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Palestinian rights and the IHRA definition of antisemitism
Nov 29, 2020 at 05:52 PM

A group of 122 Palestinian and Arab academics, journalists and intellectuals express their concerns about the IHRA definition

We, the undersigned Palestinian and Arab academics, journalists and intellectuals are hereby stating our views regarding the definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and the way this definition has been applied, interpreted and deployed in several countries of Europe and North America.

In recent years, the fight against antisemitism has been increasingly instrumentalised by the Israeli government and its supporters in an effort to delegitimise the Palestinian cause and silence defenders of Palestinian rights. Diverting the necessary struggle against antisemitism to serve such an agenda threatens to debase this struggle and hence to discredit and weaken it.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Suspension From the Labour Party Is Part of a Wider Assault on Democracy and Dissent
Oct 31, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Keir Starmer’s disgraceful move to suspend Jeremy Corbyn as a member of the Labour Party doesn’t come out of a vacuum. It’s part of a much wider push to stifle political dissent in Britain by coercive means, in which Starmer is now complicit.

As Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn inspired millions because he represented the promise of deep freedom and democracy, for people in Britain and around the world. “We stand with Jeremy Corbyn — just as he has always stood with us,” wrote a collective of BAME organizations, activists, and revolutionaries two days before the 2019 general election. And so defeat at the ballot box wasn’t enough — Corbynism had to be buried.

In his place, Keir Starmer, surrounded by cadres of Peter Mandelson and Tony Blair, hopes to show that he is a trusty custodian of Britain’s decaying imperial state apparatus. What better way — having already waved the legalization of torture and state murder through parliament — than to humiliate the man who threatened to topple this fragile order of domination and misery?

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Defend Palestine - Boycott Israeli Apartheid! Protest
Jul 29, 2020 at 01:57 PM

Saturday, Aug 8, 2 pm

Israeli annexation continues to threaten Palestinians in the West Bank, including the most fertile agricultural land of the Jordan Valley, which is still slated for Israel’s latest land grab.

Join us to stand against Israel's annexation policy, the siege on Gaza, the mass imprisonment of Palestinians, the demolition of homes, the denial of Palestinian refugees’ right to return and further war crimes and crimes against humanity. Confront the continuation of over 72 years of land theft, dispossession, apartheid and genocide!

Join us SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 at 2:00 PM. We will gather at BROADWAY AND CAMBIE for a visibility picket before bringing our message to boycott apartheid to London Drugs and the BC Liquor Stores!

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Endorsed by: BDS Vancouver - Coast Salish Territories, Canada Palestine Association, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Independent Jewish Voices – UBC, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights - UBC

** Note - COVID-19 protections will be followed! Please wear a mask and stay appropriately physically distanced - thanks! **

Outdoor Left Film Night: Resisting Colonialism & Displacement From Secwepemc to Gaza
Jul 29, 2020 at 01:55 PM

***Short Film Festival Featuring Empire Files on Palestinian Struggles & Tiny House Warriors Secwepemc TMX Resistance Mini-Doc***

Friday, July 31st 8pm @ Woodland Park (705 Woodland Dr.)

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Join the Young Communist League, Communist Party of Canada, Canada Palestine Association, and BDS Vancouver- Coast Salish Territories for the second outdoor left film night at woodland park. Bring your own folding chairs or blankets. We ask that folks be respectful of social distancing measures.

Flash Picket: NO Israeli Annexation, Free Palestine
Jun 24, 2020 at 12:42 PM

Friday, June 26, 5 pmBroadway and Clark, Vancouver

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Join us for a flash picket (with appropriate physical distancing) in Vancouver to show our clear opposition to Israel’s new annexation plans.

Bring your keffiyeh to use as a mask and come out to be part of the cross-Canada and global actions to say NO Israeli annexation, apartheid and occupation!

Free Palestine!

