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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".

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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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In Rachel Corrie verdict, Israel deals new blow to international law
The verdict on the 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie absolved Israel of any wrongdoing, essentially blaming the victim for her death. The trial revealed Israel’s approach to the most fundamental principles of international law, and especially to the duty to protect non-combatants.

By Jeff Halper

For those who hoped for a just verdict on the death of Rachel Corrie, the American student and ISM activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as she was defending a Palestinian home about to be demolished, this is a sad day. Not surprising, but still sad and bitter. The judge who decided the case, Oded Gershon, absolved the army of all blame, despite massive and internally contradictory testimony to the contrary. Moreover, he essentially blamed Rachel for her own death, commenting that a “normal person” would have run away from the bulldozer rather than confront it.

Palestinians and Israel human rights activists have learned that justice cannot be obtained through the Israeli judicial system. The Haifa District Court, in which the trial was held, could not have ruled other than how the state wanted. For the past 45 years of Israeli occupation, the Supreme Court has excluded from its rulings all reference to international humanitarian law and to the Fourth Geneva Convention in particular, which protects civilians living in conflict situations and under occupation. Only Israeli law applies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – military law and orders – and the courts have restricted even that form of law by declaring that in instances of “security,” they defer to the military. As in Rachel’s case, the IDF thus has carte blanche to commit war crimes with impunity, with no fear of accountability or punishment.

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