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

Gabriel Granatstein | Posted 10.16.2014 | 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).

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

Irwin Cotler | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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.

Gaza Rocket Launched During CBC Interview

CBC | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada

There has been criticism of the international media covering the war between Hamas and Israel in some circles, with accusations that news crews are no...

Only Radical Empathy Will Solve the Gaza Conflict

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Junaid Jahangir

This is not a religious conflict, as many Jews and Muslims stand by each other in the Diaspora. Jews have stand against Islamophobia just as Muslims condemn anti-Semitism. Inspiring stories exist where Muslims and Jews have shielded each other from oppression. We have to eschew jingoistic propaganda, rhetorical questions and the blame games to listen to the voices that call for radical empathy. We need to hear the families of the murdered youth Naftali Fraenkel and Abu Khdeir who reached out to each other.

Ontario Woman Trying To Get Her Daughter Out Of Gaza

CBC | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada

An eight-year-old girl from Brantford, Ont., is in Gaza, and her mother is trying, from a distance, to persuade the Canadian government to help escort...

A Logical Solution for the Middle East Conflict

Michael D. Nicula | Posted 10.04.2014 | 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...

Gaza, Israel: Words of Concern

Jason Najum | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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...

Harper Continues To Take Hard Line On Gaza, Ukraine Conflicts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An unflinching Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated his government's hard line on Wednesday on Hamas, Russia and Chinese cyberattacks.Har...

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

Mara Shapiro | Posted 09.28.2014 | 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.

Why Aren't Harper And Baird Angry About Dead Babies In Gaza?

Mohamed Omar | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Mohamed Omar

Should the government of Canada denounce the intentional and accidental slaughter of babies and other civilians caught in the crossfire between two military forces? It's a question as redundant as "does Red Lobster serve Lobster?" Yes. Of course the government, or any other organization run by rational and peace-loving people, should condemn such violence. The killing of civilians has always and will always be a reprehensible act. And yet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird remain silent on the mounting civilian death toll in Gaza. It's baffling, since a quick peek at Baird's Twitter timeline.

Drone Captures Scale Of Gaza Protest In Toronto

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Politics

Protesters descended on Queen's Park Saturday to protest the violence in Gaza. A drone captured the scale of the demonstration. The footage shows t...

Dear Stephen Harper, Eid Mubarak

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

As Muslims celebrate Eid, it's important to look at the past month during which the world has witnessed thousands suffer in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We has Prime Minister Stephen Harper to speak out about these issues, but are disappointed. We must do more in the name of humanity, Prime Minister Harper.

On International Issues, Harper Commits Selective Morality

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.26.2014 | 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 09.25.2014 | 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...

Jewish Deli Called ‘Disgusting' For Sponsoring Palestine Film Festival

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Business

Toronto’s most famous Jewish deli has announced it’s sponsoring a screening of the city's Palestine Film Festival, a move met with plenty of kudos...

Separate the People of Gaza from the Problem

Robert Barrett, PhD | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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...

When Palestinian Solidarity Harms More Than It Helps

Avi Goldberg | Posted 09.21.2014 | 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.

The New Indigenous Peoples Being Slaughtered

Mark Taliano | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

Israel's largely American-supplied war machine--though Canada is increasingly adding to the mix -- is perpetuating the imperial cycle of conquest: a technologically advanced force is imposing its monstrous will on a vilified, relatively defenceless people.

Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens Of Targets In Gaza

Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

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Nirvana Member Backs Eddie Vedder's Controversial 'Israel' Comments

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Music

With Paul Anka, Neil Young and Backstreet Boys cancelling or postponing shows in Israel due to the escalating crisis, some artists are speaking out. L...