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Clark raps Harper government on Mideast PDF Print E-mail
Feb 15, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Canadian Jewish News     February 15, 2007

By Janice Arnold
Staff Reporter

Montreal - Former prime minister Joe Clark pointedly criticized Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s stance on the Israeli-Arab conflict, saying the current Conservative government has put Canada’s “balanced and careful” Middle East foreign policy in jeopardy.

In a Jan. 31 address at McGill University, Clark said Harper made a “mistake” in making withdrawal of support from the Hamas-led Palestinian government his first major foreign policy action after taking office just over a year ago.

Clark also termed “ill-judged” Harper’s strongly pro-Israel position during Israel’s war against Hezbollah in Lebanon last summer.

Clark said he finds “troubling” the Conservative government’s “closeness to the foreign policies of the United States administration” to the exclusion of Canada’s interests in the rest of the world....

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Charitable Donations Fund Lobby Group PDF Print E-mail
Nov 10, 2004 at 12:00 AM
Check PM reaffirms support of Israel - CJN By: Diane Koven, Nov 10, 2004. Is the Council of Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) a lobby group? The last paragraph of the article states that CIJA receives its funding from the United Israel Appeal. UIA is a registered charitable organization in Canada. As such, it is not supposed to engage in lobby work, but is it doing so by diverting some of its funds to CIJA?

Revenue Canada’s website indicates that one of the United Israel Appeal’s goals is to “support resettlement of new immigrants” to Israel. We have good reason to fear that new immigrants to Israel are being encouraged by the Israeli government in order to expand the illegal settlements.

Write to the Honourable Carol Skelton, the minister responsible for the Canada Revenue Agency, requesting that the charitable status of the United Israel Appeal be revoked as it is funding lobbying activities and supporting illegal (according to International Law) Israeli settlements.

You can write postage free to:

Hon. Carol Skelton,
House of Commons,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
or e-mail to skelton.c@parl.gc.ca
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Questions for Candidates prepared by CanPalNet Vancouver PDF Print E-mail
May 31, 2004 at 12:00 AM
Canadian Election Campaign June 2004
  1. Politicians such as Joe Volpe and Stephen Owen, members of Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel, and Stockwell Day, Conservative Party foreign affairs critic, want Canada to increase its support for Israel. They are mostly silent or critical when it comes to supporting the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people to end the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Official Canadian government policy, in concert with the United Nations, and a broad international consensus, supports the withdrawal of Israel from the West Bank and Gaza and the establishment of a Palestinian state along pre-1967 borders. Do you? Why?
     
  2. Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel also opposes recent UN resolutions condemning Israeli human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza. These resolutions refer to Israel's policies of collective punishment, arbitrary imprisonment, home demolitions and extra-judicial killings (or assassinations). What will you and your party do to uphold Palestinian human rights?
     
  3. a) It is the inalienable right of every refugee to return to their native homeland. It is a right which cannot be negotiated away by any political entity. What is Canada's responsibility in helping to assure the right of return for Palestinian refugees?

    b) Tel Zultan, a refugee camp in Rafah, Gaza, received 2.6 million in aid from Canada between 2000 and 2002. In May 2004, the Israeli military killed 57 Palestinians and injured 200 others in Rafah, and destroyed 360 homes. Tel Zultan was one of the areas hit. What should Canada do to help Palestinian refugees in Rafah seek redress?

  4. a) It is the inalienable right of every refugee to return to their native homeland. It is a right which cannot be negotiated away by any political entity. What is Canada's responsibility in helping to assure the right of return for Palestinian refugees?

    b) Tel Zultan, a refugee camp in Rafah, Gaza, received 2.6 million in aid from Canada between 2000 and 2002. In May 2004, the Israeli military killed 57 Palestinians and injured 200 others in Rafah, and destroyed 360 homes. Tel Zultan was one of the areas hit. What should Canada do to help Palestinian refugees in Rafah seek redress?

