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Jan 08, 2009 at 03:45 PM

Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (www.icahd.org) will be speaking in eight Canadian cities later this month. His tour is being coordinated by Independent Jewish Voices - Canada.

Halper is an Israeli peace activist who founded the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He is an author and organizer and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Halper’s analysis of the Israeli "Matrix of Control" in the West Bank and his conceptualization of the warehousing of Palestinians as "surplus humanity" have contributed significantly to the understanding of the Israeli Occupation. Halper was recently on the first freedom boat into Gaza, attempting to break the on-going Israeli siege of Gaza. 

Halper’s main public appearances are as follows. Unless noted otherwise, listed events have multiple local cosponsors:

Halifax - Tuesday, January 13 - place TBA

Further info: Larry Haiven, Cell: 902 240-2782, larry.haiven@gmail.com

Montreal - Please contact Scott Weinstein, 514 289-9989, scottmontreal@yahoo.ca


Sunday, January 18, 7 - 11 pm "Israel/Palestine: Towards Peace or Apartheid?" Marion Hall Auditorium, University of Ottawa, Main Campus, Monday, January 19, 2:00 pm, "Reframing the   Israel/Palestine Conflict" Room 256 S. of the Senate in Centre Block of Parliament. $10 fee, Monday, January 19, 8 pm "Palestine: From Apartheid to Warehousing" Kailash Mital Theatre (formerly Alumni Theatre), Southam Hall, Carleton University.   

Further info (including additional events): Diana Ralph 613 321-2765, ijv@magma.ca


Wednesday, January 21, 7:30 pm at McMaster University Health Sciences Centre, room 1A1, hosted by McMaster Muslims for Peace and Justice and Mac's Peace Studies Society.

Further info: Harry Shannon, harry.s.shannon@gmail.com or David Cohen, 905 577-1029 david316@sympatico.ca.


Thursday, January 22nd, 1:00 pm, Free at Ryerson University, Student Centre, room A/B 

Thursday, January 22nd, 7:30 pm - $10 / PWYC at The Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave. (off Bathurst, north of Lawrence) 

Friday, January 23, 7:30 pm - $10/PWYC at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W @ Huron

Further info: Gilda Katz, 416-638-7695, gildakatz@sympatico.ca or Sandra Ruch, 416-716-4010, miriamswell@hotmail.com


Saturday, January 24, "Israel/Palestine: Towards Peace or Apartheid" - 7:30 pm at Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre, 2nd Fl., 91 Albert St.

Sunday, January 25, 4:00 pm at Canadian Mennonite U. Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.

Monday, January 26, 12:30 pm at University of Winnipeg, Rm. 1L12, Monday, January 26, 3:00 pm at University of Manitoba, Rm. 137, Isbister Bldg.

Further info: Mark Etkin, 204-955-1929, etkin@cc.umanitoba.ca


Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 pm, The Unitarian Church of Vancouver, corner of Oak Street and 49th Ave W., Vancouver

Friday, January 30, 5:00 pm University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (Main Library) Room 182, Sponsored by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR - UBC)

Friday, January 30, 8:00 pm, Al-Salaam Mosque, 5060; Canada Way, Burnaby.

Further info: Sid Shniad, 604-314-5589, shniad@sfu.ca


Thursday, January 29, hosted by Committee Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) - Victoria

Further info: George McFetridge, geomcfet@gmail.com

ICAHD appeal for donations:

Currently ICAHD is in dire straits financially as the result of the recent non-renewal of a very large core funding grant from the European Union, apparently as a result of pressure from right-wing groups within Israel.

The Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation (NECEF) is once again a national cosponsor of Jeff's tour and has undertaken to issue Canadian tax receipts to individual donors to ICAHD. Those who would like to donate to ICAHD by mail or at Jeff's speaking events may do so (filling out cheques if a tax receipt is required.)

There are three ways individuals can donate directly to ICAHD through NECEF:

1. Write a cheque made out to NECEF, with "ICAHD" in the subject line. In this case 100% of your donation will reach ICAHD. Send the cheque to

   NECEF,   20 Bloor St. E., P.O. Box 75090, Toronto, ON M4W 3T3

2. Monthly donations to ICAHD can be arranged through NECEF. Contact Lemma Ibrahim, NECEF.canada@gmail.com for details.

3. Donations to ICAHD can be made through PayPal or CanadaHelps through the NECEF donations page at http://www.necef.org/index_files/page0003.htm.

Note that PayPal charges 4% and CanadaHelps deducts 3% from the donation. So for donations over $15-$20, mailing a cheque is a better option.

Finally, you can support Jeff's Canadian tour by writing a cheque to Independent Jewish Voices and mail it to Mark Etkin, 485 Raglan Rd. Winnipeg, R3G3E4.

(Cheques written to IJV are not tax receiptable.)

National cosponsors of Jeff's tour as of 20 December 2008 are:

Independent Jewish Voices - Canada, NECEF, Canadian Arab Federation, Canadian Auto Workers, Canadian Friends of Sabeel, Canadian Friends Service Committee, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Science for Peace, United Jewish People's Order


Adala—Canadian Arab Justice Committee, Boycott Israeli Apartheid Committee (BIAC), Canada-Palestine Association (CPA), Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet), Jews for a Just Peace (JJP), Canadian Jewish Outlook Magazine, al-Salaam Mosque—Burnaby, Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights-UBC (SPHR-UBC), Vancouver Quaker Meeting, Voice of Palestine (Co-op Radio).

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