Pro-Palestinian protesters march during a demonstration in Ottawa, on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023. Spencer Colby/The Canadian Press.

Accusing Israel of genocide is a gross distortion of the facts

To be clear, nobody with eyes can deny that a horrifying humanitarian catastrophe is happening in Gaza. This is substantially due to the fact that Israel is fighting an enemy which launches rockets from apartment balconies, holds hostages in hospitals, and establishes command centres out of UN schools. It is Hamas, not Israel, that insists things be so.

Police and city officials circle tents as they work to clear the Alexandra Park encampment  in Toronto, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Chris Young/The Canadian Press.

Establishing a right to housing is a bad idea

It is governments and not the judiciary that can rightfully commit itself to a policy as onerous as a “right to shelter”. It is the City that must assess whether to slash other social programs, request federal funding, raise taxes, or decide the policy is simply no longer viable.

Israelis protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Aug 12, 2023. Ohad Zwigenberg/AP Photo.

Israel’s Declaration of Independence

It’s difficult to see how Israel could settle on a written constitution amid the current turmoil. If the Court invalidates Netanyahu’s reforms, as it is widely rumoured to be inclined to do, it’s difficult to see how Israeli society will recover from the crisis.