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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





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



  • 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.
Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians slams Canadian Jewish Congress exclusion

PRESS  RELEASE          For immediate Release            2007-07-03
The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians responded today, to the decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to deny membership to the progressive Jewish group. The CJC issued a letter which gave no reason for its decision.

“The decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to exclude the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians illustrates the sectarian orientation of the forces controlling that organization,” declared ACJC Administrative Secretary Abraham Weizfeld. “The rejection of our application to become a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the refusal seat our delegates at the CJC Plenary on June 17th amounts to a refusal to acknowledge growing Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation and siege of the Palestinian territories.”

“CJC’s refusal to include all tendencies in the Jewish community should be seen as a futile attempt to marginalize growing Jewish opposition to Israel’s behaviour and to the exclusive character of the Israel State,” Weizfeld continued.

 He contended that this refusal also motivated the decision by the June 17 plenary of the Canadian Jewish Congress to annul the process of conducting elections to the Board of Directors. As a result of this decision, the Board will now have 25% of its seats reserved for the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy which controls the CJC funding agency, the United Jewish Appeal. Weizfeld explained that these organizations provide unquestioning support to Israel, regardless of what it does.

The resulting vote on a resolution to amend the CJC constitution with regard to election of officers may not have passed if the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians’ delegates had been included.

“We do not share in the uncritical support for Israel,” Weizfeld stated. “It is our position that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, which began in 1967, must end immediately. This is the view that the ACJC wanted to bring to the Canadian Jewish Congress and that the CJC leadership was determined to ignore.” The refusal to hear our independent voice is proof that the CJC is not a body representative of diverse currents in Canada's Jewish population.

“It is essential that Israel and the Palestinians – including the duly elected Prime Minister Haniyeh – begin negotiations to conclude a lasting peace without prior conditions from either side. Only this approach can put an end to this ongoing tragedy for both the Palestinian and Israeli communities,” he concluded.

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Alliance de Canadien/nes juif/ves concerné/es
68, av. Duluth est
Montréal QC H2W 1G8 Canada
(514) 284-6642


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