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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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Driver who sparked Acre riots: I'd sacrifice myself to bring back coexistence

Haaretz Sunday, October 12, 2008

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1028249.html

By Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondent, and Reuters

The Arab man who drove into a Jewish neighborhood in Acre on the eve of Yom Kippur, sparking a series of riots and violent clashes, told the Knesset Committee of the Interior on Sunday that he would "sacrifice his neck" to bring coexistence back to the bi-national nothern city.

"If what I did caused this, I am ready to sacrifice my neck right here on this table, on lowered gallows, just to return peace and quiet back to the city of Acre, to bring co-existence back to its place.

Jamal said that contrary to the accusations brought against him, he had not been drunk nor playing loud music when he entered the Jewish neighborhood last Wednesday. "I just wanted to go home, I made and mistake and tried to ask for forgiveness. This has been a harrowing experience."

He also said that he had been one of the founders of a community co-existence committee in Acre: "We invented co-existence," he said. "They have made me out to be a murderer, they've turned me into a fascist. We are not Nazis, we are not fascists.

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