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The Western Double Standard On Terror In Israel Must Stop

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by Arabs in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel do not.

Canadian Silence On Netanyahu's Comments Distorts Holocaust

Yves Engler | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

By blaming Palestinians for the Nazi Holocaust, Benjamin Netanyahu wildly distorted Jewish suffering for Israel's ends. A lack of widespread comment by Canada's main Jewish organizations speaks to their own use of Nazi crimes to serve Israel and power more generally.

20 Years Later, Rabin's Vision For Israel Still Resonates

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Twenty years ago, an Israeli extremist assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a peace rally in Tel Aviv. The assassin intended to quash the Oslo Accords Rabin signed with the hope of leading Israelis and Palestinians to peace. Rabin's historic bid was a watershed moment that continues to have an indelible impact on Israelis -- and shed much-needed light on the obstacles to peace today.

Palestinian Incitement Is Crowdsourcing Terror

Mike Fegelman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

In the past two weeks, Israel has borne the brunt of hundreds of terror attacks. Terror doesn't occur in a vacuum and terrorists are born from nurture, not nature. Fanning the flames and provoking this recent terror war is a sustained campaign of incitement to violence, indoctrination of hate and justification of terror.

Violence in Israel Made Me Come Out of the Political Closet

Danila Botha | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living
Danila Botha

The idea behind terrorism is to evoke contagion, a feeling that no one is safe anywhere. But believing that is dangerous both because of the panic and anxiety it evokes, and because of the way it interferes with our sense of justice.

What Iran and Israel Have in Common

Navid Hassibi | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

Despite the vitriol stemming from both capitals, the extremist threat is the appropriate issue to spark a strategic recalculation in Tehran and Tel Aviv, even if temporary. Although the idea of Iranian-Israeli engagement may seem to be rooted in fantasy, the same factors that prompted the United States and Iran to try something new can and should drive Iran and Israel to follow suit.

Confessions of a New Journalist Reporting in a Conflict Zone

Jenn Gearey | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Living
Jenn Gearey

My first conflict zone gave me reoccurring nightmares that I can't seem to forget. In 2002, I planned my documentary thesis for my Master's in Journalism -- I wanted to show the sacrifice of war correspondents who put their lives in peril in the name of communicating news during conflict. It was the height of the second intifada -- The same week I smelled bomb for the first time.

6 Questions to Ask Before Buying Travel Insurance

Lisa Jackson | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

I made the huge-ass mistake of packing a valuable item -- Luckily, theft was covered by my travel insurance. Or so I thought. The insurance representative regretfully informed me that although stolen baggage was covered, my claim wasn't eligible. It was a baffling and maddening situation, but one that got me thinking: what other insurance loopholes are lingering out there?

Our Private Sponsorship System Contributed to Alan Kurdi's Death

Reut Amit | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Reut Amit

The Kurdis story has highlighted a systemic problem with our private sponsorship regime. The gaps in our immigration regime must be addressed so that families like the Kurdis are not faced with the unfathomable decision of placing their child at great risk in order to save his life.

Criticizing Israel's Politics Isn't Anti-Semitism

Tyler Levitan | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Tyler Levitan

Anti-Semitism is what many Canadian Jews experienced who faced quotas when applying for professional degrees, or who were barred from joining certain golf clubs. Anti-Semitism is what my ancestors experienced in Eastern Europe with pogroms, frequent assaults and massacres in Jewish communities. Anti-Semitism is the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. How can it be in any way appropriate to use this term to describe individuals who criticize a modern political entity -- the state of Israel -- which systematically violates the rights of Palestinians?

The Iran Nuclear Deal is an Appeasement to Terror

Mike Fegelman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

What we're witnessing is a tragic capitulation and appeasement of terror that should not be celebrated, but castigated by the community of nations, our politicians, community stakeholders, and media alike.

Expanding Free Trade With Israel: A Step in the Wrong Direction for Canada

Tyler Levitan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Tyler Levitan

In a Canada in which our current government has expressed undying loyalty to Netanyahu's regime, and where the opposition parties appear unwilling to publicly shame the government for its appalling disregard for the human rights of Palestinians, we cannot realistically expect the enactment of state sanctions against Israel any time soon. If the NDP wants to prove to Canadians that it is indeed the government in waiting, and that it's visibly different from the Conservatives, then we should all expect it to commit to taking action on this issue. Will the NDP, at the very least, commit to reforming CIFTA to exclude tariff-free imports of illegal Israeli settlement products

Perfume War Documentary Tells Tale Of Building Peace Through Economic Empowerment

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

When I came out of my coma in Vancouver General Hospital about six weeks after I was wounded, I thought I was recovering from injuries from an IED strike I survived in the third week of my tour and would soon be back with my battle group.

The Value in Teaching Anti-Semitism

Sara Akrami | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Sara Akrami

Growing up in Iran has helped me to see many similarities between the Third Reich's propaganda system and the propaganda system that is currently employed by Iranian clerics -- they both justify hatred and especially anti-Semitism.

Obama's Well-Intentioned Rhetoric Is Disconnected from Reality

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

The human rights-interfaith dialogue rhetoric employed by President Obama on May 22, 2015 at the Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington DC was wonderful and made people feel warm inside. But this type of rhetoric is, in fact, messianic -- it is for tomorrow, for a time when there is no more war. That day has not yet come, I am afraid. And to speak as if it has is very dangerous.

Tory MP Accuses NDP Of 'Anti-Israel Agenda'

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Politics

John Carmichael also alleged the NDP has a "long anti-Israel history."

Canada's Support For Israel 'Unwavering': Nicholson

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Politics

JERUSALEM - Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson is in Israel on a visit to show what he calls Canada's "unwavering support" for the Jewish state.Ni...

Canada, Israel Team Up On Space Projects

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics

LONGUEUIL, Que. - The Canadian Space Agency and the Israel Space Agency have joined forces to study two potential space missions, including one to imp...

Canada Helps Block Plan To Rid World Of Nukes

CP Politics | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Israel is thanking Canada for helping to block a major international plan to work towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons.But there is a...

Canada Helps Block UN Plan To Rid World Of Nukes

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Israel has expressed its gratitude to Canada for helping to block a major international plan towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons.Els...

Feds Cite Hate Crime Laws When Asked About Israel Boycotters

CBC | Neil Macdonald, CBC News | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Politics

The Harper government is signalling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel. Such...

When in Tel Aviv, Eat Deliciously Like the Locals Do

Kate Palbom | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Travel
Kate Palbom

When I announced my trip to Tel Aviv, Israel more than a few people told me the food would be a highlight. And they weren't kidding. The bread, the veggies and hummus are all so good I found myself asking, "Why are we eating what is comparatively garbage in North America?"

Bibi's Re-Election: Against All Odds

Joseph Soares | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

Netanyahu would shift his strategic communications, his core messaging and narrative, he would now run his political campaign from the hard right of his traditional electoral pool, he would have time to adjust once elected when he would recover the center he needed to govern, but right now pragmatic realism would have to take center stage.

Netanyahu Declares Victory

CP | Josef Federman, The Associated Press | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fend off a strong challenge from the country's opposition leader in parliamentary ...

Hypocritical Outrage Over Cartoons Is the Real Scandal

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

The history of crude antisemitism in cartoons began in Europe long before Israel's existence. That it continues to be carried forward today in Palestinian society and Muslim communities elsewhere is a scandal, one that should be condemned by all people of good will.