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What is the greatest obstacle in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict? You might be surprised at this Palestinian Canadian’s answer

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Prime Minister Trudeau at the opening of Canada’s Holocaust Memorial, 2017. Are Jewish Israeli fears about a new Holocaust real, or are they only an excuse to keep on oppressing Palestinians? Canadian Palestinian Monzer Zimmo thinks that human rights activists interested in bringing an end to the Israel/Palestine conflict need to think carefully about Jewish fears and how to deal with them. Read more. (more…)

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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Can Israel ever stop being a “fortress” and become a “home”?

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In a public interview last April in Toronto, famed Israeli author David Grossman (r.) lamented to CBC’s Michael Enright: “Israel is a fortress, but not yet a home”. A Palestinian Canadian, whose parents were expelled from Mandate Palestine in 1948, suggests that Jews in Israel can only feel at “home” when Israel acknowledges the refugees’ tragedy it created in 1947/48 and accepts equality. Read more… (more…)

A painful message to Canadians from a Palestinian English teacher trapped in the “big cage of Gaza”

IMG_0240While in Gaza recently, I spent a half a day doing an English class with about 20 young Palestinian women enrolled in a secretarial science course offered by the Near East Council of Churches – DSPR/Gaza. It was a great opportunity for me to have an informal and frank talk about their lives and hopes for the future. After the class, I got a poignant letter of thanks from their teacher. You might be interested in what she said…  (more…)

Well known Palestinian Christian theologian Naim Ateek starts cross Canada book tour

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Reverend Dr. Naim Ateek, an internationally known Palestinian Christian, will spend two weeks in April on a cross Canada book tour, promoting his most recent book “A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine–Israel Conflict.” Read more… (more…)