Author: Peter Larson

Canada announces $90 million for Palestinian refugees. Good. But continues to ignore finding a solution to the refugee issue itself

On December 21st, the Trudeau government announced a $90 million contribution to UNRWA, the main UN agency for supporting Palestinian refugees. This humanitarian gesture is warranted and will be appreciated by Palestinian refugees. But while making the announcement, Canada avoided referring to its own policy on the issue of the Palestinian refugees and the need to find a solution to their status as refugees. Read more….

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“Anti-Semitism” accusation increasingly used to shield Israel from criticism, but backlash develops in Canada and around the world

The Trump administration is considering branding Amnesty International as ‘anti-Semitic’ because of its repeated criticism of human rights abuses by Israel. One of the legal tools Trump uses is the so-called “IHRA” definition of anti-Semitism. But resistance to the IHRA definition is growing in the USA, in Canada and around the world. Read more…

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Trudeau names Cotler as Canada’s envoy on anti-Semitism – but how broadly does Cotler stretch the term “anti-Semitism”?

The federal government has named former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler to lead the government’s delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). For several years Cotler has been promoting the IHRA’s definition of “anti-Semitism” which many find problematic. Over a year ago, CTIP wrote to Mr. Cotler asking for some clarification of his interpretation of that definition. He has still not answered. Read more.

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What is the significance of Canada’s UN vote in favour of Palestinian self-determination?

On November 19, Canada voted along with 163 countries in favour of a draft UN resolution affirming the Palestinian right to self determination. The vote was immediately denounced by prominent Jewish Canadian organizations including CIJA and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. But it was praised by several Canadian human rights groups What was its real significance? What does it mean in practice? Read more…

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