Xtra.ca (blog): Staff: "Pride Toronto Advisory Panel releases list of groups" (6/1/2011) "The list of groups and individuals requesting targeted consultations with the Pride Toronto (PT) Community Advisory Panel (CAP) has been posted publicly… There are 36 groups and organizations on the list. Some come as no surprise: Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA), Pride Toronto staff, Church Wellesley Business Improvement Area (BIA) and Ward 27 councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam." Submit online comment
Today’s News and Views About Israel & Mideast
CBC Radio: Lisa Mullins/Tim Marshall (Sky News) "Saudis capture "Israeli Mossad vulture spy" (6/1/2011) "In the Middle East it often seems like nothing escapes controversy not even a lonely vulture a rare griffin culture was captured recently in a rural part of Saudi Arabia the bird had a tracking device attached to it the tracking device had the words proper written on it in English well the captors turn the bird over to security officials allegedly because they suspected the vulture was part of an Israeli spy plot Israel’s dismissing that claim as absurd and researchers say they’re actually worried the bird might be harmed by the Saudis Tim marshall is foreign affairs editor for sky news in London he is written about this story now before we talk about anything else is there any indication at all Tim that the claims at the vulture was spying on behalf of Israel could be real well a parlour the voters seem like a bird but , you know I really different things…" Listen to report onlineContact CBC
NOW Toronto: Susan G. Cole: "Q&A Raz Somech" (6/1/2011) "When director Shlomi Eldar asked Israeli physician Raz Somech if he could film his attempts to treat a Palestinian child for a deadly immune deficiency, Somech was quick to sign up. The result is Precious Life, an exceptional documentary (on the Oscar long list for best feature doc) about love, hate, a doctor’s commitment and Mideast tensions. Somech, who loves Toronto – he studied immunology at Sick Kids – spoke to NOW about the film, the politics and the struggle for peace." Submit online comment
Eye Weekly: Jason Anderson: "Precious Life" (6/1/2011) "A film by Israeli TV journalist Shlomi Eldar that recently made the Academy Awards’ documentary short list, Precious Life is unusually compelling both as a real-life medical drama and as a frank and nuanced consideration of the quagmire faced by Israelis and Palestinians alike. At the heart of it is the story of Mohammad, a Palestinian baby with an immunity disorder that has already killed two of his sisters. His parents have managed to bring him from Gaza to a hospital in Tel Aviv…" Send letter to editor
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