Boycott Divestment Sanctions

Israel blacklists 20 international NGOs that support BDS, but no Canadian organization makes the cut

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The Israeli government released a list of 20 international NGO’s from eight different countries whose members will no longer be permitted to enter Israel because of their support for the boycott of Israel, known as BDS. Despite active support for BDS however, no Canadian organization made the list. Read more… (more…)

Hélène Laverdière responds to (some of) her critics on Palestinian human rights

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Foreign policy will be on the agenda at the Federal NDP Convention in Ottawa on February 15-16.  Leading up to the convention, Palestinian human rights activists have had many criticisms aimed at the party’s Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière. She offers some answers. Read more….

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“Too late for two states?” – US scholar shares his hopes of saving a two state solution, but some remain unconvinced…

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American/Israeli academic Gershon Shafir spoke on November 14th to a large crowd at the Jewish Community Centre in Ottawa. He was very critical of Israel’s seemingly unstoppable slide towards intolerance and right wing politics, but still held out hope for a 2 state solution. Many in the audience were relieved, but not everyone was convinced. See this report by guest columnist Diana Ralph, of Independent Jewish Voices Ottawa. (more…)