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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
Canadian Friends of Peace Now is deeply concerned about the potential for the escalation of violence at the Gaza border. We are alarmed and saddened by the killing and wounding of unarmed protesters last week. We call on both sides – Palestinians and Israelis – to exercise restraint and act responsibly to prevent further bloodshed. Israel has a right to
Canadian Friends of Peace Now is very concerned about a resolution on Israel/Palestine due to be brought forward at the NDP national convention later this month. The highly one-sided resolution puts demands upon Israel, but none upon the Palestinians, for ending the conflict. Particularly troubling is that it emphasizes UN General Assembly Resolution 194 as a basis for a negotiated
Canadian Friends of Peace Now views with deep dismay President Trump’s intention to transfer the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The President said his decision is not a departure “from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement.” But these are empty words. The move signals to the Palestinians and the Arab world that America has no