Table of contents



Veldon Coburn



M. Muhannad Ayyash & Jeremy Wildeman


Part I: Conceptualizing Palestine-Canada Relations through the Settler Colonial Framework


Chapter 1: Hyphenation and Conciliation in the Settler Colony

M. Muhannad Ayyash


Chapter 2: A Shared Settler Colonialism

Jeremy Wildeman


Part II: Settler Colonial Dispossession and Repression


Chapter 3: Canada and the Palestinian refugees: Humanitarian License to Dispossess?

Randa Farah & Peige Desjarlais


Chapter 4: Enforcing the Settler Contract: Repression of Palestine Solidarity in Canadian Colonial Multiculturalism

Azeezah Kanji


Part III: Canada’s Policies and the Perpetuation of Settler-Colonial Domination


Chapter 5: Canada’s Role in the People-to-People Programme: A Critical Assessment

Nadia Naser-Najjab


Chapter 6: Aid for Peace Revisited: A New Paradigm for Understanding Conflict and Development

Nadia Abu-Zahra


Part IV: Restricting the Public Debate on Palestine


Chapter 7: Palestinian Images, Israeli Narratives: Radio-Canada Coverage of the 2014 War on Gaza

Rachad Antonius


Chapter 8: Canada’s Israel Lobby and the Palestinians

Mira Sucharov


Part V: Palestinian Life and Activism in Canada


Chapter 9: Exclusion and Exile: The Identity of Working-class Palestinians in Canada

Lina Assi & Samer Abdelnour


Chapter 10: Palestinian Organizations in Ottawa: Understanding Communities in Practice

Emily Regan Wills


Chapter 11: Re-Presenting Palestine: Sami Hadawi and the Palestinian Revolution in Canada

Maurice Jr. Labelle


Conclusion: The Struggle for a Fairer Future

Jeremy Wildeman


An exploration of Canada-Palestine relations through a settler colonial lens.


Canada as a Settler Colony on the Question of Palestine explores Canada-Palestine relations through a settler colonial lens. The authors argue that there are direct parallels between Canada’s settler colonial project and its support for the Israeli settler colonial dispossession of Palestinians. Chapters reflect on community politics and activism, migration, orientalism, and critical race theory. Among its unique contributions, the volume provides a fresh look at Canada’s foreign policy as informed and shaped by its own history of settler colonialism. The collection also illuminates the breadth and depth of Palestinian life in Canada. Throughout, the chapters are connected by common themes of settler colonial destruction, dispossession, segregation, and otherness, as well as accounts of people challenging those processes in search of a better and fairer world. The book will be of interest to scholars in Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Canadian Studies, Palestine Studies, and beyond.
Contributors: Samer Abdelnour, Nadia Abu-Zahra, Rachad Antonius, Lina Assi, M. Muhannad Ayyash, Peige Desjarlais, Randa Farah, Azeezah Kanji, Maurice Jr. Labelle, Nadia Naser-Najjab, Emily Regan Wills, Mira Sucharov, Jeremy Wildeman. Foreword by Veldon Coburn.


“This book is unique in its comparative approach to the effects of settler colonialism in Canada and Israel. It is also distinguished by its highlighting of the heterogenous experiences of Palestinian-Canadians, particularly of activist and working class sectors of this community.” Sunera Thobani, University of British Columbia

"This comparative analysis of Israeli and Canadian settler colonialism is one of the most useful angles for understanding the Palestine issue. Such an approach helps us to avoid the exceptionalism that has immunized Israel from international rebuke, and it charts crucial paths for liberation and reconciliation in the future." Ilan Pappé, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter

Named one of the 100 Best Books of 2023 by The Hill Times, December 19, 2023

#9 on Calgary Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, January 25, 2024