Miko Peled hopes to talk to thousands more North Americans about Israel/Palestine with new accessible platforms

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine

Miko Peled grew up in a Zionist family. His father was a well-known Israeli general who became a member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). But Peled gradually turned away from Zionism and became a tireless advocate for human rights for Palestinians. His speeches across North American regularly draw hundreds. Now he is launching a new intiative aimed at drawing thousands more, even millions, into the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians. Read more, and watch the 12 minute interview…


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Marc Garneau loudly claims he “strongly supports the International Criminal Court and (…) the rules based international order”… except when that court wants to investigate Israel

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine

Canada’s new Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau (l) had to do some fast footwork after the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it had authorized its chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (r) to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes. This posed a dilemma for Minister Garneau. How to claim support for international law, while at the same time protecting Israel? His staff at Global Affairs Canada found him a neat legalistic loophole. But it doesn’t bring any distinction to him, or to Canada. Read more….


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OFIP’s open letter to Foreign Minister Champagne: Will Canada ever actually implement its “official policy” opposing Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories?

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine

EU countries protested Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in Khirbet Humsah, (above) on 3 Nov. 2020. But the Trudeau Government looked the other way. Our official policy opposes the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. But our real policy appears to be something else. Read OFIP’s open Letter to Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne inviting him to clarify what Canada’s real policy is. Read more…


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Recent UN report on human rights in Occupied Territories contains a message for Canada

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine

Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Netanyahu celebrate the signature of the “modernised”Canada Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) in 2019. It directly contravenes a Security Council resolution which is mandatory for all UN members. The most recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has made several recommendations aimed at countries like Canada which are ignoring UNSC resolutions. Read more and see our video interview.


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Dozens of former Canadian diplomats urge Trudeau to speak out opposing Israel’s annexation plans

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine

Over 50 retired Canadian diplomats, including many ambassadors and three former Liberal ministers, have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau urging him to defend Canada’s historical commitment to multilateral institutions and international law by clearly indicating Canada’s opposition to Israel’s proposed ‘annexation’ of significant parts of the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Read more…


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Trump/Netanyahu Diplomacy: Orientalism by any Other Name

Global Justice in the 21st Century


[Prefatory Note: Based on Javad Heiran-Nia’s Interview (1 Feb 2020) on ‘the deal of the century.’]

Trump/Netanyahu Diplomacy: Orientalism by Any Other Name

1-Trump announced at the unveiling of the Deal of the Century, insisting that these proposals are a just plan for peace. Do you think that this plan serves Palestinian interests?

This so-called contribution to ‘peace’ requires Palestine to give up its most fundamental rights, and accept a permanent condition of subjugation and victimization. It is framed in such a one-sided pro-Israel manner as if designed to ensure its instant and overwhelming rejection by Palestinian government representatives and by Palestinian public opinion. The plan is nothing other than a thinly disguised geopolitical power play as overseen by Netanyahu and Trump to promote their own political agendas and safeguard their leadership positions, which are currently under fire in both Israel and the United States.

The Trump Plan…

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Canadian apologist for Israeli war crimes nominated for Peace Prize

Yves Engler

Irwin Cotler, left, is seen with guest speaker Alan Dershowitz, right.
Canadian Jewish News Photo

Hypocrisy, lying, disdain for the victims of ‘our’ policies and other forms of rot run deep in Canadian political culture.

The latest example is former prime minister Paul Martin nominating Irwin Cotler for the Nobel Peace Prize, which has been applauded by the likes of Bernie Farber, Michael Levitt and Anthony Housefather.

This supposed promoter of peace and former Liberal justice minister has devoted much of his life to defending Israeli violence and has recently promoted war on Iran and regime change in Venezuela.

In a story titled “Irwin Cotler’s  daughter running with Ya’alon, Gantz” the Jerusalem Post recently reported that Michal Cotler-Wunsh was part of the Israel Resilience and Telem joint election list. The story revealed that Irwin Cotler has been an unofficial adviser to Moshe Ya’alon for years. Former Chief of…

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Good riddance to NDP MP who is pro-Israel, pro-US empire

Yves Engler

Victoria MP Murray Rankin’s recent announcement that he won’t seek re-election is a victory for NDP members who stand for Palestinian rights and oppose regime change efforts in Iran and Venezuela.

Since taking his place in Parliament seven years ago Rankin has been a leading anti-Palestinian activist in the NDP. Here is a brief summary of his blindly pro-Israel, pro-US Empire activities as MP:

  • During Israel’s Summer 2014 destruction of Gaza, which left 2,200 Palestinians dead, he offered remarks supporting Israel (along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper) read at a Victoria Jewish Federation event to raise money for an emergency Israel Relief Fund. In 2016 Rankin went to Israel in a Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs organized trip and was one of the MPs who blocked the “Palestine Resolution” from being discussed at the NDP convention in February. In December Rankin joined Ambassador Nimrod Barkan and other prominent anti-Palestinian…

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