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Tell Your MP: Sign The Pledge To Oppose Israeli Annexation
Jun 24, 2020 at 12:36 PM

 Canada Must Stop Annexation

As July 1st draws closer, the Canadian government has been mostly quiet about Israel’s potential annexation of large parts of the West Bank. This despite the fact that a recent EKOS poll co-sponsored by IJV found that 74% of Canadians oppose this horrible plan, and 42% support imposing sanctions if Israel goes ahead with it. 

In an attempt to avert the injustice of Israel’s annexation of additional Palestinian land, IJV is teaming up with Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, the United Church of Canada, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Mennonite Central Committee to ask MPs to sign a pledge urging the Canadian government to take action on annexation. Can you help us convince your MP to sign the pledge?

Click here to send an email to your MP

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Gaza 2020 International Campaign
Jun 09, 2020 at 12:00 AM

This June, Palestinians mark 13 years since the start of the Gaza closure.

In 2018, Just Peace Advocates with Al-Haq began the Gaza2020 campaign in Canada. In 2019 we made a clear call to Canada to place sanctions on Israel until at least the blockade on Gaza is lifted. Over 100 organizations have joined in that call over the last 2 years.

It is now June 2020, and we reach out to you to ask if you would be willing to join us in the Gaza2020 international campaign running from June 9 to 16, 2020,.

In Canada, this includes specifically supporting the promotion of the formal government petition, E-2565 sponsored by Paul Manly, that:

requests that Israel immediately lift the blockade on Gaza to enable medical and humanitarian aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, and insist that Israel permanently end its blockade of Gaza; and vote at the UN General Assembly in alignment with the majority of the international community taking a stance in line with international law and human rights for Palestinians.

If you who would like to support this action, please sign government petition, E-2565.

Our hope is that we can make E-2565 really big with a large number of signatures before it closes in early September.

We also want to support the following specific Palestine based call for action:

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Al-Awda PRRC urges action to confront Israeli annexation: Join the Day of Rage July 1
Jun 14, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, calls upon all Palestinians and supporters of justice in Palestine in the United States and around the world to join in the global efforts for a Day of Rage on July 1st, 2020 to confront the U.S.-Israeli efforts to liquidate the Palestinian cause and people. 

Join us to take action and organize demonstrations across the U.S. on and before July 1st – and pledge to protect the land from the impending annexation of the Jordan Valley and the Zionist application of sovereignty over illegal “Israeli” colonies in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

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EKOS Poll: Canadians Want Their Government to Oppose Israeli Annexation
Jun 16, 2020 at 01:13 PM

As Canada’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) comes to a vote tomorrow, a new survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates reveals that Canadians want more from their government on foreign policy. The survey found that three out of four Canadians want their government to oppose Israel’s annexation of large parts of the West Bank, while almost half support the use of sanctions. It further shows that Canadians support increasing international contributions in several specific areas where Canada lags behind its competitors, including peacekeeping, combatting climate change, and support for Palestinian human rights.

The survey was co-sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), and the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine-Israel (UNJPPI). All survey results, charts, and the report entitled “Out of Touch: Canada’s Foreign Policy Disconnected From Canadians’ Views” can be accessed at www.cjpme.org/survey2020 or www.ijvcanada.org/survey2020.

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Israeli court: American protester Rachel Corrie's death an accident

Haifa, Israel (CNN) -- Nine years after an American activist was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer, an Israeli civil court ruled Tuesday that Rachel Corrie's death was an accident.

Corrie, 23, was killed in 2003 while trying to block the bulldozer from razing Palestinian homes.

Her parents filed suit against Israel's Ministry of Defense in a quest for accountability and sought just $1 in damages. But Judge Oded Gershon ruled Tuesday that the family has no right to damages, backing an earlier Israeli investigation that cleared any soldier of wrongdoing.

"I believe this was a bad day not only for our family, but a bad day for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law and also for the country of Israel," her mother, Cindy Corrie, said after the verdict.\

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