- CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin’s latest review on Middle East matters. Here’s an abstract:
- “The complainant, Constantine Kritsonis, wanted a correction in a story about the December Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The story was largely focused on the American abstention on the vote, but a sentence describing the Israeli position states that Israel does not consider the settlements illegal. Mr. Kritsonis thought it critical to indicate whether that was Israeli or international law. I did not.”
- Over at CBC News B.C.: “A B.C. man convicted of an anti-semitic hate crime has been kicked off the internet, but Arthur Topham won’t serve any jail time. Following a trial in Quesnel in 2015, a jury convicted Topham of one count of communicating online statements that wilfully promoted hatred against Jewish people.”
- Today’s recommended reading over at CBC News by Mideast correspondent Derek Stoffel: “From Canada to the Holy Land: Why couple devoted lives to moving sheep. After overcoming many hurdles, Jacob’s Sheep now back in Israel.”
Over at the National Post, Josh Rogin argues that “If Trump wants ‘the ultimate deal’ in the Middle East, paying Palestinian terrorists might be the tradeoff”. Rogin, a writer for the Washington Post says: “The Trump administration’s budding efforts to establish a new Middle East diplomatic process are about to run into some stiff headwinds at home. Many in Congress want to cancel all U.S. aid to the Palestinians because of payments made to militants who attack Israelis. President Trump will soon have to decide if confronting the Palestinians on that terrorist incitement is more urgent than pursuing a pathway to peace.”
- A poll shows that the vast majority of Palestinians believe President Donald Trump’s policies will lead to more Israeli-Palestinian tensions or to stagnation. More information at Metro News.