Our silence, a clear nod of deference to the U.S. and Israel, highlights the purely political nature of when we speak up and when we look the other way.
In its silence, Canada has chosen complicity with violations of human rights and international law, and violence over peace.
Hadar Goldin is not another insignificant casualty of the caustic realities of the region. He is everyone's son and brother.
They "... are humiliated, terrorized, abused, insulted, evicted, demolished, confiscated, dispossessed, expropriated, beaten
“The Trudeau government has finally differentiated itself from the Harper government ..."
Twenty years ago, 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. Rabin's historic bid was a watershed moment that continues to have an indelible impact on Israelis -- and shed much-needed light on the obstacles to peace today.
What we're witnessing is a tragic capitulation and appeasement of terror that should not be celebrated, but castigated by the community of nations, our politicians, community stakeholders, and media alike.
John Calvin is gay. He's a refugee from Palestine, who may soon be deported for being born into a family with ties to Hamas. Calvin grew up in a Muslim household that idolizes Hamas. He was indoctrinated to follow that path. Yet, he chose to abandon it.
The history of crude antisemitism in cartoons began in Europe long before Israel's existence. That it continues to be carried forward today in Palestinian society and Muslim communities elsewhere is a scandal, one that should be condemned by all people of good will.
CTV News in Edmonton recently highlighted the case of John Calvin, a gay Palestinian who converted from Islam to Christianity and was recently denied refugee asylum in Edmonton by the Canadian government. We urge our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to take action immediately to withdraw the deportation order and allow Calvin asylum in Canada.