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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.

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.
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.

MP Libby Davies Under Attack PDF Print E-mail
Jun 16, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Today,  the House of Commons formed a virtual lynch mob demanding  the resignation of NDP MP Libby Davies' resignation for saying that the Israeli occupation began in 1948.  She was punked by a phoney blogger who was trying to trap her into saying something unacceptable.  Libby has been an outspoken critic of Israel since she visited Gaza and saw the horrors that Israeli is inflicting on the people there.  In her usual quiet courageous way, Libby is one of the few members of Parliament speaking for Palestinian rights and representing the thousands of Canadians who believe that Israel does not deserve the support of Canada.

Israel is an apartheid state and that is why they are losing legitimacy PDF Print E-mail
Mar 04, 2010 at 12:52 PM
By Judy RebickMarch 2, 2010

Before Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) even began members of the Ontario Legislature and the Canadian Parliament are falling all over each other to denounce it. I can't remember another time when elected legislators formally denounced a student activity like this.  Perhaps during the 1950's when McCarthyism was rampant but that was before my time.

Last week the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed a resolution denouncing Israel Apartheid Week submitted by PC Peter Shure who said calling Israel an apartheid state was "close to hate speech."  While there were only 30 MPP's in the Legislature at the time, NDP MPP Cheri di Novo was one of them and spoke in favour of the resolution.  This week a Conservative MP is introducing a resolution calling IAW anti-Semitic.

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Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid | 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Mar 04, 2010 at 12:38 PM


This book is the first critical primer about Canada’s ties to Israel. It is a devastating account of Canadian complicity in 20th and 21st century colonialism, dispossession and war crimes. The book documents the history of Canadian Christian Zionism, Lester Pearson’s important role in the United Nations negotiations to create a Jewish state on Palestinian land, the millions of dollars in tax-deductible donations used to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service ties to Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Mossad).

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Durban Review Hijacked PDF Print E-mail
Sep 20, 2009 at 12:00 AM

By Diana Ralph

Quiz:  Was the Durban Review (a) an inspiring conference to follow-through on the 2001 commitment by over 150 nations (except Israel and the U.S.) to end racism in all its forms or (b) an “anti-Semitic hate fest”?   The correct answer is (a).   But after the sophisticated campaign of disinformation launched by the pro-Israel Lobby it would be understandable if you answered (b).

As Nelson Mandela declared on the opening day of the Review, “the Sept. 2001 conference against racism held in Durban and the resultant Durban Declaration and Programme of Action [DDPA] has been hailed as the most comprehensive framework of its kind to combat racism, xenophobia and all other forms of discrimination.”  The DDPA roundly condemned a wide variety of racist practices in many countries, including discrimination against African-descendents, indigenous people, the Dalit, migrants, refugees, victims of human trafficking, the Roma, people of Asian descent, national, ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities, victims of sexual violence, and homosexuals. Its recommendations included reparations for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and for actions to end world poverty, war, and inequality.  It recognizing the rights of both Palestinians and Israelis to security and international law.

Fighting the Lies- Toronto International Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
Sep 13, 2009 at 12:45 PM


A Blizzard of Lies

This fact sheet is a response to the campaign of disinformation being waged against the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) protest letter, "The Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation,”[1] signed by 1,000 people including Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler, along with many Israelis and Palestinians. This year, TIFF decided to put a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv at the festival, in line with the goals of the Israeli Consulate’s “Brand Israel” program. In its own words, the “Brand Israel” program aims to publicize Israeli culture in order to distract public attention from its human rights record. The letter of protest objects to this politicization of the film festival, saying it is inappropriate given Israel’s nearly 42-year occupation of the Palestinian Territories, the recent assault and continuing siege on Gaza, and the history of and ongoing dispossession of Palestinians in Tel Aviv-Jaffa itself.

Since the release of the protest letter, public figures and media outlets have spread false charges and misinformation about the letter, some even going so far as to raise slanderous accusations against some letter signers.
This fact sheet refutes three key false charges:
1) That the protest letter unfairly singles out Israel.
2) That the letter calls for a boycott of the Film Festival and Israeli films.
3) That the letter in any way delegitimizes Tel Aviv.

 These charges are all false, as we explain below.
The Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation PDF Print E-mail
Sep 13, 2009 at 12:40 PM

An Open Letter to the Toronto International Film Festival:

September 2, 2009

As members of the Canadian and international film, culture and media arts communities, we are deeply disturbed by the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to host a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv. We protest that TIFF, whether intentionally or not, has become complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine.

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ISM’s response to the Rachel Corrie trial verdict
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is deeply concerned by the verdict of Judge Oded Gershon that absolved Israel’s military and state of the 2003 murder of American ISM activist Rachel Corrie. Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.

Despite the American administration stating that the Israeli military investigation had not been "thorough, credible and transparent" and the Israeli government withholding key video and audio evidence, Judge Gershon found no fault in the investigation or in the conclusion that the military and state were not responsible for Rachel’s death. Judge Gershon ruled  that Rachel was to blame for her own murder and classifies her non-violent attempt to prevent war crimes as proof that Rachel was not a “thinking person".

By disregarding international law and granting Israeli war criminals impunity Judge Gershon’s verdict exemplifies the fact that Israel’s legal system cannot be trusted to administer justice according to international standards.The ISM calls on the international community to hold Israel accountable by supporting the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and continuing to join the Palestinian struggle in the occupied Palestinian territories.