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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|

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|

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|