All posts for November 2013

A discussion with Frank Barat: The Russell Tribunal on Palestine

November 15th, 2013 | Posted in Other

A discussion and light lunch on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine with Frank Barat, coordinator of the Russell Tribunal

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    Friday November 22nd 2013
    12:30pm-2pm
    Thomson House
    3650 McTavish, room 404
    Lunch -provided
    (Metro Peel)

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is an International Tribunal citizens’ initiative , created as a result of the inaction of the international community in relation to violations of international law committed by Israel. During five international meetings, the TRP discussed the liability and breach of third countries , companies and international organizations in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories , and the perpetuation of violations of international law by Israel. A session was also devoted to whether the crime of apartheid as defined by international conventions, was due to Israel. www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com

Frank Barat will give a brief historical overview of the work of the The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, including the Vietnam and South America tribunal of the 70s and will then focus on the Palestine tribunal with a strong emphasis on its last session, in Cape Town, that concluded that ‘Israel policies against the Palestinian People were in breach of the prohibition against Apartheid in International Law’.

Frank Barat is coordinator of the russel tribunal on palestine and also published : ” The realm of the possible “, ” Palestine state of siege “, ” Gaza in Crisis ” and ” Justice for Palestine ” . He produces and co-hosts ” The wall has ears ” on Radio Panik .

For more information contact
info@tadamon.ca
www.tadamon.ca

Syria Beyond Binaries: A Critical Discussion

October 24th, 2013 | Posted in Other

Join us for a discussion on Syria hosted by Tadamon!

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    Wednesday, October 30th @ 7pm
    Graduate Students Association (GSA) Lounge
    Concordia University
    2030 Mackay
    Metro Guy-Concordia

Tadamon! invites you to a critical discussion surrounding the Syrian revolution, aiming to generate a greater understanding of developments on the ground. This event will examine internal and external actors, their sources of funding, and the interests they serve. Above all, it will endeavour to move thinking and debate about the current context in Syria beyond the limitations of rigid dichotomies – such as jihadist opposition vs secular regime; western proxies/insurgents vs forces of resistance – to see the complex and changing dynamics of the revolution as it continues to unfold in Syrian cities and towns. Discussion will then turn to the role of international solidarity, and how allies can move forward in supporting the Syrian people’s struggle for self-determination.

Featuring presentations from:

* Brian Aboud, researcher, activist, and educator

* Ramy Nakache, social justice and solidarity activist

For more information:
Tadamon!
Tel: 514-664-1036
E-mail: info@tadamon.ca

Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/573961775987145/

Tadamon! against the Charter

October 20th, 2013 | Posted in Other

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Tadamon! stands firmly against the Quebec Charter of Values proposed by the Parti Québécois. The Charter, announced in detail on 10 September 2013, seeks to eliminate select religious symbols from government services and organizations, in particular by banning public sector employees from wearing “conspicuous” religious symbols. The Quebec public sector includes workers in hospitals, courtrooms, municipal offices, schools, daycares, and universities, among others. In effect, this bill — if passed — will preclude anyone who wears the hijab, niqab, turban, kippah and “large religious pendants” from acquiring or keeping jobs in a massive segment of the workforce. Furthermore, Muslim women who wear the niqab will be prevented from receiving government services.

Tadamon! (Arabic for “solidarity”), is a Montreal-based collective working in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond. We oppose all systems of oppression whether based on gender, sexual orientation or class and we reject racism in its various forms, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Furthermore, we reject nationalism: its exclusions and its tendency to exploit, rather than challenge, oppressions based on class, gender, “race” and ethnic or religious affiliation. We do not support any government or political party.

On this basis, we reject the xenophobic Charter of Quebec Values and the racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and sexism it propagates. If passed, the Charter will undoubtedly increase the precarity of already marginalized communities: it prescribes economic repression, inequality, and injustice for specific faith groups by (further) limiting the opportunities available in our already unequal society. Moreover, it has already inspired increased verbal and physical violence against Muslim women.

We must be clear about the intent and consequences of this proposed legislation: through the Charter, the Parti Québécois is actively sanctioning discrimination and violence, creating a platform for virulent racism and xenophobia.

The State’s fixation on the hijab and niqab, in particular, is a reminder of Quebec and Canada’s legacy of colonialism, and calls to mind the politicization of the veil in French-colonized Algeria. The Charter rests upon a similar colonial logic and political opportunism, promoting egregious stereotypes of Muslim women as being without agency. We reject this characterization, and support Muslim women in their struggles for self-determination.

