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Peace Now warns against dangerous new settlement project

Peace Now/Shalom Achshav has sounded the alarm about Israeli government plans to create a new settlement project that could destroy chances for a two-state solution. The government has allocated a huge area - 1200 dunams (300 acres) - for a new Jewish neighbourhood south of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem and beside the village of a-Nahla. Known as Givat Eitam,

January 11th, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

CFPN joins in mourning for Amos Oz

The renowned Israeli author and visionary peace activist Amos Oz died on Friday, Dec. 28, after a brief bout of cancer. Canadian Friends of Peace Now joins Israelis, Diaspora Jews and his admirers worldwide in paying tribute to this great man. Oz was one of Israel's best known and mostly widely read writers. Translated into 45 languages, his books won

December 28th, 2018|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

The year-end clock is ticking

Where does the time go? The end of 2018 is fast approaching, and there's only about one week left to make donations eligible for this year's tax deduction receipt. Our heartfelt thanks to you all for your ongoing support and double thanks to those who have already made their annual contributions. To those who have not done so yet, please

December 20th, 2018|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

CFPN condemns Netanyahu’s outrageous statements on settlements

December 13, 2018 Canadian Friends of Peace Now is appalled that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used a recent Palestinian terror attack to make an unconscionable vow. Speaking at the opening of a traffic interchange in the central West Bank on Dec. 11, Netanyahu not only promised to build more settlements in response to terror, but to make sure

December 16th, 2018|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Ha’aretz journalist debunks myth that Trump is good for Israel

November 2018 President Trump's supposedly pro-Israel initiatives are likely to have negative repercussions for Israel and undermine prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. This was the main message of a talk by Amir Tibon, during his three-city Canada tour in mid-November, hosted by Canadian Friends of Peace Now. Tibon, Washington correspondent for the Ha'aretz news organization, spoke on the

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Amir Tibon in Toronto- An Israeli Journalist in Trump’s Washington

 

October 19th, 2018|Categories: Events (English), Home|

CFPN protests ban on U.S. student’s entry into Israel

Canadian Friends of Peace Now calls on the Government of Israel to allow Lara Alqasem to enter Israel. Alqasem, 22, is an American of Palestinian descent who received a student visa from an Israeli consulate in the U.S. to pursue an M.A. in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at the Hebrew University. When she arrived in Israel on Oct. 2

October 19th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Save the date: October 28 Event

October 5th, 2018|Categories: Events (English), Home|

Meet Shaqued Morag: Peace Now’s dynamic new leader

Shaqued Morag, Peace Now's new executive director, has clear ideas for how to make the organization a stronger presence in the Israeli political landscape. Bring Shalom Achshav back to its roots as a broad-based movement through a smart and focused outreach program. Concentrate on the Knesset too. The settlers have become a very influential pressure group in the Israeli parliament.

August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Peter Beinart: Not your stereotypical leftist

By Bernard Bohbot and Rachel Zaurov Based on an interview earlier this year with Peter Beinart With the publication, in 2010, of his essay The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment in the New York Review of Books, Peter Beinart became known as the enfant terrible of the American Jewish community. Two years later his book, The Crisis of Zionism, caused an even greater

August 6th, 2018|Categories: Home, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

Troubling developments on both sides of the Green Line

Israel has passed its controversial "Nation-State" law, which expressly enshrines Jewish supremacy in the land, breaking with the founding principles of its Declaration of Independence. The 1948 independence declaration envisioned an Israel that would "ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race or sex." The new law will ensure that some citizens

July 21st, 2018|Categories: Home|

The Oslo Diaries

Please join members of Canadian Friends of Peace Now for a screening of the acclaimed documentary, The Oslo Diaries on Tuesday, July 10, 6:30pm. Look for people holding the Peace Now sign. We hope to go to a café after the screening to have a discussion about the film. The Bloor Hot Docs Theatre is at 506 Bloor West, near the Bathurst

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Peace Now announces new executive director

Canadian Friends of Peace Now congratulates Shaqued Morag on her appointment as executive director of Peace Now/Shalom Achshav. A seasoned political and social activist, Morag, 33, has the skills, along with the youthful dynamism, to lead Israel's premier peace movement. Until recently, Morag served in senior positions in the Meretz party, including as the party's interim secretary general and as

June 30th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Youth Leaders Retention Seminar

Dear Friends, The recent carnage in Gaza, the misguided U.S. embassy move and Abbas' very troubling Holocaust statements are just a few of the bad news stories lately. The good news is that Shalom Achshav/Peace Now continues its unflagging fight for the two-state solution - the only sane, just, feasible path towards peace for both sides. Shalom Achshav is up

May 24th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Peace Now decries folly of U.S. embassy move and Israel’s Gaza policy

Monday, May 14, was a day of terrible bloodshed as well as near farcical theatre in the Israeli and Palestinian region. The day saw the opening of the relocated U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, amid much pomp and ceremony and self-congratulation from the tight circle of Trump-Netanyahu-allied attendees. The speeches claimed, among other things, that the highly controversial decision to move

May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

 Peace Now protests U.S. embassy move

Canadian Friends of Peace Now stands with our sister organization, Shalom Achshav in Israel, in protesting the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Peace Now has conducted a public campaign against the move under the slogan: "Not Like This, Not Now." The Trump-led unilateral embassy initiative is seen as highly provocative and harmful to chances for

May 14th, 2018|Categories: Home|

CFPN joins outrage at Abbas’ April 30 Holocaust remarks

Mahmoud Abbas' sunk to a new low in his recent comments on the Holocaust made before the Palestine National Council on April 30. In his lengthy "history lesson," Abbas sought to discredit the 3,000-year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. This aim alone deserves condemnation. But the worst part of his falsifying diatribe was his assertion that the Jews'

May 4th, 2018|Categories: Home|

The shadow that lies over Israel’s Independence Day

Seventy years after its victory in the 1948 war Israel can rightly take pride in its many achievements. Mere survival in such a hostile neighbourhood is cause for celebration, but the country has accomplished so much more. It has become an economic powerhouse, renowned for scientific and technical innovations. Israel’s military prowess is respected by friends and foes alike. It’s

May 1st, 2018|Categories: Home|

Don’t miss The Oslo Diaries

 About the film: It's 1992. Israeli Palestinian relations are at all time low. In an attempt to stop the bloodshed, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians meet in Oslo--secretly and against the law. Their meetings lead to negotiations that come tantalizingly close to a final peace deal. The film provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Oslo Accords and their

April 17th, 2018|Categories: Home|

Sober thoughts voiced amid Independence Day jubilation  

 Last week Jews in their homeland and throughout the Diaspora celebrated Israel’s 70th birthday. They revelled in this small, young country’s amazing achievements – its military prowess, economic strength, vibrant culture and breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine and more. Despite its precarious beginnings, four major wars and the constant threat of war, the nation thrives. Yet not everyone was content

April 6th, 2018|Categories: Home, Newsletters|