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Feb 01, 2021 at 08:15 PM IJV Stands with Hassan Diab: No Evidence, No New Trial 181
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Jan 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM Federal judge faces possible removal over accusations he interfered in U of T hiring 89
Jun 16, 2020 at 04:46 PM Ontario NDP leader threatens MPP Joel Harden for supporting Palestinian rights 512
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Jun 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM Why we oppose Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council 507
Mar 19, 2020 at 12:00 AM Two-faced baloney: Israel-Palestine and the rule of law in Ottawa 418
Feb 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM Canada celebrates agents of Palestinian misery 737
Jan 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM Canada lukewarm to Trump’s Middle East ‘peace plan’ 545
Jul 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM Independent Jewish Voices Canada slams continued Government inaction on racist charity 880
Sep 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM Dimitri Lascaris is not an Antisemite 1337
Sep 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM Vancouver Activists Demand an End to Complicity in Israeli War Crimes 1219
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May 16, 2018 at 04:14 PM NDP Condemns Killings in Gaza 1023
May 16, 2018 at 04:12 PM CJPME Condemns Israeli Shooting of Canadian Doctor, Slaughter of Gaza Protesters 1057
May 16, 2018 at 03:52 PM IJV Canada Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba 1041
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Apr 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM Call me radical, but journalists should be able to pledge support for Palestinian journalists 1131
Apr 08, 2018 at 12:00 AM Crisis in Canadian Journalists for Free Expression due to Gaza statement 1270
Mar 07, 2018 at 12:00 AM Overcoming NDP's shameful anti-Palestinian history 1234
Mar 05, 2018 at 03:58 PM CBC's Michael Enright is mistaken about how to approach anti-Semitism 1437
Feb 20, 2018 at 05:15 PM To the NDP Establishment and its organizing committee 1230
Feb 17, 2018 at 01:10 PM Unprecedented Support For Palestinian Cause At NDP Convention Blocked By Party Establishment 1248
Feb 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM Palestine resolution narrowly stopped from hitting NDP convention floor 1143
Feb 09, 2018 at 12:00 AM NDP set to debate new resolution on Palestine 1107
Jan 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM NDP to debate BDS motion at its national convention in Ottawa 1537
Dec 07, 2017 at 12:00 AM Canada reluctantly joins international consensus on Jerusalem 1316
May 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM It's Time For Our Prime Minister To Commemorate Nakba Day 1738
Feb 28, 2017 at 05:10 PM Quick Summary Of Canadian Views On Israel/Palestine 1559
Feb 28, 2017 at 05:08 PM The strange tale of Canada’s Israeli lobby 1666
Sep 17, 2016 at 06:57 PM Why I was fired by Elizabeth May 2284
Sep 17, 2016 at 06:53 PM Elizabeth May fired critics after pressure from B.C. Greens 1882
Sep 17, 2016 at 06:45 PM BDS Demands Are As Canadian As Maple Syrup 2126
Sep 15, 2016 at 07:52 PM 3 Canadians to Join "Women's Boat To Gaza" 1957
Sep 15, 2016 at 06:30 PM Canada's Silence On Illegal Israeli Settlements Is Acquiescence 2199
Sep 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM Why We Greens Still Push for Anti-Occupation Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions 2055
Mar 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM Opinion | The BDS motion and Canada's relationship with Israel 2486
Mar 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM Anti-Zionist group protests lectures by far-right UK politician 2418
Feb 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM Parliament votes to reject Israel boycott campaign 2432
Feb 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM McGill undergraduates vote to support BDS movement 2183
Feb 02, 2016 at 12:00 AM 1800 University of Waterloo students call to sever ties with Israeli universities 2060
Feb 01, 2016 at 12:00 AM Liberals dodge NDP question on UNRWA 2619
Jan 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM Standing with Israel through fire and water and sunny ways 2316
Jan 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM Advocating censorship of mural ‘chilling’ - Toronto Star letters 2321
Jan 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM How York University should respond to a Zionist donor’s blackmail 2507
Jan 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM Paul Bronfman ‘outraged’ over pro-Palestinian mural at York University 2414
Jan 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM The new Trudeau doctrine on Israel / Palestine 1966
Jan 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM Canada calls for "restraint" in Israel and West Bank 2194
Jan 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM U of T Divest event disrupted by Jewish Defense League 2126
Jan 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM Canadian Student Shot by Israeli Sniper in the West Bank 2005
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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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