Moreover, we reject the disingenuous discourse the Parti Québécois has promoted in their framing of the Charter as “feminist”. Telling people — and particularly women, so often the subjects of such attention — what to wear or what not to wear is unacceptable on any grounds. Indeed, the great irony is that the State, while accusing pious men of forcing items of clothing upon pious women, is deploying precisely the same paternalistic logic in telling women what not to wear.

This “Charter of Values” — whose values? — must not be allowed to pass. To this end, we stand in solidarity with all those who struggle against poverty, precarity, racism and exclusion.

Tadamon! endorses the October 20 demonstration and march organized by the ‘Ensemble Contre les Chartes Xénophobes coalition’.

Political Prisoner Struggles in Palestine- Workshop-17 Oct. 2013

October 15th, 2013 | Posted in Other

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Political Prisoner Struggles in Palestine

    Wednesday October 17, 2013
    6pm-8pm
    Lev Bukhman Room
    3480 MacTavish, 2nd Floor
    Montreal, Quebec
    (Metro Peel)

This roundtabe discussion is part of Culture Shock! A co-presentation by the SSMU and QPIRG-McGill. For the full schedule, visit http://qpirgmcgill.org/culture-shock/

Join Tadamon! for a workshop exploring the struggles of political prisoners in Palestine. The historical context of political imprisonment in Palestine will be charted, the realities faced by prisoners will be reviewed, and administrative detention discussed. The workshop will also highlight resistance to political imprisonment both inside and outside of prisons, including the recent hunger strikes and mass demonstration. Discussion will then turn to the global BDS campaign against G4S and its complicity in securing Israeli apartheid.

For more information:
* QPIRG McGill
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*Tadamon!
www.tadamon.ca
Tadamon!
Tel: 514-664-1036

E-mail: info@tadamon.ca

https://www.facebook.com/events/167920273402077

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Demonstration Against the Charter of “Quebec Values”

September 9th, 2013 | Posted in Other

Stand up against racism, xenophobia and discrimination!

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    Saturday, September 14th
    12pm
    Park Emilie Gamelin

To all Quebecers who love justice and equality, Marois’ Parti Québécois government proposes a new liberticidal, discriminatory and Islamophobic Charter.

Let’s walk together and show our rejection of Marois’ government charter.

Be present! Act now before it’s too late!

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/collectif.contreislamophobie

Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/500731066687417/

Report Back: Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

August 27th, 2013 | Posted in Other

Librarians to Palestine Report Back

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    Tuesday August 27th
    6pm-8pm
    Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore
    2150 Bishop Street
    (Metro Guy-Concordia)

    * We regret that this space is not wheelchair accessible.

From June 23 – July 4 2013, a group of international librarians and archivists traveled to Palestine to connect with colleagues in libraries, archives, and related projects. The delegation explored issues of access to information under occupation and colonialism in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and 1948 Palestine (Israel). The delegation bore witness to the destruction, theft and appropriation of books and historical documents, and was inspired by the many projects, institutions, and individuals engaged in daily resistance to settler-colonialism. Two delegates, Andrea Miller-Nesbitt and Maggie Schreiner, will discuss their experiences on the delegation, share some of the projects that were visited, and provide an overview of the next steps for the delegation’s ongoing solidarity work.

The presentation will be in English with whisper translation available.

Andrea Miller-Nesbitt is a librarian at McGill University. She is a former member of the Montreal chapter of Radical Reference and currently plays in the Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble.

Maggie Schreiner is an archivist at the Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archive, a collection of Labor and the Left in New York City. She also plays snare drum in the radical marching band the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.

This event is co-sponsored by Tadamon!

For more information:
Librarians and Archivists to Palestine
http://librarians2palestine.wordpress.com

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/231463717001333/

Free Tarek Loubani and John Greyson!

August 24th, 2013 | Posted in Other

Join the Campaign to free Tarek Loubani and John Greyson

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    To sign the petition and receive updates please visit:
    http://tarekandjohn.com/

Two Canadians, Dr. Tarek Loubani and filmmaker John Greyson, were arrested by Egyptian police on Friday, August 16 in Cairo.

They were en route to the Gaza Strip, where they are working on an academic and medical collaboration between the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the main hospital in the Gaza Strip, the al-Shifa hospital.

Tarek Loubani is an emergency room medical doctor and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). He is one of the architects of the Canada-Gaza academic collaboration, a project that has brought doctors from UWO to Gaza to train physicians in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).

