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Here are the Archived entries for 04 2018


Naim Ateek Speaking Tour
Apr 21, 2018 at 02:00 PM
Sunday, April 22 6:30 pm St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2490 W. 37th, Vancouver

Monday, April 23, 7 pm University of the Fraser Valley, Rm B101, Abbotsford

Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek will be in Vancouver area for a speaking tour and the launch of his latest book, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine–Israel Conflict.  Reverend Ateek was born in 1937 in the Palestinian village of Bisan, south of the Sea of Galilee.  He and his family, along with the entire village were forced out of Bisan when the Israeli troops occupied Bisan in 1948.  The family went to live in Nazareth.  In 1967 he was ordained in the Episcopal Church. In 1991, Reverend Ateek co-founded Sabeel, the Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem.  Previous to that, he served as Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and as parish priest in Haifa and Nazareth.

Book signing following the presentation. Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the door.

More info at: Naim Ateek Book Tour
Screening: Radiance of Resistance
Apr 10, 2018 at 10:39 AM
Film Screening: Radiance of Resistance
April 10th: Doors open at 7pm. Film starts at 7:30pm
Tickets: $10 General, $8 Seniors/Students, (Cash Preferred at the door)
Location: The Cinematheque 1131 Howe Street
 
 
Co-organized by: Canada Palestine Association, BDS-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories and Young Communist League-Vancouver    
 
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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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