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Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens Of Targets In Gaza

Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

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

Joseph Soares | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
Joseph Soares

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.

Why I, a Jewish Torontonian, Am Tweeting at Gazans

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Avrum Rosensweig

Hamas and Israel are at war and the land beneath their citizens' feet is crying. As it does, an incredible marvel -- while not entirely new-- is happening, and that is tweeting behind the lines. The idea that Palestinians and I, a Jewish community worker in Toronto in 2014, are bantering back and forth while bombs and missiles fall in Israel and Gaza is astounding.

Jewish Diaspora Must Stand Up for Peace

Adam Moscoe | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

I am grateful to be able to say my focus remains on imagining the possibilities for a resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. I have the privilege of maintaining, with relative ease, a personal sense of hope with respect to a two-state solution.

Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not Journalism

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada
Davide Mastracci

George Orwell stated, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Anything else is public relations." Unfortunately, most North American journalists have acted as PR reps for Israel's ongoing invasion in a variety of ways, some subtle, others explicit.

Why Did Israel Target Gaza's Ark?

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada
Ehab Lotayef

Early morning on Friday, July 11, Gaza's Ark received a direct hit by a shell fired from an Israeli navel vessel which badly damaged the boat and started a fire on board. The civil defense and fire brigades could not extinguish the fire quickly enough due to the continuous shelling of the port that night and the boat was completely destroyed.

Canadian Politicians in Israel Just Experienced Terrorism Firsthand

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Around 9 p.m. Israel time on Tuesday, Liberal MP Gerry Byrne and a group of Canadian parliamentarians were forced to take cover in one of many bomb shelters across Israel when a siren warned of missiles fired from Gaza headed for Jerusalem, the nation's capital. While all emerged safely, the experience -- and the knowledge that several missiles landed in the city's vicinity -- will not be soon forgotten. Being Canadian is among the greatest gifts in an often-dangerous world.

Stop the Downward Spiral of Hate in Israel

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Two general arguments thus exist against any act of terrorism. One is substantive, an argument that the situation which the terrorist defines as necessitating eradication is, in fact, not the case. The terrorist's perception and determination of the facts, in themselves, are challenged. Accordingly, there is no argument for terrorism as there is no need for terrorism.

Hamas Attacks Force Canadian Senators, MPs To Take Shelter In Israel

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A group of Canadian MPs and senators had a first-hand experience of what Israelis have been enduring when they were shaken up by air raid sir...

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Is This Opera Really Anti-Semitic?

Adam Moscoe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

The Metropolitan Opera recently announced it would cancel a planned worldwide cinema broadcast of John Adams' haunting opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Indeed the whole opera has been criticized -- including by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer -- as humanizing and even justifying acts of terrorism.

Minister Chris Alexander Cried Last Week, But Not for These Women

Dana Wagner | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The new citizenship and immigration minister, Chris Alexander, delivered a speech last week, the day before International Women's Day. The surprising part was just short of the end, when Alexander paused, stared down at the podium. He was crying. But Alexander and his government created a fast refugee system, not a fair one.

Israeli Peace Activists Are Shocked By Harper's Visit Too

Ilan Baruch | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Ilan Baruch

The occupation contradicts the values and wishes of most Israelis. There is no need for incitement to drive a wedge of hate between Palestinians and Israelis. The policy of occupation and the behaviour of the settlers is enough. I condemn terrorism and incitement, but the truth must be said: some of us, Israelis, engage in incitement.

Israel's Enemies Are Too Distracted To Worry About An Attack on Iran

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

President Obama does not want to lose the Senate to the Republicans, yet that might happen if he is seen to side with Iran, which Americans detest, and against Israel, which most Americans, including mainstream Democrats, solidly support. For this reason, the Obama Administration could be counted on to veto the anti-Israel resolutions that would surely arise at the United Nations.

The U.S. Won't Save Israel From Iran

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

The U.S. under President Ronald Reagan opposed Israel's decision to destroy Saddam Hussein's Osirak nuclear reactor, and when Israel went ahead in 1981 Reagan embargoed delivery of F-16 fighters to punish Israel. The U.S. under President George H Bush insisted that Israel not retaliate against Iraq when Saddam Hussein launched 39 Scud missiles into Israel.

Hollywood Actress Scarlett Johannson Joins Harper in Fighting Against Global Anti-Semitism

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Famous Hollywood actress Scarlett Johannson, was until recently, the global spokesman for Oxfam International. Oxfam International (Oxfam) is an int...

Israel-Palestine: Focus More on Talking and Less on the Politics of Talk

Avi Goldberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

The Jewish community in Canada didn't even concentrate on Israeli politics until the Six Day War in 1967. Resulting, however, from the fear that Israeli Jews were facing a second Holocaust, as well from a new confidence that was born out of decisive victory in the war, Israel was officially adopted by the Canadian Jewish mainstream.

Reality Check, Toronto Star: Israeli Checkpoints Save Lives

Mike Fegelman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

Since the Second Intifada in 2,000, 1,227 Israelis have been killed in terror attacks and 8,549 have been injured. Additionally, the Shin Bet claims to have been able to prevent 190 terror attacks in 2013, 40 which were carried out by terrorists freed under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, including 16 suicide attacks, as opposed to 112 in 2012.

Deconstructing Oxfam's Israel Hysteria

Avi Benlolo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada
Avi Benlolo

Criticism of Israel by organizations like Oxfam has reached a fevered pitch; the unparalleled hysteria is all the more apparent when cross-referenced with truly horrific and tragic world events which fail to garner similar attention. The irrational intent of this anti-Israel mania undermines humanitarian and peacemaking objectives.

You Know, about the Middle East, "In Harper's Words..."

Bill Haines | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

It is great, at least on this one issue, to be able to echo the words of the Prime Minister of your country, and not have to "reinvent the wheel" because some politicians won't talk straight about Middle East violence.

Stephen Harper and the New Strain of Anti-Semitism

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

To suggest that Israel is guilty of engaging in apartheid, akin to the racist and discriminatory treatment of black residents of South Africa, is a modern day form of blood libel. (for centuries anti-Semites alleged that Jews kidnapped Christian children, killed them and used their blood for Jewish rituals)

Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper's Career

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Prime Minster Stephen Harper made a historic speech before the Israeli Knesset. I predict it will be considered Harper's greatest and most memorable of his political career and one of the most memorable speeches given by any Canadian prime minister domestically and internationally.

Harper in Israel? Time for Pundits to Whine

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

The Prime Minister of Canada unveiled his latest stimulus program this week. He's visiting Israel, and in doing so is helping foster a boom in the production of one of our nation's most treasured goods: whiny editorials about Canadian foreign policy. There are a lot of nasty tropes floating out there about the cryptic man running our country. The no less oft-repeated claim that Stephen Harper is the most aggressively pro-Israel leader in the world, however  --  that one's on considerably firmer ground. So if all these bigshot important people say Harper's clearly in the wrong with all this Israel stuff, why's he plowing forth anyway?

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

Frank Dimant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
Frank Dimant

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.

How Egypt Won the Battles But Lost the War

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada
Firas Al-Atraqchi

When talk show host David Letterman asked news anchor Scott Pelley on June 27, 2012 what happened to the "Arab Spring," the latter replied: "It's almost as if the revolution never happened." This was what Omar Kamel, an advocate for social justice and civilian rule, feared the most.