To be or not to be an agent of a foreign country: That is the question

On Monday, March 22nd, 2010 in News.

European rabbis may become the latest addition to Israel’s arsenal of public diplomacy tools, following Minister Yuli Edelstein’s request this week that they act as “ambassadors.” But authorities on Israel advocacy in Europe warned the plan could end up reinforcing tendencies to blame Jewish communities for Israel’s actions. Edelstein, the Information and Diaspora Minister, conveyed his request this week through Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, who met with a large delegation from the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Jerusalem. “We would


Wanted: An iceberg

On Monday, March 22nd, 2010 in News.

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Is there a doctor in the house? (Canada needs one. Desperately.)

On Saturday, March 20th, 2010 in News.

– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Harper Government obstructs visit of Respected Palestinian Leader Montreal, March 19, 2010 – The Harper government has obstructed the issuance of a visa to Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, resulting in the cancellation of Dr. Barghouti’s upcoming speaking tour in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Dr. Barghouti applied for a visa on March 5th, for entry into Canada on March 19th, yet despite the urgency of the issue being brought directly to high-level officials in Foreign Affairs and


Could you imagine the Times editorial board saying this?

On Friday, March 19th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

The Israel Defense Forces decision to declare the Palestinian villages Bil’in and Na’alin closed military zones on Fridays for the next six months is a serious anti-democratic move. The order issued by the GOC Central Command implementing this restriction is an act against the freedom to demonstrate. The fact that the army issued such a sweeping order, and that it is supposed to be in effect for such a long period, requires an immediate petition to the High Court of


Finkelstein and Germany

On Friday, March 19th, 2010 in News.

German political foundations lead a curious double life. On the one hand they consider themselves independent, yet they are aware of their fraternal bonds with the party who initially brought them into being, and now they exist “close to the party” which basically means nothing else but unconditional loyalty to the party. There is nothing wrong with that. Political entities need agencies to be effective in all areas where politics are spreading, that is, everywhere. It is therefore not surprising



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