It may not have reached the level of fevered expectation unleashed by that famous handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn in 1993, but the sense of hope inspired by the long-awaited revival of peace talks is both tangible and deeply misplaced.
The talks, which it was agreed this week will begin in earnest in the region in mid-August, are taking place not because either Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, or the Palestnian president, Mahmoud Abbas, believe a deal is in reach. The two sides are talking each to avoid being blamed for embarrassing John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state.
At the close of 2008, I joined thousands in Toronto to protest Israel’s attack on Gaza, and even spoke at some of the rallies. Like people all over the world, we called for an immediate end to the war. At York University, where I was a student, we mobilized the campus to stop the bombing and to defend Palestinian rights.
Only a few months after the siege, the bombs dropped again, but this time, they were falling on my own people — in the Vanni region of northern Sri Lanka. And once again, we hit Toronto’s streets in protest.
I realized then that even though our homelands are oceans apart, Palestinians and Tamils have much in common.
Waging war on civilians
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Bulgarian officials have identified two individuals — including a Canadian — who are suspected of involvement in a Hezbollah-linked bus bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists last summer. The men have been identified as Canadian Hassan El Hajj Hassan, […]
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It unfortunately has become a truism that when Egypt sneezes, Gaza catches a cold. Fearful of the “terrorist elements” automatically associated with Hamas, the governing party in Gaza, neighbouring Egypt is quick to shut what amounts to “prison gates” at the first sign of turmoil either inside or outside the densely populated strip. Israel keeps its own crossings into Gaza on permanent lock-down, with permitted traffic a bare trickle, while also prohibiting travel by air and sea.
The current unrest in Egypt is no exception. As the world sits on the edge of its seat, polarised in its debate about whether the ouster of Mohammed Morsi was really a coup and what will happen next, the 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza are paying the price.
A recently uncovered government document confirms that Ottawa has delivered millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority to in a bid to advance Israel’s interests. The internal memorandum also sheds light on Canada’s efforts to build a security apparatus to protect the Palestinian Authority from popular disgust over its compliance in the face of ongoing Israeli settlement building.
Last week Postmedia’s Lee Berthiaume reported on a Canadian International Development Agency note outlining Israel’s desire for Canada to continue its $300 million five-year “aid” program to the Palestinians, which the Conservatives threatened to severe after the PA pursued UN statehood last fall.
Brian Murphy DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Norwegian woman at the centre of a Dubai rape claim dispute said Sunday that officials have dropped her 16-month sentence for having sex outside marriage and she is free to leave the […]
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said Friday she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to […]
NAJAF, Iraq – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad travelled to southern Iraq on Friday to visit two of the most sacred cities for Shiite Muslims amid tight security on the second day of his two-day visit to the country. The outgoing … Continue Reading
Visiting the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan near the Syrian border, Kerry met six representatives of its 115,000-strong population
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
More than 90 Canadian writers, including a lot of the big names, have come on board as signatories to an online letter to Israeli a…
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Many continue to insist that the situation in Israel bears no resemblance to the South African Apartheid system.
CAIRO — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates emphatically demonstrated Tuesday that they approve of the overthrow of Egypt’s elected president, Mohammed Morsi, and his government. The Gulf sheikdoms forked over $8 billion in emergency loans and grants to […]
OTTAWA — Israeli officials encouraged Canada not to cut its foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority in retaliation for the Palestinians seeking upgraded status at the United Nations last year, new documents show. Canada was one of nine countries that […]
Michelle Wright is ready for the next round. The Canadian country music legend returns to the fray with her new album Strong, which officially releases July 9th. Her first original material album in seven years is a bit of an […]
Tahrir Square in 2011
In the early hours of 12 April 2002, with massive anti-government protests filling the streets, members of the Venezuelan military abducted President Hugo Chávez and, promising new elections, installed an interim leader of their own choosing in his place. Large swaths of respectable international opinion praised the action — which was not called a coup — with The New York Times crowing in a now-infamous editorial that “Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator.”
When Chávez, with the assistance of military loyalists and massive street protests of his own, returned triumphantly (Read more…)
Raed Jaser, 35, appears at Old City Hall courts in Toronto, as seen in this artist’s rendition, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (John Mantha / CTV Toronto) Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/a-recent-history-of-alleged-terror-plots-foiled-in-canada-1.1350923#ixzz2XzNyJz1y News of an alleged plot to plant pressure-cooker bombs near the British Columbia legislature on Canada Day stunned Victoria residents and people across the country Tuesday. […]