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Canada denounces Palestinian application to ICC PDF Print E-mail
Jan 26, 2015 at 01:19 PM

Hon John Baird again adopts Israeli position

International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court, of which Canada was a founder, is based in the Hague. Its motto is "Peace through justice". The objective of the ICC is to bring criminals to justice when the local legal system proves unable do so. Apparently Canada believes this legal recourse should be available to Africans and Bosnians, but not to Palestinians.

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Death of a Palestinian minister: How should Canada respond? PDF Print E-mail
Dec 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Ziad Abu Ein choked by Israeli police
Palestinian Government Minister Ziad Abu Ein scuffles with Israeli police at a demonstration on December 9th a few moments before his death. The demonstrators were trying to plant trees around an illegal Israeli settlement.
 

Imagine for a moment that the picture above had been taken in Ukraine. That the man being throttled had been an unarmed minister in the Ukrainian government. That he had been in a peaceful demonstration opposing Russian occupation of Ukraine. That he had been beaten and teargassed by Russian troops. That he subsequently died. What would have been the reaction of Foreign Minister John Baird?

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Canadian MPs visit Israel on Gaza “fact finding mission”, but don’t go to Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Aug 02, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Former Liberal Cabinet minister John McCallum is in Israel along with 5 other Canadian parliamentarians on a "fact finding mission". Their activities include visiting an Israeli hospital to sympathize with injured IDF soldiers and attending a Canada-Israel solidarity event. They won't talk to any Palestinians.

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Open letter to the NDP: It's time to condemn Israel's massacres PDF Print E-mail
Jul 16, 2014 at 07:44 PM

by Independent Jewish Voices
Rabble.ca | July 15, 2014

Israel targets civilian homes in Gaza

Dear New Democratic Party of Canada,

As fellow Canadians who are concerned with human rights, we call on you to condemn Israel's murderous bombing campaign on the defenceless population of Gaza....

We are chagrined that the NDP has yet to speak out against Israel's bombing of civilians in Gaza. These are war crimes, since it is clear that Israel has used its precision-guided missiles to target families' homes, hospitals, schools, ambulances, and even a centre for disabled children. The horrific images coming out of Gaza should elicit strong and immediate condemnation from any individual or organization that is concerned about human rights.

Why then, we are wondering, has the NDP failed to condemn these atrocities?

Read full article: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/ijv/2014/07/open-letter-to-ndp-its-time-to-condemn-israels-massacres

The NDP’s simmering civil war over Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Jul 16, 2014 at 06:50 PM

There’s something rotten in the state of Canada’s kumbaya party. For generations, the NDP — with its almost evangelical roots — has promoted an image of itself as the party of peace, harmony and understanding.

Kiss that mirage goodbye. I’ve spent the past few days probing what amounts to a declaration of war between a banned aspiring nominee, his aggrieved supporters and the NDP’s operatives in Ottawa — who have morphed, it appears, into the evasive, secretive Harperites that holier-than-thou New Democrats take such pleasure in bashing.

It’s all getting rather ugly, with veiled and not-so-veiled accusations of smears, innuendo and muzzling flying halfway across the continent in phone calls, letters and emails. The irony is that the trigger for this internecine political war may or may not be (depending on whose version you believe) the latest deadly spasm of violence between besieged Palestinians in Gaza and frightened Israelis.

This bitter skirmish also has revealed smouldering discontent — particularly on social media — with the party’s and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s muted response to the disproportionate toll suffered by Palestinians in Gaza.

The man in the middle of this brewing conflict is Paul Manly, a documentarian, musician and rejected candidate for a party nomination in traditionally NDP-friendly British Columbia. Manly insists he’s the victim of a “smear” perpetrated by senior NDP officials in Ottawa.

Read full article: http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/07/16/the-ndps-simmering-civil-war-over-gaza/

Why is the Israeli ambassador so unhappy about a multimedia art installation at Ottawa City Hall? PDF Print E-mail
Jul 02, 2014 at 01:46 PM

An open letter from Peter Larson

"Visible"

The Israeli ambassador apparently asked the City of Ottawa to take down this small multimedia installation, entitled "Visible", now on display at city hall. The Mayor, Jim Watson, has declined to do so. Please find below a copy of a letter I sent yesterday to His Honour the mayor.

Dear Mayor Watson and counsellors,

According to the Ottawa Citizen, you were visited this week by Israeli Ambassador Raphael Barak. Among other things he apparently expressed unhappiness about “Invisible”, the art installation at City Hall by Palestinian Canadian artist Rehab Nizzal. We are given to understand that he thought it “glorifies terror”.

