Programs - Canada
Canadian Friends of Peace Now undertakes joint projects directly with Palestinian communities. These have included Building Bridges - a joint Palestinian-Israeli art exhibit at Columbus Centre’s Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, and a unique “Peace Bus” for a Palestinian community centre in the West Bank town of Sebastien.
Canadian Friends of Peace Now offers an annual Peace Fellowship to a Canadian Masters or PhD student whose field of study aligns with the goals and values of Shalom Achshav, and whose findings would contribute to fostering grassroots reconciliation, government peace policy, or the like.
CFPN’s vibrant program of public events has been held in major synagogues in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and has brought prominent guest speakers to share different historical and political perspectives with Shalom Achshav supporters and the public in Canada.
Speakers have included Prof. Naomi Chazan (former Labour Member of Knesset), Ophir Pines-Paz (former Labour MK and former Minister of the Interior), Yossi Beilin, (former Labour Minister of Justice and co-architect of the Oslo Accords), Ami Ayalon, (former head of Israel’s Shin Bet, and former MK), former IDF senior officers Shlomo Gazit, Maj. Gen. (ret.), Shlomo Brom, Brig. Gen. (ret.) and Shaul Arieli, Col. (ret.), Yossi Alpher (Israeli commentator and former Mossad officer), Prof. Sari Nusseibeh, (President of Al-Quds University), Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish (Palestinian physician and author of “I Shall Not Hate”), David Grossman, (Israeli novelist), Akiva Eldar, Aluf Benn and Tom Segev (columnists for Ha’aretz newspaper), Michael Karpin (Israeli broadcaster), Irshad Manji, (Muslim reformer), Bob Rae (Liberal MP and foreign affairs critic), Peter Kent (Conservative MP and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs), Michael Bell (former Canadian Ambassador to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan), Shira Herzog (Israeli-Canadian commentator), Mark Rosenblum (founder of Americans for Peace Now); and many more.
CFPN’s events have often been co-sponsored by Jewish institutions such as Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist synagogues, ARZA Canada, New Israel Fund Canada, Na’amat Canada, the Canada-Israel Committee, Hillel and the Toronto Jewish Book Fair.
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