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Panel Discussion: The Palestinian Refugee Crisis
Jan 22, 2021 at 09:00 PM
January 25, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm (EST)
 
The Palestinian refugee situation, which emerged from events surrounding the State of Israel’s birth over seventy years ago, remains one of the largest and most protracted refugee crises of the post-Second World War era. The Global Migration Lab (GML) Student Research Initiative will hold a panel discussion featuring authors Francesca Albanese and Dr. Lex Takkenberg to mark the publication of the second edition of their book, Palestinian Refugees in International Law.
The discussion will address some background of the crisis and the status of the refugees today, the role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the nature of Western governments’ involvement, and finally, potential durable solutions to the crisis.
 
This is the link to the event registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WUTjHQmHSIid9jjn2qv_0Q
 
Co-hosted by Global Migration Lab, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
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Israel discriminates against Palestinians by not providing accurate COVID-19 info in Arabic
Jan 12, 2021 at 12:00 AM

Despite having one of the most successful vaccine roll outs in the world, rights groups have accused Israel of discriminating against its Palestinian communities by failing to provide accurate information regarding COVID-19 and the vaccine in Arabic.

As countries around the world continue to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19, the coronavirus continues to rage in Palestine, where the prospect of getting vaccinated still remains a mere fantasy for many. 

Palestinian officials continue to enforce partial lockdowns across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, where hundreds of new cases of the virus are reported every single day. 

Since the pandemic began, health officials in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) have recorded over 167,000 cases of the virus, and 1,784 deaths. 

Of the total recorded cases, the number of active cases in the oPt stands just under 17,000. In the past 24 hours, health officials recorded close to 800 new cases of the virus and 16 deaths.

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Jews Against Zionism: From Bund to Satmar to Now
Jan 12, 2021 at 02:26 PM

Challenging the IHRA re-definition of antisemitism that anti-Zionism is antisemitism.

Free Webinar presentation on Zoom

Thursday January 14, 2021 3PM EST PM online

Moderated by Fabienne Presentey, IJV-Montreal
Présentation en anglais, questions-réponses en français et en anglais
Presentation in English, Q&A in French and English
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A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid
Jan 12, 2021 at 01:06 PM

More than 14 million people, roughly half of them Jews and the other half Palestinians, live between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea under a single rule. The common perception in public, political, legal and media discourse is that two separate regimes operate side by side in this area, separated by the Green Line. One regime, inside the borders of the sovereign State of Israel, is a permanent democracy with a population of about nine million, all Israeli citizens. The other regime, in the territories Israel took over in 1967, whose final status is supposed to be determined in future negotiations, is a temporary military occupation imposed on some five million Palestinian subjects.

Over time, the distinction between the two regimes has grown divorced from reality. This state of affairs has existed for more than 50 years – twice as long as the State of Israel existed without it. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers now reside in permanent settlements east of the Green Line, living as though they were west of it. East Jerusalem has been officially annexed to Israel’s sovereign territory, and the West Bank has been annexed in practice. Most importantly, the distinction obfuscates the fact that the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River is organized under a single principle: advancing and cementing the supremacy of one group – Jews – over another – Palestinians. All this leads to the conclusion that these are not two parallel regimes that simply happen to uphold the same principle. There is one regime governing the entire area and the people living in it, based on a single organizing principle.

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Israel rebuffs WHO vaccine request for Palestinian medics, amid outcry over disparity
Jan 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM

Citing shortages, Israel declines informal plea to make jabs available for Palestinian frontline workers to avert health disaster during the month-long wait for vaccines

Israel has refused an informal request from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to immediately make Covid-19 vaccines available to Palestinian medical workers to avert a health disaster, citing shortages of the jabs for their own citizens.

The refusal comes amid growing criticism from rights groups of the massive discrepancy between the vaccine rollout in Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza, given Israel’s legal obligations as an occupying power. The Israeli government has said it is not aware of any request either formal or informal about the subject.

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Federal judge faces possible removal over accusations he interfered in U of T hiring
Jan 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM

The Canadian Judicial Council has ordered a panel to review complaints that a federal tax court judge pressured the University of Toronto’s law school not to hire a prominent academic as director of the International Human Rights Program.

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Canadian Judicial Council constitutes Review Panel in the matter involving the Honourable D.E. Spiro
Jan 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM

The Canadian Judicial Council announced today the referral of a matter involving the Honourable Justice D.E. Spiro to a Review Panel.  Under Council’s By-laws, a Judicial Conduct Review Panel may be established when it is determined that a complaint might be serious enough to warrant the removal of the judge. 

In this instance, the Honourable Associate Chief Justice Kenneth G Nielsen, Vice-Chair of the Judicial Conduct Committee has decided to constitute a Review Panel in respect of complaints filed relating to the judge’s alleged interference in the appointment of a Director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto.

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Defending Apartheid
Jan 09, 2021 at 12:00 AM

In 2017 the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) issued a report on the conditions of Palestinians under Israeli rule. The report covered the situations of both Palestinian citizens of Israel and the subject population in the Occupied Territories. The report concluded “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.”

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CBC still reviewing why it deleted the word ‘Palestine’
Jan 08, 2021 at 12:00 AM

The CBC’s censorship of the word "Palestine" had the unintended result of shining a spotlight on this decades-old erasure of Palestinian national identity in both the Canadian media and government.

Last summer’s fiasco at Canada’s national broadcaster, when the CBC censured the word “Palestine,” has brought continued focus to the debate over bias in North American media. According to the Ombudsman’s website, he is still working on cases from July, 2020. When a decision is made, the results will be made public.

Some brief background: On August 18, 2020 Duncan McCue, the host of the CBC show “The Current,” used the word “Palestine” in an interview with cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco. Later that day the word was cut from the online transcript of the show and the following day on August 19 McCue issued an onair apology for using “Palestine” instead of “Palestinian territories.” The journalist had originally said “In so much of your work, context is key — whether it’s Palestine, or whether it’s Bosnia. In this book when you’re asking the Dene about their history…” In the revised transcript the CBC published deleted the clause about Palestine, posting: “In so much of your work, context is key. In this book when you’re asking the Dene about their history…” In his apology, McCue told listeners, “Yesterday, in my interview with Joe Sacco, I referred to the Palestinian territories as Palestine. We apologize.”

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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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