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Here are the Archived entries for 05 2018


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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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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