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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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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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