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The CPCCA: a threat to free speech in Canada
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Jul 28, 2011 at 05:00 AM

An MP inquiry into anti-Semitism vowed to be open and independent. Its shadowy funding says otherwise.

When a group of Conservative, Liberal and NDP MPs formed the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism in 2009, they decided to work outside of the normal structures of Parliament and raise their own money to hold a conference and conduct an inquiry. But transparency would be crucial, they said, pledging on their website to “voluntarily disclose all sources of funding” and remain independent of the Conservative government, advocacy groups and “Jewish community organizations.” By the time they released their report this month, however—warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Canada—that vow of full disclosure seemed to be forgotten, and the coalition appeared closely tied to the government.

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The CPCCA: a threat to free speech in Canada PDF Print E-mail
Apr 07, 2010 at 05:32 PM
Seriously Free Speech Committee

Are you aware that a serious threat to free speech is unfolding in Ottawa despite the free speech guarantees in Article 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? This could set a dangerous precedent for other important issues.

Did you know a self-selected committee of Canadian parliamentarians has been quietly holding meetings that could lead to the criminalization of certain political expression in this country? This committee calls itself the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA).

The CPCCA website (www.cpcca.ca), without providing evidence, states that “The extent and severity of antisemitism is widely regarded as at its worst level since the end of the Second World War.” However, it is clear that this committee’s primary interest is not antisemitism as it is traditionally understood, i.e., discrimination against or denial of the right of Jews to live as equal members of society. Instead, the Coalition’s focus is on something it calls “the new antisemitism,” which is defined as improper or excessive criticism of the State of Israel.

The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism: What it means for Canadians PDF Print E-mail
Jan 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Joanne Naiman

Talk given on January 30, 2010, at “One Year Later…Gaza Remembered”, Vancouver Public Library

We are here tonight primarily to hear about the effects of an illegal occupation and war on the people of Gaza, and to express our solidarity with the Palestinian people. In the anti-apartheid movement, a popular slogan was the old Wobbly saying “An injury to one is an injury to all.” What I hope to show you tonight is that, indeed, the “injuries” affecting people half way around the world are about to have serious consequences for us all. 

Specifically, I’m going to talk about the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism[1] (CPCCA), which has been meeting in Ottawa since last fall, and is now meeting through February. “What Coalition?” you may be asking yourselves. Exactly—this entity has been almost totally out of the public eye since its inception. While many Canadians have expressed dismay about the recent prorogation of Parliament, few are aware of a committee whose main aim is, to quote one critic, “an attempt to curtail freedom of speech and academic freedom across Canada, and to possibly criminalize certain kinds of human rights discourse.”[2]

A Witch Hunt Worthy of the Name PDF Print E-mail
Dec 07, 2009 at 03:12 AM

Mordecai Briemberg

You know the expression – “a rose by any other name is still a rose”. And a witch-hunt by any other name still is a witch-hunt. The C-P-C-C-A is that other name, but a name does not change the reality. And the C-P-C-C-A is a witch-hunt.

As an acronym C-P-C-C-A is a mouthful, and an even bigger mouthful when written in full: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-semitism.

Is CPCCA a parliamentary committee? Not at all, though they have chosen a name that might make people believe they are. But there was no decision in parliament to form this committee, not even discussion of such a possibility.

CPCCA is a committee of members of parliament who simply have self-selected to act as a lobby group, holding hearings on the premises of parliament, however, bringing people in agreement with their purposes to Ottawa from across Canada, Europe and Israel. Members of this “coalition” come from all four parties inthe House of Commons: Conservative, Liberal, NDP, and Bloc. Can you recall such an all-party “coalition” ever being formed before?
CPCCA: Alert! Radio from Canadian Dimension PDF Print E-mail
Dec 03, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Show Notes:

Alert! Radio #137 - Marc Lee in Seattle Ten years Ago--and Copenhagen. Peter Kulchyski at the Vancouver Gathering of Defenders of the Land. Mordecai Briemberg on the campaign linking  anti-semitism with criticism of Israel.

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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