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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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    Rachel Corrie verdict exposes Israeli military mindset
    Corrie's parents have not received justice, but their quest reveals the lie of the IDF's claim to be the world's 'most moral army'
    Rachel Corrie's family – father Craig, mother Cindy and sister Sarah Corrie Simpson – at the Haifa district court where a judge ruled that Israel did not intentionally kill the pro-Palestinian activist in 2003. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA

    Reporters covering Israel are routinely confronted with the question: why not call Hamas a terrorist organisation? It's a fair point. How else to describe blowing up families on buses but terrorism?

    But the difficulty lies in what then to call the Israeli army when it, too, at particular times and places, has used indiscriminate killing and terror as a means of breaking Palestinian civilians. One of those places was Rafah, in the southern tip of the Gaza strip, where Rachel Corrie was crushed by a military bulldozer nine years ago as she tried to stop the Israeli army going about its routine destruction of Palestinian homes.

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