I am not surprised that the exhibit would make the Ambassador uncomfortable and that he would want it removed.

This is because it graphically shows Israeli terror inflicted on Palestinians - something we don’t hear very much about. It reflects the artist’s memories of expulsion and the terror and repression suffered by her and her family. The largest part of the exhibit (the wall of photos) is composed of real stills from a video taken during a live “training exercise” by Israeli troops at one of Israel’s most notorious prisons. This terror was conducted by Israelis – not by Palestinians. (If you are interested, you will find below a bit more background to the incidents reflected in the installation.)

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Paul Manly denied right to seek NDP candidacy PDF Print E-mail
Jul 02, 2014 at 01:40 PM

Not your NDP Candidate

An open letter from Paul Manly

Dear Mid Islanders, Friends and Supporters

I would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement for my bid for the nomination to be the NDP candidate for the new federal riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith. It is with regret that I write to tell you that the federal NDP has refused to allow me to stand as a candidate.

The local riding executive approved my candidacy for the nomination but the NDP National Director, Ann McGrath, has not approved me and the federal NDP executive will not let me stand as a candidate.

I have done nothing illegal or immoral, nothing that I am embarrassed about or which breaks the NDP constitution. The reason my candidacy is being blocked is political.

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Jewish group endorses Israeli Apartheid Week PDF Print E-mail
Mar 05, 2014 at 01:08 PM
Jewish group endorses Israeli Apartheid Week, rejects politicians’ baseless allegations of anti-Semitism
 
OTTAWA – Independent Jewish Voices – Canada (IJV), a national Jewish human rights organization, is proud to endorse the tenth annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) and rejects any claims that the initiative is anti-Semitic. 
 
IAW organizers have always been committed to providing a safe, respectful and anti-racist environment in which to discuss the controversial subject of Israel's relationship with Palestinians. This is an environment in which anti-Semitism is outright condemned, despite allegations from Canadian politicians that applying the term Apartheid to Israel is in itself anti-Semitic.
 
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80 Canadian writers and artists protest Israel's eviction of Palestinian Bedouins PDF Print E-mail
Jul 19, 2013 at 04:56 AM

For the first time, a large number of Canada’s leading artists have spoken out against Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

Margaret Atwood is one of many Canadian writers who have signed an open letter calling on the Israeli government to stop its plan to forcibly evict thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from their traditional homes. So have Michael Ondaatje, Yann Martel, Laurence Hill, Guy Vanderhaeghe, John Ralston Saul and more than 80 others.

They are echoing a call from 21 prominent Israeli writers including Amos Oz, AB Yehoshua and David Grossman -- who have also been campaigning against the eviction plans.

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Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians slams Canadian Jewish Congress exclusion

PRESS  RELEASE          For immediate Release            2007-07-03
 
The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians responded today, to the decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to deny membership to the progressive Jewish group. The CJC issued a letter which gave no reason for its decision.

“The decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to exclude the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians illustrates the sectarian orientation of the forces controlling that organization,” declared ACJC Administrative Secretary Abraham Weizfeld. “The rejection of our application to become a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the refusal seat our delegates at the CJC Plenary on June 17th amounts to a refusal to acknowledge growing Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation and siege of the Palestinian territories.”

“CJC’s refusal to include all tendencies in the Jewish community should be seen as a futile attempt to marginalize growing Jewish opposition to Israel’s behaviour and to the exclusive character of the Israel State,” Weizfeld continued.

 He contended that this refusal also motivated the decision by the June 17 plenary of the Canadian Jewish Congress to annul the process of conducting elections to the Board of Directors. As a result of this decision, the Board will now have 25% of its seats reserved for the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy which controls the CJC funding agency, the United Jewish Appeal. Weizfeld explained that these organizations provide unquestioning support to Israel, regardless of what it does.

The resulting vote on a resolution to amend the CJC constitution with regard to election of officers may not have passed if the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians’ delegates had been included.

“We do not share in the uncritical support for Israel,” Weizfeld stated. “It is our position that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, which began in 1967, must end immediately. This is the view that the ACJC wanted to bring to the Canadian Jewish Congress and that the CJC leadership was determined to ignore.” The refusal to hear our independent voice is proof that the CJC is not a body representative of diverse currents in Canada's Jewish population.

“It is essential that Israel and the Palestinians – including the duly elected Prime Minister Haniyeh – begin negotiations to conclude a lasting peace without prior conditions from either side. Only this approach can put an end to this ongoing tragedy for both the Palestinian and Israeli communities,” he concluded.

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