Paul Michaels

Screen shot 2013-09-12 at 2.27.26 PMAs the CIJA’s Director of Research and Media Relations, Paul Michaels acts as liaison between the organized Jewish communities of Canada and the media on Canada-Israel matters and Jewish affairs in Canada. Over many years of interacting with journalists, foreign correspondents, and their editors and producers, Paul has acquired a detailed appreciation of the nature and functioning of the media in Canada and abroad. He engages with Jewish communities across Canada on domestic, Israel- and media-related issues, and his news coverage analyses have appeared in the Anglo-Jewish press. He is also a frequent visitor to Israel with expertise on Middle East issues. Paul holds an MA in philosophy and was the recipient of a Canada Council Fellowship.

Paul Michaels's Posts

Enlightenment

Montreal-born, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress is attracting attention.  It has come in...

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In his 2001 book, Lying About Hitler, an account of the spring 2000 David Irving / Deborah Lipstadt trial in London, prominent British historian...

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Flags Israel and Kurdistan

Published in the Canadian Jewish News There is much irony in the international community’s uniformly negative response to the Kurds’ yearning for independence. Now...

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Israel flag

Appeard in the Canadian Jewish News Avi Issacharoff, The Times of Israel’s Middle East analyst and, formerly, Arab affairs reporter for Ha’aretz, is not...

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korea-iran

Appeared in Canadian Jewish News Iran’s aggressive designs in the Middle East have been well-covered by the media. These range from its support of...

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The mostly one-sided Western media commentary on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War – fixated as it was on the theme “50...

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Israel and Israel flags

Published in the Canadian Jewish News On March 31, a brief news item, “Indian-Jewish ‘lost tribe’ make matzah for Passover,” appeared in The Times...

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By: Paul Michaels and Adir Krafman The Settlers is a full-length (90-minute) documentary on the history and controversy surrounding the approximately 400,000 settlers in...

Adir Krafman, Paul Michaels

Reprinted from the Canadian Jewish News. Photo credit: Jason Eppink. Since memory is often short, in difficult moments, we tend to think the crisis we...

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Dr. Abed Abu Quidar receiving Danielle prize

Dr. Abed Abu Quidar receiving Danielle prize Reprinted from the Canadian Jewish News “If it weren’t for the Arab medical workers in Israel, the...

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The Canadian Jewish News Earlier this month, in an interview with John Kerry, the BBC’s Katty Kay asked: “Do you feel that the Obama...

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Published in the Canadian Jewish News “Motion 36,” Queen’s Park’s December 1 declaration denouncing BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, received...

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Aleppo

Appeared in Canadian Jewish News The world’s indifference to the ongoing slaughter of Syrians – in particular, the Russian-Assad brutal bombing in Aleppo –...

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In its technical sense, “begging the question” is an informal fallacy where what requires proof is instead simply adopted, without question, as an underlying...

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Iranian nuclear plant

Appeared in Canadian Jewish News Debate over the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached in July 2015 and implemented...

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Aaron Driver

Published in Canadian Jewish News It’s all the rage these days to say that we’re living in a “post-fact” or “post-truth” world. In such...

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with seven leaders from Africa, in Antebbe, Uganda, during his official visit to Africa, on July 4, 2016. Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO /JINIPIX

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with seven leaders from Africa, in Antebbe, Uganda, during his official visit to Africa, on July 4, 2016. Photo...

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ISIL

Published in the Canadian Jewish News National Post columnist Robert Fulford has recently drawn attention to two important books dealing with the sensitive subject...

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UN resolution 242

For a number people earnestly committed, in the case of Israel, to the noble cause of social justice, there is today perhaps no greater...

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iran elections

Canadian Jewish News On February 26, Iranians will elect members to both the 290-seat parliament and the more influential 88-member “Assembly of Experts.” On...

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israel-turkey flags

Canadian Jewish News As 2015 came to a close, the only good news, potentially, to come out of the Middle East was that Turkey...

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A week following the Paris attacks, Doug Saunders, the Globe and Mail’s international affairs columnist, raised what he called “one of the crucial questions...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with President Barak Obama

It’s rare to find the American media, both liberal and conservative, virtually united in their criticism of U.S. President Barak Obama’s Middle East policy...

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John Kerry and Mohammed Javed Zarif at nuclear talks

CJN News In an effort to shore up support for their Iran nuclear deal, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry argue that...

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Canadian Jewish News By the time this column appears in print on July 9, the U.S.-led P5+1 may have already reached an agreement with...

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Canadian Jewish News Late last month, news reports mounted about France’s efforts to introduce a resolution to the UN Security Council setting an 18-month...

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Canadian Jewish News It never fails. No sooner did Israel announce in late April that it was sending a team of 260 rescue workers...

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Printed in the CJN Why is it that just about everything the United States tries in the Middle East turns to dust? With the...

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No one can say that the warning signs weren’t everywhere. That is, no one can say that the entire international community wasn’t warned time...

