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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.

Background for Discussion on Canada's Foreign Policy - 2002 PDF Print E-mail
Jun 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM
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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Israeli court: American protester Rachel Corrie's death an accident

Haifa, Israel (CNN) -- Nine years after an American activist was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer, an Israeli civil court ruled Tuesday that Rachel Corrie's death was an accident.

Corrie, 23, was killed in 2003 while trying to block the bulldozer from razing Palestinian homes.

Her parents filed suit against Israel's Ministry of Defense in a quest for accountability and sought just $1 in damages. But Judge Oded Gershon ruled Tuesday that the family has no right to damages, backing an earlier Israeli investigation that cleared any soldier of wrongdoing.

"I believe this was a bad day not only for our family, but a bad day for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law and also for the country of Israel," her mother, Cindy Corrie, said after the verdict.\

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