All posts for September 2007

“Tear Down That Wall!”

September 15th, 2007 | Posted in Boycott, Lebanon, Palestine, Politics, Solidarity, War and Terror

    This Magazine. September-October 2007. By Sue Ferguson

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    Photo: John Bonnar. Toronto picket at Chapters / Indigo bookstore.

Activists demanding a better fate for Palestinians have chosen a potent accusation—the new apartheid—to rally support for the growing anti-Israel boycott. Their belief: what forced change in South Africa can provoke change in the Middle East. But it may not be that easy-or that simple

Imagination. Creativity. Inspiration. Three words to stir the soul crown the towering windows of Toronto’s flagship Indigo bookstore. At ground level, shoppers pass in and out of wood-framed glass doors, navigating planters and benches intended to create a friendly, front-porch sort of welcome. They take little notice as, on the sidewalk beyond, two women unfurl an off-white canvas banner. Printed on one side are another three words, less poetic perhaps than the store’s motto, but the intended effect is just as moving: Boycott Chapters/ Indigo.

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The Road to Nahr al-Barid: Lebanese Political Discourse and Palestinian Civil Rights

    Middle East Report. by Muhammad Ali Khalidi and Diane Riskedahl

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    Photo: Paul Taggart. Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon.

How long will the state erect military checkpoints in residential areas, treating them as though they were camps sheltering wanted people and gunmen, while all the Palestinian camps, which shelter criminals and wanted people, enjoy freedom of movement, politically, militarily and in terms of security, as though they were security islands independent of Lebanon politically, militarily and in terms of security?

—Jibran Tuwayni, al-Nahar (July 18th, 2002)

The view expressed by assassinated Lebanese Member of Parliament and editorialist Jibran Tuwayni has become depressingly familiar among Lebanese politicians since the end of the Lebanese civil war. Though Tuwayni was a firebrand of what is now the loyalist camp in Lebanese politics, his perspective is also shared by elements of the current opposition, particularly members of the parliamentary bloc loyal to former Gen. Michel Aoun. There may be more than a grain of truth in the saying that the only thing that unites the Lebanese political factions today is antipathy for the Palestinians living in their midst.

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Radio Tadamon! Protests: Israeli Apartheid / Security Prosperity Partnership

    Produced by Tania Tabar, Maha Sultan & Stefan Christoff.

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    Download / Podcast the program from the Rabble Podcast Network.

This edition of Radio Tadamon! brings you to the streets, from the ongoing demonstrations throughout Canada calling for a boycott of Indigo/Chapters bookstores due to their support for Israel, to the major demonstrations in Montabello, Quebec surrounding the North American trilateral summit in August 2007.

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Hizbollah ‘did not use civilians as cover’

September 7th, 2007 | Posted in Hezbollah, Lebanon, Corporate Media, Repression, War and Terror

    By Mark Lavie in Jerusalem, The Independent. September, 7th 2007

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    Image: Israel’s bombing of Beirut’s southern suburbs August 2006.

In its strongest condemnation of Israel since last summer’s war, Human Rights Watch said yesterday that most Lebanese civilian casualties were caused by “indiscriminate Israeli air strikes”.

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