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Oct 20, 2016 at 03:35 PM

A Town Hall Discussion About Illegal Occupation-In Palestine and Unceded Indigenous Lands

St James Community Hall , 3214 W.10th, Vancouver 

Oct 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Free admission

 

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A Vancouver Town Hall on the Green Party of Canada’s Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Policy 

 

WHO:

  • Lisa Barrett, former Green Party of Canada International Affairs critic and candidate for Vancouver Center;
  • Dimitri Lascaris, former Green Party of Canada Justice Critic and candidate for London West;
  • Sid Shniad, National Steering Committee, Independent Jewish Voices;
  • Audrey Siegl, Musqueam First Natio artist and activist. 2014 candidate for Vancouver City Council

WHAT: A town hall on the Green Party of Canada’s recently adopted policy expressing support for the use of boycott, divestment and sanctions in order to bring an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. 

WHEN: Friday, October 21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, PDT 

 

WHERE: St James Community Hall 3214 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, B.C. 

 

WHY: This adoption of this resolution led to Green Party leader Elizabeth May threatening to resign the leadership. The defence of the policy by Ms. Barrett and Mr. Lascaris ultimately led to their removal from the Green Party shadow cabinet by Ms. May. The BDS policy will now be a central focus of the Green Party’s upcoming special general meeting in Calgary in early December, where the party will revisit the resolution and determine next steps. It will be helpful for Green Party members and the public at large to understand the pros and cons of the resolution. This town hall is intended to generate a constructive discussion about the BDS policy. All points of view are welcome.
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Vancouver panel says: "Enough!"
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

It is the conviction of Canpalnet that there are many and varied pathways that can and do bring Canadians to a simple conclusion; namely, that Israel's occupation must be ended, for elementary justice, and to salvage the humanity of all.

To illustrate this, a diverse and distinguished panel of speakers assembled in Vancouver at a press conference on June 6th to express their opposition to Israel’s 40 year occupation of Palestinian lands, and to call for the government of Canada to take action against that occupation and in support of human rights and international law. The conference took place in the Bank of Nova Scotia Room at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver.

Dr. Naseer Aruri, noted Palestinian intellectual and prolific author, was a special guest. Born in Jerusalem, now Emeritus Chancellor Professor at the University of Massachussetts, he has been a member of the international board of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (USA), and Palestinian human rights groups. His most recent work is Dishonest Broker: The U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine.

A statement of support was sent by the all-party parliamentary group in Ottawa, the Canada Palestine Parliamentary Association.

That message and the statements of the panelists (listed below) are posted on this site.  

  • Svend Robinson, long time member of Parliament.
  • Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.
  • Murray Dobbin, journalist, broadcaster, and author of books on Canadian politics.
  • David Diamond, founder and artistic director of Headlines Theatre and recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Harmony Award.
  • Lee Lakeman, organizer of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and a representative for the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers.
  • Carl Rosenberg, editor of Canadian Jewish Outlook Magazine.
  • Terry Greenberg, recently retired member of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Reverend Brenda Faust, Minister of Port Coquitlam Trinity United Church.
  • Henry Krause, pastor of Langley Mennonite Fellowship.
  • Cynthia Flood, prize-winning Canadian short-story writer.
  • Dr. Ivar Ekeland, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics at UBC and former President of the University of Paris-9.
  • Ken Davidson, head of the International Solidarity Committee of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).
  • Thekla Lit, founder and president of BC ALPHA (Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War 2 in Asia).

To see podcast of press conference:

40 Years of Occupation(Part 1) Press Conf. WM video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

40 Years of Occupation(Part 2) Press Conf. video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

 

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