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Bloody Money: Economics of the Occupation
Mar 12, 2018 at 05:30 PM

Tuesday, March 20, 5-7pm
UBC Global Lounge, 2205 Lower Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 
Hosted by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights - UBC
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/444271166002289

Join SPHR on Tuesday March 20th to learn who profits from the Israeli occupation, racist walls and checkpoints, settlements and prisons. Explore what BDS is, and learn how has it been used to take on the profiteers from state violence and repression. Learn about Dalit's support for boycotts within the Israeli movement, as well as some of the successes and challenges to taking on big corporations. 

Who is Dalit Baum? 

Dalit Baum, PhD, is an Israeli feminist teacher, BDS activist and corporate researcher. She is the the co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel, and she has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democracy movement, including Black Laundry, Boycott from Within, Zochrot, Anarchists against the Wall and Women in Black. She currently serves as the director of the ASFC Economic Activism Program. 


This event is being hosted on the unceded lands of the S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish), X?m?θk??y??m (Musqueam), and S?l?ilw?ta?? (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. 

Overcoming NDP's shameful anti-Palestinian history
Mar 07, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The NDP leadership’s naked suppression of debate on the “Palestine Resolution ” is rooted in a long pro-Israeli nationalism history.

At last month’s convention the party machine blocked any debate of the Palestine Resolution, which mostly restated official Canadian policy, except that it called for “banning settlement products from Canadian markets, and using other forms of diplomatic and economic pressure to end the occupation.”

As I detailed previously, the Palestine Resolution was confusingly renamed, deprioritized and then blocked from being debated on the convention floor. The suppression of a resolution unanimously endorsed by the NDP youth convention, many outside groups and over 25 riding associations was the latest in a long line of leadership anti-Palestinian actions.

However, the first leader of Canada’s original social democratic party actually took a sensible humanist position, criticizing the colonialist/nationalist movement’s impact on the indigenous population. In 1938 CCF (the NDP’s predecessor) leader J. S. Woodsworth said, “it was easy for Canadians, Americans and the British to agree to a Jewish colony, as long as it was somewhere else. Why ‘pick on the Arabs’ other than for ‘strategic’ and ‘imperialistic’ consideration.” 

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CBC's Michael Enright is mistaken about how to approach anti-Semitism
Mar 05, 2018 at 03:58 PM

As the host of CBC’s Sunday Edition, Michael Enright is one of the most influential intellectuals in Canada. He is educated, well travelled and thoughtful. Each Sunday, thousands of Canadians listen to his interviews and are influenced by his observations. So when he warns about the growing danger of Anti-Semitism in Canada, it is important. But on this point, argues Martha Roth, of Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Enright is mistaken. 

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Independent Jewish Voices Condemns Israel's Gaza Massacre

December 28, 2008

The Israeli military has unleashed its most vicious air assault against the people of Gaza in decades, killing over 280 Gazans and wounding over 700. Despite claims by the Israeli leadership that they are trying to avoid civilians the attacks have been concentrated on Gaza City and the towns of Khan Younis and Rafah. Israeli television reports that Israeli troops are massing on the border "in preparation for a supplementary ground offensive".

Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) condemns this murderous escalation of violence by the Israeli government. Diana Ralph, IJV Coordinator calls this assault "completely disproportionate to the unsupportable firing of Qassam rockets by Hamas fighters which killed one Israeli. It's important to put this into the context of the deadly siege of Gaza by the Israeli forces, which continued in violation of the terms of the recent six month truce between Israel and Gaza. In the ethics of violent conflicts, it is the responsibility of the force wielding power - the Israeli government in this case - to create the conditions for a just peace."