NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière accepted an expenses-paid invitation to speak last year at a Washington conference organized by AIPAC, the largest US pro-Israel (and anti Palestinian) lobby group. Canadian human rights activist Yves Engler asks why she would do this. He also asks NDP members hoping to take on the party leadership to dissociate themselves from this action. Read more…
Exiled Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal, left, speaks during the unveiling of Hamas’ new charter in Doha, on May 1, 2017. Canadian media downplayed the announcement and the new charter. But does it represent a new direction for Hamas? Is it significant? Read more…(more…)
On April 30th, The Ottawa Writers Festival will feature two Canadian authors, one Palestinian, the other Jewish. They will discuss their new collection of plays, entitled Double Exposure, Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas. Moderated by Canadian Jewish playwright, Arthur Milner. Read more. See exclusive video interview with one of the playwrights. (more…)
Carl Hétu is the Executive Director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). He has organized and led official visits of Roman Catholic Bishops to Israel, West Bank and Gaza. On March 22, he will discuss why and how the attitude of the Church on the Israel/Palestine issue is evolving. ….(more…)
Canada’s new Minister of Global Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has finally spoken out about Israel – well sort of. Despite many recent Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights both in the occupied territories and inside Israel itself, a recent announcement seems to show her main preoccupation lies with promoting an increasingly improbable two state solution. Read more.