Israeli Palestinian Conflict

When America Loses Power, Things Fall Apart

Ike Awgu | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada
Ike Awgu

When the United States retreats, there is a world of instability, where civil wars in strategic regions, violence, danger and death are ever more present. The world looks much like it did before the United States emerged as a global superpower.

Dear Stephen Harper, Eid Mubarak

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

As Muslims celebrate Eid, it's important to look at the past month during which the world has witnessed thousands suffer in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We has Prime Minister Stephen Harper to speak out about these issues, but are disappointed. We must do more in the name of humanity, Prime Minister Harper.

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

Irwin Cotler | Posted 07.28.2014 | 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.

Anti-Semitism Is Growing. Is Israel To Blame?

Corey Levine | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada
Corey Levine

I grew up with the understanding that to be a Jew meant being on the side of justice. As a child, I watched my parents donate money to have trees planted in Israel in the name of their parents, who had survived the pogroms of Eastern Europe. From them I also learned the value of Tikkun Olam: "healing the world" in Hebrew -- that to help those who are suffering was an integral part of Judaism.

Gaza, Israel Protest Heats Up In Toronto

CBC | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada

Thousands of people went to Queen’s Park Saturday to protest the Israel-Gaza conflict. Both pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli groups faced off, hold...

BOMBARDMENT

CBC | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada

The main street leading into Shaja'ia is deserted. The shops that sell sweets and watermelons are shuttered. The groups of men and boys you see on mos...

How the MH-17 Tragedy Is a Leg Up for Hamas

Mark Towhey | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada
Mark Towhey

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine has inadvertently given Hamas a powerful strategic weapon in its war against Israel. And, it appears, both Hamas and Israel are well aware of it.

The Civilian Factor: 4 Things You Need to Know about Gaza

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Civilian casualties are the worst of many terrible events that take place in conflicts. Even in the most just or necessary war, those waged to protect...

This Is What Happens When You Criticize Israel

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics

On Monday night's Daily Show, it took an entire team of correspondents for Jon Stewart to convey what it feels like to comment on Israel. ...

When Palestinian Solidarity Harms More Than It Helps

Avi Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

Palestinian solidarity activists are using Zionism isn't Judaism on social media to say that Jews aren't the problem, the Zionist state of Israel is the problem, but will this tactic work? Despite good intentions, the answer is no. One problem with Zionism isn't Judaism is that its primary assertion is inaccurate.

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.

"I Am a Jew. Stop Killing Babies in Gaza."

Corey Levine | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Corey Levine

Shortly after Israel began its bombing campaign of Gaza last week, a fellow Jew emailed me a photo of a guy holding a large sign that read: "I am a Jew. Stop Killing Babies in Gaza." That photo has been burning a hole in my inbox ever since. I feel helpless in the face of all the carnage raining down on Gaza. I, too, want Israel to stop killing babies in Gaza. I want Israel to end its indiscriminate killing of all Palestinian civilians, full stop.

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.

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.

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.