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Roger Waters Adds Voice to #RaptorsDontGo
Jun 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Michael Bennett, when he turned down Brand Israel sports washing, quoted 1968 Olympian John Carlos saying “There is no partial commitment to justice, you are either in or you are out.” Michael Bennettt said I am in.

Roger Waters asks the Toronto Raptors players to join the commitment to justice, and say no to going to their co-owners offer of a Brand Israel trip.

Roger Water speaks to Toronto Raptor fans and all people concerned about justice to join him in the call to the Raptors players to say no to sports-washing and say no to the proposed brand Israel trip offer by Raptor co-owner Larry Tanenbaum.

Join with Roger and let the Raptors know you are on the side of justice. Sign the petition.

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Concentration camps – at the US border and in Gaza
Jun 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Since last week, a media storm has been taking place over Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez use of the term “concentration camps” to refer to the detention camps for immigrant families on the country’s southern border.

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Gaza has become unlivable. One needs to soak in these terms and repeat them to oneself. Nearly two million people are living in an unlivable concentration camp. They have been herded there already in 1948 (over 70% of Gaza’s residents are refugees), and they are repeatedly targeted for protesting their incarceration – even when they protest it with absolutely no arms, they get shot with lethal ammunition.

We need this language, we need these comparisons to wake us. While some may be offended by the language, the reality it addresses is often far beyond the imagination.

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Human Rights Watch: Israel and Palestine - events of 2018
Jul 02, 2019 at 05:39 PM

The Israeli government continued to enforce severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’ human rights; restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip; and facilitate the unlawful transfer of Israeli citizens to settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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Twitter storm: #RaptorsDontGo
Jun 21, 2019 at 01:48 PM

Get the word out.  

Join an initial twitter storm (a rain before the storm perhaps);

the Momentum is building!

 @Raptors #SkipTheTrip to Israel

 on Saturday, June 22, 

Starting at 13:00 ET, 20:00 Palestine, 10:00 PT.  

Join us for 1-2 hours

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#SayNO @Raptors to #Tanenbaum #Sportwashing offer of #Israeli visit
Jun 19, 2019 at 04:41 PM

The Canadian BDS Coalition calls on each of the Raptors Players to say NO to this offer by Tanenbaum. Say NO to being used as an ambassador to sports-wash an aggressive ongoing colonization complete with apartheid, genocide and war crimes.

Check out the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/toronto-raptors-sayno-raptors-to-tanenbaum-sportwashing-offer-of-israeli-visit

The BCCLA opposes the international campaign to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism
Jun 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM

The BCCLA is concerned about an international campaign that is urging governments to use the definition of “antisemitism” adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (“IHRA”).  The campaign is targeting all levels of government in Canada, as well as universities, police, and other authorities.

We strongly oppose this proposal because of its threat to freedom of expression.

Antisemitism is a serious problem.  Our association is unequivocally opposed to antisemitism and other forms of racism. We believe, however, that fighting racism and defending civil liberties are complementary objectives; that the best way to defeat racism is to promote arguments against it rather than to have the government silence people.

We have long had concerns about the use of hate speech laws, especially with respect to their capacity to chill legitimate political speech. We believe that the legal adoption of the IHRA definition in Canada is inconsistent with the values underlying the Charter of Rights and Freedom and would greatly narrow the scope of political expression in Canada.

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Antisemitism and the Crisis of Liberalism
May 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Contemporary antisemitism must be confronted. Yet liberals who insist on equating leftists like Jeremy Corbyn with the open antisemitism of right-wing figures like Donald Trump are not only blatantly dishonest, but prevent us from fighting anti-Jewish bigotry

Review of Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Schocken, 2019).

These are strange times to be Jewish in the US. We have a president attacking progressive representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib with false claims of antisemitism. Only a short time before, the same president ran the first openly antisemitic presidential campaign in living memory.

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Canada’s updated trade agreement with Israel violates international law
May 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Beyond Israel’s internationally recognized border is the Palestinian territory — the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza strip — which it has occupied since the 1967 war.

While Israel rejects that it’s the occupying power, there is a virtual wall-to-wall consensus among the international community — including the United Nations, the European Union, the International Court of Justice, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Canada — that the laws of occupation, including the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, apply in full to the Palestinian territory.

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Israeli troops detained a 9-year-old Palestinian at school. It's 'becoming normal', locals say
Jun 19, 2019 at 04:54 PM

(CNN)  The day before we met, human rights campaigner Aref Jaber recorded the arrest of a 9-year-old Palestinian boy, taken out of school in the West Bank city of Hebron by armed Israeli soldiers.

His footage shows soldiers inside Ziad Jaber elementary school, arguing with the school principal and other teachers, as they attempt to remove Zein Idris and his 7-year-old brother Taim.

At one point on the video, one of the teachers is told that if he does not let go of Zein, the soldier will break the teacher's arm.

A Statement to the Press from the Free Gaza Movement
Forty-six international human rights workers are now sailing to Gaza through international waters with one overriding goal: to break the Israeli siege that Israel has imposed on the civilian population of Gaza.  Any action designed to harm civilians constitutes collective punishment (in the Palestinians’ case, for voting the “wrong” way) and is both illegal under international law and profoundly immoral.  Our mission is to expose the illegality of Israel’s actions, and to break through the siege in order to express our solidarity with the suffering people of Gaza (and of the occupied Palestinian territory as a whole) and to create a free and regular channel between Gaza and the outside world.
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