The Arab rejection of the Jewish state has been the main obstacle for peace in the region. Canada is right to give Israel our diplomatic support.
Salim Mansur is an associate professor in the faculty of social sciences at the University of Western Ontario, where he also teaches in the department of political science. He is the author of Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim and co-editor of The Indira-Rajiv Years: The Indian Economy and Polity 1966-199 and has published widely in academic journals such as Jerusalem Quarterly, the Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Arab Studies Quarterly, and Middle East Quarterly. Mansur writes a weekly column for the Toronto Sun and his Sun columns are published across Canada in newspapers owned by Sun Media. He wrote a monthly column for the magazine Western Standard (Calgary), writes periodically for the National Post, and has had work published in the Globe and Mail and on the National Review Online, FrontPageMagazine.com, and PajamasMedia.com. Mansur was born in Calcutta and moved to Canada, where he completed his studies, receiving a doctorate in political science from the University of Toronto. Before joining the University of Western Ontario, he worked as a research fellow at the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security in Ottawa and was a candidate on record for the Canadian Alliance in the riding of London-West in the Canadian federal election of November 2000. Mansur is a member of the Board of Directors of Center for Islamic Pluralism located in Washington, D.C. and an academic consultant with the Centre for Security Policy, also based in Washington, D.C. Mansur remains active in public affairs, is a frequent analyst and commentator on radio and television, was invited as a panelist on the PBS Jim Lehrer Hour, and has participated in the Doha Debates held in Doha, Qatar, broadcast on the BBC World Forum from London, England. Mansur was presented in September 2006 with the American Jewish Congress’s Stephen S. Wise “Profile in Courage” award.