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Program aims to train defenders of Israel PDF Print E-mail
Oct 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

By LAURA STRICKER, Staff Reporter, Canadian Jewish News    
Thursday, 28 October 2010

A new Canada-wide program is aiming to turn university students into leaders and defenders of Israel on campus.

The Israel Ambassador Program, established by the Canadian Network for Israel Affairs (CNIA), offers a select group of students leadership training, networking opportunities and conference calls with Israeli politicians and heads of Israeli and Palestinian organizations.

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"No, I Can't!" PDF Print E-mail
Jun 07, 2008 at 12:00 AM
Uri Avnery
7.6.08

AFTER MONTHS of a tough and bitter race, a merciless struggle, Barack Obama has defeated his formidable opponent, Hillary Clinton. He has wrought a miracle: for the first time in history a black person has become a credible candidate for the presidency of the most powerful country in the world.

And what was the first thing he did after his astounding victory? He ran to the conference of the Israel lobby, AIPAC, and made a speech that broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning.

 

That is shocking enough. Even more shocking is the fact that nobody was shocked.

 

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Canada students counter 'Israel Apartheid Week' with controversial campaign PDF Print E-mail
Mar 03, 2010 at 12:00 AM

By Haaretz Service

A controversial pro-Israel campaign was launched in universities across Canada last week, in an attempt to counter the global pro-Palestinian campaign, "Israel Apartheid Week," launched on Sunday.

The campaign, named "Size Doesn't Matter," was initiated by the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students, and is taking place in 23 universities across Canada, according the official "Size Doesn't Matter" website.

An especially peppery video ad posted on the campaign website displays a young couple in bed, with the young woman complaining of the "size" of what turns out to be a map of Israel. 

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Israeli Apartheid Week condemned by Ontario Legislature PDF Print E-mail
Mar 03, 2010 at 03:48 PM

Defend free speech on Palestine!

Tell your Ontario MPPs you oppose their decision to condemn Israeli Apartheid Week.

Members of the Ontario legislature passed a unanimous motion on February 25  that condemns Israel Apartheid Week (IAW), a series of campus-based  educational events that takes place on university campuses all over the  world (full text of motion below).

This is an unprecedented attack on free speech in Ontario. But it is also a  clear sign of the strength and exponential growth of the Palestinian led  solidarity campaign grounded in the 2005 call for Boycott, Divestment and  Sanctions of Israel.
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Vancouver panel says: "Enough!"
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

It is the conviction of Canpalnet that there are many and varied pathways that can and do bring Canadians to a simple conclusion; namely, that Israel's occupation must be ended, for elementary justice, and to salvage the humanity of all.

To illustrate this, a diverse and distinguished panel of speakers assembled in Vancouver at a press conference on June 6th to express their opposition to Israel’s 40 year occupation of Palestinian lands, and to call for the government of Canada to take action against that occupation and in support of human rights and international law. The conference took place in the Bank of Nova Scotia Room at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver.

Dr. Naseer Aruri, noted Palestinian intellectual and prolific author, was a special guest. Born in Jerusalem, now Emeritus Chancellor Professor at the University of Massachussetts, he has been a member of the international board of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (USA), and Palestinian human rights groups. His most recent work is Dishonest Broker: The U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine.

A statement of support was sent by the all-party parliamentary group in Ottawa, the Canada Palestine Parliamentary Association.

That message and the statements of the panelists (listed below) are posted on this site.  

  • Svend Robinson, long time member of Parliament.
  • Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.
  • Murray Dobbin, journalist, broadcaster, and author of books on Canadian politics.
  • David Diamond, founder and artistic director of Headlines Theatre and recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Harmony Award.
  • Lee Lakeman, organizer of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and a representative for the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers.
  • Carl Rosenberg, editor of Canadian Jewish Outlook Magazine.
  • Terry Greenberg, recently retired member of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Reverend Brenda Faust, Minister of Port Coquitlam Trinity United Church.
  • Henry Krause, pastor of Langley Mennonite Fellowship.
  • Cynthia Flood, prize-winning Canadian short-story writer.
  • Dr. Ivar Ekeland, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics at UBC and former President of the University of Paris-9.
  • Ken Davidson, head of the International Solidarity Committee of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).
  • Thekla Lit, founder and president of BC ALPHA (Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War 2 in Asia).

To see podcast of press conference:

40 Years of Occupation(Part 1) Press Conf. WM video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

40 Years of Occupation(Part 2) Press Conf. video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

 

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