Security Council Censure of Israel Is Highly Significant

CJPME Political Blog, January 6th, 2017:  Friday’s UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution censuring Israel will not resurrect dead Palestinians or Israelis from wars past, nor will it change the near-term prospect for peace.  But despite cynical criticism from the left, the UNSC resolution condemning Israel’s illegal settlements (a.k.a. colonies) is still very significant.   Continue reading

Greens Finally Agree on Economic Sanctions on Israel

CJPME Political Blog, December 21, 2016: The Green Party convention this past weekend offered a win for everyone. Sort of. The convention was held to clarify the Greens’ position vis-à-vis economic pressure on Israel for its human rights abuses.  Green leader Elizabeth May was so opposed to an August resolution condemning Israel’s human rights abuses that she had threatened to resign.  Influential party activists sought to preserve their August win while maintaining party unity. Continue reading

Ontario MPPs need to oppose today's Motion 36

CJPME Political Blog, December 1, 2016: Re: The Need to OPPPOSE today’s Motion 36 Dear members of the Ontario Legislature, I write to you today to urge you to vote AGAINST ballot item number 25, Motion Number 36, introduced by Ms. Martow, MPP Thornhill, to be debated today, December 1.  This motion seeks to smear and discredit a movement – the BDS movement – which is grounded in international law and the respect of the human rights of all peoples.  Continue reading

Dubious Prognosis for Canadian aid to Palestine

CJPME Political Blog, Nov. 17, 2016: Until I looked more closely at Governor General David Johnston’s recent trip to the Middle East, I was totally oblivious to the fact that Canada funds programs to help Palestinian women. Long concerned about the plight of women in the Middle East, I was thrilled to learn that Canada funds a CARE International program to increase Palestinian women’s access to the labour force.   Continue reading

Green Party Finds Compromise Position on Boycott of Israel

CJPME Political Blog, Nov. 16, 2016: The naysayers on both sides of the issue have been proven wrong.  When the Green Party passed a motion in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on Israel in August, conservative voices felt Elizabeth May would be justified in stepping down as party leader.  Progressive voices, however, urged her to stay on, and not to disavow the BDS movement.   Continue reading

Let’s Enable a Real Canadian Debate on Israel-Palestine

CJPME Political Blog, Nov. 10, 2016: Last week, the Vancouver Sun printed a remarkable apology to Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Canada.   The Sun editorial board had published a piece in August claiming that IJV – a Jewish organization – had denied the Holocaust and encouraged terrorism against Israelis.  The only problem was, they were dead wrong. Continue reading

In Case You Missed it, Canada passed an anti-Islamophobia Motion

CJPME Political Blog, Nov 2, 2016  Canadians can’t be blamed for missing the anti-Islamophobia motion that passed in parliament last week.  If you Google it, you won’t get a single hit in mainstream media: not in CBC, not in Postmedia, not in the Globe and Mail, nowhere.  In fact, when this piece is published, it may be the first media piece talking about Canada’s successful anti-Islamophobia motion. Continue reading

Wishful Thinking Will Not Solve The Israel-Palestine Conflict

CJPME Political Blog, Oct 26, 2016 The appearance of B’Tselem Director Hagai El-Ad at the UN last week caused a healthy furor.  While European and other politicians supported his testimony, Israel’s right-wing leaders went so far as to accuse El-Ad of treason.  Yet this tiny Israeli human rights organization did what international diplomacy has failed to do for years: it held Israel to account – just briefly – for important violations of international law.  Continue reading

Muslim Canadians must hold Trudeau government accountable

CJPME Political Blog, Oct.25,2016 As the Harper era ended and Trudeau’s term began in late 2015, a collective sigh of relief could be heard from ethnic communities all across Canada, especially from Muslim Canadians. From opposing niqabs at citizenship ceremonies to setting up a hotline for individuals to report the “barbaric cultural practices” of their fellow Canadians - which would have undoubtedly targeted Muslims and those believed to be Muslim - Steven Harper’s Conservative government proved to be highly intolerant of certain minority communities and certainly aided in the heightening of tensions against ethnic and religious groups in the country.  Continue reading

What is Trudeau’s Long-Term Plan for Syrian Refugees?

CJPME Political Blog, Oct.21, 2016 My organization has joined in the sponsorship of 9 different Syrian refugee families.  Some of the files were submitted as early as 2015; all have been approved; yet not a single refugee has arrived.  There are thousands of sponsoring groups in Canada in a position identical to ours.  Continue reading