Dr. Yousef Jabareen, MK (front right) in meeting with Omar Algebra, (front left) MP and Parliamentary Secretary to Hon. Stephane Dion. Dr. Jabareen met with think tanks, academics, officials and parliamentarians during a week-long visit to Canada. What did he learn? Read more.
Four weeks after returning to Israel, Yousef Jabareen wrote an article for the Toronto Star summarizing some of his main conclusions from his visit to Canada.
His op ed, published on Monday, Nov. 28 entitled “What Israel can learn from Canada” bears reading. It was clearly aimed at a Canadian audience. He says he was impressed with the steps Canada has taken to protect its minorities.
While he was in Ottawa, Dr. Jabareen also met with representatives of Canada’s various minority groups. In his meeting with Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he learned not only about the pain suffered by indigenous Canadians but also about some of the steps being taken to address it. As he says in his concluding paragraph, “Many Canadians may not think Canada is perfect, but viewed from the perspective of a Palestinian citizen of Israel, your record in recognizing and overcoming discrimination and inequality looks pretty good.”
Dr. Jabareen’s visit to Canada, including an impromptu meeting with Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, drew some interest inside Israel. Here is a brief article in English published in the Hadash (Israeli Communist Party) paper. Hadash is part of the 13-member Joint List in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset.
Both articles focus on the significant differences between democracy as we know it in Canada, and the limited way in which democracy is practiced in Israel.
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