Month: June 2016

Israel lobby panics over Green Party resolutions on Israel


Some of Canada’s pro-Israel lobby groups are panicked by resolutions that will be considered by the Green Party of Canada (GPC) at its annual convention in August. They have launched a fierce attack on its leader Elizabeth May. What are they so upset about?  Read more.


Open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne about her proposed motion to protect Israel against a boycott


On returning to Toronto from her visit to Israel last month, Ontario Premier Wynne promised that she would work on a motion to oppose the movement to boycott Israel called BDS. I appeal to her to do some public consultation before preparing the legislation. It might change her mind. Read more.


Sharing Tea Amidst Conflict

Many Canadians have been profoundly impacted through spending time in the West Bank as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).

It is a wonderful church based initiative and admire the devoted people, like Debbie (whom I have met), and Dean, (whom I have not met), who participate in it.

I wish there were a comparable program for the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, Jordan, Syria or Lebanon, as their situation is just as bad, but often overlooked.


eappiAmnesty International Edmonton is hosting an event focused on Palestine/Israel at its upcoming general meeting, which is open to the public:

Sharing Tea Amidst Conflict
Tuesday, June 21 (7:00 pm)

McKernan Community Hall 
11341 78 Avenue (map)

How can there be peace in Israel and Palestine? Can you have peace without justice? Is a two state solution even possible? These questions stirred Debbie Hubbard and Dean Reidt to volunteer to serve for three months as human rights observers in the occupied territories of Palestine. The answers to those questions became clearer as they worked along side Palestinian and Israeli activists from October 2014 to January 2015 in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

They will be sharing stories of their experiences and some of the reality on the ground that they witnessed.

In the words of the late Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe “until lions have their own historians, the history…

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