Shimon Koffler Fogel
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Based in Ottawa, Shimon Koffler Fogel serves as the CEO for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) - the advocacy agent of Canada's Jewish Federations. He is a graduate of Clark University’s School of Government and International Relations in Massachusetts and pursued graduate and doctoral studies at McGill University. He also holds rabbinic ordination.

Shimon joined the Canada-Israel Committee as Director of Government Relations in 1988 and was appointed as CEO in 2001. Prior to joining the CIC, he served as the founding National Director of Community Services at Canadian Jewish Congress. As a long-time lobbyist and experienced community professional, he is well versed in the full range of public policy issues of concern to the Canadian Jewish community. Shimon has served as a consultant to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a member of the prestigious Round Table on Global Security under the Department of National Defense. In 2002 he introduced the concept of the Shared Values strategy as a basis for securing support for Israel that has now been adopted by much of the international pro-Israel advocacy community, including Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2005 he developed a model for moving to sustainable peace in the Middle East that focuses on conflict management rather than conflict resolution – an approach that has won broad support internationally. He has written and lectured extensively in Canada and internationally on matters of public policy and has been engaged by numerous groups, including the Assembly of First Nations, the World Sikh Organization and the Canadian Tibet Committee to advise on strategic planning and advocacy.

The Hill Times recognized Shimon as one of the 100 most influential actors within the political sector, and Embassy Magazine ranked him among the 50 most important people influencing Canadian foreign policy. Shimon is married to Esti Gourarie, the founder of the philanthropic organization Ten Yad. The couple has two children.

Entries by Shimon Koffler Fogel

Looking Beyond M-103: A Chance To Unite Against Hate

(10) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 9:19 AM

Parliament is poised to adopt M-103, a motion that calls on the government to condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination. The principle at the centre of this initiative -- condemning anti-Muslim bigotry -- rightly garners broad support in Canada, including from the Jewish...

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Truth vs. Myth In The BDS Movement

(12) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 2:26 PM

In an encouraging demonstration of moral clarity, the House of Commons last month voted overwhelmingly (229 to 51) in support of a motion condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

Introduced by the Conservatives and supported by the Liberal majority, the bill denounced the...

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20 Years Later, Rabin's Vision For Israel Still Resonates

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 7:07 AM

Twenty years ago today, 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. While Oslo has largely derailed over the ensuing...

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We Must Turn Our Empathy for Syrian Refugees Into Action

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 5:15 PM

While little shocks us these days, one cannot help but be shaken by the stories emerging from the unfolding refugee crisis. The image of Alan Kurdi, who drowned off Turkey's coast on September 2nd, strikes a raw nerve in the heart of every parent. So too does the knowledge that,...

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Hypocritical Outrage Over Cartoons Is the Real Scandal

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 7:40 AM

On January 21, a Palestinian Islamist brutally attacked commuters on a Tel Aviv bus with a knife. The would be murderer, who wounded at least 11 bystanders before being apprehended, later claimed to have been influenced by radical Islamist teachings and dreams of "reaching paradise."

Within hours, Palestinian social media...

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Moderates Must Take Action After Paris Attacks

(5) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 9:38 AM

As we mourn new rounds of innocents murdered at the hands of Islamist extremists, there is a natural temptation to fall into despair and paralysis. Those sentiments, however, cannot be indulged. We must recognize that we are in the midst of a war of ideas against an enemy willing to...

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You Don't Have to Remove Christmas From the Public Square

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 12:08 PM

In some quarters, the Christmas season elicits discomfort and even mild controversy around the proper place of Christmas symbols in the public realm. From concerts to decorations, the very word "Christmas" in public schools is a perennial source of commentary and (largely exaggerated) contention. The management of civic...

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Genetic Discrimination Means the Choice Between Life and Life Insurance

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Co-authored with Bev Heim-Myers, Chair, the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness and CEO, Huntington Society of Canada

Protecting members of our society from discrimination based on the colour of their skin, ethnicity, or ancestry is a fundamental Canadian value. Unfortunately, Canadians across the country currently face...

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A Response to the Attack on a Jerusalem Synagogue

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Increasing violence in Jerusalem has prompted completely different reactions from Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Israel's Prime Minister and Chief Rabbi have both appealed for calm and restraint. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction have, in contrast, inflamed tensions and incited violence that have steadily escalated...

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Canada and Israel: Natural Partners in Research and Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:53 PM

This week, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) -- which represents 97 institutions across the country -- is hosting an innovation dialogue in Ottawa. Focusing on Israel and Germany as case studies, the conference brings together leading thinkers from all three countries to share knowledge...

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

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:35 PM

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 a country from outside attack, civilian casualties are as tragic as they are inevitable.

Israelis and Jewish communities worldwide -- however supportive of...

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Canadian Politicians in Israel Just Experienced Terrorism Firsthand

(16) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:48 PM

"Of all the informative meetings while in Israel, being witness to a terrorist attack in motion offers a unique perspective like no other," Tweeted Liberal MP Gerry Byrne.

Around 9 p.m. Israel time on Tuesday, Byrne and a group of Canadian parliamentarians were forced to take cover...

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How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

(7) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Co-authored by Dr. Amritpal Singh Shergill, President of the World Sikh Organization of Canada

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. Established in 2005 on the anniversary of the Air India bombing, the occasion provides an opportunity to commemorate more than 300...

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