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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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Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy

Final Statement of the Palestinian Civil Society Conference,
Cyprus, 16–18 October 2007

As part of the effort by the Palestinian civil society organizations to overcome the state of forced Palestinian fragmentation and consolidate the national role of the Palestinian NGOs in all their places of residence, a conference titled "Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy" was held in Agros, Cyprus, between 16 and 18 October 2007 at the initiative of Ittijah-The Union of Arab Community Based Associations. Forty-four participants representing a broad sector of Palestinian civil society networks, coalitions, and associations in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait, in addition to a number of international partner organizations supporting Palestinian rights, attended the conference. The Israeli occupation authorities banned the travel of a delegation representing civil society organizations in Gaza.

The conference discussed a number of issues, notably: The Palestinian situation and Palestinian, regional, and international developments, including the Annapolis conference; the collective Palestinian strategy against the forced fragmentation; the endeavors to rebuild terms of reference and assert the constant Palestinian principles; the strategy of collective Palestinian advocacy; Palestinian media strategies; and local and international coordination on the Palestinian question.

The participants in the conference set bases that would help strengthen the overall Palestinian struggle for liberation in all its contexts: the occupation, the displacement and uprooting, and the assault on Palestinian existence in the 1948 areas.

A draft of a collective organizational structure and an action plan were also devised, and a follow-up committee to implement this plan and lead the agreed process was set up.

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