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By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
Civility seems to be in short supply these days. We seem too be losing that sense of elementary courtesy or politeness which is the basis of intelligent communication. I was struck by this lack of courtesy and good sense recently, when Moshe Ya’alon, Vice-Premier of Israel, referred to the Peace Now organization as a “virus”. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
The YMHA in Montreal has always observed Sabbath closure, unlike most of its counterparts in North America . Two earlier attempts to change the policy failed but now, as of Oct. 31 the Snowdon branch will open its recreational and athletic facilities on Saturday afternoons. Administration offices and food services will remain closed and no Jewish employee will be forced to work on Saturday. Apparently then, the Y will still be observing all religious requirements. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
The Canadian Jewish News editorial on East Jerusalem was not only inaccurate but an example of overbearing chauvinism You applauded P.M. Netanyahu's rejection of President Obama's reasonable request to cease construction in East Jerusalem, a request you characterize as "shocking" and "disappointing" even though it was backed by the Quartet if not most of the world. You have evidently not given thought to American policy needs in the Middle East. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
Hatred is a serious problem, among both Israelis and Palestinians. A 2007 survey conducted by University of Haifa researchers revealed the extent of this malaise. 800 Israeli, Jewish high school students from 11 schools showed a deep contempt for Arabs. Seventy-five per cent said that Arabs were “uneducated” and the same number said they were “uncivilized”. Shockingly, 74 per cent responded that they were “unclean”. (Full Story)
By Armando Valladares, Former US ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, in Geneva
Just like President Eduardo Frei Montalva passed to history as the Chilean Kerensky for paving the road to socialist Allende, president Obama is at risk of passing to history as the Americas' Kerensky if he pushes Honduras into the Chavist abyss. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
The current government of Israel is digging deep to find excuses for opposing a freeze on settlements. Of course they do so in order to advance their drive to control all of the land of the West Bank , which many of them view as their biblical birthright of Judea and Samaria , as well as all of a hugely expanded Jerusalem . (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
In his June 14 speech Israel ’s Prime Minister rejected the high ground of some of his conservative predecessors and once again chose to take the low route of his revisionist fathers. (Full Story)
By Uri Savir, President of the Peres Center for Peace
The Middle East and the Muslim world are waiting anxiously for President Obama's address in Cairo to this region and to the Islamic world. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
The hawks must be very disappointed following the Netanyahu-Obama meeting. I understand and sympathize with the desire to stop nuclear proliferation, and especially to allow nuclear weapons in the dubious hands of Iran. However, it will not do for them to blame Obama for being naïve in delaying a confrontation with Iran. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
Night after night Canadians have been fascinated by revelations that our beloved Mounties, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, seem to have covered up for the taser killing of Polish citizen Robert Dziekanski by four of its officers. (Full Story)
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