Canada began providing financial (and military) help to the security forces of the Palestinian Authority (PA) under the Harper government. Human Rights Watch claims that those PA security forces are implicated in widespread arbitrary arrest and torture. Many human rights activists in the West Bank say the PA is more active in defending Israel than the rights of Palestinians. Read more.
Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), a Jewish group dedicated to defending human rights for Palestinians, celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend (Oct. 12-14) in Toronto. Over 180 Jews (and a few non-Jewish supporters and observers) from across Canada heard outstanding speakers and participated in action-planning workshops. Read a summary report from CTIP guest columnist Diana Ralph. (more…)
Canada has stepped in to help replace funding for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, after President Trump eliminated the US contribution a few weeks ago. Read more…
Fernand de Varennes (left) Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Moncton seen here with Dr. Yousef Jabareen, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset. De Varennes is the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues. Palestinian members of the Knesset have lodged a formal request to the UN to investigate Israel’s recent “Nation ‘State Law”. Read more.