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Bil'in announced that it has commenced legal proceedings in Canada PDF Print E-mail
Jul 20, 2008 at 03:41 PM

July 9, 2008

 

PRESS RELEASE (TO ALL MEDIA)

 

The Village of Bil'in, in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories, announced today that it has commenced legal proceedings in Canada against two Canadian Companies for committing war crimes. The case has been filed in the Quebec Superior Court sitting at Montreal, Canada. A full copy of the claim is attached.

 

Bil'in alleges that Green Park International Inc. and Green Mount International Inc., both registered corporations in the Province of Quebec, acting as agents for Israel, are illegally constructing residential and other buildings on lands under the municipal jurisdiction of the Village and are marketing and selling condominium units to the civilian population of the State of Israel. Bil'in further alleges in its claim that its land and the defendants are subject to the rules and obligations of international law because the West Bank is occupied territory arising from an act of war that took place in 1967.

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Concerned Jewish Canadians Demand that the Siege on Gaza be Broken PDF Print E-mail
Feb 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

February 1, 2008

The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians (ACJC)  is a pan-Canadian umbrella of Jewish anti-Occupation groups. We wish to join Palestinian Canadian and Québécois groups, and other concerned Canadians and Québécois/es, in expressing our outrage at the siege of the Gaza Strip. Gaza City was plunged into darkness this past month after Israel blocked the shipment of fuel that powers its only electrical plant. 1.5 million Palestinians civilians who live in Gaza are besieged and are suffering from severe food, medicine and life essentials, shortages imposed on them by the inhumane Israel aggression. Israel, which occupies the Palestinian territories, is starving and killing Palestinians in hopes of forcing them into submission and into accepting its illegal occupation and to forgo the right of return. 

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Letter on JNF and Canada Park PDF Print E-mail
Nov 15, 2007 at 12:00 AM
The following letter is going out to all MPs, Senators, Ontario MPPs and Toronto city councillors.

15 November 2007.

Re: JNF “Negev Dinner” - Event promoting racism and ethnic cleansing

The “Jewish National Fund” (JNF) Negev Dinner is scheduled to be held at the Sheraton Centre on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 5:30 pm to raise funds for “Canada Park”. You may not be aware of the significance of this event, the nature of the JNF, or the history of Canada Park. We would like to provide you with some information related to the JNF and the history of Canada Park and ask that you give some thought as to why Canadian taxpayers are subsidizing the JNF.

If you have been invited to attend this dinner/fundraiser, we ask that you consider not attending.

“Canada Park” Canada Park is not within the territory of the State of Israel. It is across the “Green Line” (Israel’s borders) in the occupied West Bank. Until June 1967, there were 3 villages in that area: Yalu, Beit Nuba, and Imwas. Israeli forces occupied the villages in June 1967 during the “1967 Day War.” Israeli soldiers forced the villagers to flee to the Ramallah area, also in the occupied West Bank. Israeli bulldozers then destroyed the homes of the villagers. They also demolished mosques and desecrated cemeteries. Many villagers died. Many others continued across the Jordan River, and now live as refugees in the Kingdom of Jordan, or abroad. According to international law, and according to the most basic notions of justice to which Canada is committed, the displaced refugees of the villages of Yalu, Beit Nuba, and Imwas have the right to return and rebuild their communities and their lives.

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Next Steps for the Palestinian Solidarity Movement PDF Print E-mail
Oct 04, 2007 at 12:00 AM
Excerpted from an updated version of a talk given by Adam Hanieh in Toronto on October 4, 2007

From The Bullet, A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 73 .... November 14, 2007

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In Canada, we have an important role to play in this global campaign to isolate the Israeli state. The Canadian government is one of the strongest international supporters of Israeli apartheid in the world. Canada was the first country in the world to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority following the elections of January 2006. Canada did this even before the Israeli government.

The Canadian government at all levels has provided full diplomatic support for Israel's war crimes. Many of us remember that during Israel's bombardment of Lebanon in 2006, Harper described Israel's actions as "measured and justified" and opposed calls for a ceasefire. But Harper's comments are not those of an individual. Across the political spectrum, Canada's mainstream political parties have given unequivocal support to Israeli policies. In 2005, it was then Liberal Party leader Paul Martin who declared that "Israel's values are Canada's values."

At the economic level, Canada has signed numerous agreements with Israel that serve to strengthen and sustain the Israeli economy. In 1997, the Canadian government signed the Canada Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA). This is the only FTA Canada has signed outside of the western hemisphere. It has been an enormous boon to Israel. From 2000 to 2005, the value of Israeli exports to Canada exceeded Canadian exports to Israel, reversing the trend from the 1990s. Over the same period, average annual Israeli foreign direct investment in Canada exceeded that of Canada in Israel. This is an agreement that has benefited Israel, and helped support the Israeli economy.

