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Wishful Thinking Won't Solve The Israel-Palestine Conflict

Thomas Woodley | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

This is a bit like commenting on a married couple who have severe marital problems, complete with shouting matches and physical abuse. While all their friends may agree that the marriage is in trouble and that the couple should get counselling, no true friend would allow the husband to repeatedly beat his wife as they wait for counselling. But Canadian political leaders seem perfectly willing to allow the "beating" to continue as they await the ever elusive negotiated solution ("counselling") between Israel and Palestine.

Muslims And Allies Celebrate High Holidays And Diwali

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

The worldview based on salvific exclusivism and cosmic conflicts must be replaced by mutual cooperation and radical inclusion. It should not always be how we are oppressed by the world but what we can contribute to it. This necessitates addressing the supremacist tropes in our respective faiths.

Trudeau's Delegation To Former Israeli PM's Funeral Garners Praise

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau's whirlwind trip to Israel erased any doubts that the Liberal government might be wavering in its support of the Jewish state.

When Influenza Attacks, It Causes A Cellular Coup d'État

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Much like any viral infection, the invasion leads to a shutdown of normal processes as the virus uses up all the nutrients and resources to make more copies. Yet the mechanism of this takeover has been for the most part a mystery. That may change as a group of Israeli researchers have provided a glimpse at how influenza takes over the cell.

Althia Raj

World Leaders Swoon Over Trudeau At UN | Althia Raj | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Politics

The prime minister received an unusually enthusiastic welcome.

Our Taxes Should Not Fund Israel's Discriminatory Land Policies

Yves Engler | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Sixty-two per cent of Green members have voted for a resolution calling on Ottawa to end its support for a charity that discriminates in land use abroad. An owner of 13 per cent of Israel's land, Jewish National Fund bylaws and lease documents contain a restrictive covenant stating its property will not be leased to non-Jews.

Yakov M. Rabkin Asks 'What Is Modern Israel?'

Tyler Levitan | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Tyler Levitan

This is an interview I conducted with Professor Yakov M. Rabkin of the Université de Montréal, author of the recently published What Is Modern Israel. Professor Rabkin's earlier book on the subject of Israel was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award and for the Hecht Prize for Studies of Zionism.

Like Fort Mac Evacuees, Displaced Latrun Villagers Long For Home

Michelle Weinroth | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Michelle Weinroth

For all their tragedy, the victims of Fort Mac will one day see the restoration of their homes and most will enjoy the return to their beloved abode. But 50 years on, the Latrun villagers have yet to see their right of return granted.

Tories Blast Canadian's Appointment To UN Spot Over Israel Stance

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Michael Lynk says he will carry out his responsibilities impartially and in keeping with international law.

Trudeau Is Correct In His Condemnation Of BDS

Jake Beaumont | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Jake Beaumont

In overwhelmingly condemning BDS in the House of Commons recently, Canadian parliamentarians have greatly advanced the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The BDS movement singles out Israel for exclusive censure encouraging boycotts of Israeli goods, which produces an outcome that also harms Palestinians, as their economy is closely intertwined with Israel's.

Dear Justin Trudeau: Don't Buy Into Israeli Exceptionalism

Michelle Weinroth | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Michelle Weinroth

We ask you to resist the false alarm that your Zionist friends sound when they cry "anti-Semitism!" as the proverbial boy might cry "wolf!" For those who do so are robbing a horrendous historic episode of its gravity, confusing legitimate dissent with genocide. Criticism is not Kristallnacht; challenges to the occupation are not the gas chambers. The distinction is crucial.

Ryan Maloney

Trudeau Willing To Criticize Canada's 'Friend' Israel | Ryan Maloney | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics

And the PM says Canada is sending the "right signal" on Iran.

This 'Human Library' Put A Face To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Aya Al-Hakim

The Palestinians and Jews of the community posed as a "human library" on Palestine. Each had a desk and a sign specifying if they were Palestinian Canadian, Palestinian Israeli, Jewish Israeli or Canadian Jew. Each had a story to tell on how the conflict affected them personally.

Truth vs. Myth In The BDS Movement

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

In a disingenuous ploy to gain acceptance and support in the West, many proponents of BDS typically claim that their movement is simply about promoting the "fundamental rights" of Palestinians in accordance with "international law." This means, foremost, pressuring Israel to end "its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands" and allowing "the rights of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties [in Israel] as stipulated in UN resolution 194."

Watch The Trudeau Town Hall On Canada's Place In The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Replay our chat with the prime minister.

The BDS Crackdown Is Dangerous For Democracy

Kyle G. Brown | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Kyle G. Brown

We have every right to ignore the BDS campaign -- as most of us do. But if we are not going to help Palestinians, the least we can do is allow for peaceful protest and grassroots organisation. We must break from the all too common policy of protecting the strong while denigrating the weak.

10 Reasons Israel Is Not An 'Apartheid' State

Jake Beaumont | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jake Beaumont

Tyler Levitan's recent Huffington Post Canada op-ed entitled "Israel's Actions In Palestine Are The Definition Of Apartheid" is a perfect example of how when baseless accusations are left unanswered, they risk becoming accepted as conventional wisdom.

A Hero That Embodies The Universal Lessons Of The Holocaust

Irwin Cotler | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Living
Irwin Cotler

In July 1944, some 430,000 Hungarian Jews had been deported to Auschwitz in the space of 10 weeks -- the fastest, cruelest and most efficient mass murder of the Nazi genocide. Yet Wallenberg rescued some 100,000 Jews in six months in Hungary in 1944, demonstrating that one person with the courage to care, and the commitment to act, can confront evil and transform history.

Youth Pay A Sobering Visit To A Different Kind Of Camp

Her Magazine | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

All at once the juxtaposed impact of camp crashed down on me like a giant wave. My parents' camp, my camp, my kids' camp, my MOL kids' camp. Now this. The barrack at Birkenau concentration/extermination camp is a stark reminder. A picture in my mind I will not soon forget.

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 10.22.2016 | 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 10.21.2016 | 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 10.09.2016 | 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.