All posts for October 2009

Palestinian Village of Bil’in Seeks Justice in Canada

October 20th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    October 20, 2009. Bil’in Popular Committee

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Photo: Mary-Ellen Davis. Palestinian flag flying at popular protest in Palestine.

As part of the Village’s campaign against the construction of settlements on their lands, Bil’in has filed an unprecedented legal claim in Canada against two Canadian companies and their Canadian director. The claim arises from the construction of apartment buildings and the marketing and selling of residential units in the Modi’in Illit settlement which is built, in part, on the lands belonging to Bil’in. The lawsuit has been filed in the Canadian Province of Quebec where those companies and their director are registered and live.

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Tadamon! letter to Centrale des Syndicats du Québec

October 20th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec, Politics

M. Parent, Mme Pauzé, and all members of the Centrale des Syndicats du Québec,

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    Photo: Motaz Satellites in Qalqilia – Palestine.

Tadamon! would like to congratulate the members of the Centrale des Syndicats du Québec (CSQ) on their recent adoption, by a large majority, of a resolution in support of the call made by 171 Palestinian organizations for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel until Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.

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Unmask Apartheid This Hallowe’en!

October 19th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    Montreal Launch of the international “Boycott Ahava” campaign!

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    Saturday October 31st 2009
    12:30pm – 4:30pm
    Phillips Square
    across from the Bay at
    St. Catherine and Union
    (Metro McGill)

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Palestinian prisoner Linan Yosif Abo Gholbi

October 16th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    ISM visits Linan Yosif Abo Gholbi on her release from prison

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Photo: Freda Gutman Former Palestinian political prisoner Linan Yosif Abo Gholbi.

On Monday, October 5, 2009, a group of ISM’ers visited Linan Yosif Abo Gholbi in her extended family’s home near Nablus, at the invitation of Tanweer, a grass roots organization based in Nablus. She is one of the 20 women prisoners who were recently released from Isreali prisons in exchange for a video from Hamas proving that Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured in 2006, was still alive.

Generations of Linan’s family have been fighters and PFLP activists in the Palestian struggle for justice. Many have died, many have been imprisoned. Her parents have spent years visiting their children in various prisons and at the moment one of her brothers is in jail.

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After Goldstone, Hamas faces fateful choice

October 15th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 8 October 2009.

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    Photo: Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip, Palestine.

The uproar over the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) collaboration with Israel to bury the Goldstone report, calling for trials of Israeli leaders for war crimes in Gaza, is a political earthquake. The whole political order in place since the 1993 Oslo accords were signed is crumbling. As the initial tremors begin to fade, the same old political structures may appear still to be in place, but they are hollowed out. This unprecedented crisis threatens to topple the US-backed PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, but it also leaves Hamas, the main Palestinian resistance faction, struggling with fateful choices.

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Palestine: Fading into focus

October 15th, 2009 | Posted in Canada, Lebanon, Palestine, Quebec
    Link by Jillian Kestler-D’amours, October 13, 2009.

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Photo: Stefan Christoff. Wires in sky, Ein el-Hilweh, Palestinian camp, Lebanon.

Pictures of Fouad Sakr’s family line the walls of his modest Park Extension apartment in Montreal north.

“My son’s wedding in Lebanon,” said Sakr, pointing to a framed photograph displaying the smiling faces of his son, his son’s bride, his wife and himself.

On the other side of the room, school photos of Sakr’s granddaughters hang beneath two recognizable images: a small Palestinian flag and the Lebanese cedar tree, the country’s national symbol.

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UN: Poverty tripled in Gaza

October 15th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Al Jazeera October 2009.

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Photo: Palestinians in Gaza struggle for food in area damaged by Israeli bombings.

Poverty in the Gaza Strip has tripled this year under the Israeli blockade, according to the UN agency helping refugees living there.

John Ging, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, told reporters on Thursday that the number of Gazans considerered “abject poor” had tripled to 300,000 this year, equal to one in five Gazans.

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Protestors gather to save Nahr al-Bared

October 15th, 2009 | Posted in Beirut, Lebanon, Palestine
    Daily Star Tuesday, October 13, 2009.

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Photo: Mary-Ellen Davis. Nahr el-Bared refugee camp destroyed pictured in late 2007.

BEIRUT: Demonstrators gathered in their thousands at Downtown Beirut’s Martyrs Square Monday to protest against government failure to begin reconstruction to Nahr al-Bared refugee camp. Organizers claim some 2,000 protestors from all over Lebanon attended the peaceful demonstration, watched over by soldiers and a dozen police in riot gear.

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Photos: Qurna at Artists Against Apartheid

October 15th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Iraq, Palestine, Quebec
    photos by Sabrien Amrov

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    Photo: Sabrien Amrov. Qurna performing at Artists Against Apartheid.

At the Quebec Social Forum thousands converged in Montreal from throughout Quebec for concerts, workshops and conferences focused on building social justice movements. On Saturday, October 10th hundreds gathered at cégep du Vieux Montréal for the tenth edition of Artists Against Apartheid, presented as a main cultural event within the Quebec Social Forum.

Featured at the concert was Qurna a conceptual and experimental music project of Iraqi Maqam music, lead by Omar Dewachi on oud and featuring Jérémi Roy on double bass, Pierre-Guy Blanchard on percussion, Sam Shalabi on oud, Radwan Moumneh on saz, Xarah Dion on synth and Zayid Al-Baghdadi on nay. Sabrien Amrov documented the concert via photograph presented now on-line.

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Answering critics of the boycott movement

October 15th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    Sami Hermez, Electronic Intifada, 1 October 2009.

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    Photo: ‘No tank parking’ graffiti in Palestine.

Over the last three years, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has been gaining stride. Individuals around the world have been joining this call, from organizing actions in supermarkets in France and Great Britain protesting Israeli products made in settlements, to filmmakers withdrawing movies from film festivals, to prominent Israelis making a public stand with the BDS movement. Only recently, a multi-billion dollar Norwegian wealth fund divested from the Israeli arms company Elbit, while other companies, like Veolia, a French conglomerate involved in building and managing the Jerusalem light-rail, have suffered setbacks due to the bad publicity the boycott movement has generated.

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