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Feb 02, 2007 at 02:43 AM

Vancouver Women in Black Vigils 

Vancouver Women in Black stand in vigil the fourth Monday of each month, Robson St. side of the VAG from 5-6pm. All are welcome (men too!); please wear as much black as you can. Women in Black calls for
  • An end to violence, racism, and all forms of terrorism that harm innocent civilians.
  • An end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and a just peace for all peoples in the region.
  • An end to all human rights abuses in the occupied territories
ONLY AN END TO THE OCCUPATION WILL BRING PEACE
Rachel Corrie verdict exposes Israeli military mindset
Corrie's parents have not received justice, but their quest reveals the lie of the IDF's claim to be the world's 'most moral army'
Rachel Corrie's family – father Craig, mother Cindy and sister Sarah Corrie Simpson – at the Haifa district court where a judge ruled that Israel did not intentionally kill the pro-Palestinian activist in 2003. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA

Reporters covering Israel are routinely confronted with the question: why not call Hamas a terrorist organisation? It's a fair point. How else to describe blowing up families on buses but terrorism?

But the difficulty lies in what then to call the Israeli army when it, too, at particular times and places, has used indiscriminate killing and terror as a means of breaking Palestinian civilians. One of those places was Rafah, in the southern tip of the Gaza strip, where Rachel Corrie was crushed by a military bulldozer nine years ago as she tried to stop the Israeli army going about its routine destruction of Palestinian homes.

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