January 9, 2014 18:23
Former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler
has been at the barricades for justice – and for Israel – for decades.
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