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Here are the Archived entries for 09 2016


Open Bethlehem (Director in Attendance!) Rio Theatre, Sept. 26
Sep 22, 2016 at 03:33 PM
 
Join us at the Rio Theatre on Monday, September 26 for a very special screening of director Leila Sansour's acclaimed documentary OPEN BETHLEHEM, which follows the Palestinian filmmaker's extraordinary journey to the legendary city of Bethlehem, the place where she grew up. Armed with a camera and a family car that keeps breaking down, she sets out to make an intimate portrait of a historical town in peril. Five years on, with 700 hours of footage, the result is nothing like she had expected.

Filmmaker Leila Sansour will be in attendance for the screening, and will participate in a Q&A following the film. The discussion will be be moderated by journalist and author Hadani Ditmars, the author of 'Dancing in the No Fly Zone' and the upcoming 'Between Two Rivers: a Journey Through the Ancient Heart of Iraq' and first interviewed Leila Sansour for a CBC Dispatches documentary on Christians in the holy land.

Guests welcome to arrive early for a pre-screening reception in the lobby of the Rio Theatre.

Monday, September 26 
Doors / Reception 5:30 pm | Movie 6:30 pm 

Tickets $13 advance | $15 door 
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service. 
**Sorry, Groupons and passes not accepted for this event. 
 
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Boycott Israeli Wine, Stand up for Palestine!
Sep 19, 2016 at 12:47 AM

September 23, 2016 – 3 pm
Corporate Head office, BC Liquor Distribution Branch,
2625 Rupert St., Vancouver (across from the Rupert skytrain station)

Please join us for this important picket to send the message to the BC Government to stop carrying Israeli wines (most sourced from illegal Israeli settlements) and end their complicity in war crimes. Over the summer, several “surprise” pickets were already held at various BC liquor stores, including one at the beginning of August that included an instore flash action, the video of which has over 78,000 views on FB. Check out the Boycott Israeli Wines FB page for coverage of the last 2 actions.

Come out and help us defend and promote the BDS movement as well as our right to engage in actions to support Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Join the FB event page here.

"Should Canada Support BDS?" Announcing Essay Contest -- Win $1000 Prize
Sep 15, 2016 at 08:08 PM

“Should Canada support BDS?” There is growing debate in Canada over the international movement to  boycott Israel, known as BDS.  In March, the federal government adopted a motion “denouncing” BDS. But a resolution in the same direction failed in the Ontario legislature in May. Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) wants to encourage a thoughtful discussion:  We offer a $1000 prize for the best essay.

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Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy

Final Statement of the Palestinian Civil Society Conference,
Cyprus, 16–18 October 2007

As part of the effort by the Palestinian civil society organizations to overcome the state of forced Palestinian fragmentation and consolidate the national role of the Palestinian NGOs in all their places of residence, a conference titled "Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy" was held in Agros, Cyprus, between 16 and 18 October 2007 at the initiative of Ittijah-The Union of Arab Community Based Associations. Forty-four participants representing a broad sector of Palestinian civil society networks, coalitions, and associations in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait, in addition to a number of international partner organizations supporting Palestinian rights, attended the conference. The Israeli occupation authorities banned the travel of a delegation representing civil society organizations in Gaza.

The conference discussed a number of issues, notably: The Palestinian situation and Palestinian, regional, and international developments, including the Annapolis conference; the collective Palestinian strategy against the forced fragmentation; the endeavors to rebuild terms of reference and assert the constant Palestinian principles; the strategy of collective Palestinian advocacy; Palestinian media strategies; and local and international coordination on the Palestinian question.

The participants in the conference set bases that would help strengthen the overall Palestinian struggle for liberation in all its contexts: the occupation, the displacement and uprooting, and the assault on Palestinian existence in the 1948 areas.

A draft of a collective organizational structure and an action plan were also devised, and a follow-up committee to implement this plan and lead the agreed process was set up.

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