All posts for May 2009

Montreal’s ties to illegal Israeli settlement

May 8th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    Hour, by Stefan Christoff, May 7th, 2009.

    Photo: ActiveStills. Protest against Israeli apartheid wall in Bil’in.

In April, Palestinian activist Bassam Ibrahim Abou Rahme was killed by Israeli military forces after being shot at close range by a teargas canister, becoming the 18th Palestinian to have been killed for protesting against the Israeli wall being built in Bil’in, a farming village.

“Bassam was a leader from the Bil’in movement against Israeli apartheid. Everyone in the village loved Bassam, who regularly worked with Israeli activists,” remembers Abdullah Abu Rahme, a Bil’in resident and activist.


Photos: Gaza living after war

May 4th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    photo essay from Lora Gordon.

    Photo: Rafah crossing point, Gaza, Palestine.

In the aftermath to the Israeli military bombardment of the Gaza Strip, from late December 2008 extending twenty-two days into late January 2009, Lora Gordon a Jewish American writer and photographer based in Chicago traveled to Gaza. Gordon traveled to Gaza on a medical aid delegation organized by the Middle East Peace Forum of Cleveland.

Beyond direct solidarity work on the ground in Gaza, including work with Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Lora Gordon also chronicled the situation on the ground in Gaza through photography which documented life in Gaza after the Israeli bombing campaign that killed 1300 Palestinians, while destroying universities, hospitals, UN buildings and generally large parts of the civilian infrastructure in Gaza.


Ronnie Kasrils on Israeli apartheid

May 4th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    Hour interview by Meg Hewings, April 2009.

Photo: Ehab Lotayef. Egyptian soldiers at Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis is one of the most radioactive issues of our day, but it was conspicuously absent from the official program of this week’s Durban Anti-Racism Review Conference in Geneva.


End Palestinian demolitions in Jerusalem, UN tells Israel

May 3rd, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Rory McCarthy,, Friday 1 May 2009.

    Photo: Open sky over Jerusalem.

The United Nations has called on Israel to end its programme of demolishing homes in East Jerusalem and tackle a mounting housing crisis for Palestinians in the city.

Dozens of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are demolished each year because they do not have planning permits. Critics say the demolitions are part of an effort to extend Israeli control as Jewish settlements continue to expand. The 21-page report from the UN office for the co-ordination of humanitarian affairs is the latest round in an intensifying campaign on the issue.


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