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The Ballad of Rachel Corrie PDF Print E-mail
Jul 20, 2008 at 02:46 PM

CanPalNet working group member Bob Rosen wrote this ballad together with his singing partner Bill Hood. This version is a recording by the Gram Partisans band, live at Simon Fraser University in March 2007.  The band is Annie Bailey (bass), Bill Hood (vocals and guitar) Steve Quattrochi (mandolin and banjo), Bob Rosen (vocals and guitar) and Alan Zisman (accordion).

The lyrics follow below.

End 40 Years of Illegal Occupation PDF Print E-mail
Jul 14, 2007 at 08:05 PM

A Forum by CanPalNet, June 6 2007

Dr. Naseer Aruri, renowned Palestinian intellectual, Chancellor professor at Massachussets University, past member of the Palestinian government, speaks at the Vancouver Public Libary, Central Branch on the topic: ‘40 years of occupation and the prospects for peace.’

Video clips from his talk: Dr. Naseer Arury - 7 minute WM video - 2007 June 6

Jon Elmer, Canadian freelance writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East,  researched and reported from the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the al-Aqsa intifada (2003), following Israel's "disengagement" from the Gaza Strip (2005), and during the sanctions regime and factional strife (2007), speaks on Canada's foreign policy in Palestine/Israel.

Video clips from his talk: Jon Elmer - 12 minutes WM video - 2007 June 6


Gaza 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Jan 11, 2007 at 01:02 AM

Gaza pamphlet imageWe condemn Israel’s assault against the population of the Gaza Strip, and call on the Government of Canada to take a strong position in support of human rights and international law and against collective punishment, ethnic cleansing and state terrorism.

The situation in Gaza is critical: inadequate water, electricity, and medicine; widespread hunger, poverty, and unemployment; schools and other services rendered inoperative; constant bombardments and attacks by the Israeli military. If this siege continues, more spreading disease, malnutrition, and violence are inevitable....

The Hamas Election Victory PDF Print E-mail
Feb 19, 2007 at 11:33 PM

cover for The Hamas Election VictoryWhat has changed? What remains the same?

The vitality of Palestinian democracy

The Canadian Observation Mission reported “ordinary Palestinians proved their commitment to shaping their future at the ballot box … Palestinians turned out to vote, often in an atmosphere of exuberance and celebration…. Voters were presented with real choices following a vigorous and competitive campaign.” Israeli peace activist and former member of the Israeli parliament, Uri Avnery, wrote “These elections are a huge achievement… a badge of honor for a people suffering under occupation… Everyone who has a hat should take it off.”

But as Robert Fisk, the most knowledgeable English-language reporter in the Middle East wrote satirically, “God damn that democracy. What are we to do with people who don’t vote the way they should?” ...

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The Road Map Hits the Wall PDF Print E-mail
Feb 19, 2007 at 11:21 PM

cover of The Road Map Hits the Wall pamphletIsrael is building a “security fence” around the West Bank. “Fence” (think “Great Fence of China” or the “Berlin Fence”), is a misnomer to the point of absurdity. This 8 metre high apartheid wall is made from concrete 2 metres thick, and when completed, will stretch hundreds of kilometres. Surrounded in places by a trench and rolls of razor wire, it is interspersed with watchtowers.

Israeli authorities claim they are building the Wall for security purposes, but it snakes well inside the West Bank, sometimes by several kilometres and in many cases to encompass Israeli settlements. B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization, says this “... is in order to increase the likelihood of their annexation into Israel.” ...

