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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

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.

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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Birthright Denied PDF Print E-mail
Apr 05, 1999 at 12:00 AM

by Hanna Kawas

Special thanks to Morgan McGuigan for preparing the electronic version of Birthright Denied.

Reviewed by Mordecai Briemberg
April 5, 1999

Hanna Kawas, a citizen of Canada asks our government to acknowledge, in his passport, a simple fact: that he was born June 2, 1948 in Bethlehem, Palestine. Our government accepts June 2. It accepts 1948. It accepts Bethlehem. But it refuses to acknowledge Palestine.

In the following pages, you can read the correspondence between Hanna Kawas and the Government of Canada on the question of his birthplace.

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Falling Arab dictatorships and Israeli government panic
By Mordecai Briemberg
February 1, 2011


The walls are crumbling. The walls behind which dictators indulge in decadent opulence while "their" people are mired in wretched circumstance. The walls behind which "leaders" secretly sell -- for personal gain -- the rights of the people they claim to represent.

Across North Africa and the Middle East, across the Arab world, for decades dictatorship and deepening corruption, firmly supported by imperial powers, seemed beyond challenge. Today, once "stable" regimes are now facing a popular reckoning.

From the vantage point of Palestine, there are three new dynamics.