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A Palestinian boy is kissed by his mother upon their reunion

Palestinian boy Hamza Ali Mohammed, 2, who was treated for a congenital heart disease in a hospital in Israel and separated from his family for two months due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, is kissed by his mother upon their reunion at a checkpoint near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman »

International, Politics

U.N. vote: Canada makes major policy shift on Israel-Palestine

In a surprise move this week, Canada broke from a long-standing policy on Isreal and voted in favour of a U.N. motion condemning Israeli “occupation” of Palestinian claimed territory. Especially since 2006 under Conservative leader Stephen Harper Canada has voted »

International, Politics

Israeli president cuts short visit to Canada do be with sick wife

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin cut short his state visit to Canada Tuesday and has returned to Israel to be with his sick wife whose health suddenly deteriorated following a successful lung transplant last month. Nechama Rivlin had been sedated and placed »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Ottawa offers to resettle dozens of Syrian rescue workers

Canada is prepared to take up to 50 Syrian White Helmets as well as members of their families, which would amount to up to 250 people, following a dramatic rescue over the weekend facilitated by the Israeli military, according to »

International, Politics

Trudeau and Netanyahu discuss Gaza violence, shooting of Canadian doctor

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on the phone with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday to discuss the situation in Gaza and the shooting of a Canadian doctor by Israeli snipers on May 14, according to a statement from the »

International, Society

Trudeau condemns Israel’s ‘excessive force’ against Palestinian civilians

Canada’s prime minister is calling for an independent investigation of the violence in Gaza after Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 60 Palestinians, and over 2,700 were injured. Thousands of Palestinians had gathered at the border between Israel and »

International, Politics

Canadian physician Tarek Loubani shot in leg near Gaza border

A Canadian physician says he was shot in the leg by Israeli snipers near the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday despite wearing “clearly identifiable medical garb.” In a blog posted on Monday, Dr. Tarek Loubani, who works at »

International, Politics

Canada ‘deeply concerned’ by Gaza violence, says Freeland

Canada is “deeply concerned” by the violence in the Gaza Strip, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted Monday after Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the border with Israel. In the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since »

International, Politics

A Canadian political party weighs in on Israel’s capital

The federal opposition Conservative party made a significant and controversial policy statement today. Leader Andrew Scheer said if the Conservatives are elected in 2019, they will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital A statement on the party’s website says “Canada’s Conservatives have »

International, Politics

Canada will not move its embassy to Jerusalem, says Chrystia Freeland

Ottawa has no intention of following Washington’s example in officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the Canadian embassy there from Tel Aviv, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday. The Canadian reaction came following President Donald »