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May 25: Join the global one-day hunger strike for Palestinian prisoners
May 24, 2017 at 04:19 PM
International solidarity activists have issued a call for a global one-day hunger strike on Thursday, May 25 in support of more than 1,500 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners who have been participating in the Strike for Dignity and Freedom for more than month.
 
The strikers’ demands are for basic human rights: an end to the denial of family visits, proper health care and medical treatment, the right to access distance higher education, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.
 
Support NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton, attacked for supporting Palestinian rights
May 21, 2017 at 02:25 PM

Yesterday, B’nai Brith viciously attacked NDP Leadership candidate Niki Ashton for speaking at a rally for Palestinian human rights in Montreal this past weekend.

Niki Ashton has stood up for Palestinian human rights; now it’s our turn to stand up for her.

To Ms. Niki Ashton:

WHEREAS you have openly supported Palestinian human rights throughout your career,

WHEREAS you have been a long-time champion for social, economic, and environmental justice throughout the world,

WHEREAS B’nai Brith and others have sought to attack and discredit you for your courageous stances,

THEREFORE, we, the undersigned petition you to continue your courageous work, and to find renewed strength to continue your fight for justice in Canada and abroad:

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Independent Jewish Voices Canada applauds Niki Ashton's support for Palestinian rights
May 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Ottawa, ON— After NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton made a Facebook post expressing solidarity with Palestinian rights, Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) joined with Canadians from across the country in offering their support.  

“IJV is inspired by Ashton’s courageous support for human rights,” says IJV spokesperson Tyler Levitan. “It is rare for a Canadian politician to openly express their solidarity with the Palestinians’ plight.”

“Sadly, B’nai Brith Canada, which provides unconditional support for the far-right Netanyahu government, launched a smear campaign against Ashton for daring to express her solidarity with Palestinians facing human rights abuses,” continued Levitan.

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It's Time For Our Prime Minister To Commemorate Nakba Day
May 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tyler-levitan/nakba-day-canada_b_16582412.html

Tyler Levitan
Campaigns Coordinator for Independent Jewish Voices - Canada

Canada prides itself on being a country that espouses the values of fairness and equality. We must recognize, however, that Canada's history is one of settler colonialism, a violent process by which settlers from foreign lands dispossessed the indigenous inhabitants of this land, and established a society against the interests and consent of the people who were already living here.

While Canada is beginning to come to terms with this reprehensible past through acknowledging these truths, and is beginning the long and difficult journey of reconciliation, the same cannot be said for Canada's close friend and ally, Israel, with whom Canada asserts it has "shared values."

Israel, too, prides itself on being a country that it claims is a beacon of fairness and equality. However, Israel was established as a state - similarly to Canada - through the violent dispossession of the people who were already there, and who already had a society rooted deeply in that land for generations. This violent process of dispossession is referred to by the people who were already living there - the Palestinians - as "the catastrophe," or in Arabic, the Nakba.

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Protest 50 Years of Israeli Military Occupation at the JNF Gala: June 4
May 17, 2017 at 04:34 PM

June 4, 4:30 pm
Four Seasons Hotel (W. Georgia & Howe), Vancouver

This year, the Jewish National Fund JNF gala dinner in Vancouver is shamelessly celebrating “the 50th anniversary of the reunification of…Jerusalem”. That means celebrating 50 years of illegal Israeli annexation and WAR CRIMES. And also celebrating the JNF’s long history of complicity in over 100 years of Zionist settler colonialism and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people!

2017 marks 50 years of Israel’s brutal military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and 69 years of continuing Nakba and dispossession. 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the infamous Balfour Declaration.

We thank our indigenous brothers and sisters for their consistent support for the Palestinian struggle and we recognize that this event is taking place on their unceded territories.

  • Protest against 50 years of brutal Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
  • Protest against illegal Israeli annexation and apartheid.
  • Protest against Canadian and US complicity in Israeli war crimes and the dispossession of the Palestinians.
  • Protest against the JNF’s racist policies.
  • Protest against the JNF tax-deductible status in Canada.

Sponsored by Canada Palestine Association, Vancouver and BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories.

Please join Facebook event.
Contact us at: info@cpavancouver.org

Leaked report highlights Israel lobby's failures
Apr 28, 2017 at 08:59 PM

Key Israel lobby groups have conceded that they have failed to counter the Palestine solidarity movement, despite vastly increasing their spending. The admission is contained in a secret report that The Electronic Intifada has obtained.

The report, published here in full for the first time, outlines Israel’s failure to stem the "impressive growth" and "significant successes" of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. 

It also sets out strategies, endorsed by the Israeli government, aimed at reversing the deterioration in Israel’s position.

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Get the facts on Palestinian hunger strikes
Apr 28, 2017 at 12:29 PM

An estimated 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers have declared the beginning of an open hunger strike on 17 April 2017. The call for hunger strike came amidst resentment of Israeli's cruel policies towards political prisoners and detainees. The hunger striking prisoners' demands include: family visits, proper medical care, an end to Israel's practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in so-called administrative detention and stopping the use of isolation. Here are some facts on Palestinian hunger strikes:

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Omar Barghouti: Message of gratitude and hope
Apr 01, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Dear friends and colleagues,

Finally, I was allowed to access my email account after 12 days of being banned from doing so during the most intense phase of the ongoing interrogation I am subjected to by the Israeli authorities.

The BNC statement on this issue accurately sums up this latest chapter in the Israeli regime's war on the BDS movement.

Due to a gag order, I am not allowed to delve into any facts about the case. I am thus denied the ability to even refute the vicious lies published by Israel's regime against me. I am in no hurry to do so, though, as their main objective -- attempting to tarnish my reputation and, by extension, hurting the BDS movement -- has clearly failed.

Their campaign of repression has, to an extent, backfired. By preventing me from travelling to the US to receive the Gandhi Peace Award, jointly with Ralph Nader, Israel's regime has inadvertently increased the publicity around this award.

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* Colonialism and the Palestine/Israel conflict *
Mar 26, 2017 at 06:37 PM
The Palestine/Israel conflict is often presented as complex, long-standing (“they have been fighting for thousands of years,”) difficult to understand, and even unsolvable.

 

Yet for Palestinians and many other people, the issue could not be simpler or clearer: In the 1880s, a group of Europeans began to settle in and colonize Palestine, and with the help of the British and later the Americans, they began a long process of dispossessing the local indigenous population. In the 1880s, indigenous Arabs controlled 100% of Palestine. In 2014, Israel, the state set up by the European colonizers, controls 100% of this land.

 

This is not a question of competing religions but of land appropriation.

 

See Maps of Disappearing Palestine which appeared in Vancouver Transit ads:
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SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty Have Arrived in Larnaca, Cyprus
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

At 8:30 am Cyprus time, the Free Gaza and the Liberty rounded the last corner
of this lovely island, escorted by the Cypriot Coast Guard, and pulled into on
the Northern side of the commercial port in Larnaca.

“We’ve been waiting a long time to unify our group, which has been split
between Cyprus and Crete . We are excited to combine both groups who have worked
so hard on this project and are so enthusiastic about setting out for Gaza . On
the way in today, we had the Cypriot authorities escorting us. Now, it’s time
for the world to escort us to Gaza .” Said Paul Larudee, one of the
organizers.
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