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* Colonialism and the Palestine/Israel conflict * PDF Print E-mail
Mar 26, 2017 at 06:37 PM
The Palestine/Israel conflict is often presented as complex, long-standing (“they have been fighting for thousands of years,”) difficult to understand, and even unsolvable.

 

Yet for Palestinians and many other people, the issue could not be simpler or clearer: In the 1880s, a group of Europeans began to settle in and colonize Palestine, and with the help of the British and later the Americans, they began a long process of dispossessing the local indigenous population. In the 1880s, indigenous Arabs controlled 100% of Palestine. In 2014, Israel, the state set up by the European colonizers, controls 100% of this land.

 

This is not a question of competing religions but of land appropriation.

 

See Maps of Disappearing Palestine which appeared in Vancouver Transit ads:
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Does Israel Have The Right To Defend Itself? PDF Print E-mail
Jul 16, 2014 at 06:58 PM

Big Ottawa demonstration against Israeli bombing of Gaza

Big Ottawa demonstration against Israeli bombing of Gaza

Over 1000 people, carrying Canadian and Palestinian flags, demonstrated in Ottawa on July 12 against Israel's bombing of Gaza. After hearing speeches at the Canadian Human Rights Monument, (see below) the crowd marched onto Parliament Hill. It is the same monument where Nelson Mandela spoke when he visited Canada. The monument reads 'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.'

Read full article: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=17eaae75f7dfe1659c149b0ef&id=57e8b55aa2

THE SEPTEMBER VOTE ON THE ADMISSION OF PALESTINE TO THE UNITED NATIONS PDF Print E-mail
Jul 20, 2011 at 01:10 PM

1.    Strategy:

On May 17th, 2011, Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority wrote in the New York Times advising that “this September (2011), at the United Nations General Assembly, we will request international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 Border and that our State be admitted as a full member of the United Nations”.

Thus Abbas proposes a two point strategy:

  1. Request recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders.
  2. The State to be admitted as a full time member of the United Nations.

Will this strategy hurt or help the Palestinians in their struggle for equality and basic human rights and what exactly does it all mean?

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THE HAMAS-FATAH ACCORD PDF Print E-mail
Jun 02, 2011 at 12:58 AM

The Canada Palestine Support Network (Canpalnet) is offering the following information "bundle" for your consideration on the important topic of the recent accord reached between the Hamas and Fatah political organizations in Palestine and the international response generated by this development.

I.  The Accord Itself
II.  Commentaries and analysis of the accord.
III.  The Context - The democratic revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere and the changes in Egyptian foreign policy
IV.  Reaction in Israel and the U.S.


I.  Firstly, here is a link to a copy of the agreement itself, as presented by the Palestine Monitor website: II.  Below are some commentaries on the accord which try to analyze it's significance for developments in the struggle.
  • How did it come about that the two rival organizations were able to reach a cooperation pact at this time?
  • What effect will it have on the struggle for Palestinian rights and what will be the response from Israel and the US?
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THE GOLDSTONE REPORT PDF Print E-mail
Apr 22, 2011 at 03:24 PM

Canada Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet) offers the following guide on this issue.

On April 1, 2011, an opinion piece by Richard Goldstone was printed in The Washington Post.

Reconsidering the Goldstone report on Israel and war crimes
Richard Goldstone, The Washington Post, 1 April 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/reconsidering-the-goldstone-report-on-israel-and-war-crimes/2011/04/01/AFg111JC_story.html

In essence: “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.”

There are many thoughtful commentaries on Richard Goldstone’s “reconsideration,” and many reach the same conclusion: “That this mea culpa has nothing to do with new facts is clear when one examines the "evidence" brought by Goldstone to explain his retraction.”

Goldstone's shameful U-turn
Ilan Pappe, The Electronic Intifada, 4 April 2011

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11895.shtml

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Independent Jewish Voices Condemns Israel's Gaza Massacre

December 28, 2008

The Israeli military has unleashed its most vicious air assault against the people of Gaza in decades, killing over 280 Gazans and wounding over 700. Despite claims by the Israeli leadership that they are trying to avoid civilians the attacks have been concentrated on Gaza City and the towns of Khan Younis and Rafah. Israeli television reports that Israeli troops are massing on the border "in preparation for a supplementary ground offensive".

Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) condemns this murderous escalation of violence by the Israeli government. Diana Ralph, IJV Coordinator calls this assault "completely disproportionate to the unsupportable firing of Qassam rockets by Hamas fighters which killed one Israeli. It's important to put this into the context of the deadly siege of Gaza by the Israeli forces, which continued in violation of the terms of the recent six month truce between Israel and Gaza. In the ethics of violent conflicts, it is the responsibility of the force wielding power - the Israeli government in this case - to create the conditions for a just peace."

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