Canadian Politics

On May 15th, Palestinian Canadian organizations remind us of the ongoing “Nakba” and call on Canada to help end it once and for all

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In November 1947 Canada voted at the UN in support of giving over 50% of historic Palestine to European Jews to allow them to create a new state after the horrible events of the Holocaust. But we paid scarce attention to the appalling consequences for the people who were already living there. A number of Palestinian Canadians remind their fellow Canadians that the Palestinian ‘Nakba”, which started 72 years ago, is not over. Read the statement of the Nakba Commemoration Initiative…

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Amnesty International Canada “deeply concerned and disappointed” by Canada’s opposition to ICC investigation of potential Israeli war crimes – Alex Neve

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Canada was one of the early and principled supporters of the idea of an International Criminal Court. But recently Canada has found a lamentably legalistic reason to undercut the ICC in its investigation of potential Israeli war crimes. See the video interview with Amnesty International Canada General Secretary Alex Neve. Read more…. (more…)

Canadian liberal Zionists growing anxious over what “annexation” of West Bank might mean for the future of Israel as a Jewish State

Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to “annex” significant parts of the West Bank after July 1st.  Liberal Zionists like Simon Rosenblum, (pictured) a founding member of Canadian Friends of Peace Now, is expressing alarm. If Netanyahu goes ahead, he argues “The Zionist dream will be in tatters”. Read more…

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As Holocaust Memorial day returns, a survey of Canadian Jews explores “Jewishness” and its relationship to the State of Israel

holocaust day ceremony ottawaHolocaust Memorial ceremony in Ottawa on April 21st. Canadian Jews remain traumatized by the memory of the 6 million Jews who were deliberately murdered by Nazis. A recent survey of Canadian Jews by the Environics Institute shows the memory of the horrors of the Holocaust looms large in their attachment to the State of Israel. But it also showed some surprising differences between Canadian Jews and their American counterparts.  Read more… (more…)