All posts for April 2010

Canada faulted for pro-Israel bias

April 27th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Palestine
    David Heap London Free Press March 2010.

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    Photo: Israeli apartheid wall from above cutting through Palestinian lands.

Yves Engler’s new book raises important issues at the centre of debates in this country and about which we all need to become better informed.

The title refers to the conditions Israel imposes on Palestinians, which some say amount to the crime of apartheid, as defined by the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.

Obviously, not everyone agrees with this interpretation, and the point is one that can give rise to a healthy debate.

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Hour: Canada and Israel Building Apartheid

April 26th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    Hour March 2010 by Stefan Christoff.

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    Photo: Israeli apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian lands.

Yves Engler’s new book, Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid, is a stunning examination of the history of Canada-Israel relations and a key read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy of all political stripes.

Engler’s commitment to critiquing injustices linked to Canadian government and corporate policy is applied here to Canada-Israel relations and works within a broader critique of Canada’s national narrative as a force for peace in the world. He unravels the image of Canada as a broker of peace in the Middle East through well-researched details and outlines a historical thread that links successive Canadian governments to the suppression of Palestinian human rights and self-determination.

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Letter to Canada Post on Israel stamp

April 26th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Solidarity
    Canadian Union of Postal Workers letter to Canada Post, April 2010

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    Photo: Palestinian children mourn the dead in Gaza, January 2009.
    Moya Greene
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Canada Post Corporation
    2701 Riverside Drive
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0B1

I am writing to you on the eve of Canada Post issuing a joint stamp with Israel.

A recent article in Canada Stamp Detail said “Canada Post will issue the stamp “to celebrate Canada’s strong bilateral relationship with Israel – a friendship that spans six decades and is marked by shared values, common interests and strong political, economic, cultural and social ties.”

While CUPW is glad to see Canada Post taking on new and innovative ways to sell stamps, we are somewhat concerned that Canada Post is launching a stamp with Israel on the basis of “shared values”.

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Photos: Artists Against Apartheid XII

April 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec
    photos from Artists Against Apartheid XII by Heri Rakotomalala.

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Photo: Heri Rakotomalala. Performance by Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah.

Celebrated artists from Toronto and Montreal took the stage at the twelfth edition of Artists Against Apartheid at La Sala Rossa, performing socially conscious poetry and music for a packed room. Throughout the past years Artists Against Apartheid has grown in Montreal into a dynamic concert series, regularly attracting hundreds of people and featuring a diverse array of celebrated artists.

Artists Against Apartheid XII was the Montreal launch for Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah’s debut release Hadeel, a powerful album rooted in poetic reflections on the Palestinian struggle for liberation.

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La scène artistique de Montréal soutient le boycott d’Israël

April 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec
    Avril 2010 Le Courrier Emmanuel Dror

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Photo: Claudia Espinosa. Musicienne Rebecca Foon à Artistes Anti Apartheid.

En octobre 2009, une soixantaine d’artistes européens, principalement des Français mais aussi l’Anglais Gilad Atzmon ou le Suisse Michel Bühler, réclamaient la levée du blocus de Gaza. Fin février 2010, ce sont 500 artistes de la seule ville de Montréal au Québec qui ont signé un appel pour appuyer la «campagne internationale de boycott, désinvestissement et sanctions» menée au Canada par la Coalition contre l’Apartheid israélien (basée à Toronto).

Pour mesurer cet élan, nous avons contacté l’un des initiateurs québécois de cet appel, Stefan Christoff, pianiste, photographe et militant associatif à Montréal. Stefan Christoff explique que, dans cette ville, «les communautés artistiques et militantes ont toujours été proches l’une de l’autre. De nombreux artistes sont issus des quartiers pauvres de Montréal, où de jeunes étudiants cohabitent avec les classes défavorisées, ouvrières ou immigrées. Dans ces quartiers, les lieux de rencontre sont des lieux de débats, mais aussi des lieux de création artistique où se tissent des liens qui durent».

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Palestinian Statement on Israel’s attempt to join the OECD

April 20th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Economy, Environment
    Boycott National Committee (BNC) – Palestine, March 2010

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    Photo: Palestinian boy walking in Gaza Strip.

A Vote for Israel’s Accession to the OECD is a Vote in Support of Israel’s War Crimes and Other Grave Violations of International Law and Human Rights

Palestinian civil society urges the peoples and governments of OECD member states to defer Israel’s OECD accession until it respects international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people and shows commitment to the fundamental values shared by OECD members.

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Poland tightens military alliance with Israel

April 15th, 2010 | Posted in Lebanon, Palestine
    Ewa Jasiewicz, Electronic Intifada, February 2010

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    Photo: Israeli missile strike on Beirut, Lebanon.

The Polish army’s announcement that it will buy seven Aerostar Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Israel’s Aeronautics earlier this month was heralded as a step forward for Poland’s “stabilization” mission in Afghanistan. The UAV, or drone, has long been a key tool in the military arsenals of both the United States and Israel. The US leads the export market, followed by Israel, which as of last year was the planet’s third-biggest arms exporter, arming regimes around the world to the tune of $6.75 billion in 2009.

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Artists on Israeli Apartheid

April 15th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec
    Artists speak out on Israeli Apartheid: in their own words

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    Photo: Iraqi hip-hop artist Yassin Alsalman, Narcicyst.

Hundreds of Montreal artists have united in solidarity with Palestine, launching a public declaration this February signed by 500 artists from the city. Artists in Montreal from diverse disciplines, from dancers to poets, musicians to filmmakers, have issued the first major statement by artists in a major North American city backing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign in opposition to policies of apartheid practiced by the Israeli state against the Palestinian people.

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The injured continue to suffer in Gaza

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Palestine, Solidarity
    rabble.ca Stefan Christoff, April 2010

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Photo: Matthew Cassel Due to the siege, routine injuries have been difficult to treat.

Thousands across Gaza live with severe injuries: youth war amputees, mothers severely burned by phosphorus bombs, countless Palestinians coping with physiological wounds, all injuries stemming from the disaster wrought on Gaza by the Israeli military assault in the winter of 2008/2009.

And war injuries remain a consistent reality in 2010.

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A Palestinian arrest so ridiculous even the Israeli judges smiled

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Prisoners, Repression
    Haaretz by Amira Hass. 15/02/2010

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    Photo Palestinian child next to fruit stall in the streets of Jerusalem.

Something about 12-year-old Bassam caused two Israelis to smile. Two Palestinians noticed, but did not remember their smiles as being disparaging or arrogant. On the contrary. The Palestinians regarded the smiles as a rare moment in which two Israelis – and not just any Israelis, but military judges – realized how ridiculous the situation was.

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