John Greyson is a professor at the Department of Film at York University and an award-winning film-maker. He is in the initial stages of working on a film to be produced in the region.

John and Tarek arrived in Cairo on August 15 with the intention of traveling to Gaza immediately. Given the volatile situation in Egypt, travel to the border with Gaza was problematic and they delayed their travel plan by one day.

John and Tarek entered a police station on Friday evening, as they were lost and needed help with directions back to their hotel. At this point they were promptly arrested. At 4pm Toronto time (10pm Cairo time), Tarek called his primary contact in Canada with the very short message: “we are being arrested by Egyptian police”.

Canadian consular officials have visited them where they are being held, and we have been told that they are “okay”. Currently their status or condition has not been confirmed, nor have friends and family been able to speak to them directly.

We demand that Egyptian authorities to release John and Tarek immediately.

Please visit the Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/404849106288317/?ref=22

For more information:
Tel: 514-664-1036
E-mail: info@tadamon.ca

Political Prisoners’ Struggles in Palestine

August 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Other

Join us for a Tadamon! Interactive Workshop on Palestinian Political Prisoners

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    Wednesday August 7, 2013
    6:30pm-8:30pm

    Graduate Students Association (GSA) Lounge
    Concordia University
    2030 Mackay
    (Metro Guy-Concordia)

Join Tadamon! for a workshop exploring the struggles of political prisoners in Palestine. The historical context of political imprisonment in Palestine will be charted, the realities faced by prisoners will be reviewed, and administrative detention discussed. The workshop will also highlight resistance to political imprisonment both inside and outside of prisons, including the recent hunger strikes and mass demonstration. Discussion will then turn to the global BDS campaign against G4S and its complicity in securing Israeli apartheid. This workshop will be presented in English, with whisper translation available.

For more information:

Tel: 514-664-1036
E-mail: info@tadamon.ca

Demo Against the Prawer Plan

August 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Other

Stop the Ethnic Cleansing in the Naqab

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    Friday August 2, 2013
    12pm-1pm

    In front of Indigo Bookstore
    1500 McGill College (corner St Catherine)
    Metro McGill

Often referred to as the “Nakba in al-Naqab”, the Prawer-Begin Plan was adopted by the Knesset on June 24 2013, paving the way for the mass expulsion of Palestinian Bedouin communities from their lands in the Naqab (Negev) desert. Should it be fully implemented, the plan would result in the destruction of the confiscation of 800,000 dunums of land, the destruction of 35 unrecognized villages, and the expulsion of an estimated 70,000 Bedouins in what many are calling the single-largest act of displacement of Palestinian citizens of Israel since 1948.

On July 15th, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets from Haifa to Hebron to protest the implementation of the Prawer Plan. Despite mass arrests and considerable repression at the hands of the Israeli Occupation Forces, the struggle against displacement and dispossession continues. On August 2nd, join Tadamon at the Palestinian and Jewish Unity picket in front of Indigo Bookstore as part of a global day of action to demand an end to the Prawer Plan and demonstrate solidarity with Palestinian Bedouin communities in the Naqab.

For more information:
Tel: 514-664-1036
E-mail: info@tadamon.ca

From the Mavi Marmara to the Gaza Strip

June 14th, 2013 | Posted in Other

International Solidarity with Palestine

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    Wednesday June 19, 2013
    6 pm to 8pm

    Café Artère
    7000 Avenue du Parc
    Metro Parc, or Bus 80

On May 31, 2010, Israel intercepted, boarded and attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters, killing ten and injuring dozens of activists. Comprised of civilian vessels, the Gaza Freedom flotilla had been carrying much-needed food, construction material, and medical equipment to the people of Gaza. In addition, the Flotilla had also aimed to break the brutal Israeli-imposed siege, which suffocates the economy, curtails reconstruction, constricts freedom of movement and affects every facet of day-to-day existence for the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza.

Join Tadamon! for a discussion with Palestine solidarity activist Manuel Tapial to mark the three-year anniversary of the Gaza flotilla massacre. A member of the Cultura, Paz, y Solidaridad network in Spain, Manuel was aboard the Mavi Marmara at the time of the attack. The event will also feature a screening of “Flotilla: An Attack on Solidarity”, a short film that highlights footage captured at during the raid and documents the events that unfolded.

For more information:
Tel: 514-664-1036
E-mail: info@tadamon.ca
Website: www.tadamon.ca

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