Israeli Palestinian Conflict

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.

Scarlett Johansson And Oxfam Part Ways Over SodaStream Deal

CP | Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Impact

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for an Israeli c...

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.

Israel: Western Imperialism Favours Democracy

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

Is there something wrong with Zionism? Has it been declared verboten? Is he suggesting that Zionism is racism? These organizations talk about bringing peace to the conflicts in the Middle East. No, wait, I must amend that. They are only interested in the conflict regarding Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state amidst multiple Muslim states particularly with regards to the Palestinians.

Diplomatic Flurry Over MP's Visit To Sri Lanka

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP of Tamil heritage says she experienced "political intimidation" during a private visit to her native Sri Lanka, but that au...

Harper's Support for Israel Worthy of Praise

Mike Fegelman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

A closer look at the Canada-Israel relationship reveals that Canada has exercised moral clarity by standing up to double standards, dictators, and outright hypocrisy. Canada, under Stephen Harper's administration has confronted terror, upheld international law, and promoted peace between Israelis, Palestinians and the region as a whole.

Make No Mistake: Stephen Harper Supports Netanyahu, Not Israel

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

Incorrect is the claim that Stephen Harper defends the freedom and dignity of all people. Israel's occupation of the West Bank is an institutionalized system of oppression that every day denies the freedom and dignity of millions of Palestinians. When Canada votes against Palestinian aspirations at the UN, we come across as vindictive.

In Israel, the Sanctity of Life Trumps Religion and Conflict

Mike Fegelman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

As conflict rages in Syria, Israel has taken in hundreds of Syrian refugees in need of urgent medical care. Even though Israel is officially at war with Syria, the preservation of life trumps security concerns. Likewise, when Palestinian terrorists try to indoctrinate children to wear suicide bomb vests, Israel remarkably takes painful efforts to save that child's life.

The Attack: A Film Well Worth Seeing

Shannon McClennan | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

I love film. Foreign and documentary, quirky and Indie; I even enjoy the occasional Hollywood Box Office buster or blunder. But my favorite films are the ones you don't see coming; the ones you have to pay attention to; the ones that force you outside of a black-and-white comfort zone and into the "grey area". Films like The Attack.

'The Attack' looks at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a personal lens

Grégory Kudish | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Grégory Kudish

The Attack, a movie by Ziad Doueiri, is the cinematographic adaptation of Yasmina Khadra's novel, recipient of numerous literary awards. It addresses several themes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a personal and a political perspective.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Palestinian Expectations

Mike Fegelman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Almost at the same time that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Washington recently, ostensibly in good faith to re-launch Mideast peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Egypt that no Israelis would be allowed to remain in a future Palestinian state.

Ripeness and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks: A Reality Check

Adam Moscoe | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

They're back at it. On Monday, Israel and the Palestinian Authority sent high-level representatives to Washington to lay the groundwork for official p...

The Fundamentalists No One Talks About

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

Here's a thought. You hate what the "fundamentalist" Muslim is doing with respect to their twisted way of treating women, then you should also be equally furious with the Haredim community because, guess what? They are doing the exact same thing.

How an Arab-Israeli Politician's Efforts Inadvertently Dispel the "Apartheid" Myth

Mike Fegelman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Jamal Zahalka is a shining example of why Israel is not an "apartheid" state. On top of being an Arab-Israeli citizen, Zahalka is a member of Balad, a...

Baird, Palestinian Leaders Talk Peace, Development

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada Politics

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird left no doubt Saturday that Canada and Palestinian leaders remained far apart on a number of issues, but after a s...

Who Owns Jerusalem According to International Law?

Mike Fegelman | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

True to form of Israel's detractors, the Toronto Star published a commentary this month which engaged in historical revisionism and outright lies by claiming that Israel has no legal claim to Jerusalem and areas of the West Bank, called until a few decades ago "Judea and Samaria", and now referred to by writer Carol Trainor as "occupied territories."

Can We Use Religion for Justice -- Not Evil?

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.07.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Would it have been possible to prevent human tragedies in the Middle East attacks this November if relations between Israel, its Arab neighbours and the larger Muslim world were driven by human dignity and justice rather than business and political interests?

$143 For A Pencil Sharpener? You're Rehired!

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Critics are slamming the governing Liberals for renewing the contract of a construction group that they say charged taxpayers exorbitant amo...

Would Obama Issue an Apology for "Other" Children?

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.21.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

At the interfaith vigil in Connecticut, U.S. President Obama, fighting back tears, expressed overwhelming grief, as a parent, on the killing of 20 innocent little children. In contrast, columnist George Monbiot noted that President Obama has remained silent over the 168 children killed by American drone attacks along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. President Obama has stated that, even if there were one step to be taken, there is an obligation to try to save another child from harm. When will Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders go beyond themselves and truly express concern not just for their own children but also those of "others"?

Human Lives Are More Important Than Holy Books

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

The UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs indicated that of the 158 Palestinians killed in the November Israeli assault on Gaza, 103 were civilians. Israel's deputy defence minister indicated that Palestinians would bring upon themselves a bigger "shoah" -- holocaust. Unitarian Chaplain Reverend Audrey Brooks questioned how Israel could inflict the horror of the Holocaust on the Palestinians. Time and again, Jews and Muslims, notwithstanding the narrative of bigots in their respective faiths, have reached out to each other.

Don't Bar Palestine From the International Criminal Court

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

One of the most interesting fallouts from the recent Palestinian victory at the United Nations is the spotlight on the International Criminal Court. Many view the prospect of Palestinian membership in the ICC, which it is now entitled to seek, as unleashing a Pandora's box of "lawfare." This premise is based on a flawed understanding of how the Court functions.

Israel's Settlement Plan Not Helpful To Peace: Baird

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Israel's plan to build new settlements on territory claimed by the Palestinians is not helping the c...

Harper: Canada To Vote Against Palestinian Statehood Bid

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada affirmed its steadfast opposition to Thursday's vote at the United Nations to confer statehood on Palestine, saying it would not suppo...

Peace Will Come When Israel's Sins Are Recognized

Benjamin Morris | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Alberta
Benjamin Morris

Whenever Hamas attacks Israel, who responds with the bombing of Gaza, opinions are wide spread. Often they are tainted by racism, xenophobia, and all out insanity. That is a huge problem when you look at America's relationship with Israel, and how many in Washington, and the media, side with the 62-year-old country.

Should Israelis Care About Innocent Creatures?

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Writing in The Jerusalm Post, Israeli Sharon Udasin quoted Nofar Gal, who lives near the border with Gaza: "The situation in the South has been very difficult not only for us humans but also for our pets." Predictably, her writing about an Israeli's pet dog triggered outrage in sensitive non-Israelis. The professionally sensitive -- liberal reporters -- were especially incensed.