Judaism is a religion that has existed for several thousand years, notes Professor Yakov Rabkin of the University of Montreal. Zionism on the other hand, is a relatively recent political movement which developed in the late 19th century in response to European antisemitism. Zionism depends on antisemitism to survive, he argues. They are two sides of the same coin. Listen to a surprising 7 minute interview. Learn more: (more…)
Canada’s new Minister of Global Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has finally spoken out about Israel – well sort of. Despite many recent Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights both in the occupied territories and inside Israel itself, a recent announcement seems to show her main preoccupation lies with promoting an increasingly improbable two state solution. Read more.
The Green Party of Canada (GPC) has announced that a motion adopted in convention last December to increase pressure on Israel for its violations of international law has been ratified by an on-line vote conducted among its general membership. It now stands as GPC policy. Read more…
Prime Minister Trudeau has established a special 8 member team to shepherd Canada’s bid to become a member of the elite UN Security council. But analysts say Canada’s membership is not a slam-dunk. One big obstacle – our policy of defending Israel from international criticism. Read more.
When they were blocked from entering Gaza in 2015 to meet with the Christian community there, a delegation of Catholic Bishops from around the world did a spontaneous “pray-in” in front of the checkpoint. After a 6 hour wait, embarrassed Israeli officials allowed the Bishops to enter. Powerful voices in the Catholic Church are speaking out about the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Read more. (more…)