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In the aftermath of Amedy Coulibaly’s Jan. 9 attack on a Paris kosher supermarket, the National Post’s editorial “City of darkness” captured the unique...

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German philosopher Bettina Stangneth’s book, Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer, is garnering a lot of critical attention now that...

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In early November (as this piece goes to press) attention has reverted to Iran as the November 24 (extended) deadline for the P5+1/Iran nuclear...

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Much has been written over the past months about the necessity to counter, militarily, the threat that ISIS and other Jihadist groups pose to...

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In her Sept. 3 National Post column, “An insider’s tell-all on the media war against Israel,” Barbara Kay provided a handy summary of former Jerusalem-based AP...

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710. According to Ha’aretz’s Anshel Pfeffer, that’s the number of foreign correspondents who’ve covered the Israel-Hamas war from Gaza. Even if only a portion...

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At the time this column is being written – Day 6 of Israel’s “Operation Defensive Edge” meant to stop Hamas’ indiscriminate missile fire on...

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Note: This column was submitted to the CJN early in June.  In the immediate aftermath of the formation June 2nd of the Fatah-Hamas “unity”...

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In the midst of all that’s been said and written over the past few weeks about Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threat to the...

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Many CJN readers may still recall the distinctive bass voice of a reporter from Israel during the mid-1980s to almost 2000: “For CBC News,...

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Last week’s news was understandably dominated by two major international stories unrelated to Israel and the Middle East: Russia’s military takeover and annexation of...

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The  lead editorial in the March 6 New York Times, “Israel’s Choice,” is instructive by inadvertently capturing precisely what’s profoundly – and so commonly...

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CTV News reported last week that, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, “if current trends continue” Syrians will soon overtake Afghans...

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Could coverage of the Iran nuclear story be any more confused than what we witnessed when the opening round of P5+1 “comprehensive” talks with Iran were...

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“We are not going to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.” —   Saeb Erekat, Voice of Palestine Radio, February 10 Erekat, head of the...

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Tempers flared last week between Israel and the U.S. over U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s warnings that, if the peace process failed, Israel...

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An intriguing story from Turkey last month, although covered by two of the world’s largest news agencies, AP and Reuters, received, with the exception...

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Reflecting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s historic January 20 speech to the Knesset, the Globe and Mail, in its editorial “Speaking on a matter...

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For someone who’d been in a coma for the last eight years, out of sight and virtually without mention, Ariel Sharon attracted a massive...

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Why is it now controversial that Israel should be asking the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state? For some, like Roger Cohen...

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As the New Year began, two of the Middle East’s dominant stories from 2013 continued to unfold: Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions, and Turkey’s...

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Because of space restrictions in last week’s column, about Ari Shavit’s book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, some important information...

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Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, has been receiving a lot of media attention. A well-known veteran columnist for Ha’aretz,...

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Editor’s note: As part of our efforts to foster debate and diversity in the Canadian Jewish community through The Exchange: Trending Topics. Distinct Voices....

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As mentioned in last week’s column, according to the Geneva agreement, Iran is supposed to curtail some of its nuclear program in exchange for...

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In his November 25 blog for the American Interest, Walter Russell Mead, an unusually shrewd  analyst, reflected on the nuclear agreement reached in Geneva...

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The November 19th double suicide-bombing attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, carried out by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, “appears to be a direct result...

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Where does the truth lie? That’s the question a lot of journalists are asking these days, even if, as many would argue, it’s the...

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It was just a few years ago that, with increasing frequency, Israeli officials were issuing dire warnings about a pending drought in Israel. Given...

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Donald James’ heartfelt piece, “I used to hope for a two-state solution,” posted on The Exchange October 25, is a provocative argument for one...

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With the Middle East wracked by upheaval and uncertainty, it’s been fascinating to see competing analyses in the media and in policy circles of...

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Early last month, following Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s “charm offensive” at the UN, “According to Reports” noted widespread media skepticism about Iran’s nuclear intentions....

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Israel’s discovery on October 13 of an elaborate 2.5-km concrete-lined tunnel, built by Hamas from Gaza emerging close to an Israeli kibbutz 300 metres...

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This column goes to press approximately one week before the nuclear talks between the P5+1 (the permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and...

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A great deal has been said over the last couple of weeks about the tremendous impact that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s “charm offensive” has...

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As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prepared last week for his appearance before the United Nations, speculation was rampant about whether the dovish signals he...

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The staggering blanket coverage of U.S. President Barak Obama’s shifting plans for dealing with Syria’s August 21st chemical weapons attack on its own civilians...

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With the intense focus in western media over the past few weeks on confusion surrounding U.S. policy regarding Syria, several interesting developments elsewhere in...

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This column was written almost a week before Rosh Hashanah, at a time when the media are consumed with speculation about a pending U.S.-led...

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On August 20, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan accused Israel of orchestrating the July 3 military coup in Egypt against Islamist president Mohammad Morsi...

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A survey of commentary carried in major media outlets surrounding the Egyptian army’s coup against Mohamed Morsi’s  Muslim Brotherhood-led government reveals a state of...

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