Pursuing justice

Former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler has been at the barricades for justice – and for Israel – for decades.

January 9, 2014 18:23
Irwin Cotler (L) at FADC meeting

Irwin Cotler at FADC meeting 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

SO MILD-MANNERED and soft-spoken is Irwin Cotler – onetime Canadian law professor, longtime politician and human rights advocate – that he hardly seems combative enough to have participated in some of the world’s toughest struggles for justice.

Yet, Montreal-born Cotler, now 73, helped free Soviet Jewish dissident Natan Sharansky in 1986 and South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in 1990. And today, he has stepped up his fight to free Jonathan Pollard. Cotler is also laboring to advance Arab-Israeli peace negotiations.


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