All posts for April 2008

Canadian Union of Postal Workers joins the campaign against Israeli apartheid!

    April 2008.

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    Sign on Statement and Appeal for Solidarity.

April 2008: We the undersigned organizations congratulate the Canadian Union of Postal workers (CUPW) for joining the international boycott of Israeli apartheid. We call on workers and labour unions worldwide to join CUPW in creating a strong and effective labour movement in solidarity with struggles against Israeli apartheid and violence.

At the national convention of CUPW, representing over fifty thousand workers across Canada, a strong majority of delegates voted for a resolution in support of the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid.

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Israel is suppressing a secret it must face

    How did a Jewish state founded 60 years ago
    end up throwing filth at cowering Palestinians?

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    by Johann Hari, the Independent, Monday, April 28th.

When you hit your 60th birthday, most of you will guzzle down your hormone replacement therapy with a glass of champagne and wonder if you have become everything you dreamed of in your youth. In a few weeks, the state of Israel is going to have that hangover.

She will look in the mirror and think – I have a sore back, rickety knees and a gun at my waist, but I’m still standing. Yet somewhere, she will know she is suppressing an old secret she has to face. I would love to be able to crash the birthday party with words of reassurance. Israel has given us great novelists like Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua, great film-makers like Joseph Cedar, great scientific research into Alzheimer’s, and great dissident journalists like Amira Hass, Tom Segev and Gideon Levy to expose her own crimes.

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Nadine Gordimer: Stand against Israel’s apartheid too

April 26th, 2008 | Posted in Culture, Palestine, Tadamon!, Politics, Resistance

    Open letter, Dr. Haider Eid, 25 April 2008

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    Following is an edited open letter from Gaza lecturer Dr. Haider Eid
    to Nobel Prize-winning South African author Nadine Gordimer…

I am a Palestinian lecturer in Cultural Studies living in Gaza. I happen to also have South African citizenship as a result of my marriage to a citizen of that beloved country. I spent more than five years in Johannesburg, the city in which I earned my PhD and lectured at both traditionally black and white universities. At Vista in Soweto, I taught your anti-apartheid novels My Son’s Story, July’s People and The Late Bourgeois World.

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Artists Against Apartheid III

April 26th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine, Tadamon!, Politics, Resistance, Solidarity

    bridges from South Africa to Palestine…

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    THURSDAY, MAY 8th, 8:30pm
    Doors: 8-15$
    La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent
    Montreal, Quebec

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Sixty years of nakba; Sixty years of apartheid

April 24th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Lebanon, Palestine, Quebec, Tadamon!, Politics, Repression

    Join the Boycott Apartheid bloc…

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    Saturday, May 10th, 1pm
    Dorchester Square
    (Peel & René-Lévesque)
    Montreal, Quebec

    as part of the CJPP demonstration to mark the 60th year of the Nakba

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Jewish people stand for free speech on the CALEB/Tadamon! conference

    April 20th, 2008: To the administration at Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne

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    Mesdames, Monsieurs,

We write to urge you not to cancel a joint conference by Comité d’action pour la lutte étudiante boulonnaise (CALEB) and Tadamon! April 21 on Israel and Palestine. Behind this censorship attempt appears to be a false belief that critics of Israel are anti-Semitic, or anti-Jewish to be precise. The Jewish people in Quebec and Canada are divided on the issues of Israel and Palestine. There are many Jewish people like us who support open discussion and activities for Palestinian human rights, and oppose the Israeli occupation and suppression of the Palestinian people.

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Censorship at Cégep Bois de Boulogne

April 21st, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Lebanon, Palestine, Tadamon!, Politics, Repression, Solidarity

    Administration cancels workshop critical of Canadian support for Israel…

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    Call for Solidarity: Montreal, 21 April 2008

ASSÉ, CALEB and Tadamon! denounce the decision of a Montreal college to cancel a presentation critical of Canadian support for Israel. The workshop, scheduled to have taken place today, was canceled after the administration of Collège Bois-de-Boulogne came under pressure from supporters of Israel. This attack on basic freedom of expression is all the more disturbing because it occurs on a campus.

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Egypt police shoot two Africans trying to cross into Israel

    Haaretz. April 20th, 2008.

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    Photo: Egypt/’Israel’ border.

Egyptian police shot and wounded two Africans, from Mali and Kenya, who tried to slip over Egypt’s desert frontier into Israel on Sunday, security sources said.

Escalating police violence at the Egypt-Israel border has left 11 would-be infiltrators dead since the start of the year, while scores of others, mostly from Africa, have been detained. Police killed an Eritrean migrant at the border on Thursday.

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Lebanon: Nearly 300 people killed or wounded since 2006

    Daily Star by By Anthony Elghossain. Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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    Photo: © Zoriah Beirut 2006.

BEIRUT: Nearly 300 people have been killed or injured in South Lebanon by unexploded ordnance dropped by Israel just before the cease-fire that halted the 2006 summer war, and more than half of the areas originally contaminated by cluster bomblets have yet to be fully cleared, according to the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center for Southern Lebanon (MACC).

The results of a new MACC overview of its functions in Lebanon were released to the public Friday in order to mark, in part, International Mine Action Day. MACC field officer Dalia Farran discussed the results of the study, noting that “since the 2006 [summer war] cease-fire, 965 locations contaminated by unexploded ordnances have been identified throughout the 39 million square meters that constitute South Lebanon.”

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Graphing the ever-mutable image of Lebanon’s Civil War

April 19th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Lebanon, Politics, Repression, Resistance, Solidarity

    Jim Quilty. Daily Star. Saturday, April 19, 2008

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    Photo: Nadim Asfar. Beirut.

BEIRUT: In the wake of the summer 2006 war, Beirutis were witness to a curious contest. All over town red-and-white billboards, in Arabic, French or English announced “I Love Life.”

Appearing early in the political wrangle that has riven Lebanon’s citizens into two camps, the ad campaign seemed apolitical. Yet, as it implied the Other are more interested in killing and martyrdom than enjoying life, the ad was explicitly partisan.

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