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Meet Jessica Burnstein: a Canadian working for an Israeli NGO that defends freedom of movement for Palestinians in Gaza

 

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Jessica Burnstein, Director of International Relations, Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement. The Israeli NGO uses legal assistance and public advocacy to protect the right to freedom of movement for Palestinians, including those trying to travel into and out of Gaza. Read more…. (more…)

Canada has sanctions on 19 countries, notes organizer of symposium on international law, but not on Israel

Members of the United Nations Security Council vote on an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during a meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York

Canada would like to join the UN Security Council, one of the most prestigious and exclusive clubs in the world. To show that it is “back in the game”, Canada has followed UN recommendations to put sanctions on 19 countries. But one particular country seem to continuously avoid our notice, even though it is in breach of many UN resolutions. Read more…

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An Israeli Canadian returns to visit the Israel he left 48 years ago. He didn’t like what he found.

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Jake Javanshir is a member of the Unitarian Congregation in Toronto. In 1970 as a young man he left Israel for Canada. Last June he returned for the first time to visit family and look around. On returning, he wrote a report on his thoughts and observations for fellow members of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ).  With his permission, it is reprinted below. Read more.

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Plea by concerned Israelis for “outside intervention” on behalf of Palestinians gets a response from Canadian Jew

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Progressive Canadian Jews condemn Israel’s “Nation State” bill as “counter to democratic values”

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“Zionism is an infinite ideal” proclaims a huge poster at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. Perhaps that is true for some, but at what cost? After weeks of debate, the Israeli Knesset (parliament) approved a controversial piece of legislation which enshrines in law the superior status of Jews over others inside the State of Israel. Liberal democrats around the world, including progressive Canadian Jews who hold to the notion of equality, are expressing extreme discomfort. Read more…

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