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The Abraham Accords: Winners and Losers

Sept. 24, 2020 – By JON ALLEN The recent UAE-Israel-U.S.A. agreement takes the immediate prospects of Israel’s illegal annexation of part of the West Bank off the table in exchange for full diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates. Bahrain has followed suit, and others – Oman, Sudan and Morocco – could soon. These accords … Continue reading “The Abraham Accords: Winners and Losers”

Critics of Ontario’s Bill 168 Miss the Mark

By HARRIS WATKINS Working for a member of Ontario’s provincial parliament, I have often seen coordinated email campaigns influenced by external and third-party organizations (using the same subject line usually gives it away). Such was the case when the office of Progressive Conservative MPP Natalia Kusendova (Mississauga Centre) began to receive concerns about Bill 168, … Continue reading “Critics of Ontario’s Bill 168 Miss the Mark”

Leila Khaled and the Corruption of the Academy

Sept. 14, 2020 – By DAVID ROYTENBERG On Sept. 6, 1970, 50 years ago last week, Leila Khaled, a Palestinian refugee from Haifa, participated in the hijacking of El Al flight 219 from Amsterdam to New York. The crime was part of a coordinated attack involving 600 passengers on four commercial jets from four airlines, … Continue reading “Leila Khaled and the Corruption of the Academy”

Laura Loomer

We Should Denounce Jewish Bigots Too

Aug. 27, 2020 – By JOE SOLWAY Normally, I’m pleased to see a fellow Jew succeed in the political arena, even if we don’t hold the same views. But not so in a recent primary in Florida. That’s because the winner, Laura Loomer, is a self-described “proud Islamophobe.” She’s been banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, … Continue reading “We Should Denounce Jewish Bigots Too”

David Goldberg

Canada and UNRWA: A Return to First Principles?

By DAVID H. GOLDBERG For decades, Canadian governments – Liberal and Conservative – have routinely approved generous funding for United Nations agencies, with little apparent thought as to whether taxpayers’ dollars were being applied transparently, or that agency staff were adhering to the UN’s commitment to strict impartiality with respect to Israel and Israel-Arab relations. … Continue reading “Canada and UNRWA: A Return to First Principles?”

Stephen Block

Mediating the Situation at York University

Aug. 21, 2020 – By STEPHEN BLOCK The situation at York University continues to evolve. A brief refresher: In November 2019, a violent confrontation broke out between supporters of Herut Canada, a campus group that had invited active reservists of the Israel Defense Forces to speak against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and … Continue reading “Mediating the Situation at York University”

David Roytenberg

The Many Facets of the Israel-UAE Deal

Aug. 20, 2020 – By DAVID ROYTENBERG On Aug. 13, Israel and United Arab Emirates announced the signing of an agreement normalizing relations between the two countries. According to the text of the agreement, “Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, … Continue reading “The Many Facets of the Israel-UAE Deal”

The UAE-Israel Agreement: Winners and Losers

Aug. 19, 2020 – By Barbara Landau Progressive Jews applaud the announcement that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have reached an historic agreement. The deal to normalize relations has been waiting since the Arab Initiative was offered in 2002. Steps toward peace with Israel’s Arab neighbours clearly benefit the Jewish state and increase stability … Continue reading “The UAE-Israel Agreement: Winners and Losers”

Nazi Monuments in Canada Must be Removed

Aug. 10, 2020 – By BELLE JARNIEWSKI As Canadians continue to confront the ongoing influence of colonialist monuments in our country, one memorial commemorating the 1st Ukrainian Division of the Ukrainian National Army, initially known as the Waffen-SS “Galicia” Division, was recently “vandalized.” As reported on these pages, graffiti spray-painted on the memorial, located in … Continue reading “Nazi Monuments in Canada Must be Removed”

Jeff Wilkinson

Questioning the Two-State Solution: A Dilemma for Progressive Jews

By JEFFREY WILKINSON Recently, liberal Jewish thinker, journalist and teacher Peter Beinart wrote a highly provocative article in the journal Jewish Currents, followed by a shorter piece in the New York Times calling the two-state solution “dead” and advocating for a binational state with equal rights for all. In his longer piece, “Yavne: A Jewish … Continue reading “Questioning the Two-State Solution: A Dilemma for Progressive Jews”

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