Canada: Most Pro-Israeli Country? A Lecture by Yves Engler

I will be introducing the speaker for this event this evening.

When: 16 November · 17:30 – 19:00

Where: University of Waterloo, E2 1303, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON

What: This event is organized by Students for Palestinian Rights (SFPR) at the University of Waterloo.

For more about SFPR, visit

Has the Harper Government Made Canada the Most Pro-Israel Country in the World?

Author of Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid, Yves Engler to speak on Canada-Israel relations

Many Canadians are concerned about Harper’s “Israel no matter what” policy and his claims that Canadian values are Israeli values. They are concerned by the Harper government’s open attacks and defunding of groups who in any way have defended the rights of Palestinians. Under Harper, the Canadian government was the first country to cut assistance with the Palestinian Authority after Hamas won the legislative elections while it starting funding a Palestinian security force to oversee Israel’s occupation. Representing a fringe right-wing religious movement, Harper sees eye to eye with Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Israeli government. Guest speaker Yves Engler will present on these issues and outline the significance of the Harper government’s “Israel no matter what” policy.

About Yves Engler

Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler was expelled from Concordia in the aftermath of the September 2002 protests against Benjamin Netanyahu. He has four published books: The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical and (with Anthony Fenton) Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority and the just- released Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.

Praise for “Canada and Israel”

The only book that need be written on Canada’s policies towards Israel… The most carefully documented book relating to the Israel/Palestine conflict I have ever read.” Michael Neumann, author of The Case Against Israel, CounterPunch.

“An excellent book for sources and required material for a strong understanding of Canada-Israel relations,” Relay.

“Masterfull,” L’aut’journal.

“A stunning examination of the history of Canada-Israel relations and a key read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy,” Montreal Hour.

“Engler’s style is clear and direct. He writes with passion and careful documentation.” London Free Press.

“Skillfully constructs a coherent narrative … well-referenced and easy-to-follow exposé,” Electronic Intifada.

“A neat little book, something you want to mark up and tuck into your back pocket.” Montreal Review of Books.

“Comprehensive… easy-to-read.” Toronto Now.

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