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Feb 20, 2007 at 02:04 PM

canpalnet gathers Canadians of all backgrounds who support the human, democratic, and national rights of the Palestinian people.

canpalnet aims to change the policies and actions of the Canadian government so that these come to support the rights of the Palestinian people.

canpalnet guides itself by United Nations resolutions affirming Palestinians' right of return and calling for an end to the Israeli occupation. CANPALNET similarly guides itself by accumulated international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, which upholds the equal worth and dignity of persons regardless of their ethnic or religious identity, and which affirms democratic rights and opposes apartheid structures.

canpalnet works for the national co-ordination of solidarity work.

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Support CanPalNet PDF Print E-mail
Feb 20, 2007 at 02:07 PM

How does CanPalNet fund its work?

Barely, and from activity to activity. We survive financially the same way we organize: with grass-roots energy and the generosity of the people who participate.

We encourage you to be part of this energy and this generosity.

  • If you receive information from our website that you find useful...
  • If you appreciate the public activities we organize...
  • If you agree with the basic framework that guides our work...
  • Any one or all of the above...

Then become a CanPalNet member
and financial contributor!

CanPalNet has a sliding scale annual membership fee: $25 if you can afford that, otherwise what you can afford. Donations can be made any time ... and more than once. Our book-keeping is transparent and accountable.

Mail checks, payable to Canpalnet to

CanPalNet
123 North Sea Avenue, Burnaby,
British Columbia,
V5B 1K4, Canada

We welcome you to attend our meetings, to participate in discussions and in decisions. If this isn't practical, participate by sending comments and suggestions. Our e-mail address is: support@canpalnet.ca

Just remember that word: "support".

We thank you.   

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Apr 25, 2007 at 01:17 PM
canpalnet_activities list - announcements of events and activities of direct local interest to CanPalNet Vancouver supporters
 
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Voices-Voix: Defending Advocacy and Dissent in Canada PDF Print E-mail
Dec 09, 2012 at 10:45 PM

CanPalNet is a member and supporter of Voices-Voix: Defending Advocacy and Dissent in Canada. Please visit their web site at http://voices-voix.ca or through our Links menu here.

Voices-Voix is a non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizations committed to defending our collective and individual rights to dissent, advocacy and democratic space.

We believe that both citizens and governments have positive roles to play in supporting civil society, and in encouraging respect for our democratic rights and values, including free speech, transparency and equality.

More than 200 organizations are members of the Coalition. To become a member-organization, endorse our Declaration. We invite individuals to visit our section Raise Your Voice.

Who is Naji El-Ali? PDF Print E-mail
Apr 20, 2007 at 09:10 PM

Hanthala watches barbed wire sprout into wheat

Naji Al-Ali was assassinated in 1987. The small child turning his back to us is called Hanthala which means bitterness in Arabic. Below is an article that Naji Al-Ali wrote about how he created Hanthala. “Tanabel” means morons, devoid of any sense.

I had friends with whom I shared my work, protests, and prison days until one day they became “tanabel” running businesses and buying stocks. I was worried about myself from turning to a “tanabel” too and being consumed. In the Gulf I gave birth to this child and offered him to the people. He is committed to the people that will cherish him. I drew him as an ugly child, with hedgehog-like hair because the hedgehog uses its hair as a weapon.

Hanthala is not a fat spoilt comfortable child, he is bare footed like the other bare feet from the refugee camps. He is an icon that protects me from wrong and disarray and despite his looks he has a pure heart with a conscience that smells like musk and unbar and for his sake I am ready to kill anyone who intends to harm him. His hands are clasped behind his back as a sign of rejection during a phase that this region is undergoing with “solutions” offered by the US and “the system”. I made the shape of his hands after the October war when I smelt the scent of developments in Kissinger’s briefcase.

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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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