Failure to include palestinian perspectives regarding the implications of Israel‘s judicial reforms
"Failing to add a Palestinian perspective to this issue leads to a highly incomplete picture of the judicial overhaul’s implications. In fact, Palestinians under Israeli control are largely excluded from its democracy."Read more
"We appreciate professor Srebrnik’s insight, therefore, and hope we can all agree that the world now needs to do better than resurrect a “fiction” that all thinking people see as a fig leaf for the regional normalization of unjust Israeli policies."Read more
"We want to thank you for providing readers with a nuanced overview of the criticism of Israel’s judicial overhauls. This has been all too rare in the coverage that has appeared in Canadian media to date."Read more
Lack of adequate context about Israels‘s xenophobic government and the deportation of Etitrean refugees
"It is untrue that the actions of African migrants alone led Netanyahu to call for their deportation. Netanyahu was also “led” to call for the deportation of African migrants for the simple reason that he leads a coalition government that is notoriously xenophobic."Read more
I appreciate that the news segment drew attention to Yair Lapid’s testimony in one of three cases of corruption against Netanyahu who has been accused of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. Thank you for your coverage of this story and I hope CP24 continues to report on any new developments.Read more
As such, I insist that you make more explicit mention of the Palestinians, and the reason they are on the sidelines, literally and figuratively. You mention the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and how they are sitting out the protests, but you don’t mention why. You also don’t mention the 2.5 million Palestinians living under military occupation and apartheid in the territories, and why the protests in Israel are effectively irrelevant to them, even though their every action is controlled by Israel.Read more
Merci d'avoir dépeint à juste titre Itamar Ben-Gvir en tant que criminel, raciste, et extrémiste d’extrême droite
"Merci d'avoir dépeint à juste titre Itamar Ben-Gvir en tant que criminel, raciste, et extrémiste d’extrême droite ayant des liens avec des groupes terroristes sionistes. J'apprécie particulièrement que vous ayez inclus l'incident au cours duquel Gvir menace à main armée des résidents palestiniens."Read more
"Thanks to Rick Salutin for his insightful piece, “Is a potential civil war brewing among Israeli Jews?” Salutin collapses a lot of history and religious lore into his piece, and provides an insightful read for people wanting to understand how Israel arrived at its current political and societal crisis."Read more
On April 5, 2023, the Hill Times published a letter from CJPME about a recent meeting between Minister Joly and her counterpart in Israel’s far-right government. The letter reads:
People around the world are openly questioning Israel’s commitment to democracy. Right-wing Israeli ministers make blatantly racist remarks about Palestinians. Human rights organizations have published detailed analyses of Israel’s apartheid policies against Palestinians.
Yet the Global Affairs readout on the March 16 meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and her Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen made it sound like a meeting of friends in prosperous times, cooing about “shared values.”
In fact, Joly should have refused this meeting, as Cohen is little different from his right-wing cabinet colleagues. Last year, for example, he suggested that Palestinian citizens of Israel who disagree with Israeli laws could “move to Gaza on a one-way ticket.” Hopefully, Joly doesn’t take the same attitude toward people who disagree with her government.
It’s time for Canada to question Israel’s democratic character. It’s time to forcefully condemn Israel’s illegal settlements in Palestinian territory. It’s time to denounce Israel’s apartheid policies. It’s time to withhold trade benefits and arms from Israel until it respects international legal norms.
It is time for Canada to stop providing cover for Israel and its dubious rights record and right-wing ideologies. Events of recent weeks make clear that Canada can no longer pretend that Israel is a liberal western democracy. “Business as usual” with the current Israeli government is no longer an option.
The Guardian (Charlottetown) and Saltwire publish CJPME letter rebutting defense of Israeli minister’s genocidal remarks
On April 4, 2023, The Guardian (Charlottetown) and Saltwire published and widely syndicated a letter to the editor from CJPME, rebutting a letter which had attempted to defend Israel’s far-right Finance Minister, Betzalel Smotrich, after his inflammatory comments about ‘erasing’ the Palestinian town of Huwara. The letter reads:
A recent letter by Robert Walker criticizes another writer for misrepresenting the context around Israeli Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich’s comments calling for a town in the occupied West Bank to be “wiped out.”
Walker's letter repeats the error he complains about, that of “missing some information.” Only in this case, most of the information is missing.
In acting as Smotrich’s apologist after his genocidal remarks, Walker accepts Smotrich’s pathetic excuse that it was somehow an emotional “slip of the tongue.”
When Smotrich made this comment, he was responding to a question about why he had liked a tweet from an Israeli deputy mayor calling for Huwara to be “erased.” As such, this was his second public engagement with the idea, making it hard to believe that this was part of an emotional flare-up.
Furthermore, Smotrich even complained that the media was trying to create a “distorted interpretation” of his words rather than owning up to them.
To underscore the superficial core of his apology, just weeks later Smotrich would take the stage in Paris and say, “There is no such thing as the Palestinian people.” The destruction of a Palestinian village was scarcely extreme for Smotrich. He would prefer to erase the idea that Palestinians exist at all. I'm not sure why Robert Walker feels compelled to defend the indefensible.