|Describes CJPME’s Gideon Levy event as a “can’t-miss event” in Toronto. Provides full event details and link to CJPME website. Describes Levy’s expertise on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Excellent advance publicity for CJPME’s event.|
|Based on an interview conducted just before Levy left Tel Aviv to travel to Canada, this article provides some information about the Montreal tour date (advance publicity). It also quotes Levy on the following issues: conditions in Gaza fuelling terrorism; the need for Israel to negotiate with Hamas; the prospects for successful peace negotiations; the dangers of Israel raising Palestinian expectations and then not making the compromises that would allow a peace deal. (N.B. The Edmonton Journal included this article at its own website. The Vancouver Sun provided a link to this article at its own webpage.)|
|A 27-minute feature interview of Gideon Levy by As It Happens anchor Carol Off. Significantly, Levy challenges the belief that Netanyahu’s political circumstances limit his ability to make the choices needed to reach a peace agreement. Levy predicts the outcome of the current crisis over Israel’s refusal to extend the moratorium on new construction starts in the colonies. Also discusses the following: Mahmoud Abbas’s limitations as a representative of the Palestinians; Palestinian divisions; need to include Hamas in the negotiations; Avigdor Lieberman; Levy’s disappointment with Obama; the role of the international community in the peace process; and the need to end the Occupation. At the end, identifies CJPME as the host of Levy’s tour.
Listen to Part 3: http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2010/09/20/monday-september-20-2010/
|An extensive interview of Gideon Levy covering the following topics: the reasons for Israel’s drift to the right; Avigdor Leiberman’s political base and influence; Israel’s “moral blindness”; Israeli and international media coverage of the conflict; the need to include Hamas in the peace negotiations; the respective roles of the US and EU in the peace process; Canada’s policies toward Israel; the challenges facing the Israeli left. |
|CBC – Radio Noon (Montreal). Sept. 20, 2010. 12:40 pm.
||Interview of Gideon Levy by programme host Bernard St. Laurent.
|Based on an interview arranged by CJPME prior to Mr. Levy’s arrival in Canada, this article by the Star’s Editor Emeritus discusses the following: Haaretz’s refusal to muzzle Levy despite pressure; Levy’s assessment of the significance of Israel’s raid on the flotilla (which occurred after the publication of Punishment of Gaza); the bleak prospects for successful peace negotiations under Benjamin Netanyahu; the impact of the West Bank’s economic situation on peace talks; Levy’s assessment of current Canadian policy toward Israel.|
|Gideon Levy responds to the question “is Israel overly criticized by the international media?” He examines the utility and impact on Israel of the BDS campaign and warns of Israelis’ tendency to presume the world is anti-Semitic. He describes the collapse of the Israeli left and the peace camp and warns listeners not to expect any change from within the Israeli society, saying that the mainstream of Israeli society is now right-wing, and change can only come from without. He asserts that Israelis and Palestinians each deserve a state of their own, but that because of the Israeli colonies, it is almost too late for a two-state solution. He also explains why he is quite sceptical of a one-state solution. He analyses the reasons Israelis are so indifferent to the plight of the Palestinians. (14-minute interview)|
|Humber Radio (Toronto) - @ Humber. Interview with Gideon Levy (Shaun Bernstein) Sept. 23, 2010.
||A 5-minute interview broadcast on Sept. 23 on @ Humber, the station’s noon public affairs programme.
