Tyler Levitan
Tyler Levitan is the Campaigns Coordinator for Independent Jewish Voices - Canada, a national human rights organization that supports a just peace in Israel and Palestine based on the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties.

Tyler seeks to engage with the full spectrum of opinion regarding Israel in Canada's diverse Jewish communities, and to bring critical Jewish voices to the forefront of Canadian discussions on justice and peace in Israel and Palestine.

Entries by Tyler Levitan

Trudeau Must Call For The Release Of Hassan Diab

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 11:21 AM

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Hassan Diab attends a rally calling on the Canadian government not to extradite him, in Ottawa Jan. 20, 2012. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Imagine for a moment that you have been accused by a foreign state of committing a heinous crime that took place...

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Yakov M. Rabkin Asks 'What Is Modern Israel?'

(4) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 4:17 PM

This is an interview I conducted with Professor Yakov M. Rabkin of the Université de Montréal, author of the recently published What Is Modern Israel.

Professor Rabkin's earlier book on the subject of Israel, entitled A Threat from Within: A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism,...

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Israel Lobby's War On Boycott Movement Distracts From Reality

(72) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 3:40 PM

In recent months, the Israel lobby and its allies in Canada's political establishment have waged a full-fledged assault on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. This culminated in the anti-BDS motion that passed with enormous support in the House of Commons.

What is the...

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The Canadian Jewish Establishment Favours Anything But Debate

(46) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 1:29 PM

Being brought up in the mainstream Jewish community, I went through nine years of Jewish day school, five years of Jewish sleep-away camp and countless hours of Israel advocacy training.

I know first-hand the pressures that exist to conform to groupthink around Israel and its centrality to conventional Jewish...

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Israel Must Choose A 'Jewish Democracy' Or A Liberal One

(128) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 1:52 PM

In my recent HuffPost Canada commentary, "Israel's Actions in Palestine are the Definition of Apartheid," I argued that Israel's actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory -- particularly in the West Bank -- meet the legal definition of apartheid under international law.

I also claimed that...

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Israel's Actions In Palestine Are The Definition Of Apartheid

(68) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 3:55 PM

As Israel deepens its 48-year military occupation over the Occupied Palestinian Territory, continuing to deny millions of Palestinian civilians rights equal to those of the Israeli civilians living in colonies within their midst, the phrase "Israeli apartheid" will undoubtedly become more widely used by the Canadian public.

I noted...

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Let's Hope The Liberals Overcome Lobbying Pressures To Silence Free Speech

(33) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:38 PM

On most issues, the Liberals under Justin Trudeau are light years ahead of the Conservatives, but on a select few, like allowing criticism of Israeli state practices, they appear to be just as regressive as the Tories.

Like Stephen Harper, Trudeau referred to the non-violent grassroots

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Harper's Relationship With the Jewish Defense League Is Disturbing

(38) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 6:08 PM

With Canada's federal election less than two weeks away, I felt it important to address a highly topical matter: the Conservatives' close relations with the controversial Jewish Defense League (JDL).

The JDL was founded in the United States by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1968. Kahane

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Criticizing Israel's Politics Isn't Anti-Semitism

(108) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 2:23 PM

The recent announcements that NDP candidates Morgan Wheeldon and Jerry Natinine will not be representing the NDP as candidates in the federal election should disturb Canadian progressives.

The Conservatives and the Liberals have for many years accused those who criticize Israel's behaviour of being anti-Semitic. They...

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Expanding Free Trade With Israel: A Step in the Wrong Direction for Canada

(59) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 12:51 PM

On July 21, the Conservative government announced an "expansion" and "modernization" of Canada's free-trade agreement with Israel. This development didn't make it into any headlines in Canadian media, and it eluded the attention of the official opposition. But if we, as Canadians, wish to play a positive role...

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