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How Was Canada Knocked Off the International Stage?

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

General Romeo Dallaire was in London, Ontario a couple of weeks ago speaking to a varied audience about Canada's dwindling international presence. Perhaps nowhere was that decline so clearly obvious as in Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird's speech to the UN General Assembly and its vote on Palestinian recognition.

Canada Refuses To Join U.S. In Condemning Israeli Settlement Plan

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada stood apart Monday from some major allies, the U.S. included, in refusing to condemn Israeli plans for new settlements in areas claime...

Media Bites: Will Electoral Reform Ever Be Sexy?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.01.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg And now, like the nation of bored teenage babysitters we are, it's time to check in on the Liberal leadership race -- if only to make sure no one's swallowed the scissors. At the National Post, Andrew Coyne also thinks there's much Liberal hay to be made with an aggressively pro-democratic agenda. But in his world, this involves championing the mummified issue that no one ever gets tired of hearing about -- electoral reform.

France And UK Summon Israeli Envoys

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada

PARIS - The French and British governments have summoned the Israeli ambassadors to protest the decision to approve 3,000 new homes on Israeli-occupie...

Bibi Calls Harper, Says Thanks For Palestinian Vote At UN

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Canada's vote at the United Nations this week against...

Canada Takes Action Over UN Vote On Palestine

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government will not cut diplomatic relations with the Palestinians in response to their newly won recognition from the United Nat...

Canada Threatens Retaliation As UN Votes For Palestinian Statehood

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird used the podium at the United Nations General Assembly to denounce the world body Thursday for its "utter...

Harper: Canada To Vote Against Palestinian Statehood Bid

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada affirmed its steadfast opposition to Thursday's vote at the United Nations to confer statehood on Palestine, saying it would not suppo...

Remember 'A Threat To Israel Is A Threat To Canada?'

CP | Murray Brewster and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The rain of rockets, and talk of an Israeli military incursion into Gaza, presents the Harper government with the first significant test of i...

My Country is Under Attack. Do You Care?

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
Arsen Ostrovsky

I'm angry. You see, as most Americans were waking up this morning, and those in Europe and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel -- over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on Washington, London, Paris or Moscow? No nation on earth can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people. I'm angry that there is someone out there who does not know me and has never met me, yet still wants to kill me -- for no other reason than being Israeli. No, I am not angry. I am outraged.

Released

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics

JERUSALEM - A former New Democrat MP who was arrested on board a ship intercepted while travelling to Gaza has been released from Israeli custody.Jim ...

To Serve and Protect Hate-Mongers?

Peter Worthington | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

Why on earth would police put handcuffs on a man walking a large dog at a Queen's Park rally of something called Al-Quds Day? Neither Cupcake, nor Einstoss, were intent on provoking trouble at the Muslim rally which over the years it's increasingly become a "hate Israel" outpouring. Aside from the fact that Einstoss was merely walking his dog, for cops to side with protestors over those they see as counter-protestors, is a violation of everything the police should stand for. Peace at any price is bad value in a democracy.

Romney Got The Palestinians Right, at Least

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada
Yoni Goldstein

Call it what you want -- bald-faced pandering to rich Jewish donors and pro-Israel voters (a lot of whom, by the way, aren't actually Jews), or even racist, which is how the Palestinian government's Saeb Erakat termed it -- but the Republican candidate's comment during a speech in Jerusalem about the primacy of Israeli culture as compared to Palestinian culture was a fair point.

The Unsettling New Settlement News

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

The settlements may have just gone too far. It's time for North America's Jewish communities to finally realize what a toll the settlements are taking on Israel's moral, legal and practical realities and the extent to which they threaten a just peace and two-state solution between Israel/Palestine.

During the Opening Ceremonies, I'll be Remembering Munich's Victims

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngIn 1972, 11 athletes representing Israel in the Olympics were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics. The family members of these victims have asked the International Olympic Committee to mark the 40th anniversary of their death with a minute of silence. Their request has been rejected. The Olympics cannot be a source of peace and unity to the world if the IOC blatantly disrespects the memories of the murdered Israeli athletes.

Palestine Needs Fresh Water Now

Dr. Shaddad Attili | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Dr. Shaddad Attili

The humanitarian challenges Palestinians face grow ever more severe; In terms of water, the situation is particularly difficult. Through a range of historical interventions, Israel controls the bulk of the fresh water resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The situation in Gaza is even more extreme, with a further 1.6 million Palestinians having access only to the very limited underground aquifer within Gaza, with only 5 per cent of the water safe to drink.

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?

Dear UNESCO, Put the Church of the Nativity On Your List

Said Hamad | Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada
Said Hamad

This week, history will revisit the Church of the Nativity as UNESCO's World Heritage Committee convenes in St. Petersburg, Russia, to consider whether the birthplace of Jesus should be recognized as a world heritage site. Palestinians await with anticipation the decision in St. Petersburg this week to share this valuable cultural, religious and historical heritage with all the peoples of the world.

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?

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.

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.

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."

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.