Peter Larson regularly visits Israel/Palestine. Top left: in conversation with Canada’s Ambassador to Israel Deborah Lyons. Top right: visiting the site on the Jordan River where John baptized Christ. Bottom: discussing with University students in Gaza. A new session of his popular course in the Learning in Retirement program at Carleton University begins March 13. Registration opens on February 12 @ 9 a.m. Read more. (more…)
Deborah Lyons, Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, graciously received our group at her official residence in Tel Aviv. Lyons spoke glowingly about Canadian trade with Israel. But other parts of our trip left people concerned about the situation of Palestinians and the future for both Israelis and Palestinians. Read more. (more…)
A delegation of 18 Canadian parliamentarians, led by MP Marwan Tabbara (Lib. Kitchener South – Hespeler), spent 6 intensive days visiting Israel/Palestine in April 2018. The official report of their trip has just been released and makes for interesting reading. It seems they were quite disturbed by what they saw/heard. Read more.
In diplomacy, words matter. After saying for years that Canada was an “ally” of Israel, that terminology was quietly dropped last month. We now say Canada is a “friend of Israel, and a friend to the Palestinian people”. That sounds balanced. CTIP’s research department has discovered some of the ways Canada puts that apparently “balanced” statement into practice. Read more…
Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian medical doctor, was one of the hundreds shot by Israeli snipers on Monday. Will this influence how the Canadian public sees the carnage in Gaza? There was already some evidence that the Israeli killings of unarmed protesters was starting to influence how mainstream publications are reporting the events. Not all, but some are becoming more openly critical of the astonishing Israeli violence. Read more.