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Dr. Ramzy Baroud and the Palestinian Narrative
Feb 14, 2018 at 01:40 PM
Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

 
Location: room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre. Both the building and room are wheelchair accessible.

Gaza-born Palestinian author discusses the Palestine Chronicle, his forthcoming book: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story, and the urgent need to situate Palestinian refugees back at the center of the Palestinian discourse. His talk will also cover contemporary issues facing the Palestinian liberation movement.??Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, Canada Palestine Association, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies - SFU, SFU School for International Studies, and Independent Jewish Voices Canada.
?This event will take place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
 
Event is FREE and open to the public. 
 
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Ahed Tamimi, the real Wonder Woman?
Feb 13, 2018 at 12:46 PM

Fifty years ago, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick first shared his now-famous black-and-red poster print of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara with the world. The image quickly became a universal symbol of resistance and anti-oppression following Guevara’s death in 1967 and is recognized across the globe. Now, Fitzpatrick is poised to do it again.

This time, the subject of his art isn’t a revolutionary leader, like Guevara. It’s a 17-year-old Palestinian girl: Ahed Tamimi. A new print published on Fitzpatrick’s site—which is available to download for free—hails her as the “real Wonder Woman,” and the artist hopes it becomes as far spread as his earlier work.

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To the NDP Establishment and its organizing committee
Feb 20, 2018 at 05:15 PM
The NDP has bailed out on bringing a strong resolution supporting Palestinian human and civic rights to  the NDP convention floor. (https://ricochet.media/en/2130/palestine-resolution-narrowly-stopped-from-hitting-ndp-convention-floor). It got lost in a backroom somewhere. I cannot say that I am surprised. Nothing has changed since I was a candidate for the NDP in the 1988 federal election (Laprairie riding). The NDP Establishment was then, and for that matter always has been, decidedly pro-Israel to the entire evacuation of the Palestinian question. My longtime and late Palestinian friend, Rezeq Faraj ran for the NDP in the riding of St-Jean in 1988. (He took 20% of the vote). The only reason he was able to get the nomination was because then National Co-President of the NDP, Michel Agnaieff, backed Rezeq’s candidature to the hilt. He also supported me (the friend of the Palestinian) in my candidature. For the NDP Establishment (individuals like Lorne Nystrom),  Rezeq was “a problem for Ottawa.’

In short, the NDP Establishment is in no way different from that of the Liberal Party of Canada or the Conservative Party of Canada or of the U.S. Democratic or Republican parties when it comes to the question of Palestinian rights. Let me tell you this: Israel has put into effect over the years a rigid system of institutionalized segregation known as apartheid. I have studied it; I have been to the West Bank; I have seen it with my own eyes. There is no question of fence-sitting on the question of apartheid. One is against it or openly or tacitly in support of it. Whether or not the NDP is openly or tacitly in support of Israel’s apartheid system is a moot point. Qui tacit consentit.
 
Palestine resolution narrowly stopped from hitting NDP convention floor
Feb 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Organizers remain optimistic and point to generational shift in their favour  

The first morning of the NDP’s federal convention in Ottawa featured a showdown pitting high profile members of the party’s caucus against a significant part of its grassroots base. At stake was whether a resolution on Palestine would make it on to the weekend’s formal policy agenda. After a tense session and a close vote, the resolution won’t see the light of day at this convention. The organizers behind this latest push for the NDP to take a stronger stance on Palestine are disappointed but undaunted, telling Ricochet that they’re hopeful for change and won’t give up the fight.
 
Unprecedented Support For Palestinian Cause At NDP Convention Blocked By Party Establishment
Feb 17, 2018 at 01:10 PM
 
OTTAWA - Independent Jewish Voices Canada is frustrated by anti-democratic steps taken by the NDP establishment to block a strong resolution supporting Palestinian rights from reaching the convention floor for debate. Instead, a much weaker resolution, which reflects the weak existing position the party has taken on Israel-Palestine, will be debated.

Despite obtaining the official support of 26 riding associations in six provinces - more than any other resolution - the Palestine Resolution was ranked as 37th out of 45 foreign policy resolutions by the Party's undemocratic prioritization committee in order to prevent it from getting to the convention floor. By comparison, the top ten resolutions selected in the same category received a combined total of only 17 endorsements.

When the prioritization was challenged at a re-prioritization session on Friday morning, the resolution was voted down by just eleven votes (200-189).

'In what was an extremely tight vote, NDP members have shown our strongest support for Palestinian rights in history,' said NDP member and IJV spokesperson Genevieve Nevin. 'The fervor around this resolution shows the clear split between the party's grassroots - especially its younger members - and the party establishment.'
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Why Israel Fears Ahed Tamimi!
Jan 02, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The narrative of Ahed Tamimi, who has recently become the face of Palestinian child prisoners, reached a new low on the first day of 2018; Israel insisted that they will be charging the teenager and given the record of “Israeli justice”, that means she will almost certainly serve jail time. Ahed’s fate is the same as that of all the young Palestinian detainees, born into occupation and tyranny, having lived through a “butchered childhood”.

The story of Ahed reminds me of the young girl, perhaps 12 or 13, who narrated a lot of the movie “Jenin, Jenin” and faces the camera at the end of the movie to tell us in the most chilling terms, that she plans to fight for her people and will never forget nor surrender. She also adds: “I saw dead bodies, I saw houses destroyed, I saw sights which cannot be described…and now, after they ruined all my dreams and hopes-I have no life left!” That sequence of the movie has stayed with me since I first saw it in 2003.

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Apple censors Vic Mensa's views on Palestine
Jan 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Did Apple just censor Vic Mensa’s views on Palestine? It sure looks like it.

In December, the hip hop artist released a powerful video on YouTube for his track “We Could Be Free,” highlighting connections between Palestinian, Black and Native American struggles for liberation and self-determination.

Mensa had filmed much of the video in Palestine, telling the website AllHipHop: “I took scenes from the military occupation of a village I visited in Palestine and juxtaposed them with racial violence in America to show how similar our struggles are and imagine a world without division.”

The Grammy-nominated Chicago artist went much further in a powerful essay in Timelast week detailing Israel’s depredations and his sense of outrage after witnessing them last summer.

* 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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Palestinian Civil Society calls upon Arab Summit

“Protect Palestinian Refugees and Work for their Right of Return”

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
28 March 2007

“Recent Israeli statements claiming readiness to engage with the Arab Initiative, if Arab states dropped the clause on the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in accordance with UN Resolution 194, is nothing but yet another attempt to deceive Arabs and Palestinians and obtain free concessions... Any compromise of the rights of the refugees stands for the continuation of the Nakba (catastrophe) inflicted upon the Palestinian people since 1948 and perpetuates the conflict with Israel,” say Palestinian civil society organizations to Arab leaders convening today, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the summit of the Arab League.

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