Canadian Dimension: Canada complicit in crafting colonial policies for Palestine

Children playing in Bethlehem • Photo by Dawei Ding The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a crass expression of colonial thought that Canada helped realize. Just before capturing Jerusalem in late 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour proclaimed support for a Jewish homeland on land occupied mostly by Muslim and ...

Canadian Dimension: Will Conservative Party Quackery or NDP Principle determine Canada’s Palestine Policy

Photo by Gigi Ibrahim The Conservative party leadership campaign has unleashed pro-Israel quackery, but it is the NDP race that could have greater impact on Canada’s Palestine policy. Aping Donald Trump, former Conservative minister Kellie Leitch recently asked her Twitter followers to “join me in calling on the Government of Canada to immediately move our ...

Canadian Dimension: Elizabeth May Threatens to Resign Over Green Party’s Support of BDS

Photo by Laurel L. Russwurm Elizabeth May’s response to Green Party members voting to oppose Canadian support for Israeli colonialism has been wildly anti-democratic. She has not simply disagreed with a majority of members, which could reflect healthy internal processes, but publicly derided the party’s procedures and members’ clearly expressed opinions. After diluting a resolution ...

Canadian Dimension: Campaign to revoke the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s Charitable Status

Photo by zeevveez The campaign to revoke the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s charitable status is growing. In recent weeks it’s gained an important political endorsement, high profile intellectual backing and raised funds for a legal challenge. Recently, Green Party leader Elizabeth May joined 28 other party members in sponsoring a resolution to the Party’s ...

Canadian Dimension: Dear Justin Trudeau: Don’t Buy Into Israeli Exceptionalism

Image by Nicolas Raymond To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau: “How is this night different from all other nights?” Such is the question we Jews ritually ask the youngest child at the Passover table. Commemorating the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, the question carries with it resonances of a chosen people – -at once persecuted and ...

Canadian Dimension: Liberals’ shameful BDS stand gives carte blanche to Israel

Photo by David Shankbone Here’s a Middle East multiple choice question for you (warning: one of these will get you condemned by the government of Justin Trudeau). Would you rather that the Palestinian people 1) once again take up armed struggle in order to end Israeli occupation of their land or 2) pursue a non-violent ...

Canadian Dimension: The Harper government and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine

Illustration by Latuff As the 67th year remembrance year of the Palestinian Nakba passes and federal elections in Canada approach, there is one aspect of the Harper government that will be remembered regardless of the election outcomes: his unequivocal and unwavering support for the state of Israel. The Harper government’s stance toward Israel has gone ...

Canadian Dimension: Kathleen Wynne: Please refuse ‘honour’ from Israel lobby group

Photo by Alex Guibord On May 4, individuals representing Independent Jewish Voices – Canada, Women in Solidarity with Palestine, Dykes and Trans People for Palestine, and Palestine House sent a very similar letter to this one to Premier Kathleen Wynne. In that letter, we requested a meeting with Premier Wynne to discuss this issue further. ...

Canadian Dimension: Thanks to Harper, ‘Canada no good!’

Photo by Garry Leech Walking through the old city of Nablus in the West Bank last week, I encountered a Palestinian man who worked as a tailor in the small store situated in his family’s home. We struck up a conversation. “Where are you from?” he asked me. “Canada,” I replied. Shaking his head from ...

Canadian Dimension: Why is this Jewish man taking aim at one of Canada’s biggest tax-deductible charities?

Photo by Meraj Chhaya Tyler Levitan is the National Coordinator of Independent Jewish Voices, a small group of progressive Canadian Jews. IJV has been spearheading a campaign to get the Jewish National Fund of Canada (JNF) delisted as a tax deductible Canadian charity. JNF Canada annually collects over $10 million, mostly from Canadian Jews, for ...

Canadian Dimension: From Israel to ISIS: Harper’s ‘Orwellian’ foreign policy

Photo by SPC Ronald Shaw Jr., U.S. Army It’s getting difficult to remember a time when the Canadian Parliament actually tried to make principled decisions regarding foreign policy and our place in the community of nations. But we should try. Perhaps a first step in returning to such a time was the decision of the ...