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The Empire Strikes Back: Israel lobby groups lash out at recent survey on Jews’ attitudes towards Israel

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Two of the major pro-Israel lobby groups have lashed out at a recent survey which shows that a surprising number of Canadian Jews have very ambivalent feelings about Israel. They attacked the sponsoring organizations, the survey methodology and the author. But they did not attack the findings. Read more….

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Academic symposium in Ottawa on Israel/Palestine wildly successful

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Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra, speaks to over 100 academics, public servants and representatives of Canadian civil society who met in Ottawa on February 22 at a day-long “Canada and Palestine” symposium. Organizers see it as the “launch of an ongoing, pluralistic” discussion on the issue of Canada and Palestine. Read more…

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Canada, Israel and the “Rule of Law”

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Does “freedom of speech” include the right to promote a boycott of Israel – or not? A US debate heats up

 

 

From California grapes to South African oranges to Montgomery’s buses – boycotts are a respected tradition in America as a non violent way to promote change. The right to promote a boycott is protected by the US constitution which protects freedom of speech. But what about BDS – the movement to boycott Israel? Attempts to make it illegal have prompted a growing debate in the US over freedom of speech. Read more. (more…)

Is Dimitri Lascaris really anti-Semitic?

Any Canadian who tries to defend human rights for Palestinians knows that they run the risk of being called “anti-Semitic”.  But when Prime Minister Trudeau (l) called out Dimitri Lascaris (r) a well known Palestinian human rights activist, accusing him of “vile anti-Semitic smears”  a lot of people took notice. Is Lascaris guilty as charged, or is he being unfairly smeared by the Prime Minister? Read more.

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