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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

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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News from Zatoun

Palestinians and their supporters have faced a very long struggle involving some victories as well as many setbacks.  And always truthless speech and duplicitous actions from western governments.

On that long road there is nothing that sustains quite like having friends and knowing that the quest is a just one.  The adage "you shall know them by the friends" applies in spades to the Palestinian struggle. If we knew nothing else, just knowing the quality and nature of the people who are Zatoun buyers or Palestine supporters tells us that the cause of Palestine is just and a proper pursuit.



This is the theme of a short speech at the AlQuds Day rally in Toronto. The speech is broad-based and seeks to create greater meaning and a common, inclusive identity for all assembled to protest apartheid Israel's illegal and deadly actions.

A heart-warming example of friendship and solidarity was shared by a supporter in BC.  Unist'ot'en Village in the province's interior is in a standoff with police in a struggle to assert sovereignty from an gas pipeline crossing the traditional lands of the Wet'suwet'en people. Gifted Zatoun is used as food and also to make a healing salve from cottonwood tree buds (Turtle Island's recipe for the Balm of Gilead).

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