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Academic freedom at UBC threatened by false allegations of anti-semitism
Feb 12, 2020 at 12:00 AM

https://thetalon.ca/academic-freedom-at-ubc-threatened-by-false-allegations-of-anti-semitism/

In 2018, six members of the UBC community were the subjects of an investigation based on allegations that they had engaged in antisemitic behaviour after they declared their opposition to holding the Geography Department’s year-end party at Hillel UBC. 

Their email comments explaining this opposition became the subject of a six-month investigation that ended with an outside investigator finding there had been no expression of antisemitism. Although the 52-page report was completed in October 2018, UBC officials have refused to publicly acknowledge the fact that the case was dismissed. In addition, they have not released the investigator’s findings.

As members of Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), a grassroots organization that opposes all forms of racism and advocates for justice and peace for all in Israel-Palestine, we provided support to the students who were the subject of the investigation. Because we were participants, we were given redacted copies of the investigator’s report. After careful consideration, we have become convinced that the findings in this investigation are too important to be kept secret.

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Canada celebrates agents of Palestinian misery
Feb 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Canada is celebrating the agents of Palestinian misery.

Last month the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv held an event to celebrate Canadians fighting in the Israeli military. They invited all 78 Canadians in the IDF to the ambassador’s residence to demonstrate their appreciation. Referring to non-Israelis who join the IDF, ambassador Deborah Lyons told the Jerusalem Post, “Canadian lone soldiers are a particularly special group … This is something we want to do on a yearly basis to show our support.” At the event Canada’s ambassador said, “we both share a love of Canada and a love of Israel. We at the embassy are very proud of what you’re doing.”

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The Democratic Party is also devoted to Israel’s apartheid
Feb 02, 2020 at 12:51 PM

Both sides of the aisle are complicit in maintaining U.S. support for Israel’s separate and unequal regime.

In 1995, the U.S. Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which called for Jerusalem to remain an “undivided city,” recognized only Israel’s claim to the holy city, and set aside funds for the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In effect, the act gave Israel’s conquest and military occupation of East Jerusalem an American seal of approval. It made no mention of Israel’s illegal annexation of the city or of the Palestinian presence there.

At the time, both the Senate and the House were controlled by Republicans. But it was not only America’s right-wing party that signed on to the Jerusalem Embassy Act. Most Democrats — 44 in the Senate and 153 in the House of Representatives — voted for the bill. Only one Democrat in the Senate, and 30 in the House, outright opposed the legislation.

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Jonathan Cook wins the 2011 Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism

At the 2011 Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism, awarded at a ceremony in London on 2 June 2011, Jonathan Cook was one of three winners. The other two were Umar Cheema, of the International News of Pakistan, and Charles Clover, of the Financial Times. Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

The judge's citation reads: "Jonathan Cook's work on Palestine and Israel, especially his de-coding of official propaganda and his outstanding analysis of events often obfuscated in the mainstream, has made him one of the reliable truth-tellers in the Middle East."

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