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Home arrow Events arrow Israel, Canada and Me in the Age of Trump: panel discussion
Israel, Canada and Me in the Age of Trump: panel discussion PDF Print E-mail
Apr 02, 2017 at 04:18 PM

Has the United States abandoned the two-state solution to peace in the Middle East or is it still on the table in one form or another? Does the United States condemn Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the Occupied Territories or does it approve of them? In the Age of Trump these questions are not easy to answer, as one sifts through evasions, equivocations, half-truths and lies. How should we as Jewish Canadians feel about the ascendancy of Donald Trump? What are the strategies we should adopt in order to deal with the coming storm?

Four Jewish panelists will discuss these and other issues in an event, 'Israel, Canada and Me in the Age of Trump,' to be held at the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture (6184 Ash Street ) on Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 PM.

Netanyahu's embrace of Trump has already promoted a schism in diasporic Jewish communities. Trump's presidential campaign unleashed a storm of hateful rhetoric (Islamaphobic, anti-LGBT and anti-semitic).

This was the candidate who said: 'The Jews don't give me money because they know I can't be bought. So they're doing everything they can to destroy me. We'll see how to deal with this thing once I'm in office, but I promise you, it won't be pleasant.'

Panelists:

  • Eviatar Bach - a member of the Social Justice Centre and Progressive Jewish Alliance groups at UBC, and an editor of The Talon.
  • Dr. Shayna Plaut - Research Manager of the Global Reporting Centre and Adjunct Professor in International Studies, Simon Fraser University.
  • Ofira Roll - born and raised in Israel; lives and laughs in East Van; world explorer; democratic educator; PhD candidate; volunteer; granddaughter, daughter, sister, partner, mother, and a friend.
  • Rabbi Susan Shamash - ordained by Alliance for Jewish Renewal; a retired lawyer and an active member of Or Shalom Synagogue.

The event will be moderated by Stephen Aberle.

Sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices - Vancouver
Suggested donation $10

Contact: Yom Shamash: 604.222.1960

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Dichter cancels U.K. trip over fears of 'war crimes' arrest
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent
Haaretz.
Dec. 6, 2007

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter canceled a trip to Britain over concerns he would be arrested due to his involvement in the decision to assassinate the head of Hamas' military wing in July 2002.

Fifteen people were killed in the bombing of Salah Shehade's house in Gaza, among them his wife and three children, when Dichter was head of the Shin Bet security service. He is the first minister to have to deal with a possible arrest.

Dichter was invited to take part in a conference by a British research institute on "the day after" Annapolis. He was supposed to give an address on the diplomatic process.
Dichter contacted the Foreign Ministry and sought an opinion on the matter, among other reasons because of previous cases in which complaints were filed in Britain and arrest warrants were issued on suspicion of war crimes by senior officers who served during the second intifada.

The Foreign Ministry wrote Dichter that it did not recommend he visit Britain because of a high probability that an extreme leftist organization there would file a complaint, which might lead to an arrest warrant. The ministry also wrote that because Dichter was not an official guest of the British government, he did not have immunity from arrest.

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