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Our next step should be to raise our voices demanding that Canadian governments at both the federal and provincial levels cut their ties with Israeli apartheid. We can call for agreements such as CIFTA, or, here in Ontario, the provincial level agreements with Israel, to be abrogated. We must call for an end to the diplomatic cover provided to Israeli war crimes. The Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez has shown the way in this regard when they became the first country in the world to withdraw their ambassador from Israel in the summer of 2006.

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NDP statement on situation in Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Jun 20, 2007 at 05:28 PM

Mr. Speaker, tragically, the Palestinian unity government has collapsed. Never in 40 years had a Palestinian political body brought together the views of so many Palestinians. All major political movements were included.

Instead of seeing the unity government as a unique opportunity to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the Conservative government shamefully boycotted, undermining the advocates of compromise, compounding political divisions within Gaza and the West Bank and increasing the insecurity plaguing the lives of Palestinians and Israelis.

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To voice your concerns contact the Canadian Government PDF Print E-mail
Apr 12, 2007 at 11:42 PM
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Address:
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900
Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

The Honourable Peter McKay
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Tel: (613) 992-6022
Fax: (613) 995-9926
Email: McKay.P@parl.gc.ca

Postage free to:
House of Commons, Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

To find your member of parliament: Directories

Arab World Angry With Canada PDF Print E-mail
Apr 04, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti talks about his snub by Peter MacKay and how Canada should deal with his government.

By Christopher Guly
Embassy, April 4th, 2007

For Mustafa Barghouti, it was the snub felt throughout the Arab world. While in Ottawa last week, as part of a global peace tour sponsored by the Montreal-based NGO Alternatives, Action and Communication Network for International Development, the 53-year-old information minister in the new Palestinian unity government met with MPs from all four parties in the Commons, including Nova Scotia Conservative Bill Casey.

But the one huddle Dr. Barghouti hoped for with another Nova Scotia MP, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay, never happened. And the onetime Palestinian presidential candidate left Canada wondering whether Canada's heart is in the right place when it comes to Middle East issues.

Dr. Barghouti spoke to Embassy about the prospects for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, and what role Canada should be playing in this process. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation.

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Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association founded PDF Print E-mail
Apr 03, 2007 at 12:00 AM
News Release
Ottawa, April 3, 2007

On the initiative of MPs Réal Ménard, Omar Alghabra and Libby Davies and the Honourable Senator Lucie Pépin, a Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association was founded on February 21, 2007, in Ottawa. The following parliamentarians were elected to the Association’s executive:

  • Réal Ménard, Co-Chair, House of Commons
  • Lucie Pépin, Co-Chair, Senate
  • Omar Alghabra, Vice-President, House of Commons
  • Jean-Claude Rivest, Vice-President, Senate
  • Colleen Beaumier, Director
  • Christiane Gagnon, Director
  • Marcel Lussier, Director
  • Wayne Marston, Director
  • Ted Menzies, Director
  • Yasmin Ratansi, Director
  • Libby Davies, Secretary-Treasurer

The executive held its first meeting on March 21, 2007. The first task for its members is to fill the positions currently available on its executive.

Réal Ménard noted that “The Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association has the following objectives: to foster discussion between Palestinian and Canadian parliamentarians; to suggest initiatives to foster a better understanding of issues of interest to both countries; to ensure that Canada’s foreign policy for the Middle East is in the best interests of the Palestinian people; to suggest measures contributing to fair and lasting peace in the middle East; and finally, to support all measures conducive to the establishment of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state.”

For her part, Senator Lucie Pépin noted that “the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association will be a vital tool in fostering solidarity, dialogue and reflection on the status of the Palestinian people.” She also invited all parliamentarians to join the new association.

Canadian companies building illegal Israeli settlements PDF Print E-mail
Feb 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Planning council approves illegal West Bank building plan

By Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondent
February 25, 2007

The Supreme Planning Council for Judea and Samaria recently legalized the largest-ever illegal construction project in the West Bank. Part of the project is situated on private land, which belongs to Palestinian residents of the village of Bil'in.

The project calls for the construction of 42 buildings containing approximately 1,500 apartments. The buildings, already in various stages of construction, are in the neighborhood of Matityahu East, which is located in the large ultra-Orthodox settlement of Modi'in Illit.

Peace Now and Bil'in residents filed a petition against the construction a week ago at the High Court of Justice.

About a year ago, following another petition by Peace Now and Bil'in residents, the High Court ordered a halt on the construction and occupation of the buildings.

Following an appeal to the State Prosecutor's Office, the National Fraud Squad opened an investigation into those involved in the affair. The neighborhood is being built by Green Park and Green Mount, companies registered in Canada, along with two other companies: Ein Ami and Hefziba.

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Judge blaming Rachel Corrie for her own death highlights Israel’s impunity, family says
The Haifa District court ruled earlier today that the Israeli military is not responsible for killing American activist Rachel Corrie, and that Corrie was to blame for her own death.

Even when she saw the mount of earth moving towards her, she did not move away. The accident was caused by the deceased,” said Israeli Judge Oded Gershon, as he read out a summary of the 62-page ruling in front of a packed courthouse and with Rachel’s mother Cindy, father Craig and sister Sarah sitting in the front row.

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