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Here are the Archived entries for 07 2019


CALL TO ACTION: Stop City Hall from equating criticism of Israel with hate speech
Jul 19, 2019 at 04:27 PM
first-ever motion of its kind at a Canadian municipal level is asking the City of Vancouver to adopt a definition that would equate antisemitism with criticism of the state of Israel. The motion introduced by NPA Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung will go before Council on July 23 and hear from speakers on July 24th. Help us stop this motion by taking action now! 

The BC Civil Liberties Association is opposed to this motion and concerned about the stifling of freedom of expression as a result. The Federal NDP has also opposed its adoption by the federal government, even though unfortunately the Liberals announced recently that they were adopting it as part of an anti-racism strategy. That being said, the definition has never gone before the Parliament and no law was changed; but Israel’s lobby groups are hailing it as a victory as it will make it easier for Canadian authorities to demonize campaigners for justice in Palestine and critics of Israel’s state ideology, Zionism. Now the Israel lobby groups are training their guns on local governments, police departments and universities.

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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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