The Canada-Israel Nexus

Eric Walberg (Author)


How and why was Canada instrumental in Israel's history? Has that distorted Canada's own development as an independent nation? Excused Israel's? The Canada Israel Nexus is a comparative political history of these two settler nations, their colonial past, their relations with the indigenous peoples on whose territories they imposed their rule, and what that tells us about where they are headed. The Zionist project dominates the news with good reason. Jews are an energetic force in western society and Jewish influence is now embodied in a Jewish state, which is both feared and respected, while headed toward becoming an international pariah. Its 'best friend' is Canada, not just in former Conservative prime minister Harper's words, but from 1948 on, when a youthful Lester Pearson, then UN ambassador and future Canadian prime minister, pushed through the plan for a separate Jewish state, leading to Israel's creation and a Nobel Peace prize for Pearson due to the ensuing Suez crisis. The battle for justice in the Middle East involves treachery, terrorism, exile, apostasy, and, yes, conspiracy. It is the stuff of legend, of which Canada, Israel, and their relationship is a crucial part. The conflict of interests and rights between the colonizer and the colonized is central, as is the relationship between Jews and the state in history, and how that relationship was transformed by the creation of a Jewish state. The history of Israel-Palestine is like an accelerated version of Canadian-US history: the 'intifadas' of the settler-dominated indigenous peoples, the duplicity of the British, the development of the same colonial perfidy by the states it spawned, the parallel techniques of dispossession, and how they became the supporters of terrorism, both state and non-state, in the 21st century. Palestinians learn from Canadians (native and colonial) and seek support there, just as native peoples in Canada find inspiration in the struggle of Palestinians, and how to deal with the colonial master. There are vilified heroes in this story, both Jewish and non-Jewish. As the anti-semitism mantra has put any honest discussion of the good and bad of Jewishness off-bounds, there is little acknowledgment of the great extent to which western popular culture is a product of east European Jewish culture-a subtle but powerful factor in the success of the Zionist agenda though Yiddishkeit itself is the antithesis of Zionism.

Product Details

Clarity Press
Publish Date
November 01, 2017
5.9 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East- West relations since the 1980s, He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer, translator and lecturer. Presently a writer for the foremost Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Global Research, and Al-Jazeerah. His articles also appear in Russian, Spanish, German and Arabic.


"Heroic dissident writer Eric Walberg once again manages to hit at the deepest meaning of Zionist existence and the racialist ethos that fuels Jewish politics in Israel, Canada and beyond." GILAD ATZMON. author of The Wandering Who? (2011)
"Eric Walberg is the perfect blend of a historian with a firsthand journalistic experience in the Middle East and Canada. He spent years perfecting his craft, as an astute researcher and a journalist. His books don't merely recount history, but deconstruct it so capably to help the reader fathom the resultant complex reality." RAMZY BAROUD, author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle and My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story
"Eric Walberg stood up for indigenous people when it was not popular to do so, as well as having the courage to question and to present the Palestinian side of the story. He offers humanization of the issues when main stream media will not." TERRANCE NELSON Vice-Chairman of the American Indian Movement, former Chief, Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation