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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.'

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* Colonialism and the Palestine/Israel conflict * PDF Print E-mail
May 10, 2014 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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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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Facts and Figures about the Current Darkness in the Gaza Strip

January 23rd 2008

Report from the Palestinian Hydrology Group
  1. Gaza Strip today is facing a very harsh siege which is expected to have severely negative humanitarian impact.
  2. The distribution of drinking water and the collection and treatment of wastewater completely rely on electricity and fuel in Gaza Strip.
  3. For several months now Israel has imposed a cruel siege on the Strip preventing people and goods from free movement. This has immobilized the importing of spare parts, pumps, pipes and other necessary accessories for the water and sanitation providing facilities.
  4. According to different sources the water and sanitation services are expected to be completely paralyzed within a matter of hours due to the lack of fuel reserves.
  5. About 133 water wells are being used for domestic purposes in addition to 33 sewage pump stations and three treatment plants; 10 of these groundwater wells function using fuel while the rest rely on electricity. Diesel powered generators are normally used as backup for the whole system but only for a limited time.
    The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility needs at least 100,000 liters of diesel per month to operate the water system. An additional 100,000 liters of diesel per month are needed for the sewage system to prevent wastewater from flooding the streets and residential areas.
  6. Reducing electricity and fuel supplies are potential causes to trigger an environmental crisis especially in the wastewater pump stations and treatment plants. If wastewater is not treated it will have to be pumped directly to the sea. This will for sure have a direct and negative impact on the groundwater aquifer and marine life.
    During winter time sewage pumps need to operate about 24 hours per day due to rainfall. Therefore, interruptions in fuel and electricity supply would be particularly significant.
  7. The sewage treatment plant in Beit Lahiya is also vulnerable to interruptions in electricity supplies. The treatment lagoons must be pumped regularly, or else the 10,000 people living in the area are in danger.  Six months ago, one of the lagoons over flooded and caused the death of five persons. Proper maintenance could have prevented the disaster.
  8. The water supply in Gaza City, with a total of 600,000 residents, in addition to a major part of the central portion of the Strip is expected to be completely cut-off as a result of ceasing the pumping from the municipal groundwater wells. The City also faces the threat of overflowing wastewater since the pumps (especially Al Samer and Aqoola stations) are expected to stop operating within the next 24 hours.
  9. If the current situation should persist the solid wastes generated in the Strip will accumulate in piles on the streets endangering the health of the locals.

The WaSH Monitoring Program calls on the International Community to push Israel to immediately cease all military operations, reopen the borders to allow the movement of people and goods and provide fuel supply and humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza.

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