Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner January 23, 2019
The United Nations has been warned that Gaza is expected to be “uninhabitable” by 2020. Electricity is on four hours a day. The barrier is a wire fence, backed up by armed Israeli soldiers. LUCAS OLENIUK/TORONTO STAR
I'm going to plunge into a topic that is fraught with division and deep trauma on all sides.
It is the situation in Israel, particularly the behavior of the government of Israel, and what it has done and is doing in Gaza (population 1.8 million) and the West Bank (2.5 million), which are "occupied territories" holding Palestinians.
I listened to the testimony of a highly educated and compassionate spokesperson for the Palestinians this week at Sadleir House, Jonathan Kuttab. He is a lawyer, who recently was guest professor at the York University law school. He is a Christian Arab, born in East Jerusalem, now based in Jerusalem.
Critics of the policies of the Israeli government, and there are plenty in Canada and around the world, including the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, face the possibility, nay probability, that they will be labelled "anti-Semitic." Or, if they are Jewish, they will be called "self-hating Jews." But name-calling cannot become a reason for reticence when one looks at the massive, long-standing and ultimately cruel occupation, and denial of basic rights in the two shrunken areas. Continue Reading >Here<
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