Israeli Palestinian Conflict

'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.

In Halifax, Protesters March In Support Of Palestinians

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.17.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Alberta Premier Alison Redford said Saturday that Canada is facing new energy opportunities, citing the importance of exploring new markets ...

Montreal Protesters Condemn Israel's Policies

CBC | Posted 01.17.2013 | Canada Politics

About 150 people marched in Montreal Friday night to protest against Israel's bombing of Gaza. People held signs and chanted in Westmount...

Living Under A Rocket: Life In Israel

Ryan Doherty | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Alberta
Ryan Doherty

You drive down the same old highway, looking at the same old signs and the same old stores. Suddenly, a rocket slams into the highway, shattering your normalcy with a sobering dose of reality.

Will Israel and Palestine Move Beyond an Eye for an Eye?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

This week has seen an upsurge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians. In 24 hours, 79 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Arsen Ostrovsky asks, "My country is under attack, do you care?" The responses to his piece have been disturbing. Israel's occupation of Palestine is wrong. But a denunciation of illegal-Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians need not be prefaced by a resuscitation of each ill that Israel has inflicted on Palestinians. Victimhood must be inclusive.

When it Comes to Israel, Alexandre Trudeau's Got it Wrong

Mike Fegelman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

In the face of international condemnation of Iran's destructive pursuit of nuclear weapons and its repeated calls for Israel's destruction, filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau reports that Iran's atomic ambitions are for "defensive" purposes only, serving as an effective "deterrent" against Israeli "aggression" and belligerence. That is at least the way Trudeau framed the second instalment of his three-part documentary that aired on CBC's The National on October 14.

Having Coffee with Kofi Annan

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

I was one of the lucky few who was invited to attend a rare opportunity to have a roundtable discussion with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who was in Toronto for an exclusive speaking engagement as part of an ongoing speakers series. Annan answered our questions which covered various hot button topics including the ways towards a successful society, Iran, Romney and China. Here is what he said.

Released

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics

JERUSALEM - A former New Democrat MP who was arrested on board a ship intercepted while travelling to Gaza has been released from Israeli custody.Jim ...

Former Lieutenant Governor's Plea For Royal Privileges Rejected

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - An attempt to invoke royal privilege in a Canadian courtroom was rejected by a judge Monday.Quebec Superior Court dismissed arguments that th...

The Unsettling New Settlement News

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

The settlements may have just gone too far. It's time for North America's Jewish communities to finally realize what a toll the settlements are taking on Israel's moral, legal and practical realities and the extent to which they threaten a just peace and two-state solution between Israel/Palestine.