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Here are the Archived entries for 10 2016


Why BDS Matters
Oct 20, 2016 at 03:35 PM

A Town Hall Discussion About Illegal Occupation-In Palestine and Unceded Indigenous Lands

St James Community Hall , 3214 W.10th, Vancouver 

Oct 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Free admission

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/696513227191000/

http://www.straight.com/listings/events/810256 

 

A Vancouver Town Hall on the Green Party of Canada’s Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Policy 

 

WHO:

  • Lisa Barrett, former Green Party of Canada International Affairs critic and candidate for Vancouver Center;
  • Dimitri Lascaris, former Green Party of Canada Justice Critic and candidate for London West;
  • Sid Shniad, National Steering Committee, Independent Jewish Voices;
  • Audrey Siegl, Musqueam First Natio artist and activist. 2014 candidate for Vancouver City Council

WHAT: A town hall on the Green Party of Canada’s recently adopted policy expressing support for the use of boycott, divestment and sanctions in order to bring an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. 

WHEN: Friday, October 21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, PDT 

 

WHERE: St James Community Hall 3214 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, B.C. 

 

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Israel- Palestine Education Events at UFV
Oct 17, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Over the next six weeks, Fraser Valley residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the Israel – Palestine conflict thanks to four events at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Abbotsford campus. The events are sponsored by the Political Science Department and are free and open to the public.

  1. The critically acclaimed documentary, “Occupation 101: Voices of the Silent Majority,” will screen on October 19 at 3:00 p.m. in Room B101.
  2. On November 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Room B121, fourth-year political science major Coulter Louwerse will give a talk on “Current Palestinian Realities.” Louwerse spent a month in the region in 2015, travelling independently and as part of a peacemaking delegation.
  3. “The Iron Wall,” a Palestinian documentary about Israel’s controversial separation wall, will screen on November 16, 3:00 p.m. in Room B121.
  4. A day-long event is also being planned for November 26.

A time for discussion will follow each event.

Palestinian Genocide and Canadian State Complicity
Oct 07, 2016 at 02:09 AM
SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Room 1700
October 8, 2016, 
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Presenters: Hanna Kawas and Sid Shniad
RSVP for registration:  cbanerjee@telus.net

This plenary is just one of many informative sessions on Oct. 7-8 at Genocide: The politics of Denial, Forgetting and the Work of Memory Conference.
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In Rachel Corrie verdict, Israel deals new blow to international law
The verdict on the 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie absolved Israel of any wrongdoing, essentially blaming the victim for her death. The trial revealed Israel’s approach to the most fundamental principles of international law, and especially to the duty to protect non-combatants.

By Jeff Halper

For those who hoped for a just verdict on the death of Rachel Corrie, the American student and ISM activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as she was defending a Palestinian home about to be demolished, this is a sad day. Not surprising, but still sad and bitter. The judge who decided the case, Oded Gershon, absolved the army of all blame, despite massive and internally contradictory testimony to the contrary. Moreover, he essentially blamed Rachel for her own death, commenting that a “normal person” would have run away from the bulldozer rather than confront it.

Palestinians and Israel human rights activists have learned that justice cannot be obtained through the Israeli judicial system. The Haifa District Court, in which the trial was held, could not have ruled other than how the state wanted. For the past 45 years of Israeli occupation, the Supreme Court has excluded from its rulings all reference to international humanitarian law and to the Fourth Geneva Convention in particular, which protects civilians living in conflict situations and under occupation. Only Israeli law applies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – military law and orders – and the courts have restricted even that form of law by declaring that in instances of “security,” they defer to the military. As in Rachel’s case, the IDF thus has carte blanche to commit war crimes with impunity, with no fear of accountability or punishment.

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