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IJV Stands with Hassan Diab: No Evidence, No New Trial PDF Print E-mail
Feb 01, 2021 at 08:15 PM

Independent Jewish Voices is calling for immediate action by the Canadian government after a French court ruled on January 27th, 2021, to proceed to trial in the case of Canadian professor Dr. Hassan Diab. Dr. Diab was accused of acts of terrorism in relation to the bombing of a Paris synagogue in 1980 – accusations that turned out to be groundless.

It is outrageous that a French court of appeal has decided to overturn the dismissal of the case against Hassan Diab and to order a trial. There has been no new evidence introduced, and nothing that changes the decision from three years ago when the investigating judges released him without charge. 

For three years, Dr. Diab languished in a French prison, away from his family, in near solitary confinement, while the French prosecution investigated. Three years, and the French prosecution could not make a case for even charging him, let alone going to trial.

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Canadian Judicial Council constitutes Review Panel in the matter involving the Honourable D.E. Spiro PDF Print E-mail
Jan 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM

The Canadian Judicial Council announced today the referral of a matter involving the Honourable Justice D.E. Spiro to a Review Panel.  Under Council’s By-laws, a Judicial Conduct Review Panel may be established when it is determined that a complaint might be serious enough to warrant the removal of the judge. 

In this instance, the Honourable Associate Chief Justice Kenneth G Nielsen, Vice-Chair of the Judicial Conduct Committee has decided to constitute a Review Panel in respect of complaints filed relating to the judge’s alleged interference in the appointment of a Director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto.

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Federal judge faces possible removal over accusations he interfered in U of T hiring PDF Print E-mail
Jan 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM

The Canadian Judicial Council has ordered a panel to review complaints that a federal tax court judge pressured the University of Toronto’s law school not to hire a prominent academic as director of the International Human Rights Program.

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Ontario NDP leader threatens MPP Joel Harden for supporting Palestinian rights PDF Print E-mail
Jun 16, 2020 at 04:46 PM

Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Howrath recently attacked Joel Harden, a member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament (MPP), for supporting Khalida Jarrar. A courageous Palestinian mother and lawmaker, Ms. Jarrar has exposed Israel’s criminal record before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Israel has arrested Ms. Jarrar in an attempt to silence her. 

According to Code Pink, “Jarrar was released from prison after being held from July 2017 to February 2019 under administrative detention which allows Israel to detain Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial and based on secret evidence — Jarrar is one of 5,500 Palestinian political prisoners being held under Israel’s abusive administrative detention”. Ms. Jarrar’s imprisonment is unlawful under international law.

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EKOS Poll: Canadians Want Their Government to Oppose Israeli Annexation PDF Print E-mail
Jun 16, 2020 at 01:13 PM

As Canada’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) comes to a vote tomorrow, a new survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates reveals that Canadians want more from their government on foreign policy. The survey found that three out of four Canadians want their government to oppose Israel’s annexation of large parts of the West Bank, while almost half support the use of sanctions. It further shows that Canadians support increasing international contributions in several specific areas where Canada lags behind its competitors, including peacekeeping, combatting climate change, and support for Palestinian human rights.

The survey was co-sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), and the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine-Israel (UNJPPI). All survey results, charts, and the report entitled “Out of Touch: Canada’s Foreign Policy Disconnected From Canadians’ Views” can be accessed at www.cjpme.org/survey2020 or www.ijvcanada.org/survey2020.

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Why we oppose Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council PDF Print E-mail
Jun 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Recently, a strong movement has coalesced opposing the Canadian government’s attempt to gain a seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC). Although progressive groups and individuals have been laying the foundation for this issue since late 2019, it has been thrust into the national spotlight in the last month with various petitions, statements and media coverage in the #NoUNSC4Canada campaign. The voting for the non-permanent seats is set to happen June 17, 2020.

For Palestinian activists, this call to refuse to reward the Trudeau government is welcome. Since 1947, Canada has played a negative role at the U.N. regarding the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. From Lester B. Pearson, dubbed the “Balfour of Canada” for his part in preparing and passing the infamous Partition Plan, to the more recent 15 years of anti-Palestinian voting at the General Assembly, and all the “refugee resettlement” plans in between, it is fitting that the Canadian government is held accountable at this forum.

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Two-faced baloney: Israel-Palestine and the rule of law in Ottawa PDF Print E-mail
Mar 19, 2020 at 12:00 AM

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Most recently, Champagne called upon the International Criminal Court to suspend its investigation of Palestine's complaint against Israel. It clearly believes Israel has the right to do as it pleases with impunity.

Here in Canada, the Trudeau government defends Israel's right to traffic its settlement products on store shelves, tariff-free and beneath "product of Israel" labels, effectively endorsing their de facto annexation and concealing their criminal origin from law-abiding Canadian consumers. Even though its official position is that settlements impede the creation of a truly sovereign Palestinian state -- an outcome it claims to support.

So, what are the "global rules, principles and protections" Champagne's government is willing to violate in exchange for cozy relations with Israel? They are the most foundational norms of modern international humanitarian and human rights law -- some of them incorporated into Canadian domestic legislation.

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Canada celebrates agents of Palestinian misery PDF Print E-mail
Feb 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Canada is celebrating the agents of Palestinian misery.

Last month the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv held an event to celebrate Canadians fighting in the Israeli military. They invited all 78 Canadians in the IDF to the ambassador’s residence to demonstrate their appreciation. Referring to non-Israelis who join the IDF, ambassador Deborah Lyons told the Jerusalem Post, “Canadian lone soldiers are a particularly special group … This is something we want to do on a yearly basis to show our support.” At the event Canada’s ambassador said, “we both share a love of Canada and a love of Israel. We at the embassy are very proud of what you’re doing.”

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Canada lukewarm to Trump’s Middle East ‘peace plan’ PDF Print E-mail
Jan 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Canada will “carefully examine the details of the U.S. initiative for the Middle East peace process,” Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Tuesday, calling for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The carefully worded statement avoided any assessment of President Donald Trump’s initiative, seen as another significant departure from decades of U.S. policy in the Middle East. It also refrained from calling Trump’s latest diplomatic initiative a “peace plan.”

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Mustafa Barghouti - Palestinian Defiance
Interview by Éric Hazan
[New Left Review 32, March-April 2005]

“The Ramallah doctor and activist, general secretary of the Al Mubadara coalition, on struggles against the Israeli Occupation, from the popular movement of the first Intifada to the tactical errors of the second, via the disaster of Oslo. As Abu Mazen is levered into place, what alternatives can combat both IDF stranglehold and the flyblown Palestinian Authority?”

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