The Road Map Hits the Wall: Resource List PDF Print E-mail
Apr 23, 2007 at 10:59 PM
  1. 'The Reek of Injustice' by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, June 5, 2003
  2. 'The 'Road Map' for Peace' with Ali Abunimah, Wednesday April 30, 2pm Washingtonpost.com
  3. 'Two States or One?' by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, November 21, 2002
  4. 'Three Men in a Boat' by Hussein Agha, Robert Malley, The New York Review of Books August 14, 2003 Vol 50, No 13
  5. 'Roadmap To A Concentration Camp' by Mahir Ali, Znet, May 11, 2003
  6. 'A License to Kill Civilians' by Shulamit Aloni, Ha'aretz, May 4, 2003
  7. More than a 'problem', by Khaled Amayreh, Al Ahram, July 31, 2003
  8. 'Sharon's Unique Definition of Occupation' by Samar Assad, Media Monitors Network May 28, 2003
  9. ''Lessons from Palestine' by the Editorial Collective, Canadian Dimension, May/June 2002
  10. 'Misleading Media Story May doom Middle East Roadmap' by Ira Chernus,Common Dreams, May 20, 2003
  11. 'The humanitarian crisis and prospects for the roadmap to peace' Report by Christian Aid, Electronic Intifada July 28, 2003
  12. 'A Cage for Palestinians' by Jonathan Cook, The International Herald Tribune, May 27, 2003
  13. 'Canada's Explanations of Vote on Middle East Resolutions' Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada May 15, 2003
  14. 'Bypass roadmap' by Benjamin Counsell Al Ahram May 29-June 4, 2003, #640
  15. 'All in a Days Work for a Mythical Democracy' by Kristen Ess, Znet July 22, 2003
  16. 'What Israel does to Palestine, we are doing to Iraq' by Robert Fisk, The Independent July 12 2003
  17. 'The Bad Fence' by Neve Gordon Letter from Israel, May 21, 2003
  18. Road Map to Where? An interview with Tofouic Haddad, by Toufic Haddad and Eric Rudder, Socialist Worker, May 22, 2003
  19. 'A Road Map to the Oslo Cul-de-Sac ' by Adam Hanieh and Catherine Cook, Middle East Report May 15, 2003
  20. 'Israeli rights group condemns Sharon', by Justin Huggler, The Independent,
  21. 'Urgent: Pro-Palestinians occupy MP's Office,' Indymedia, April 18, 2002
  22. 'Birthright Denied: Canadian Complicity in Palestinian Dispossession,' by Hanna Kawas, Canada Palestine Association, June 1999
  23. 'Why two women went to war', by Naomi Klein, Globe and Mail, May 21, 2003
  24. 'The real fist in the face of the Palestinians', by Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz July 23, 2003
  25. 'At UCLA, Edward Said Discusses Iraq, Palestinian Memory' by Pat McDonnell Twair
  26. 'Middle East Summit Of Peace or Pretense, by Mazin Qumsiyeh, Counter Punch, June 3, 2003
  27. 'Know the Facts About the Wall', PENGON Produced by the Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network Apartheid Wall Campaign
  28. ''The World Bank: The Separation Fence Will Hurt Palestinians Immensely,' by Arnon Regular, Ha'aretz, May 18, 2003
  29. 'The guaranteed failure of the road map' by Tanya Reinhart, Yediot Aharonot, May 14, 2003
  30. 'A Road Map to Where?' by Edward Said, London Review of Books, June 19, 2003 Vol. 25 No 12
  31. 'Blind Imperial Arrogance – Vile Stereotyping of Arabs by the U.S. Ensures Years of Turmoil,' by Edward Said, Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2003
  32. 'Speech at Rachel Corrie memorial: Israel's blanket immunity' by Rula Sharkawi, Electronic Intifada May 13, 2003
  33. 'Roadmap to Disaster: US tries to derail Palestinian struggle' by Abdel Takriti New Socialist July/August 2003 #42
  34. 'The Arab World and the Middle East' by Michael Warschawski, News from Within
  35. 'The Roadmap: Where Next After Aqaba' by Emma Williams, The Spectator, May 17, 2003

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Report Back from the West Bank PDF Print E-mail
Jun 23, 2003 at 11:53 PM

Destroyed civil administration buildings in Hebron
Destroyed civil administration buildings in Hebron

Two CanPalNet Members spoke at a public event after nearly 3 months in the West Bank. The venue which was rented cancelled the contract at the last minute, saying the event was too political. After much discussion, the board relented and let the event continue. Read the report on the West Bank by Katagiri below, and Canpalnet's statement about the cancellation and reversal which was read out at the event. Photographs by Cindy Reeves.

