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A Bastion for Human Rights? The UN Nominates Syria...Seriously

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

In what can only be described as an act straight from the "theatre of the absurd," comes news that Syria is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. That Syria is able to even nominate for the UNHRC in the first place, let alone be in a strong position to win a seat, is reflective of the endemic problem with the body -- the fact that observance of human rights is no barrier to becoming a member.

In Remembrance of Yitzchak Shamir, and an Elevator Ride with Him

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 09.03.2012 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

In 1994, while in the employ of the United Jewish Appeal and Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, I was given the task of overseeing former Israeli prime minister Yitzchak Shamir's trip to Toronto. But of course, as fate would have it, Saudi Arabian sheiks were staying in the same hotel as he was. What was I to do?

Why Are Israeli Police Stopping Jewish Women from Praying?

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

On June 21, a Jewish woman was detained for hours by Israeli police for praying at the Western Wall. Why? Because she was wearing a tallit -- a prayer shawl. Some say that women who are wearing the tallit are flaunting their piety, but is this really the case? Shouldn't we, as a Jewish people, give women the benefit of the doubt when they honour Hashem?

Mess With Israel and You're Messing With Canada

Avi Benlolo | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada Politics
Avi Benlolo

Wednesday's revelation of Peter MacKay's support for the state of Israel demonstrates the strength of this principle of friendship among nations. His statement that a threat to Israel is a threat to Canada was a powerful declaration to a friend -- and to the world -- that Canada can be counted on.

Chief Rabbi or Corrupt Pol?

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada Living
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

In September 2012, a successor to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the current Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, will be appointed. The new rabbi will begin his tenure in September 2013. If the post will not undergo a major transformation and become purely one of spiritual and educational leadership, then it is far better to leave the post empty than to continue the institution of a chief rabbi.

We Are All Part of the Jewish Establishment

Mira Sucharov | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada
Mira Sucharov

If you aren't sure whether you are part of the "Jewish establishment," I submit to you: Do you belong to a synagogue? Do you send your kids to Jewish camp? Jewish school? Do you work out at the JCC? Do you donate to the Jewish Federation?

Solidarity, not Sanctions, Should be the West's Response to the Iranian People

Mahsa Alimardani | Posted 07.28.2012 | Canada
Mahsa Alimardani

A model of non-violence and civil disobedience in line with the Green Movement that began in 2009 is the best course for the future of Iran. International isolation and pressure on the Iranian state will lead the government toward further repressive measures. Military intervention will only make things worse.

The Olympics Can't Spare a Minute for Munich Massacre

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada
Arsen Ostrovsky

Just one minute! That's all Israel is asking for. Just one minute of silence at the London Olympics to commemorate the 11 members of the Israeli team murdered by terrorists at the '72 Munich Olympics. But this simple request has been rejected by the International Olympics Committee (IOC).

Meet Press TV: Iran's Hateful Mouthpiece in Canada

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

We recently marked World Press Freedom Day. Iran not surprisingly has been described by Reporters Without Borders as the "world's biggest prison for journalists," listed by the Committee to Protect Journalist's as the fourth worst country when it comes to censorship.

Shimon Peres: The Man Who's Seen It All

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

In old age, Shimon Peres is more dove-like than hawkish. But when he spoke in Toronto, in early May to a sold-out crowd, we were in the presence of greatness. There was no question he would not answer. Little wonder why, he's one of the few to have seen it all in the Middle East.

Why an Israeli Coalition Government Now?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Netanyahu's proposed coalition government strikes some as ominous, others as encouraging. Some see it as Israel preparing to do something about Iran and its developing nuclear weapons, whereas others sees it as a tool to pass mandatory military service for all -- Ultra-Orthodox Jews included.

Who Says You're a Jew?

Richard Marceau | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada
Richard Marceau

I find myself disheartened by the direction that the conversion debate is unfolding in Israel and the Diaspora. While we cannot hope to be, nor should we strive to be, uniform in our views, we have an obligation to be united as one Jewish people. It makes no sense that Orthodox converts, including those looking to make aliyah (moving to Israel), face the possibility of seeing their fully halachic conversions retroactively annulled.

