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Jul 12, 2018, 12:07 AM
Canadian Jewish Leaders Discuss Israel with PM Trudeau
Many in the Canadian Jewish community were disappointed by Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement in May on the Israel-Gaza border clashes. Among other deficiencies, grassroots community members were deeply concerned by its failure to mention Hamas and its role in...
Jun 21, 2018, 8:57 PM
Canada is Right to Take a Strong Stand Against Iran
Anyone concerned about the threat Iran poses to global peace and human rights should be encouraged by growing momentum in Canada to hold Iran to account. Last week, in a 248-to-45 vote, Canada’s House of Commons passed a motion condemning...
May 10, 2018, 5:53 PM
The Problem with the Iran Deal
On Tuesday, the President of the United States announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear accord reached by the P5+1 and Iran in 2015. Israel has applauded the American decision while, predictably,...
Apr 3, 2018, 11:42 PM
Spike in European Antisemitism: A Cautionary Tale for Canada
In some of the world's most progressive and multicultural countries, Jews are less secure than they have been in generations. How can this be? And what does it mean for Canada? How is it that Jewish Swedes are roughly 20...
Mar 25, 2018, 4:26 PM
ISIS isn’t allowed on Twitter. Why is Hamas?
What would you think if Al Qaeda was allowed a Twitter account? What about the Islamic State? You would likely be shocked and outraged. Of course, neither Al Qaeda nor ISIS is permitted on Twitter because the social media...
Jul 31, 2017, 10:18 PM
Momentum in the Canada-Israel Strategic Partnership
It’s no secret Canada and Israel have long enjoyed an exceptional and mutually beneficial relationship. Built on a foundation of shared democratic values, both countries have an interest in working together to better the lives of their respective citizens. This...
Dec 6, 2016, 7:49 PM
Anti-BDS Vote at Ontario Legislature a Watershed Moment
On December 1st, the Ontario Legislative Assembly passed a motion by MPP Gila Martow rejecting campaigns that target Israelis for differential treatment, including boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). On the one hand, this motion may seem to state the obvious:...
Jan 15, 2016, 6:46 PM
Continuity and Change in the Canada-Israel Relationship
For many in the pro-Israel community, the election of a new federal government has raised questions about the future of the Canada-Israel relationship and whether the unparalleled friendship developed over the last decade will prove to be durable or...
Mar 31, 2015, 12:06 AM
In the Iran Talks, Let’s Not Forget the Goal
As the clock ticks down to the March 31st deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks in Lausanne, a glaring gap has emerged between the long-stated position of the P5+1 and the latest expectations set by the United States. The stated objective...
Jul 24, 2014, 10:54 PM
The Civilian Factor: 4 Things You Need to Know about Gaza
Civilian casualties are the worst of many terrible events that take place in conflicts. Even in the most just or necessary war, those waged to protect a country from outside attack, civilian casualties are as tragic as they are...
Based in Ottawa, Shimon Koffler Fogel is CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) - the advocacy agent of Canada's Jewish Federations.