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Ten questions to Irwin Cotler about the IHRA definition of “anti-Semitism”: an open letter

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Irwin Cotler at the Western Wall in Israeli occupied East Jerusalem. Cotler is the Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and former Canadian Minister of Justice under Paul Martin. For several years he has been actively promoting a “new” definition of anti-Semitism which includes broad protection of Israel from criticism. Some aspects of the definition appear problematic. CTIP asks Mr. Cotler to clarify his views. Read more.

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Did the Israel lobby really achieve its main objective in the federal anti-racism strategy? It’s not as clear as they would like us to believe.

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It was all smiles from B’nai Brith president David Mostyn (left) and MP Michael Levitt (right), Chair of the Canada Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, as Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez released the Federal government’s long awaited anti-racism strategy. But despite their brave faces, Israel’s lobbyists were not able to get criticism of Israel defined as “racism” in the federal document. In fact, Israel is not even mentioned. Read more.

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“This is what fascism looks like” – say Canadians watching Jewish fanatics and Israeli soldiers on Jerusalem Day

 

Jewish Canadian David Kattenburg was appalled as he watched right wing nationalist Israeli fanatics (left) sing and wave Israeli flags in front of the Damascus Gate (in occupied Palestinian Territory) a few days ago. On the same day, another Canadian, this one of Palestinian origin, watched Israeli police storm into the Al Aqsa mosque using tear gas to disperse Muslim worshippers. “This is what fascism looks like”, said Kattenberg. Read more and see videos.

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Canada sits on its hands as Palestinians face intensified “Judaization” of Jerusalem egged on by Trump

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Ironic collage by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem mocks Israel’s practice of declaring “national parks” in Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem as a pretext for destroying houses. Read more… (more…)

Challenge to Israeli product labelling will be heard in Federal court in Toronto on May 21, 22

A legal case contesting the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s right to market wine produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank as a “Product of Israel” was launched in 2017 by Winnipeg native David Kattenburg. Despite opposition by various pro-Israel organizations, the case is slowly moving forward. May 21 will be a significant date. CTIP interviews Kattenburg’s lawyer Dimitri Lascaris….. (more…)