Canada, Stop Being Netanyahu's Doormat

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reorganized his governing coalition and canceled a call for elections less than a day after his cabinet agreed to hold them early this September. For Canada, this is welcomed news. Any shift in Israel's government would pose a challenge for this country's Israel policy, which often confuses support for Netanyahu with support for Israel.

Airline's Apology To Shimon Peres Too Little Too Late

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.06.2012 | Canada Politics

JERUSALEM - Israel's national airline has apologized to President Shimon Peres after attempting to charge him nearly $5,000 to bring an oxygen tank on...

Thoughts From a Pro-Palestinian Zionist

Richard Marceau | Posted 07.05.2012 | Canada
Richard Marceau

The Jewish lobby is given a lot of media attention. But what people should really focus on is the so-called pro-Palestinian lobby, a lobby that is, when one looks closely, more anti-Israel than pro-Palestine. And one that promotes values that are the polar opposite of Canada's. One can support the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East and support the Palestinians' legitimate national aspirations.

Israel, Canada has Accepted your Friend Request

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

One of the great myths perpetuated by the media is that Israel stands alone, isolated in the international arena. On the domestic front here in Canada, members of our municipal, provincial, and federal political parties have proudly declared that they are Israel's BFFs. Indeed, much of the same is expected next week when Israeli President Shimon Peres arrives here in Canada.

Don't Newspapers Care About Facts Anymore?

Mike Fegelman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

On March 30, the Toronto Star published a letter replete with errors and false statements submitted by members of the fringe anti-Israel group, Independent Jewish Voices (IJV). While IJV members are entitled to their own opinions, they are not allowed to invent their own facts.

Victory: ICC Rules that Palestine is Still Not a State

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 06.03.2012 | Canada
Arsen Ostrovsky

In a massive defeat for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' campaign to delegitimize Israel, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that Palestine is not a "state" and it therefore does not have jurisdiction to investigate alleged "war crimes" committed by Israel in the "territory of Palestine since 1 July 2002."

Post-Zionism Is Just Another Name for Israel Hatred

David Frum | Posted 05.18.2012 | Canada
David Frum

Those Jews who imagine that they can advance or even retain that self-respect by denigrating Israel -- or, worse, by appeasing those who seek to destroy Israel -- are making a terrible error. There is no "post-Zionism." There is only "anti-Zionism."

World Ends With a Bang Because of a Whimper

Peter Worthington | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

The trouble is, the Iranian leadership is not Pakistani, nor Indian, nor like any other nuclear regime. If Iran has nuclear weapons, one can be assured that some terrorist organization will also get access to them. What if Hamas had an Iranian-made nuclear device?

Why We Should Not Support an Israeli Attack on Iran

Craig Martin | Posted 05.02.2012 | Canada
Craig Martin

The idea that Canada would now support an unlawful act of aggression by Israel, itself a nuclear power that has rejected the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime, based on arguments that Iran is violating its obligations under that same treaty, should be abhorrent to most Canadians.

Israeli PM In Ottawa Amid Confrontation With Iran

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada and Israel once again affirmed their strong bond of friendship, but the Harper government made it clear Friday that doesn't necessaril...

Debating a Man's Life in 140 Character or Less

Mira Sucharov | Posted 04.26.2012 | Canada
Mira Sucharov

As Khader Adnan, the Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli administrative detention, ends his 66-day hunger strike, the conversation during these last few days (especially on Twitter) was made all the more tense by the fact that Adnan's death seemed imminent.

The Kids in Jerusalem Are All Right

Zein Odeh | Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada
Zein Odeh

This is a space for both Israeli and Arab students to coexist at school and at home. The conversations at Project Harmony in Jerusalem usually start organically because, after all, the campers were born into the conflict: sixty years of failed peace treaties, losses on both sides, destruction of lives and heartbreaking stories.

More Double-Standards from Israel's Critics

Martin Krossel | Posted 04.14.2012 | Canada
Martin Krossel

Recently on Palestinian state television, viewers could watch praise being bestowed on the convicted perpetrators of the random murder of three members of the Fogel family, in a nighttime attack on their West Bank home. The terrorists were referred to as "heroes." So far, I haven't found any newspaper outside of Israel that reported on Palestinian television's praise of the terrorists.