Israeli Palestinian Conflict

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.

Health Canada Warns Parents Again Laundry Pods

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning parents to keep laundry detergent packs away from small kids after receiving reports of children injesting the colou...

"Palestine" Should Use Water to Procure Peace, Not Perpetuate Conflict

Mike Fegelman | Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

Water is an invaluable commodity in the Middle East. Due to the region's scarcity of this vital natural resource, water can be used to perpetuate conflict, fuel wars, and even procure peace. Contrary to claims made by Dr. Shaddad Attili, the Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), in his Huffington Post Canada commentary, Israel exports volumes of water to the West Bank greatly in excess of what the Oslo Accords had mandated.

Hey UNESCO, Keep Politics Out of Religion

Mike Fegelman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

Politics is to religion, like oil is to water, they just don't mix. Recently, UNESCO politicized religion by labelling Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity as an endangered world heritage site, despite the fact that the UN's own experts investigating the state of the Church's premises concluded that the building is not in any urgent danger and that PA hype is just hot political air.

Watching the Watchdog: Report Card on Global -- Two Years Later

Tim Knight | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Business
Tim Knight

If there's one rule every one of the scores of broadcast journalists I've ever coached -- in Canada or overseas -- agrees with (at least in theory) it's this: the best broadcaster talks to one person, and only one person, at a time. And shares information with that person. Here some ideas on anchoring.

A Bastion for Human Rights? The UN Nominates Syria...Seriously

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

In what can only be described as an act straight from the "theatre of the absurd," comes news that Syria is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. That Syria is able to even nominate for the UNHRC in the first place, let alone be in a strong position to win a seat, is reflective of the endemic problem with the body -- the fact that observance of human rights is no barrier to becoming a member.

Shimon Peres: The Man Who's Seen It All

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

In old age, Shimon Peres is more dove-like than hawkish. But when he spoke in Toronto, in early May to a sold-out crowd, we were in the presence of greatness. There was no question he would not answer. Little wonder why, he's one of the few to have seen it all in the Middle East.

Canada, Stop Being Netanyahu's Doormat

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reorganized his governing coalition and canceled a call for elections less than a day after his cabinet agreed to hold them early this September. For Canada, this is welcomed news. Any shift in Israel's government would pose a challenge for this country's Israel policy, which often confuses support for Netanyahu with support for Israel.

Israel, Canada has Accepted your Friend Request

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

One of the great myths perpetuated by the media is that Israel stands alone, isolated in the international arena. On the domestic front here in Canada, members of our municipal, provincial, and federal political parties have proudly declared that they are Israel's BFFs. Indeed, much of the same is expected next week when Israeli President Shimon Peres arrives here in Canada.

Yes, I Can Support Israel and Be Liberal

Richard Marceau | Posted 06.27.2012 | Canada
Richard Marceau

Those self-styled liberals who accuse right-wingers of having "taken possession" of the word "Zionism" are trying to equate Liberalism with a one-sided criticism of Israel. As if to be a true liberal, one must basically put the blame solely on the Jewish State for the current situation in the Middle East. I refuse.