In a break from precedent, Canada voted in favour of a motion supporting self-determination for the Palestinians at the United Nations General Assembly last December – despite the objections of Israel, the USA and the Israel lobby in Canada. Most people were surprised, because for the last decade Canada has always voted faithfully with Israel. Does this augur a significant policy change? How did we vote on 12 other important resolutions? Here is the record. You be the judge…..
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote an urgent letter to Prime Minister Trudeau imploring him to oppose the decision of the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for potential war crimes. The ICC investigation, if it can’t be stopped, will be a big problem for both Trudeau and Netanyahu. But it could be an even bigger problem for Benny Gantz, (lower right) the man who would like to replace Netanyahu. Read why…(more…)
“A total outrage against a fragile city,” says Haifa-born architect Moshe Safdie, of a proposed cable-car for Jerusalem. The cable car project is promoted by Israeli settler groups who want to reinforce the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem. It would allow visitors to visit Jewish sites without encountering Arabs. It has faced opposition not only from Palestinians whose neighbourhoods will be defaced, but also from many Jews both inside and outside Israel. Read more.(more…)
Human rights activists from the United Church of Canada, along with partners and friends, will be gathering from across the country in Ottawa this September. The focus will be “Taking Action” for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. There will be an exciting array of interesting and knowledgeable speakers. Open to the public (but registration required). Read more.(more…)
Canadian Lauren Isaacs caused much resentment among Palestinians (and the entire Muslim world) when she unfurled a “Herut Canada” flag at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in June. In response, she claimed she was just visiting Jerusalem with her mom. But behind her apparent touristic naivety lies a right wing Canadian organization with an explicit objective. Read more…