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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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Independent Jewish Voices Condemns Israel's Gaza Massacre

December 28, 2008

The Israeli military has unleashed its most vicious air assault against the people of Gaza in decades, killing over 280 Gazans and wounding over 700. Despite claims by the Israeli leadership that they are trying to avoid civilians the attacks have been concentrated on Gaza City and the towns of Khan Younis and Rafah. Israeli television reports that Israeli troops are massing on the border "in preparation for a supplementary ground offensive".

Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) condemns this murderous escalation of violence by the Israeli government. Diana Ralph, IJV Coordinator calls this assault "completely disproportionate to the unsupportable firing of Qassam rockets by Hamas fighters which killed one Israeli. It's important to put this into the context of the deadly siege of Gaza by the Israeli forces, which continued in violation of the terms of the recent six month truce between Israel and Gaza. In the ethics of violent conflicts, it is the responsibility of the force wielding power - the Israeli government in this case - to create the conditions for a just peace."

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