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An Open Letter to Rhonda Lenton: The November 20th Violence is on You
Nov 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Dear Dr. Lenton,

On November 20th, a large number of York students and community members staged a protest against a talk by reservists from the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). The vast majority of the talk’s attendees were outsiders, many of whom had come specifically in the hopes of attacking Palestinian student activists and their allies. While York Security stood by and refused to act, these outsiders assaulted peaceful protesters. One of our members was brought to the hospital after a punch to the back of the head. He was peacefully documenting the protest. These violent outsiders spat at, shoved, and threatened counter-protesters, attempted to steal their phones, attacked marshals who were trying to keep the peace, and stole Palestinian flags so that they could beat counter-protesters with the flagpoles.

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The BCCLA opposes the international campaign to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism
Jun 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM

The BCCLA is concerned about an international campaign that is urging governments to use the definition of “antisemitism” adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (“IHRA”).  The campaign is targeting all levels of government in Canada, as well as universities, police, and other authorities.

We strongly oppose this proposal because of its threat to freedom of expression.

Antisemitism is a serious problem.  Our association is unequivocally opposed to antisemitism and other forms of racism. We believe, however, that fighting racism and defending civil liberties are complementary objectives; that the best way to defeat racism is to promote arguments against it rather than to have the government silence people.

We have long had concerns about the use of hate speech laws, especially with respect to their capacity to chill legitimate political speech. We believe that the legal adoption of the IHRA definition in Canada is inconsistent with the values underlying the Charter of Rights and Freedom and would greatly narrow the scope of political expression in Canada.

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Independent Jewish Voices Canada slams continued Government inaction on racist charity
Jul 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM
VANCOUVER – Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is outraged by the federal government’s refusal to respond substantively to irrefutable evidence of violations of the Income Tax Act by a registered Canadian charity.

Yesterday, the government issued its official response to IJV’s formal, legal Parliamentary e-petition, signed by over 3,500 Canadians, calling on the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s (JNF Canada) charitable status to be revoked due to their numerous, grave, persistent violations of the Income Tax Act. The government’s response was simply a reiteration of the same response IJV and other concerned parties have been receiving from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for decades — that the auditing process is confidential, and that the CRA ensures that registered charities are held accountable for violations of the Income Tax Act accordingly.

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Antisemitism and the Crisis of Liberalism
May 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Contemporary antisemitism must be confronted. Yet liberals who insist on equating leftists like Jeremy Corbyn with the open antisemitism of right-wing figures like Donald Trump are not only blatantly dishonest, but prevent us from fighting anti-Jewish bigotry

Review of Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Schocken, 2019).

These are strange times to be Jewish in the US. We have a president attacking progressive representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib with false claims of antisemitism. Only a short time before, the same president ran the first openly antisemitic presidential campaign in living memory.

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Editorial: I Was Fired for Criticizing Israel. Jody Wilson-Raybould Just Hinted Why.
Mar 05, 2019 at 12:00 AM

... I have personal experience that reinforces this. One year ago, in March 2018, I was employed at a press freedom organization, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). The organization’s mandate is to assist journalists under threat at home and abroad and to monitor, report on and defend press freedom. During my time we had issued statements condemning press freedom violations in countries like Iran, Turkey and China. Frequently, these statements also included calls to action directed to Canadian federal politicians.

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Powerful individuals employed by the state broadcaster in a purportedly democratic country objected to a true and justified statement of advocacy directed to federal politicians by staff at an independent nongovernmental organization which was well within that organization’s mandate. Those powerful individuals used their influence and status as public employees to destroy the organization which produced the statement and push the staff members who wrote and vetted that statement into unemployment. Briarpatch magazine listed this as the top  incidence from 2018 in which “Canadian journalists serve(d) the ruling class

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Revoke the tax deductible status for the JNF
May 23, 2018 at 02:54 PM

Sunday, June 3rd, 5:00pm sharp
Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia (at Howe), Vancouver
Facebook Event Page


Join us to picket the Jewish National Fund Dinner which is celebrating the "70th anniversary of the state of Israel". The racist and discriminatory policies of the JNF have been well documented and are of particular concern here in Canada due to the creation of “Canada Park” on the ruins of 3 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank.

As in previous years, the JNF is attempting to hide its policies and history behind a charitable project, this time to "Help Improve the Lives of Children with Disabilities". The grotesque irony of this particular project at this time, as Israeli snipers maim and disable hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza, including children, doesn't seem to bother the $300/ticket gala-goers. UNICEF stated on May 16, 2018, that “since 30 March 2018, over 1,000 children have been injured in violence in the Gaza Strip. Many of these injuries are severe and potentially life-altering, including some resulting in amputations.”

Call on the Canadian Government to revoke the tax deductible status for the JNF, and stop being complicit in these WAR CRIMES.

Stop maiming Palestinian children.
No to 70 years of celebrating Palestinian dispossession!
No to "greenwashing" ethnic cleansing.

Organized by BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish, Canada Palestine Association, Int’l League of Peoples Struggle Canada, Vancouver Peace Council.

Groups wishing to endorse the action, please email cpavancouver@gmail.com

* 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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Arrests underway in Toronto Israeli Consulate Sit-in

Toronto: Wednesday January 7, 2009   Time: 11:20 am

Police have moved in to arrest a group of Jewish Canadian women who are currently occupying the Israeli consulate at 180 Bloor Street West in Toronto.

The women took their action in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on the people of Gaza.

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