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Human rights groups evaluate Green Party leadership candidates on Israel/Palestine question

The Green Party of Canada will choose a new leader to replace longtime leader Elizabeth May on October 4th. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) and Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) have analysed each of the nine leadership candidates on Middle East-related issues, awarding Dimitri Lascaris the best score. Lascaris did a webinar on Aug 20, answering questions from activists. Read the report and watch the webinar here.

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Canada remains silent as Israel continues to crush Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem

The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in East Jerusalem, and Yabous, a cultural centre, were raided by Israeli police in late July. Several directors were arrested and repeatedly interrogated. International law does not recognize Israel’s claim of sovereignty over East Jerusalem. Neither does Canadian policy. Other countries objected to the Israeli incursion. However, so far Canada has remained silent. Read more.

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Canadian Jews join the debate over whether a Jewish State is necessary

A July 8th article in the New York Times by Peter Beinart, a well known Jewish American intellectual, landed like a bombshell in the Jewish community around the world. Beinart, long a supporter of a 2 state solution, declared he no longer believed in the idea of a Jewish State. The article has provoked vigorous debate among Jews in America, in Israel, and to a certain extent, in Canada. Read more….

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Why was Honest Reporting Canada’s webinar on Canada-Israel relations such a disappointment?

A free webinar organized by Honest Reporting Canada (HRC) promised to feature influential operators from the Liberal, Tory and NDP parties and give “an insiders perspective on Canada-Israel relations”. While HRC is stridently pro-Israel, the webinar looked like it could be informative and interesting, even to those who don’t share HRC’s perspective. Unfortunately, it was neither informative nor interesting. Read more…

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Meet Bob Rae, Canada’s new UN Ambassador

Bob Rae, Canada’s newly appointed Ambassador to the United Nations, is generally regarded as “progressive” on many issues. However there is one big exception – human rights for Palestinians. He is an active supporter of Israel and involved in many Zionist organizations in Canada and in Israel. Read more…

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