While Arab nations have generally been cautious about discussing military action against Iran’s nuclear program publicly, in private, some of the regions’ officials and leaders have actually called for the US armed forces to stop the Islamic nation’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.Continue Reading »
As Israel and the Palestinians attempt to renew direct peace talks, Hamas continues its declarations of war. Speaking during a visit to a university, Fathi Hamad, Hamas government’s Interior Minister addressed the Israeli “operation” [Cast Lead] in Gaza, saying that “the Zionist enemy is still hurting [from] the defeat in the war and preparing for another round in an attempt to destroy the Palestinian resistance.” Hamad mentioned the threats to sue Israeli officials worldwide. “The commanders are afraid to travel to many countries,”he said.Continue Reading »
A Palestinian official has linked international recognition of a Palestinian state to Israeli plans to build more than 1,000 new housing units in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, potentially raising the stakes in the diplomatic standoff. While construction in disputed territory has been a hot topic in Israeli–Palestinian relations, it is generally believed that in any future peace deal, the Israelis will end up retaining portions of territory claimed by the Palestinians in exchange for territory in other areas of Israel.Continue Reading »
“We feel responsible for guaranteeing that the memory of the horrors of the Holocaust will not weaken, even when those who experienced it will no longer be with us…I believe that the members of my generation and our children must maintain the memory of the Holocaust, support Jewish life in Germany and fight anti-Semitism uncompromisingly.”Continue Reading »
“In Canada, we have taken a number of steps to assess and combat anti-Semitism in our own country. But of course we must also combat anti-Semitism beyond our borders—an evolving, global phenomenon. And we must recognize that while its substance is as crude as ever, its method is now more sophisticated. Harnessing disparate anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western ideologies, it targets the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland, Israel, as the source of injustice and conflict in the world, and uses, perversely, the language of human rights to do so. We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is….But when Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack—is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand.Continue Reading »
“The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of the Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian land…We Christians cannot speak of the ‘promised land’ as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people—all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.”Continue Reading »
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