American/Israeli academic Gershon Shafir spoke on November 14th to a large crowd at the Jewish Community Centre in Ottawa. He was very critical of Israel’s seemingly unstoppable slide towards intolerance and right wing politics, but still held out hope for a 2 state solution. Many in the audience were relieved, but not everyone was convinced. See this report by guest columnist Diana Ralph, of Independent Jewish Voices Ottawa.(more…)
One hundred years ago this month, after decades of anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour promised Jews that Britain would help them create a homeland in Palestine.
That set in motion events which have caused trouble in the Middle East ever since.
Was Balfour’s idea a good one, or not? The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa is organizing a film and discussion to mark the 100th anniversary.
First Unitarian Congregation
30 Cleary Avenue
Wednesday, November 22 @ 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.
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Sadhij Nassar, one of the leaders of the Arab Women’s Movement in Mandate Palestine wrote and spoke frequently against the British takeover of Palestine and its “Balfour Declaration”. In 1939 she was imprisoned and later exiled for her determined opposition to Britain’s project. Read a special guest column by Grafton Ross…
Professor Michael Lynk, of Western University Law school, is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In his most recent report, he recommends to the UN General Assembly that it examine whether the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is still legal after 50 years. Read more…