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Sparrow Story PDF Print E-mail
Mar 29, 2007 at 09:24 PM

Fiction under occupation -
The gospel according to Monsieur le Wazzo

Sparrow Story, by David Rhodes
(Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, prbk; £9.99)
Reviewed by Jenny Lynn

Cover of Sparrow Story"Take a country languishing under a brutal military occupation, where bulldozers tear down homes, bored young soldiers shoot as soon as look at you, and children are shot dead for throwing stones. It’s this situation, only too familiar to anyone interested in the ongoing saga of Israel/Palestine, that is the setting for a powerful modern-day gospel story by David Rhodes. Narrated in the pacey present tense, echoing crime writers like Damon Runyon, the story fairly races along in a sequence of short, action-packed episodes. Unusually, the author has put the story-telling in the mouth of a sparrow with attitude, nicknamed ‘Monsieur le Wazzo’ by the first character we meet, a hard-drinking newspaper reporter called Johnny Palotski..."

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The Wall Must Fall - CUPE BC PDF Print E-mail
Jun 20, 2005 at 12:00 AM
June 20, 2005

CUPE BC has released the third edition of its popular booklet, The Wall Must Fall, about the conflict in the Middle East.

  • click here for 3rd edition of The Wall Must Fall
  • click here for the French version 
  • Packed with facts, analysis, maps, charts and photographs, The Wall Must Fall is a powerful primer for CUPE members and others.

    As Canadian Jewish Outlook editor Carl Rosenberg writes in his foreword: “This CUPE BC booklet is part of a growing educational effort meant to build a solidarity campaign similar to the one created to fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa.”

    CUPE BC’s international solidarity committee was directed to produce the booklet by resolution at the 2003 provincial division convention. Contact CUPE BC for your copy.

    CUPE BC
    510-4940 Canada Way
    Burnaby, B.C.
    V5G 4T3
    Phone: 604-291-9119
    Fax: 604-291-9043
    info@cupe.bc.ca

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    This Heated Place PDF Print E-mail
    Sep 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

    Encounters in the Promised Land

    by Deborah Campbell

    This Heated Place takes readers into twenty-first century Israel and the occupied territories. During the first Gulf War, journalist Deborah Campbell was a student of Middle Eastern studies at Tel Aviv University; she returned to the region ten years later seeking insights into one of the world's most intractable conflicts. "I wanted to fill in the missing pieces, ask the questions I had been unable to formulate in the past," she writes. "I arrived to an escalating crisis."

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    Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy

    Final Statement of the Palestinian Civil Society Conference,
    Cyprus, 16–18 October 2007

    As part of the effort by the Palestinian civil society organizations to overcome the state of forced Palestinian fragmentation and consolidate the national role of the Palestinian NGOs in all their places of residence, a conference titled "Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy" was held in Agros, Cyprus, between 16 and 18 October 2007 at the initiative of Ittijah-The Union of Arab Community Based Associations. Forty-four participants representing a broad sector of Palestinian civil society networks, coalitions, and associations in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait, in addition to a number of international partner organizations supporting Palestinian rights, attended the conference. The Israeli occupation authorities banned the travel of a delegation representing civil society organizations in Gaza.

    The conference discussed a number of issues, notably: The Palestinian situation and Palestinian, regional, and international developments, including the Annapolis conference; the collective Palestinian strategy against the forced fragmentation; the endeavors to rebuild terms of reference and assert the constant Palestinian principles; the strategy of collective Palestinian advocacy; Palestinian media strategies; and local and international coordination on the Palestinian question.

    The participants in the conference set bases that would help strengthen the overall Palestinian struggle for liberation in all its contexts: the occupation, the displacement and uprooting, and the assault on Palestinian existence in the 1948 areas.

    A draft of a collective organizational structure and an action plan were also devised, and a follow-up committee to implement this plan and lead the agreed process was set up.

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