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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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    In Rachel Corrie verdict, Israel deals new blow to international law
    The verdict on the 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie absolved Israel of any wrongdoing, essentially blaming the victim for her death. The trial revealed Israel’s approach to the most fundamental principles of international law, and especially to the duty to protect non-combatants.

    By Jeff Halper

    For those who hoped for a just verdict on the death of Rachel Corrie, the American student and ISM activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as she was defending a Palestinian home about to be demolished, this is a sad day. Not surprising, but still sad and bitter. The judge who decided the case, Oded Gershon, absolved the army of all blame, despite massive and internally contradictory testimony to the contrary. Moreover, he essentially blamed Rachel for her own death, commenting that a “normal person” would have run away from the bulldozer rather than confront it.

    Palestinians and Israel human rights activists have learned that justice cannot be obtained through the Israeli judicial system. The Haifa District Court, in which the trial was held, could not have ruled other than how the state wanted. For the past 45 years of Israeli occupation, the Supreme Court has excluded from its rulings all reference to international humanitarian law and to the Fourth Geneva Convention in particular, which protects civilians living in conflict situations and under occupation. Only Israeli law applies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – military law and orders – and the courts have restricted even that form of law by declaring that in instances of “security,” they defer to the military. As in Rachel’s case, the IDF thus has carte blanche to commit war crimes with impunity, with no fear of accountability or punishment.

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