Corey Levine is a writer, commentator and human rights consultant who lives in Victoria, B.C.
I follow the Hedy Epstein school of Holocaust lessons: two wrongs do not make a right. It is why I decided to submit a resolution to the Green Party to revoke Revenue Canada's charitable status of the Jewish National Fund of Canada, and why I co-sponsored the resolution calling for the boycott, divestment and sanctioning of Israel until they end their occupation of Palestine.
Undecided or Undeclared Senators, thanks to the campaign #StopC51, I know your names. And while there are simply too many of you to list, you know who you are. You may be wondering what caused this monumental shift in Canadian public opinion in just a few short months.
06/08/2015 01:36 EDT
I couldn't help but puzzle over why it's called satire and freedom of expression to demean sacred tenets of the Muslim religion in cartoons on the cover of a magazine on the one hand, but an offensive Facebook posting mocking the <em>Je Suis Charlie </em>slogan by Dieudonné got him arrested on the other hand. As I was mulling over what all this meant, a friend challenged me, "when does freedom of expression end and hate speech begin?" It's an important question to ask in light of the events of last week.
01/15/2015 12:44 EST
While troop-contributing countries have been fed a steady diet of the excesses committed by the Taliban, many thousands of Afghan civilians have had to endure untold suffering through error, ignorance, negligence and over-reach of the international military forces sent in to create security and stability in the country.
08/13/2014 12:38 EDT
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.
07/28/2014 01:24 EDT
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.
07/17/2014 12:34 EDT
I volunteer at a federal prison for men. Last week, instead of the usual circle with a facilitator, it was a "social." Some of the treats on offer had been bought at the prison shop, but inmates also brought desserts they had made. Naturally, conversation turned to the delectables on offer, especially the ones baked by the inmates. Most of the inmates refrained from indulging.
07/11/2014 12:40 EDT
In case those of you who are Canadian-born and not just naturalized citizens are wiping your brow in relief and resting on your laurels, think again. Canadian-born and raised Deepan Budlakoti is facing deportation under the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act because of drug and gun offenses. It is not clear to where Mr. Budlakoti will be deported to since he was born here and has no ties to any other country.
07/01/2014 08:43 EDT
The country as a whole has embraced Poroshenko and his message that he stands outside the rough-and-tumble world of electoral politics, Ukraine-style. Voters are hopeful that since he has already amassed his fortune, he will be less inclined to help himself to the government coffers, a common compulsion of elected officials in Ukraine.
06/13/2014 05:36 EDT
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