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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.'


  • 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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Women's Boat to Gaza Captured

Zaytouna-Oliva Women Deported
Details Emerge about the Capture

Messina, Italy:  All 13 of the women on the Women’s Boat to Gaza are currently in the process of deportation after being captured by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and detained in a prison at Ashdod. Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the deportation was much quicker than in prior flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception.”

According to early reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was surrounded by two warships along with four to five smaller naval boats. The IDF gave warning to the Zaytouna-Oliva to stop their course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least 7 IDF members, both male and female, boarded the Zaytouna-Oliva and commandeered the sailboat. This happened in international waters.

In the course of their capture, the women persisted in telling the IDF that Israel’s interception of their boat was illegal and that they were being taken against their will to Israel. 

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