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
By: Sheldon Kirshner Conditions are not yet ripe for Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement, but in the meantime, the Israeli government should adopt pragmatic measures to ensure that final-status talks will be possible in the future, says Amnon Reshef, the founder of Commanders for Israel’s Security, a non-partisan Israeli organization that promotes a two-state solution. Reshef,
A group of high ranking retired officers from Israel's military and security establishment has a plan for keeping Israel safe while holding the door open for an eventual two-state solution. This was the message brought to Toronto Jewish audiences on May 16 and 17 by Michael Koplow, Director of the Israel Policy Forum, the American partner for the Commanders for
With much fanfare, the Netanyahu government recently announced a policy of “restrained” settlement building as a show of good will to the White House. Peace Now‘s analysis demonstrates it’s all smoke and mirrors and that, in practice, settlement can continue apace. The policy states construction will be limited to the “built-up area” of a settlement, with use of adjacent or
Peace Now staffer Yotam Yaakoba talks to youth about realities beyond the Green Line. Recent opinion polls show aRecent opinion polls show a disturbing trend among Israeli youth: they are becoming more hawkish and less concerned about peace, democracy and human
Dear Friends, Last week we sent out a notice urging you to protest Israel’s new travel ban through a letter or an email to the Israeli ambassador to Canada. We have since discovered that the embassy does not make it very simple to receive such feedback by email. The “Contact Us” page consists of a form, with a space for
Dear friend, We are urging our supporters, and all Jews who value a democratic Israel, to write to the Israeli ambassador to Canada and protest the new travel ban legislation. A proposed letter is below, but you can put the concerns expressed into your own words. Our recent statement on the travel ban is also appended below as background. We also
Canadian Friends of Peace Now strongly condemns the new Israeli legislation, adopted March 6 by the Knesset, that bans entry to foreign nationals who support or publicly engage in boycotts of either Israel or West Bank settlements. Anyone who values freedom of expression – whether he or she agrees with boycotts or not – should be appalled by this law.