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Yizkor memorial for 131 people recently killed by Israel in Gaza and denouncing of CIJA's complicity
May 21, 2018 at 12:54 AM

950 West 41 Avenue, outside, Monday May 21, 12:00pm

On Monday, May 21, the second day of Shavu'ot, when our Jewish tradition provides an opportunity to join together in mourning all those who have died, Independent Jewish Voices Vancouver is gathering for a yizkor memorial service for the 131 people in the Gaza Strip shot dead in recent weeks by Israeli snipers.

We will also publicly denounce the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs for its continual pressure on Canadian political leaders and media sources to silence and minimize Israel's brutality toward Palestinians and, in this case, shift the blame for the killings to the very people who were killed.  We will make it clear that CIJA does not represent Canadian Jewry and that political leaders and media sources in Canada need to understand that.

We invite all who share these intentions to gather at noon on the sidewalk at the site of CIJA's local offices, the Jewish Community Centre of Vancouver at 950 West 41 Avenue.  We plan to light a yizkor candle, recite the names of the dead followed by the traditional Kaddish prayer.  The service is expected to end by 12:30.

For more information, contact after 9:00 a.m.:

Rabbi David Mivasair   (604) 781-7839    dmivasair@ijvcanada.org
Martha Dzhenganin     (236) 987-0717    marthadzh@gmail.com

Nakba70 Events in Vancouver
May 14, 2018 at 12:12 PM

Tuesday, May 15 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Office of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, 104-1245 W. Broadway, Vancouver

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Join us for a picket and PEOPLES' TRIAL on May 15, 2018 as we mark the 70th anniversary of the dispossession and dismemberment of the Palestinian people and nation. Known as the "Nakba", over 400 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed and/or depopulated in 1948. More than 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes and lands, resulting in a Palestinian refugee population now numbering almost 8 million. Canadian officials were complicit in this project in 1947-48 and they are complicit now in the continuing suffering of the Palestinian people. The Canadian government has yet to condemn the Israeli murder of over 40 unarmed Palestinians(and counting) in Gaza since March 30, a number which includes children and journalists. Gaza's population is predominantly refugees expelled in 1948.

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Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says
  • Olmert's leaked testimony contradicts earlier remarks 
  • Criticism from inquiry may force resignation

Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

Preparations for Israel's war in Lebanon last summer were drawn up at least four months before two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in July, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has admitted.

His submission to a commission of inquiry, leaked yesterday, contradicted the impression at the time that Israel was provoked into a battle for which it was ill-prepared. Mr Olmert told the Winograd commission, a panel of judges charged with investigating Israel's perceived defeat in the 34-day war, that he first discussed the possibility of war in January and asked to see military plans in March.

According to the Ha'aretz daily, which obtained details of Mr Olmert's testimony, the prime minister chose a plan featuring air attacks on Lebanon and a limited ground operation that would be implemented following a Hizbullah abduction. Hizbullah had made several attempts to capture Israeli soldiers on the border since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Israeli commentators believed that Mr Olmert and Amir Peretz, the defence minister, took the opportunity of the kidnapping to show they could manage a war in spite of their limited military experience. But the outcome of the war seemed to highlight their lack of experience and also deficiencies in Israel's military planning.

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