Israeli Palestinian Conflict

'Peace' Deal Brokered By Trump Could Spell Trouble For Middle East

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 05.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Ehab Lotayef

U.S. President Donald Trump visited the Middle East and met with leaders of many countries in a few short days. During this brief visit he seems to have solidified his position to an extent that makes it possible to push a deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Is it good news? I am not so sure.

Abuse Of Prisoners Is Intolerable, Whether In Palestine Or Northern Ireland

Thomas Woodley | Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

While many Canadians might not realize it, there is a hunger strike going on today that is just as significant as that of Bobby Sands and the other Irish Republicans in 1981. Led by Marwan Barghouti, hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails are five weeks into a hunger strike.

50 Years Of Israeli Occupation Is Far Too Long

Thomas Woodley | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

Unless something galvanizes Trudeau, Trump and other Western leaders to action, we may soon observe another sad anniversary of Israel's ongoing military occupation. If so, Israelis, and especially Palestinian civilians, will continue to pay a heavy price for our indifference.

How Will NDP Leadership Candidates Approach Foreign Policy Debates?

Yves Engler | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Is the NDP establishment scared to have party members discuss Canada's international posture? At the party's first leadership debate last weekend there wasn't a single foreign policy question despite a host of contentious recent party positions on international affairs.

Canada's Record Of Playing Favourites With Sanctions Can Backfire

Thomas Woodley | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

Let's face it: Canada's use of sanctions seems to be highly tainted by politics. Canada is no neutral administration, treating all misbehaving states equally. Instead, Canada is like a fickle schoolyard bully, harassing the kid who's smaller or different, and leaving his "friends" in peace.

Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitism In A Modern Disguise

Thomas Woodley | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Thomas Woodley

The jury is in. According to a new survey, the vast majority of Canadians do not consider criticism of the government of Israel to be necessarily "anti-Semitic." This finding contradicts those who have been warning of a "new anti-Semitism" in Canada, where criticism of Israel is a veiled form of this despicable historic ideology.

Pro-Israel Government Policies Don't Speak For Most Canadians

Thomas Woodley | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

A representative democracy is based on the principle that elected officials will advance the positions of their electors. When it comes to Israel and the Middle East, both Harper and Trudeau seem to have grievously violated this principle.

Western Nations Have Colonized The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Jeff Wheeldon | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Jeff Wheeldon

We in the West need to recognize the ways in which we have appropriated the politics, conflicts, and even misery of others for our own politics -- even in our op-eds and columns. We should consider our words carefully, and put our money where our mouths are.

UN Security Council Censure Of Israel A Step Toward Justice

Thomas Woodley | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

There are good reasons for Palestinians and many others to be frustrated with international mechanisms for social justice. But what the world witnessed at the UNSC on Friday may be a case of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s observation that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Globe And Mail Columnist Demonizes Israel

Mike Fegelman | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

They "... are humiliated, terrorized, abused, insulted, evicted, demolished, confiscated, dispossessed, expropriated, beaten, wounded or killed by Gol...

Canada Isolating Itself From World Opinion On Palestinian Rights

Yves Engler | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Under Justin Trudeau, "Canada is back" to isolating itself from world opinion on Palestinian rights. On Monday, Canada joined the U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau in opposing a UN Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee resolution in support of Palestinian self-determination.

Canada's Palestinian Refugee Aid Is Essential For Middle East Peace

Thomas Woodley | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

Canadians might find it disquieting to have members of parliament cry, "Shame!" when the government announces $20 million in aid for education and health. Yet this is exactly what happened when the Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the restoration of Canadian humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees.

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.

Shaky Allegations Shouldn't Derail World Vision Operations In Gaza

Thomas Woodley | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

It may be that Mohammad El Halabi has committed misdeeds -- time will tell -- but why should that derail all of World Vision's operations in Gaza? Before the end of August, World Vision had been forced to lay off all 120 staff in Gaza after the organization's bank accounts in Jerusalem had been frozen by Israel. The organization was simply no longer able to transfer money to Gaza.

Canada's Silence On Illegal Israeli Settlements Is Acquiescence

Thomas Woodley | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

Last week, the world was informed of yet another expansion of Israeli "settlements" by the Netanyahu government. Israel has now advanced plans for 1,700 new units since July 1. And the response from Canada and its federal political parties: silence.

Trudeau Is Correct In His Condemnation Of BDS

Jake Beaumont | Posted 03.24.2017 | 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 03.10.2017 | 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.

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

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 03.08.2017 | 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.

10 Reasons Israel Is Not An 'Apartheid' State

Jake Beaumont | Posted 02.01.2017 | 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.

Resist Those Who Put A Price On Academic And Artistic Freedom

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Should York University accept funding that is contingent upon agreeing to remove a controversial piece of art? Without the ability to explore and express ideas that are troubling and even transgressive, universities would become mills that deliver pre-approved doses of information in community sanctioned packets.

The Western Double Standard On Terror In Israel Must Stop

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.25.2016 | 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 11.04.2016 | 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 11.04.2016 | 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.

Confessions of a New Journalist Reporting in a Conflict Zone

Jenn Gearey | Posted 09.13.2016 | 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.