ARCHIVE - ARTICLES
Salomon Benzimra, who co-founded Canadians for Israel's Legal Rights together with Goldi Steiner, authored and published many articles in his outreach to teach and inform the public on Israel's Legal Rights. A selection is presented here for your review, along with certain articles published by associates, and a selected third party resources.
A. Israel's Legal Rights and International Law
Attorney Howard Grief – author of a comprehensive treatise on The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law – has been one of the pioneers in this field. In 2004 he posted an excellent summary online on the Legal Rights and Title of Sovereignty to the Land of Israel and Palestine under International Law.
Salomon Benzimra: "Is it Time Israel Asserts its Legal Rights?", June 2012. If someone in your neighbourhood claimed that your house is built on stolen land, wouldn't you show the legal title to your property? Why doesn't the Government of Israel act likewise? This article stresses the urgency for Israel to raise the fundamental questions of sovereignty and title to the land and to dispel the false notion of "occupation" which has been corrupting the political and academic discourse for too long. We are pleased to see that the Levy Report, issued on July 4, 2012, concurs with our own views on this issue.
Salomon Benzimra – After 16 years, UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 equationg Zionism to Racism was revoked in 1991. However, UNGA Resolution 3236, passed in 1974, is an even greater canard and is still standing. Read how Resolution 3236 was introduced, and its effects on the current political situation (June 2012).
For an historical and political perspective, we recommend an article written in 1993 by Douglas J. Feith, an attorney in the Washington, DC, law firm of Feith & Zell, who served during the Reagan administration as deputy assistant secretary of defense and a Middle East specialist on the White House National Security Council staff.
B. Israel and the "Peace Process"
The cleverly built Palestinian construct, designed to mask its virulent anti-Israel foundation, is crumbling in front of our eyes. But will the West notice, or will it still keep its head buried in the sands of the "peace process"? Please, read The Unravelling of the Palestinian Propaganda, by Salomon Benzimra (December 2012).
Salomon Benzimra – "The Beinart-Suissa Debate" was supposed to highlight the differences in opinion between Israel-basher Peter Beinart and the more pro-Israel David Suissa. Unfortunately, the key questions were hardly raised. This article points to several distortions of fact, glaring omissions and misconceptions, which are common in such media events (May 2012).
The “Peace Process” started in 1991 at the Madrid Conference. It produced the Oslo Accords, the Roadmap, the Geneva Initiative, the Saudi Plan and a myriad other agreements in the past nineteen years. It has proven long on process and short on peace. Many foundational principles of the “peace process” are in a collision course with the legal rights of Israel. In July 2010, CILR’s Salomon Benzimra penned an article published by the Toronto Zionist Council, where he explained the potential dangers of a newly created Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.
Anti-Semitism is spreading throughout the world. Recently, it has taken the form of "anti-Zionism." Salomon Benzimra presented a paper to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA) in August 2009, titled "The New Anti-Semitism and its Political Roots."
C. The San Remo Conference and its 90th Anniversary
Original Notes of Meetings (12 pages) held on April 24 and 25, 1920, at the Villa Devachan in San Remo, between the representatives of Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan. The final San Remo Resolution, agreed by all parties, is shown on pages 11-12. ( view or download )
Report by the Jewish Chronicle, dated May 14, 1920, relating the warm welcome that the main architects of the San Remo Conference received upon their arrival in London: Read the comments made by David Lloyd George, British PM, and the speeches delivered by Chaim Weizmann and other Zionist leaders, as well as the report on the public celebrations held in New York, London (UK), Toronto and Ottawa, where tens of thousands of people marched on the streets. ( view or download )
The two-day commemoration event in Sanremo, Italy, was covered extensively by a team from CBN News, headed by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief, who wrote an insightful report, including video coverage of many aspects of the legal rights of Israel.
D. Documents and Archives
In June, 2010, we published a one-page ad in support of the IDF in both the Jerusalem Post and the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, which you are invited to read.
Other reference websites containing a wealth of information on the issue of Legal Rights and other relevant topics are listed below:
Myths and Facts, by Eli Hertz,
The Jewish Virtual Library, by Dr. Mitchell G. Bard.
E. Special Articles By Salomon Benzimra
Comments on 'Al-Quds Day'
This anti-Israel hate fest was originally launched in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran.
The annual "Al-Quds Day" event was held in Toronto on July 26, 2014. Salomon Benzimra observed the signs and slogans displayed by the participants, which are indicative of their level of thinking. Please read his comments by clicking the link below.
Al-Quds Day_Comments.pdf (876k)
Debunking anti-Israel propaganda
A 10-minute video – originally uploaded to YouTube five years ago – is being widely circulated now, with over 200,000 viewers.
Titled The History of Palestine, it boasts academic rigor by featuring Professors Rashid Khalidi, Ilan Pappé, Noam Chomsky and others, but is actually a crude anti-Israel propaganda piece often peppered with preposterous claims.
Salomon Benzimra noted a number of omissions, distortions and outright lies. Please click the link below to view his 10 page analysis.
From Divine Grant to International Rights
On February 22, 2015, CILR participated in a conference organized by Ezra Ridgley: "Palestine: the Jewish Homeland."
The event can be viewed here: CILR's short presentation starts at min. 9:00
To download the two-page transcript, please click on the links below - available in English and French.
Israel or Palestine
"Israel or Palestine...is anyone listening?"
Note: This article was first published in July 2010 by the Toronto Zionist Council.
Many years later, this subject remains as relevant.
"At this critical time when a “Palestinian state” is looming in the horizon, it is imperative that we take a firm stand for the preservation of the Jewish State of Israel."
To view the full article, please click on the PDF link below.
No new 'peace plan'
Since the Oslo Accords of 1993, a multitude of peace plans have proliferated. These plans were generally promoted by the Left. They all failed. Now that the Right is on the ascendency and it realized the magnitude of past political failures, the Left is prodding the Right to come up with their own "peace plan."
In the paper below, Salomon Benzimra argues this is not the time for the Right to present a new peace plan. Much preliminary work is needed to first restore historical and legal factual evidence, before a cogent peace plan can be formulated.
Please click on the link below to download the paper in PDF format.
The 'Truth Process'
Now that the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” has been put on hold, all parties interested in a lasting peace should use this welcome pause in the meaningless negotiations to revisit the true nature of Israel’s “partner for peace” and launch a "Truth Process".
To view the article online, please visit United With Israel or click on the the PDF link below.
Launch a Truth Process.pdf (448k)
The Iran Deal
October 10, 2015
Iran recently declared that it intends to violate a binding UN Security Council resolution, thus opening a possible avenue for Congress to kill the nuclear deal.
These developments raise important issues both in U.S. law and international law.
Please read the full article here. - "Is the Iran Deal a Fait Accompli?"
August 13, 2015
The permanent members of the Security Council (+ Germany and the EU as signatories of the Iran Deal) seemed to have ganged up to eviscerate the most important action tool of the UN (some binding Security Council Resolutions) and ignore even its foundational document (the Charter).
Beyond all its flaws, the JCPOA deal with Iran casts a serious doubt – by commission and omission – on whatever credibility the United Nations still has as an international institution designed to preserve world peace and fair relations between its member states.
Please read the full article here - "The Iran Nuclear Deal's Fallout on the United Nations"