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Bibi's Re-Election: Against All Odds

Joseph Soares | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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.

Don't Say the Paris Supermarket Attack Had Nothing To Do With Anti-Semistism

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Denials of reality about the Jihadist roots of this violence are already feeding frustration in Western populations who know better. The well-intended strategy of protecting Muslims in the West will actually do the opposite -- it will very likely guarantee a backlash against Western Muslims by a growing right-wing movement.

ICC Membership Only Hinders the Palestinian Cause

Mike Fegelman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

The PA's diplomatic stunt is a zero-sum game that will only obstruct the peace process and assault Israel's legitimacy. In no way does the Palestinian attempt to join the International Criminal Court advance the prospects for peace with Israel, instead, Palestinian intransigence only impedes its own path to procuring statehood.

Moderates, Not Far Right or Lefties, Must Lead the Discussion About Charlie Hebdo

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

If our core values -- democracy, tolerance, pluralism -- are to prevail, moderates must act before the extreme right and the extreme left hijack the discourse. We must move quickly and decisively to prevent such atrocities from recurring, beginning with four critical steps.

Synagogue Attack Leaves Americans, Briton Dead

CP | The Canadian Press, The Associated Press | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada

A Canadian who moved to Israel to pursue his devout faith 30 years ago was left fighting for his life after an attack at the synagogue where he prayed...

Peter Gabriel Slams Israeli Occupation, Contributes Song To Gaza Benefit LP

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Music

Peter Gabriel will be contributing songs to "2 Unite All," a benefit compilation album which will financially assist humanitarian organizations helpin...

Canada and Israel: Natural Partners in Research and Innovation

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Business
Shimon Koffler Fogel

The Canada-Israel relationship is often only viewed through the lens of politics, which unfortunately obscures the remarkable bonds being formed between Canadians and Israelis at the institutional and grassroots levels. As the admirable work of the AUCC has shown, there is much we can learn from one another.

If We Call it "Occupied Kashmir," Why Not Call it "Occupied Hong Kong"?

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

In their TV news reporting, BBC World often says "Indian-occupied Kashmir." And yet, the term "Chinese-occupied Hong Kong" is never heard. Why? "Occ...

Israel Tries To Brand Itself as a Peaceful, Democratic Oasis. Don't Fall For It

Mark Taliano | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

The Admissions Committee Law, for example -- which was recently upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court -- legalizes racial segregation. According to this law, 43 per cent of Israeli residential areas are legally entitled to deny entrance to Palestinian Arab citizens of the Israeli state. Most of this land, to which the Palestinians are not welcome, was originally confiscated from Palestinian refugees.

Israeli Tourism Drops After Gaza War

CP | Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Business

JERUSALEM - It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Ham...

Connecting the Dots: Hamas, ISIS, and the Assault on Human Rights in the Middle East

Sheila Copps | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Sheila Copps

Zahar and Baghdadi, Hamas and ISIS share the same final goal: democracy must give way to theocracy, plural religions to a single Islamist belief, freedom to submission and social equality to the dictates of Sharia rule. Standing against Hamas and ISIS terrorism transcends politics and party lines. The rights and freedoms that comprise the very heart of our way of life are under direct attack in the Middle East from these and other groups seeking to build a radical, theocratic mega-state across the region, and, if they can achieve it, even beyond.

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).

Is Part of Toronto's Jewish Community Promoting Racist Militarism?

Yves Engler | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

While one might want to believe that the warmongering promoted by dominant Jewish organizations is not widely shared by the community they claim to represent, I've seen too many sizable pro-war rallies and witnessed too many outbursts of anti-Arab racism over the past three weeks in Toronto to be hopeful in this regard.

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.

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...

The Hypocrisy of Hamas

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I find it problematic hearing a Hamas representative using a concern for non-combatant citizens to criticize Israel. By definition, in being a member of a terrorist organization and, thus, in promoting the firing of rockets indiscriminately into civilian population centres, such an individual has already declared that he/she does not believe in a value of not attacking non-combatant civilians, including women and children.

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...

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.

B.C. Proud To Be 'Friend Of Israel': Premier

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark has aligned herself and British Columbia with Israel in a letter to a Jewish-Canadian advocacy group in which she sa...

We Must Go Beyond the Cycle of Violence in Gaza to Find Moral Clarity

Irwin Cotler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

I will stand with those who support the right of peoples in the Middle East -- Israelis and Palestinians alike -- to live in peace and security, free from any threats or acts of force, a cornerstone of UN principle and Canadian foreign policy; and I will oppose all those, like Hamas and its patron Iran, who seek the destruction of any people or state in violation of the UN Charter.

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.