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Here are the Archived entries for 02 2011


Budrus film to open this year's CODEV film festival in Vancouver
Feb 07, 2011 at 01:44 AM

Friday, February 11, 7:00PM

Opening Night Gala - Room A130 Langara College, 100 W. 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Budrus 

http://www.codev.org/filmfest/

Budrus

82 min.  2009 Just Vision
Director: Julia Bacha
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SPEAKING UP FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS:
Feb 01, 2011 at 06:17 PM

Understanding recent attempts to silence criticism of Israel in Canada

Free Public Forum

  • Saturday February 12, 6:30 pm
  • Room 1800
  • SFU Harbour Centre
  • 515 W. Hastings St.

Student organizations at UBC have come under attack for opposing Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza. Jenny Peto's Master's thesis,  ‘The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education,’ was condemned in the national media and by three members of the Ontario legislature. A public forum to discuss attacks in Canada on freedom of speech about Israel/Palestine.

Featured Speakers:

  • Jenny Peto - Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto)
  • Omar Chaaban - Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights – UBC
  • Brian Campbell - Seriously Free Speech Committee
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ISM’s response to the Rachel Corrie trial verdict
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is deeply concerned by the verdict of Judge Oded Gershon that absolved Israel’s military and state of the 2003 murder of American ISM activist Rachel Corrie. Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.

Despite the American administration stating that the Israeli military investigation had not been "thorough, credible and transparent" and the Israeli government withholding key video and audio evidence, Judge Gershon found no fault in the investigation or in the conclusion that the military and state were not responsible for Rachel’s death. Judge Gershon ruled  that Rachel was to blame for her own murder and classifies her non-violent attempt to prevent war crimes as proof that Rachel was not a “thinking person".

By disregarding international law and granting Israeli war criminals impunity Judge Gershon’s verdict exemplifies the fact that Israel’s legal system cannot be trusted to administer justice according to international standards.The ISM calls on the international community to hold Israel accountable by supporting the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and continuing to join the Palestinian struggle in the occupied Palestinian territories.
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