Welcome to YourSpace

By Karen Mock, President, JSpaceCanada

January 27, 2018

I am very pleased to contribute the lead-off blog for YourSpace – JSpaceCanada’s new forum for discussion and debate. JSpaceCanada was created for those who felt they no longer had a voice in the Canadian Jewish community and who yearned for a safe space to discuss Israel and the Middle East from a progressive perspective, grounded in Jewish and social justice values. If you are looking for a safe engaging place to discuss Israel and its policies, as well as issues of the day that impact on the Jewish community of Canada, then JSpaceCanada is for you. And YourSpace in JSpace can serve as a comfortable ‘living room’ for you to espouse your views and to engage in passionate, civil dialogue on those issues.

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How long can Israel stay Jewish?

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Jan. 25, 2018) – While the prime minister of Israel insists that others, notably the Palestinian Authority, recognize his country as a Jewish state, there’re now Israelis who’ve come to question its Jewishness. Thus in today’s Ha’aretz one of its regular columnists, Yossi Klein, writes that we seem to have become […]

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Pence and Suicidal Zionism

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Jan 23, 2018) – It’s not uncommon to hear or read Israeli intellectuals telling us that Zionism is finished. It was essential for the establishment of the Jewish state and important in its early decades, but by now it has ceased to be relevant. These critics often describe themselves as post-Zionists. […]

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Yet another peace process?

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Jan 21, 2018) – Is the Israeli-Palestinian peace process dead? That’s the current view, made official by the chairman of the Palestinian Authority and unofficially assumed around the world. The culprit is said to be Donald Trump because he declared that the United States sees Jerusalem as the capital of Israel […]

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How not to keep Israel Jewish

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Jan. 8, 2018) – The Netanyahu government, driven this time by its ultra-Orthodox members, wants to assure us that it’s determined to keep Israel as a Jewish state by preventing the country being overrun by non-Jews. One way to achieve this, it appears, is to get rid of the asylum seekers […]

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The chicken without a head

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Jan 7, 2018) – When you cut off the head of a chicken it continues to run for awhile before collapsing. It’s not alive, because it’s headless and it’s not dead, because it’s still running. In her Ha’aretz column today, Iris Leal uses this phenomenon as an apt metaphor for the […]

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Dreaming a pipe dream

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Dec. 28, 2017) – Dr. Dmitry Shumsky was born in Ukraine, came to Israel at a young age and now teaches Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He’s also a regular columnist in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. His column on December 27 started with a story about a childhood […]

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Considering the post-Netanyahu era

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Dec. 22, 2017) – Binyamin Netanyahu’s days as Prime Minister of Israel may be numbered. He may, after all, not beat the long tenure of David Ben Gurion, the founding father of the state. There’re indications that the police may be close to recommending indictment of Netanyahu on one or more […]

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An epidemic of mistrust

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Dec. 14, 2017) – At a first reading, most Israelis appear to share President Trump’s views about fake news. According to a poll commissioned by the respected Israel Democracy Institute, only 28% of Israelis polled trust the media. However, this view seems to be based less on personal impressions and more […]

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