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.
JSpaceCanada wishes everyone a happy, healthy and sweet New Year with peace, security and democracy for all in the Middle East. L’Shana Tova!
In the week of Sep 16, the Canadian Jewish News feature article entitled “Making space for critical voices” by Jodie Shupac discusses the plurality of views in the Jewish community when it comes to Israel and Palestine. JSpaceCanada features prominently as one of the groups and opinions explored in the article. Read the whole article […]
JSpaceCanada supports Israel’s right to defend its citizens from the attacks by Gaza. We are hoping for a ceasefire and a peace table meeting of the leaders to discuss the borders of a Palestinian state. Israel’s security and the vitality of its democracy are directly connected to the needs and future of the Palestinian people.
JSpaceCanada mourns the loss of the three kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel. May their memories be for a blessing. We extend our heartfelt condolences to their families. We believe that both sides should work together to end the violence and the suffering of innocent civilians. For all of us now and […]
In Andrew Griffith’s opinion piece entitled “Is Criticism of Israel anti-Semitic”, published in The Canadian Jewish News on Mar 20, the author opines that a broad range of Jewish groups, including JSpaceCanada, should be engaged to ensure a more nuanced understanding of what is and what is not anti-Semitic. Read the entire article here.
Nora Gold’s article “The Real Agenda of ‘Israel Apartheid Week’” was published in the Opinion section of Toronto Star on Friday, Mar 13. Nora, one of the founders of JSpaceCanada, mentions JSpaceCanada as an example of a progressive Zionist organization formed to provide an alternative to both the pro-Israel right and the anti-Israel left. Read […]
JSpaceCanada’s event on Mar 31 at the Wolfond Centre featured a challenging conversation on a lesser-known obstacle to civilized discussion and debate of the conflict: David Dewitt of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Irving Weisdorf of Truth Must Be Told talked about how the terminology used to describe the conflict and the territories bias our solutions. This interesting evening was moderated […]
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