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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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  • Olmert's leaked testimony contradicts earlier remarks 
  • Criticism from inquiry may force resignation

Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

Preparations for Israel's war in Lebanon last summer were drawn up at least four months before two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in July, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has admitted.

His submission to a commission of inquiry, leaked yesterday, contradicted the impression at the time that Israel was provoked into a battle for which it was ill-prepared. Mr Olmert told the Winograd commission, a panel of judges charged with investigating Israel's perceived defeat in the 34-day war, that he first discussed the possibility of war in January and asked to see military plans in March.

According to the Ha'aretz daily, which obtained details of Mr Olmert's testimony, the prime minister chose a plan featuring air attacks on Lebanon and a limited ground operation that would be implemented following a Hizbullah abduction. Hizbullah had made several attempts to capture Israeli soldiers on the border since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Israeli commentators believed that Mr Olmert and Amir Peretz, the defence minister, took the opportunity of the kidnapping to show they could manage a war in spite of their limited military experience. But the outcome of the war seemed to highlight their lack of experience and also deficiencies in Israel's military planning.

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