Montreal Gazette: Staff: "City council motion decries show-store boycott" (23/2/2011) "Montreal city council has adopted a motion deploring the boycott campaign against a Montreal shoe store that sells footwear made in Israel. The boycott was launched in the fall against the le Marcheur store on St. Denis St., at the corner Duluth St., by the activist called Palestinian and Jewish Unity and supported by other left-wing activists as part of a worldwide campaign promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel." Send a letter to editor
National Post: Ephraim Halevy: "An anchor of sanity" (23/2/2011) "The powers that be in Israel clamped a deafening silence on themselves when the Egyptian people rose up against Hosni Mubarak. There was precious little that Israel could do to sway events in one direction or the other, since this revolution did not have its origins in issues related to the foreign, strategic or defense policies of Cairo. And so Jerusalem, for the most part, remained quiet" Send letter to editor
Winnipeg Free Press: Frances Russell: "Religion underlies battle over Oda" (23/2/2011) "Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is their chief spear-carrier. He accused Kairos of anti-Semitism for assuming "a leadership role" in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, charges Kairos emphatically denies. Kairos says its position has never changed and follows long-standing Canadian foreign policy favouring an independent Palestinian state co-existing peacefully with an independent Israeli state. However, Kairos also supports the United Nations resolution urging Israel to stop its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and return to its 1967 borders." Send letter to editor Submit online comment
Montreal Gazette: EhabLoyateff: "McGill grad laid groundwork for ‘Facebook Revolution’" (23/2/2011) "Mubarak’s passivity brought some stability to Egypt over the first years of his rule, and this was somewhat appreciated after the fear of chaos following Sadat’s assassination. The economy did slightly improve but it was fuelled by consumerism, not productivity or industrialization. By the mid-1990s and despite the nearly two decades of peace with Israel, the drop in military expenditure and the billions of foreign aid Egypt was receiving, the Egyptian population was suffering economically." Send letter to editor
Sudbury Star: Laurentian University Palestine Solidarity Working Group (letter to the editor) "Palestinian group rejects anti-Semitism" (23/2/2011) "The Palestine Solidarity Working Group also opposes the direct linkage of swastikas to Palestine solidarity events. Members of the community should understand that criticism of Israel’s state policies regarding the occupation of Palestine is not anti-Semitism. Members of LUJSA have gone out of their way to confuse statements that are critical of Israeli state policies toward Palestinians, whose land has been occupied by the Israeli state, with actual anti- Semitism, which are attacks on Jews that are related to their religious or ethnic heritage. Palestine Solidarity Working Group event organizers have carefully explained the difference between opposition to Israel’s state policies regarding the treatment of the Palestinian people and anti- Semitism." Send letter to editor
Toronto Sun: Editorial: "Strip Pride of city funding" (23/2/2011) "But, most of all, the controversy over Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) — a group that marched in 2009 chanting anti-Israel slogans — has wrapped the festivities in scandal. QuAIA has nothing to do with the pride felt so strongly by thousands of homosexuals in Toronto and beyond. But by repeatedly ducking the issue and not banning QuAIA, Pride Toronto has proven it either doesn’t want or doesn’t deserve taxpayers’ money." Send letter to editor
Mike is the Executive Director of HonestReporting Canada and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization, its financial management and project development. A seventeen-year veteran of the Canadian journalism industry, Mike was a former editor-in-chief, reporter, and anchor of various news programs and publications. Mike's focus is on delivering efficiency and professionalism as HRC moves into new technological and geographical spheres. Mike is a human rights expert and a frequent on-air commentator. His work has been published in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Star, CBC News and more.