ICC has no choice but to investigate settlements as a war crime, a game changer in power politics — Sfard

  The ruling by the International Criminal Court that it has jurisdiction to investigate Israeli war crimes in the occupied territories has introduced a “major new actor” into the power politics of the conflict, and sent a chill through the Israeli government to the point that it has abandoned plans to remove Palestinian villages in the West Bank, says Michael Sfard, the Israeli human rights attorney……more

Flawed IHRA antisemitism definition reaches Ontario

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s flawed definition of antisemitism poses a direct threat to freedom of expression, and now Doug Ford’s government has approved it for Ontario.     

An eclectic compendium of articles, analyses, etc. on Palestine:

A toast to Mike Pompeo for visiting an Israeli apartheid winery | Opinion

Let’s raise a toast of Psagot wine to the life of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who this week is scheduled to visit – believe it or not – a winery. Pompeo wine has been sold at this winery for a year – it’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, with a tag bearing his name, as a gift honoring his declaration that the settlement enterprise does not contravene international law. Read more….

The human toll of Israel’s ‘action against seven tents and eight animal pens’

11 Palestinian families – 74 people, including 41 children – were left homeless in the Jordan Valley. Finding shelter for sheep and newborn lambs was the most urgent task, as their livelihood depends it

Amira Hass | Nov. 10, 2020 | 6:18

The Civil Administration gave the families living in the Palestinian hamlet of Khirbet Humsa in the northern Jordan Valley just 10 minutes to remove their possessions from the tents last Tuesday. Fatma Awawda, 23, held her 1-year-old daughter Larin. She was paralyzed by the sight of the military jeeps and administration workers in fluorescent vests who got out of them, by the bulldozers, by the soldiers, by all the shouting. Read more…

Challenging IHRA

As a Palestinian Canadian I am equally shocked, as was Independent Jewish Voices Canada, by the high-handed move of Doug Ford’s Ontario government to ram through the flawed and widely-rejected International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) antisemitism definition.

Shockingly, the IHRA definition was passed on October 25 by an Order-In-Council before two deadlines, of October 26 and October 30 respectively, set by the Standing Committee on Justice Policy for submitting requests to participate in public hearings and to submit written material. Read more….

Controversies at U of T Law, York University highlight escalating suppression of moderate voices criticizing Israel

At the heart of a University of Toronto hiring scandal is an academic whose critique of Israeli settlements in Palestine is not what most people would call radical. At York University, a professor is facing death threats and a campaign to stop him from teaching human rights courses — a campaign that accuses him of anti-Semitism after he debated the definition of anti-Semitism. more..

Why is the Mainstream Media Silent on Palestine?

An online webinar hosted by author and activist, Miko Peled, with alternative media journalists
Mnar Muhawesh Adley (MintPress News), Rania Khalek (Unauthorized Disclosures), and Anya Parampil (The Grayzone)

If you missed it, watch it now.

Haaretz: Eyad Hallaq’s Mom Sleeps in Her Late Son’s Bed. His Dad Won’t Eat. They Have a Message for Israel’s Police   Read here

Listen to Desmond Sequeira interview on NewsTalk 610 CKTB

Fellowship of Reconciliation:  As ‘annexation’ looms, let’s expand our compassion to include Palestinians

David Hart – Since we are able to accept the suffering of others when we dehumanize them, we must start with the simple recognition that Palestinians are fully human…. more

Britain, Japan, Norway Reiterate Rejection of Israeli Annexation of Palestinian Land

Britain, Japan and Norway have reiterated their rejection of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Wednesday. …More

IHRA Definition of Anti-semitism Challanged

Sheryl Nestel of IJV-Toronto took on Richard Marceau of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and Bernie Farber in a thrilling debate on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. Sheryl, along with York law professor Faisal Bhabha, passionately argued that the IHRA is absolutely designed to silence legitimate critique of Israel.

Watch the full video of the debate here!

One state or two? Gideon Levy debates at Oxford