Israeli soldier checks Omar's ID in Hebron
Israeli soldier checks Omar's ID in Hebron

Huwarra Checkpoint PDF Print E-mail
Mar 03, 2003 at 12:00 AM
Report from Pat Katagiri
currently in the West Bank with
the International Women's Peace Service - Palestine
March 3, 2003

His name is Ya'il. He's maybe 20 years old, of medium height, build. He wears glasses. He's an Israeli soldier working a shift at Huwarra checkpoint, just outside of Nablus in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank. It's Saturday, a work day for Palestinians. Many of them want to get to Nablus, for work, school, doctor's appointments. They can't pass until Ya'il says so.

Report from the West Bank PDF Print E-mail
Feb 25, 2003 at 12:00 AM

International Women's Peace Service - Palestine

Report from Pat Katagiri
currently in the West Bank with the IWPS
February 25, 2003

Some of the people who were part of the demonstration in Nablus

The weather here is very bad. It's rained almost every day since I've been here. There's been snow in many places today and cities such as Ramallah have shut down because of it. I've had a cold for the past two weeks and think I'll shake it when the sun comes out – if it ever does.

Last week was a bad week. There was the siege of Nablus – one of our members was there for part of the time. Some photos are attached to this report.

Facts and Figures about the Current Darkness in the Gaza Strip

January 23rd 2008

Report from the Palestinian Hydrology Group
  1. Gaza Strip today is facing a very harsh siege which is expected to have severely negative humanitarian impact.
  2. The distribution of drinking water and the collection and treatment of wastewater completely rely on electricity and fuel in Gaza Strip.
  3. For several months now Israel has imposed a cruel siege on the Strip preventing people and goods from free movement. This has immobilized the importing of spare parts, pumps, pipes and other necessary accessories for the water and sanitation providing facilities.
  4. According to different sources the water and sanitation services are expected to be completely paralyzed within a matter of hours due to the lack of fuel reserves.
  5. About 133 water wells are being used for domestic purposes in addition to 33 sewage pump stations and three treatment plants; 10 of these groundwater wells function using fuel while the rest rely on electricity. Diesel powered generators are normally used as backup for the whole system but only for a limited time.
    The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility needs at least 100,000 liters of diesel per month to operate the water system. An additional 100,000 liters of diesel per month are needed for the sewage system to prevent wastewater from flooding the streets and residential areas.
  6. Reducing electricity and fuel supplies are potential causes to trigger an environmental crisis especially in the wastewater pump stations and treatment plants. If wastewater is not treated it will have to be pumped directly to the sea. This will for sure have a direct and negative impact on the groundwater aquifer and marine life.
    During winter time sewage pumps need to operate about 24 hours per day due to rainfall. Therefore, interruptions in fuel and electricity supply would be particularly significant.
  7. The sewage treatment plant in Beit Lahiya is also vulnerable to interruptions in electricity supplies. The treatment lagoons must be pumped regularly, or else the 10,000 people living in the area are in danger.  Six months ago, one of the lagoons over flooded and caused the death of five persons. Proper maintenance could have prevented the disaster.
  8. The water supply in Gaza City, with a total of 600,000 residents, in addition to a major part of the central portion of the Strip is expected to be completely cut-off as a result of ceasing the pumping from the municipal groundwater wells. The City also faces the threat of overflowing wastewater since the pumps (especially Al Samer and Aqoola stations) are expected to stop operating within the next 24 hours.
  9. If the current situation should persist the solid wastes generated in the Strip will accumulate in piles on the streets endangering the health of the locals.

The WaSH Monitoring Program calls on the International Community to push Israel to immediately cease all military operations, reopen the borders to allow the movement of people and goods and provide fuel supply and humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza.