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Home arrow Censorship arrow Jewish group wants Outremont Liberal pulled from byelection
Jewish group wants Outremont Liberal pulled from byelection PDF Print E-mail
Jul 25, 2007 at 02:47 PM

from CBC News Monday, July 23, 2007

B'Nai Brith Canada has asked Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion to remove new
star candidate Jocelyn Coulon from an upcoming byelection in Montreal's
Outremont riding because of his past stance on Israel.

The Jewish organization says Coulon, a political scientist and former
journalist, has a "well-documented anti-Israel bias," including sympathy
for Hamas, that is "out of step with current Liberal policy," according to
a statement released by the group.

Coulon, who was officially declared the Liberal candidate in Outremont last
week, is vigorously defending his past articles, arguing he's a proponent
of healthy debate, not of anti-Israel sentiment.

He has been a frequent commentator on international affairs, penning
opinion pieces in various Montreal newspapers since he left journalism for
an academic position at the Université de Montréal.

Coulon's analysis of Hamas's rise to power in the Palestinian Territories
18 months ago is what concerns B'Nai Brith Canada, said Moise Moghrabi, a
lawyer for the organization.

In one opinion piece, dated February 22, 2006, Coulon writes that Hamas
isn't just a terrorist organization, but a social and political movement
that won the Palestinian elections because of its commitment to fight
corruption and help people - and the international community should not
isolate it...

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Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says
  • Olmert's leaked testimony contradicts earlier remarks 
  • Criticism from inquiry may force resignation

Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

Preparations for Israel's war in Lebanon last summer were drawn up at least four months before two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in July, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has admitted.

His submission to a commission of inquiry, leaked yesterday, contradicted the impression at the time that Israel was provoked into a battle for which it was ill-prepared. Mr Olmert told the Winograd commission, a panel of judges charged with investigating Israel's perceived defeat in the 34-day war, that he first discussed the possibility of war in January and asked to see military plans in March.

According to the Ha'aretz daily, which obtained details of Mr Olmert's testimony, the prime minister chose a plan featuring air attacks on Lebanon and a limited ground operation that would be implemented following a Hizbullah abduction. Hizbullah had made several attempts to capture Israeli soldiers on the border since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Israeli commentators believed that Mr Olmert and Amir Peretz, the defence minister, took the opportunity of the kidnapping to show they could manage a war in spite of their limited military experience. But the outcome of the war seemed to highlight their lack of experience and also deficiencies in Israel's military planning.

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