Mira Sucharov had a thoroughly Jewish upbringing in Canada – including Jewish summer camps and day school. So what happened after she belatedly met the brother her mother had given up for adoption two decades earlier and he said ‘I don’t really consider myself Jewish’?
Mira Sucharov is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. A child of the 70s and 80s in two tight-knit Canadian Jewish communities, Mira wrestles with the link between tradition and contemporary values, between narratives and identity in the Israeli-Palestinian domain, and the nature of the Diaspora relationship with Israel. She is the author of The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (SUNY Press), is a Provost Fellow at Carleton for outstanding teaching, and in 2010 received a Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. She is currently the Israel country analyst for Freedom House's annual Freedom in the World report.
A landmark survey shows Canadian Jews have a far stronger sense of religious and cultural identity than their U.S. Jewish neighbors. But it also shows that those most emotionally attached to Israel back its occupation
Opinion Here's What Marc Lamont Hill Should Have Said: Palestinians, Like Israelis, Deserve to Be Free From the River to the Sea
After CNN fires commentator for controversial statement, it’s time to stop focusing on territory and recognize that all the people living in this land need to be freed
In Canada, and in the U.S. midterms, we should welcome the chance to expose and challenge neo-Nazis when they come out of the woodwork. It's far harder to challenge the white supremacy built into our political culture
The entry blacklist means Israel is effectively turning the screws in the prison of occupation a few notches tighter, as it continues to inch away from its self-declared commitment to being a democracy
Face veil bans have gained dangerous traction in Europe. Now they've been banned in Quebec. It's part of an ongoing attempt to shame, provoke and marginalize Muslims that we Jews should oppose
Opinion Jews Drive U.S. Police Brutality Against People of Color? JVP Crosses Over Into anti-Semitism
The new #DeadlyExchange campaign, a dive into conspiracy territory, says Jewish groups drive institutionalized racism in America. And that makes me queasy
Denial runs deep. Five decades on, it's still the one word you mustn’t mention in polite Diaspora Jewish society
Israel's entry ban on settlement boycotters has left me, and many other anti-occupation Diaspora Jews with deep ties to the Jewish state, bewildered, frustrated and unmoored.
The decision by a major Canadian Jewish organization to oppose a parliamentary motion condemning Islamophobia after a shocking mosque attack, because the term is 'politically charged and imprecise,' has vocal challengers.
An attack on a center of worship is intended to instill fear in society around that target group - the worst kind of collective dehumanization. This is politics of the ugliest and most hateful kind.
Right-wingers use Jewish sources to legitimize the occupation. The Hayei Sarah Project aims to break this interpretive monopoly. Is it time for the anti-settlement left to take back the Bible?
The latest flap over BDS at Syracuse University showcases how critics of an academic boycott are using the rhetoric of academic freedom to push their real cause: hasbara for Israel.
Bilingual, dual-narrative schools like Hand in Hand teach tolerance and dialogue between Israel’s often de facto segregated Jewish and Arab populations – but its graduates face a very dissonant outside world.
At the heart of a riveting Netflix documentary on a questionable murder conviction is the suspect’s own confession. That evidence is seen as problematic in Jewish law and by the lawyer who ultimately exonerated Brendan Dassey.
Seeing the reality of Hebron with groups like Breaking the Silence is important. But it’s even more crucial to take the anti-occupation message back into our Diaspora Jewish communities.
Israelis should remember relative Palestinian powerlessness as they celebrate the achievement of their sovereign power.
The recently-elected Canadian PM seeks to return his country’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a position of 'fair-mindedness.' So why is his foreign minister conflating BDS and anti-Semitism?
Charges of anti-Semitism on campus have become so hyperbolic that most criticism of Israel is considered anti-Semitic. Jasbir Puar's claim that Israel harvested Palestinian body parts was irresponsible and unsubstantiated – but it wasn't anti-Semitism.
Daniel Bar-Tal knows all about the Israeli siege mentality – he wrote the book on it. Now he wants to convince his countrymen to end the occupation, for their own sake – without dwelling on Palestinian rights.
Until the upholders of democratic values give up on Israel altogether, Israeli NGOs should boast proudly of their foreign democratic government funding.
Only a distinctly anti-democratic organization would consider the efforts of these four left-wing NGOs cause for incitement.
While Congress dithers over accepting a meager 10,000 souls, Canada has pledged to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees of which 10,000 are expected to be sponsored privately. Jewish communities, especially through synagogues, are on the front lines of this effort.
Meet Yousef Jabareen, the Joint List MK who accepts the two-state solution, pushes for Arab-Jewish equality – and thinks Israelis should accept the Palestinian right of return.
Harper may have had a different tone when it came to Israel, but some argue that he 'changed not one comma' on Canada's official policy.
As large donors such as Sheldon Adelson seem to be increasingly involved in setting policy at Jewish institutions, Open Hillel tries to push back with a modest counter-offensive.
Beyond the issue of pandering to Jewish voters is the question of whether current PM Harper truly is 'good for Israel,' and whether 'Jewish values' mandate voting for one set of policies or another.
New documentary 'P.S. Jerusalem' details Danae Elon's highly personal return to Jerusalem, but tackles important questions that reach beyond her family's experience.
Israel advocacy on campuses could have been far more effective if advocates had better understanding of the other side, new documentary suggests.
While Jewish-Israeli fears of becoming a minority are understandable, describing a fifth of their compatriots in such hostile terms is antithetical to creating a truly egalitarian and inclusive democracy.