke these wo...

Ontario Says "No" to Ideology of Hate

Avi Benlolo | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Avi Benlolo

This week marked an important turning point in Ontario's awareness of determined and well-funded efforts to undermine the values and conceptual underpinnings of Canadian society by groups hoping to import a toxic and foreign ideology to our nation. Nowhere was this effort more evident than the staging of the "Al Quds Day" rally, held for the past two years on the grounds of Queen's Park. Supporters of a genocidal theocracy which aims to fundamentally reshape western democracies by exporting the values of Shariah law should not and do not have to receive the blessing of the state to exercise this right. The fundamental values cherished by all Canadians must not be discarded so cavalierly, with the acquiescence of our government and the permission of our laws.

Ripeness and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks: A Reality Check

Adam Moscoe | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

They're back at it. On Monday, Israel and the Palestinian Authority sent high-level representatives to Washington to lay the groundwork for official p...