Israel-Palestine

Sophia Jones

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We Need To Do More Than Just Sound Off About the Gaza Attacks

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

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.
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Israel's Future Is Brighter Than You Think

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.

Canadian Aid to Palestinians Serves Israel

A recently uncovered government document confirms that Ottawa has delivered millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority in a bid to advance Israel's interests. The internal memorandum also sheds light on Canada's efforts to build a security apparatus to protect the Palestinian Authority from popular disgust over its compliance in the face of ongoing Israeli settlement building.

Why Israel's Netanyahu Must Go

There's no doubt the Israeli Prime Minister's apparent eagerness for a fight was a contributing factor, and, moreover, that he is unwilling to make the hard sacrifice necessary for peace. Namely, accepting a Palestinian state on Israeli land traded for peace.

How Was Canada Knocked Off the International Stage?

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.

Peace Will Come When Israel's Sins Are Recognized

Whenever Hamas attacks Israel, who responds with the bombing of Gaza, opinions are wide spread. Often they are tainted by racism, xenophobia, and all out insanity. That is a huge problem when you look at America's relationship with Israel, and how many in Washington, and the media, side with the 62-year-old country.
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The Real Winner of Israel vs. Gaza? Syria's Bashar al-Assad

Analysts and pundits will be all over themselves trying to find a "winner" in this conflict between Gaza and Israel. While the world's cameras and attention were turned to Gaza and Israel (and rightfully so), the Syrian regime sustained its killing of Syrians at the usual pace of over 100 civilians per day. Not only did Assad gain from having the media shift focus to one of the longest enduring conflicts of the region, the Syrian dictator also benefited from returning the anti-colonialist narratives to deciphering the Middle East.
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Romney Got The Palestinians Right, at Least

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 Big Mistake Israel Is Making Right Now

The reticence to criticize Israel for assaulting and terrorizing African migrants, in my estimation, is a result of a miscalculated analogy -- that the case is similar to that of the Palestinians. The difference is that the Africans have expressed no intention of destroying Israel.

It's Tough to be a Liberal Zionist These Days

If relative silence on morally indefensible Israeli policies like the settlements is indeed because liberal Zionism is becoming less popular, I hereby urge my fellow Diaspora Jews to come clean: If you believe in Israel, what kind of Israel do you believe in? And if you have stopped believing in Israel, what would it take to get your Israel back?

Why Don't the Israel Haters Boycott Syria?

This week begins an annual part of the global campaign to delegitimize and vilify the Jewish state as anti-Israel activists and student groups on campuses around the world, including United States and Canada, mark the eighth annual Israel Apartheid Week [IAW]. One leader, Ahmed Moor, wrote that ending Israel's occupation will require a "Final Showdown."
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Part 4: Hatred Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

If you obsess about Israel's supposedly murderous nature, yet feel neutral about Guatemala, Nigeria, Indonesia, Brazil -- each of which (though arguably not guilty of genocide) is responsible for the outright massacre of at least 100,000 innocent civilians -- then you are a bigot. You may not be an anti-Semite. But you have a problem with Jews.
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Israel Shakes Hands With the Devil

Many Israelis are asking themselves how they could release so many Palestinians who carried out or were involved in violent terrorist activities. Would they return with a renewed vengeance? Will the release of one Israeli soldier result in future Israeli civilian and military casualties? Will more Israeli soldiers be kidnapped?