Sledgehammer diplomacy

Silwan tunnel undermines two-state solution On Sunday, June 30, Peace Now activists protested the inauguration of a new archeological tourist site dug under Palestinian homes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan. The site is a tunnel exposing an ancient pathway from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount and was purportedly used by Jews of antiquity ascending to

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

Electoral impasse in Israel: What’s next? by Simon Rosenblum*

On April 9, the slogan "Bibi, King of Israel" seemed right on the mark. That's when Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and the far-right parties won a clear majority of Knesset seats (65 out of 120) and Netanyahu declared "a great victory." Yet here we are once more, headed into new fall elections. What happened, in retrospect, is easy to describe, but

June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Once more the battle for Israel’s soul

Once more the battle for Israel's soul Crazy times! A new round of Israeli elections is slated for September 17 because Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to cobble together a coalition. This despite his willingness to "sell his soul and that of the country," as one commentator put it, in exchange for immunity from prosecution on corruption charges. The last campaign

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Shaqued Morag speaking tour – 7 take-aways

Shaqued Morag, leader of Israel's Peace Now movement, visited Canada May 13-19, to speak in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, about the urgency for Israel to change course. Here are some of the highlights of her talks.     Original Zionist vision being eroded   Israel's 1948 Declaration of Independence envisions a democratic Jewish state with equality for all

May 28th, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Leader of Israel’s premier peace movement, Shaqued Morag, to speak in Toronto on May 16, 2019

May 13th, 2019|Categories: Events (English), Home|

Leader of Israel’s premier peace movement, Shaqued Morag, to speak in Montreal on May 14, 2019

May 13th, 2019|Categories: Events (English), Home|

Leader of Israel’s premier peace movement, Shaqued Morag, to speak in Ottawa on May 15, 2019

May 13th, 2019|Categories: Events (English), Home|

La directrice exécutive de la Paix maintenant Israël vient à Montréal le 14 mai 2019

Venez nombreux participer à la conférence intitulée "la démocratie israélienne à la croisée des chemins: de la déclaration d’indépendance d’Israël à la loi de l'État-nation juif" avec la participation de SHAQUED MORAG Directrice exécutive de la Paix maintenant Israël. Ancienne chef de cabinet du parti Meretz. Activiste anti-pauvreté et en faveur de la défense des droits des femmes. La conférence

May 10th, 2019|Categories: Events-Fr, Home|

Some thoughts on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzma’ut

Today - Yom HaZikaron - is a day of solemn remembrance for Israel. It is a time to commemorate the soldiers, police and others, the thousands of men and women, who died during active duty. According to Israel's defence ministry the number of fallen stands at 23,741, a figure that includes all those who died in the pre-state struggles and

May 8th, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Leader of Israel’s premier peace movement to speak in Canada

Israel's beleaguered peace camp has its work cut out for it in the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election and new gains for the extreme right. The ultra-nationalists will push Netanyahu to make good on his campaign promise to annex the West Bank. But, says Shaqued Morag, leader of Peace Now, Israel's premier peace movement, the annexation danger may also serve

April 24th, 2019|Categories: Events (English), Home|

Israel’s at a Tipping Point: Peace Camp Needed Now More Than Ever

Bibi is King of Israel - unless/until he goes to jail that is! The election results should not have come as a surprise, as the polls consistently pointed to a right-wing government. Let's examine some of the major factors that will determine what is to come. Donald Trump was merely being Trump when he tweeted that Netanyahu's re-election "improves the

April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Passover, Festival of Freedom

A holiday for questioning and hope. For rejoicing in freedom. And standing up to tyranny and oppression. For remembering the birth of our nationhood. And the responsibilities that go with nationhood. ("Do not mistreat or oppress the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." Ex.22.20)   As you celebrate Pesach, we hope you will add to the

April 18th, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Peace Now Leader, Shaqued Morag, coming to Canada in mid-May

Shaqued Morag is the leader of Peace Now Shaqued Morag, the dynamic young leader of the Peace Now movement in Israel is coming to Canada mid-May on a three-city speaking tour. Her talk is titled: "Fighting annexation, saving the two-state vision: grassroots activism to avert the abyss." Shaqued will be  in Montreal on May 14, in Ottawa on May 15

April 12th, 2019|Categories: Events (English), Events-Fr, Home|

The fight against annexation begins in earnest

The votes are in. The people of Israel have spoken. Although it may take some days or even weeks before we know the exact composition of the new government, the basic results are clear: another right-wing regime with Benjamin Netanyahu at the helm. What's also clear is that there are deep divisions in the country and that many Israelis voted

April 10th, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

Emil Grunzweig memorial testifies to horrors of hate and Shalom Achshav resilience

Adi Berkovich, recipient of first Emil Grunzweig Fellowship (funded by CFPN) speaks at memorial marking Grunzweig's murder by right-wing extremist Every year Shalom Achshav holds a memorial to mark the anniversary of the murder on Feb. 10, 1983 of one of its activists, Emil Grunzweig, by a right-wing extremist. This year's ceremony took place in the midst of

February 28th, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

CFPN condemns Netanyahu’s push to bring racists into Israel’s mainstream

Canadian Friends of Peace Now joins the outcry against Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent embrace of the extremist right-wing party Otzma Yehudit ("Jewish Power"), thus creating an avenue for avowed racists to enter the political mainstream.   The leaders of Otzma Yehudit have publicly endorsed the racist ideology of Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose Kach movement was outlawed by Israel, the United

February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Home, Newsletters|

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|