|An article based on a long interview with Mr. Levy during his visit to Montreal. Ms. Gruda reports, among other things, Mr. Levy’s comments on the expiry of the moratorium on new constructions in the West Bank settlements and the lack of interest in Israeli society towards the peace process. In his interview with Ms. Gruda, Levy calls on the "true friends" of Israel – such as Canada – to be, as he is, critical of Israel’s policies of Occupation, which, in the long term, will undermine Israel.|
|Based on an interview conducted with Levy while he was in Canada, the article quotes Levy on the need for Israel’s friends, including Canada, to be more critical of Israel’s conduct, especially Operation Cast Lead and Israel’s rejection of the Goldstone report. It also summarizes Levy’s assessment of the limitations of the current round of peace talks, and his disappointment about Obama’s position. Levy is quoted as saying that the US could end the Occupation in months if it decided to do so. Provides venue info for Vancouver Levy event — good advance publicity for CJPME event.|
|Describes Levy’s journalism and, based on his comments at the Toronto event, summarizes his take on the following: the current round of peace negotiations; the Israeli political mindset and its impact on peace prospects; Hamas; Iran; the boycott of Israel; and the concept of the Jews as the chosen people. Identifies CJPME as the host of the tour.|
|CBC – CBC News Weekend. Sept. 27, 2010
||Interview with Gideon Levy, conducted in Calgary, broadcast across the country live at 10:15 am EST
|This article discusses the success of the Gideon Levy talk organized by CJPME in Montreal and some of the highlights of the evening. Reports Levy’s assessment on the poor coverage of the conflict offered by Israeli media, the indifference of Israeli society vis-à-vis their Palestinian neighbours and explains how Israel - the oppressor in this conflict - indulges in rhetoric portraying itself as the victim. On this point, Levy is quoted as saying, "If I steal your car, I'm not in a position to impose conditions for returning it to you."|
|In this interview Levy discusses whether Israel’s attack on Gaza a year ago was defensive and conducted in response to rocket fire from Gaza. Levy asserts that Gaza is still occupied, although Israeli forces are now outside its walls. He also discusses the limited nature of Israeli democracy, the alleged “existential” threats to Israel, Canadian Middle East policy, and whether Israel is being disproportionately criticized internationally.|
|An excellent 12:19’ interview with Gideon Levy conducted at UBC. Covers many issues covered in Levy’s talks, but also others that were not, including: accusations that Levy is a propagandist for Hamas; Levy’s assessment on the feasibility of the “One State solution” and the “Two-State solution”; stumbling blocks to the participation of Israel’s Arab citizens in the peace process; the reason Israeli-Palestinian issues are so contentious on Canadian and US campuses; Hamas and the use of violence/terrorism; comparisons made between the Israeli occupation and German Nazism; what Canada’s role in the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be. |
|Covers Levy’s comments regarding the US and international pressure as the determining factors in the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also mentions Levy’s comments on the role of students in changing public opinion.|
|An excellent article on Levy’s talk, supplemented with information from Cohen’s interview with him. The article discusses the role of the Israeli media in perpetuating the refusal of ordinary Israelis and their government to acknowledge the horrors of the occupation and the need to end it. It also discusses Levy’s history as a journalist, and the contradictions between Israel’s stated position that it wants to negotiate peace, and its continued construction of settlements (colonies) in the occupied territories. Levy comments on Canadian support for Israeli institutions in the colonies and tax write-offs for such support.|
|Covers Levy’s talk at UBC and his comments made in an interview. Comments that there were moments of shock from the audience, such as when Levy said he could not recall another occupation in which the occupiers felt so good about themselves. Also cites Levy’s comment that Israel is brainwashing its citizens through its education system. Quotes Levy as saying “The responsibility [for peace] is on the occupier, not the occupied. When a thief steals your car, the thief is not in a position to put conditions on returning your car.’” (nb. At Ubyssey’s website, this article is accompanied by a superb 12-minute video interview by Ubyssey editor Arshy Mann which has been posted on You Tube)|
|A set of representative quotes from Levy’s lecture in Ottawa. Covers the Israeli political mindset, the need for pressure from outside Israel; the moral imperative for Israelis to take responsibility for disaster imposed on the Palestinians, the current peace process, and the issue of the Palestinians’ “right of return”, among other matters.|
|This article argues that Canada’s current foreign policy on the Middle East values commercial gain over the promotion of peace and justice. Covers the following: our voting record on crucial UN resolutions; Canadian authorities’ tolerance of Israeli war crimes and discriminatory Israeli treatment of Arab-Canadians; and the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.|