  5. There is strong international condemnation of the building of the illegal Apartheid Wall in the Occupied Territories (the West Bank and Gaza Strip). Canada voted in October 2003 at the UN to oppose the Wall. Stockwell Day of the Conservative Party thinks it should be built and has denounced Canada's position. If elected, will you speak out against the building of this wall?
     
  6. a) Under the Geneva Conventions an occupying power is prohibited from settling its own people in the occupied territory. Israel has illegally settled over 400,000 settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. What would you do to see that the Geneva Conventions are upheld?

    b) Should registered Canadian charities be allowed to channel money to the Israeli settlement movement as they are doing currently?

    c) Should Canada allow goods produced in these illegal settlements to be sold in Canada?

Canadian Foreign Policy on the Middle East PDF Print E-mail
Jun 30, 2003 at 12:00 AM
Reflections on Permanent War and Palestine PDF Print E-mail
Aug 16, 2002 at 12:00 AM
by Mordecai Briemberg
August 16, 2002
[Published in issue #1 of OUR PAPER (Victoria) and last issue of ALARM (Vancouver)]

Years ago I remember hearing a radio report recounting memoirs of some private discussions that had taken place when Trudeau and Mitterand were players at the G-6 summits. Reagan then was U.S. president. Out of earshot, on the quiet margins of their meetings, the worldly Trudeau and Mitterand pondered over the "enigma" of this sometimes dozing, doltish figure named Reagan. But, they asked each other, despite all appearance, might he not be informed and intelligent after all? To pose this question was to reveal a deep need they (and we) have for reassurance that reason is an integral dimension of power. Apparently they decided, driven by their need for reassurance, that in the case of Reagan, appearance was deceiving.

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Background for Discussion on Canada's Foreign Policy - 2002 PDF Print E-mail
Jun 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM
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Letters to the Canadian Government PDF Print E-mail
Jun 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The End the Occupation Statement was sent to the Canadian government four times before a response was received. Below is the text of the four letters in reverse order. Since June of 2002, people and organizations have continued to sign the statement, and by January 7, 2003 there were 1,295 signers. To sign the statement email support@canpalnet.ca. To see the signers, and find the latest number of signatories, go to www.canpalnet.ca/stmt.html

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Letter from Svend Robinson, June 2 2002 PDF Print E-mail
Jun 02, 2002 at 12:00 AM
OTTAWA June 2nd, 2002

From Svend J. Robinson, MP Burnaby-Douglas

Dear Friend,

I am writing in response to your words of support following my visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories last month. Messages I have received from across the country, and the many messages from my constituents in Burnaby-Douglas, have given me strength and renewed determination to continue speaking out for peace and justice, and in solidarity with both the Palestinian people and the many courageous Israelis who have condemned the brutal and dehumanising policies of the Sharon government.

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Ignatieff in 2002: "Why Bush must send in his troops" PDF Print E-mail
Apr 19, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Imposing a two-state solution is the last chance for Middle East peace

Michael Ignatieff
The Guardian, Friday 19 April 2002

Two years ago, an American friend took me on a helicopter ride from Jerusalem to the Golan Heights over the Palestinian West Bank. He wanted to show me how vulnerable Israel was, how the Arabs only had to cross 11km of land to reach the sea and throw the Israelis into it. I got this message but I also came away with another one. When I looked down at the West Bank, at the settlements like Crusader forts occupying the high ground, at the Israeli security cordon along the Jordan river closing off the Palestinian lands from Jordan, I knew I was not looking down at a state or the beginnings of one, but at a Bantustan, one of those pseudo-states created in the dying years of apartheid to keep the African population under control.

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Police official says instigators of Akko riots Jewish

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3607905,00.html

Northern District Commander Maj.-Gen. Shimon Koren vows to restore peace to northern city, says police will make sure agitators are dealt with to full extent of the law

Sharon Roffe-Ofir

The dominant elements behind the riots in Akko seem to be Jewish instigators, Northern District Police Commander, Major-General Shimon Koren, told Ynet on Sunday.

"We have no intention of letting up. We know who's behind the incitement and the arson. It's a very small group of people and they will be dealt with to the full extent of the law," he added.

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