All posts for February 2008

Lebanon: 33 Days

    Montreal premiere of Mai Masri’s latest documentary film
    on Israel’s 2006 attack on Lebanon as part of Cinema Politica

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    MONDAY, MARCH 10th, 2008, 7pm
    Concordia University, Hall Building, H-110
    metro Guy-Concordia
    Lebanon / 2007 / 70min

    Including the first Montreal screening of Sari’s Mother, latest film by
    celebrated filmmaker James Longley, director of Iraq in Fragments…

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Economics and Israeli Apartheid: E.U.-Israel Economic Association Agreement

    Interview with John Hilary of War on Want,
    conducted by Stefan Christoff for Fighting FTAs.

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    Photo: Graffiti on Israel’s apartheid wall in Bethlehem.

An economic association agreement between the European Union and Israel lends international political legitimacy to the Israeli government, while providing a critical export market for Israeli goods and products, an essential element to Israel’s international trade policy.

Growing debate is occurring within Europe concerning the E.U.-Israel agreement in the face of Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestinian land and systemic abuses of Palestinian human rights as documented by international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International. A critical provision within the economic agreement stipulates that both the E.U. and Israel respect human rights, a provision that has clearly been ignored in the continuation of the agreement, despite wide-spread abuses of Palestinian human rights by Israel.

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Picket! Break the Siege on Gaza!

    International day of action in solidarity with the people of Gaza initiated
    by the Popular Committee Against Siege – Gaza City…

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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd: 1-3pm
    Picket at Indigo Bookstore:
    St. Catherine St., west of McGill College
    metro Peel

Gaza Strip remains under siege. Until today Israel continues to impose collective punishment on the 1.5 million Palestinians of Gaza, who face chronic shortages of electricity, fuel, food and basic necessities in the context of an ongoing campaign of military violence executed by the apartheid state of Israel.

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Photo Essay: Israeli Apartheid Week Montreal

    by photojournalist Ion Etxebarria.

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In the heart of Montreal Denis Kosseim, of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP) waves a Palestinian flag during a solidarity demonstration with Gaza on Saturday, February 9th.

As part of the international Israeli Apartheid Week that occurred in cities across Canada and around the world, a series of events occurred in Montreal to mark Israeli Apartheid Week in February 2008. Israeli Apartheid Week is now in its fourth consecutive year and in 2008, Israeli Apartheid Week occurs during the 60th year of the Palestinian Nakba (”catastrophe”)– 60 years of dispossession, ethnic cleansing and exile for Palestinians resulting from the creation of the state of Israel.

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Malcolm Guy se retire d’un jury des Rendez-vous

    Odile Tremblay, Devior, jeudi 14 février 2008

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    Le cinéaste estime que les RVCQ doivent se
    désaffilier de la Fondation Dworkin…

Le cinéaste Malcolm Guy, à travers une lettre ouverte aux Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, se retire du jury du prix annuel 2008 de la Fondation Alex et Ruth Dworkin. Cette récompense, à laquelle est jointe une bourse de 5000 $, a pour but de favoriser la tolérance dans le domaine du cinéma.

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Open letter from Montreal filmmaker Malcolm Guy to the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois

February 14th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Lebanon, Palestine, Politics, Resistance, Solidarity

    behind the prize “for tolerance” hides intolerance…

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    public letter from Montreal filmmaker Malcolm Guy

With this letter I would like to officially withdraw as a member of the jury for the 2008 Prize of the Alex and Ruth Dworkin Foundation for the Promotion of Tolerance through Cinema (2008 Prix annuel de la Fondation Alex et Ruth Dworkin pour la promotion de la tolérance à travers le cinéma) at the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois.

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Palestine: Israeli army kidnapps 85 Palestinians in the West Bank in one day

    International Middle East Media Center.

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    Photo: prison cell at Khiam. (©WJ CendakII 2008.)

The Israeli army on Wednesday invaded both the city of Nablus, in the northern West Bank, and the village of Beit Ummer, located near the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank. In total, at least 85 Palestinian civilians were abducted by the invading military.

Israeli troops stormed the village of Beit Ummar at around 1:00 am on Wednesday. Troops searched and ransacked scores of homes, with local sources stating that the army placed the village under curfew, not allowing families to leave their homes.

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Gaza protest draws hundreds

    Demonstrators march downtown, about 30 groups endorse or participate…

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    Jan Ravensbergen, the Gazette. Photo: Ion Etxebarria.

Condemnation of a virtual blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel since last June reverberated loudly yesterday along Montreal’s prime downtown shopping strip.

A vocal 90-minute march by more than 230 demonstrators – punctuated with such chants as: “Israel is criminal, Canada is complicit” – broke the weekend-afternoon tranquility of Ste. Catherine St. W.

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Artists Against Apartheid II

February 10th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Lebanon, Palestine, Tadamon!, Politics, Solidarity

    an evening of poetry, spoken word and musical performances…

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    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY, 17th, 8pm
    O Patro Vys
    356 Mont-Royal east
    (mount royal metro)
    suggested donation: 7-15$

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Seven Gazans killed in day of Israeli air, shelling attacks

February 10th, 2008 | Posted in Palestine, Religion, Tadamon!, Politics, Resistance, Solidarity, War and Terror

    Report, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, 7 February 2008.

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    Photo: Shadow of Palestinian woman…

On 7 February 2008, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed seven Palestinians, raising the number of victims from its military attacks to seventeen persons since the beginning of this month, and 96 persons since the beginning of 2008 in the Gaza Strip. The IOF launched seven attacks in different parts of the Gaza Strip since last night, of which the most affected areas were Khan Younis, al-Nuseirat, and other areas in northern Gaza.

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