People in Gaza are being slaughtered, as world leaders offer nothing but silence or platitudes rather than concrete action to stop it.
My grandfather dreamed of returning home, but it was impossible, as Palestinian refugees aren't permitted to go to Israel or the Palestinian territories.
Our silence, a clear nod of deference to the U.S. and Israel, highlights the purely political nature of when we speak up and when we look the other way.
In its silence, Canada has chosen complicity with violations of human rights and international law, and violence over peace.
Hundreds were injured as protesters demonstrated along the Gaza-Israel border.
Whatever one may think of Hamas, the PLO or any other group, a child in an UNRWA school is unrelated to them.
They "... are humiliated, terrorized, abused, insulted, evicted, demolished, confiscated, dispossessed, expropriated, beaten
It may be that Mohammad El Halabi has committed misdeeds -- time will tell -- but why should that derail all of World Vision's operations in Gaza? Before the end of August, World Vision had been forced to lay off all 120 staff in Gaza after the organization's bank accounts in Jerusalem had been frozen by Israel. The organization was simply no longer able to transfer money to Gaza.
International law has decreed that denying civilians access to the basic necessities of life is a war crime. Yet according to experts we spoke with, there is still too little global awareness and action to protect vital water resources in war zones.
Banksy, the anonymous yet somehow ubiquitous graffiti artist from Bristol, UK, has unveiled his latest project: a dystopian version of Disneyland called "Dismaland" (Dismal Land) -- and it's bad. It's bad, and it's uninteresting. Everything about Dismaland laments "the world is a terrible place."
Carmen Jarrah was compelled by a line of graffiti that she witnessed on the Israeli-built separation wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: "Now that I have seen, I am responsible." Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land her non-violent way of protesting the occupation and colonization of Palestine, of showing solidarity with the Palestinians, of saying, "Harper, you do not speak for me." She hoped to echo a message in a brochure produced by the Holy Land Trust that she brought back home to Canada, which says, "If a picture is worth a thousand words then an experience is worth a thousand pictures."
Now is the time for Canada to focus on long-term recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Gaza. Housing, health, water and sewage facilities, provision of social services, education, and psycho-social support are all areas where we can help. Canada must commit to long-term development programming in Gaza -- and a quick survey of some of Canada's NGOs suggests there are many positive and effective options for partnership.
Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands of mortar and missile attacks directed against the southern part
Peter Gabriel will be contributing songs to "2 Unite All," a benefit compilation album which will financially assist humanitarian
The tragedy of friendly fire is perhaps the starkest proof that militaries can make deadly errors that are neither intentional nor illegal. In the same vein, civilian casualties are painful, but they do not automatically represent a breach of the international law so long as the distinction, proportionality, and intentionality are observed (and other rules of course).
The notion that truth is the first casualty of war has found expression in the ongoing fog of the current Israel-Hamas conflict -- where truth is obscured or masked by oft-repeated clichés such as "cycle of violence," false moral equivalences, or unconscionable allegations of Israeli "genocide." If we want to prevent further tragedies in this conflict -- let alone frame the basis for its resolution -- then we have to go behind the daily headlines that cloud if not corrupt understanding, probe the real root causes of conflict, and finally travel the road not yet taken to its just resolution.
I want us all to shut up until we are ready to stop being hypocrites. I ask that we stop justifying pain that in our own lives would be unjustifiable, unliveable, unkind. I am so ashamed of my people -- all of you whom I intersect with on social media, and even myself -- I barely hear anyone with the guts not to answer back, not to justify "their" point of view.
This is not a religious conflict, as many Jews and Muslims stand by each other in the Diaspora. Jews have stand against Islamophobia just as Muslims condemn anti-Semitism. Inspiring stories exist where Muslims and Jews have shielded each other from oppression. We have to eschew jingoistic propaganda, rhetorical questions and the blame games to listen to the voices that call for radical empathy. We need to hear the families of the murdered youth Naftali Fraenkel and Abu Khdeir who reached out to each other.
The conflict in the Middle East between Israel, a sovereign nation, and Hamas, a designated terrorist organization that represents
I'm not restricted, nor occupied, nor landless. I have not lost a loved one to falling rubble or fire from above. I write