Left Over: BDS is no BS – They Call the State “Pariah”

Jewish groups condemn Green Party for supporting Israeli boycott policy Leader Elizabeth May ‘disappointed’ by party’s vote at its national convention The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 08, 2016 10:09 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 10:09 AM ET World Sees Israel as a Pariah State, Senior Gov’t Official Says Strategic Affairs Ministry aims to ...

Montreal Simon: Benjamin Netanyahu and the Apartheid State

Benjamin Netanyahu may have won the Israeli election, by using fear and racism to get people to vote for him.Like his good buddy Stephen Harper is trying to do in Canada.But it is tuning out to be a pyrrhic victory.For while he may deny he is a racist. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: #DayofRage: For Gaza, Palestinians, History and Humanity

by: Obert Madondo Follow @Obiemad | Published Sat. Aug 9, 2014 “Die-In” protest in front of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s office in Montreal, held on Aug 5, 2014. (Photo: Darren Ell/FACEBOOK) Gaza, Palestine and you, freedom lovers everywhere, you’ve educated me. Now I know why they didn’t support indigenous Zimbabweans’ justified armed struggle against British colonial rule. Why ...

Alberta Diary: Climate change divestment movement gains ground in church – but not in Canadian media or political circles

Ho-hum... Some typical Canadian reporters, hard at work … Actual Canadian newsrooms may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Is he more influential than we imagined in Alberta? CALGARY When retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited Alberta’s Tarpatch capital of Fort McMurray last month and called the output from bitumen mining ...

drive-by planet: Jerusalem’s checkpoints and ‘Kafkaesque’ restrictions through the eyes of visiting authors: video

Stills from Jerusalem: Uprooted, Walled Out and Cut off  – (view video beneath). The video Jerusalem: Uprooted, Walled Out and Cut off was first released by the Palestine Festival of Literature (Palfest). The camera follows a group of authors in the course of their visit to Jerusalem and records their reactions as they encounter checkpoints, ...

350 or bust: Archbishop Desmond Tutu: No Excuse For Climate Ignorance

* The Guardian:  We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet: We must stop climate change. And we can, if we use the tactics that worked in South Africa against the worst carbon emitters

drive-by planet: Israel gets a plug: Don Sterling cites Israeli racism in justifying his racist views

Above right: Don Sterling and V. Stiviano /  Beneath: Israelis protesting against African asylum seekers Affirmation of Israeli racism can surface in the most unlikely of places. In the taped phone conversation between disgraced L.A.Clippers owner Don Sterling and his girl friend V. Stiviano, Sterling cites Israeli racism in an attempt to give his racist ...

drive-by planet: Israel, Harper back unelected Kiev government: anti-Semitism and far-right nationalism downplayed

  Top: Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok in group shot with Canada’s John Baird / Lower left: Tyahnybok in action / Lower right: Svoboda parade Stephen Harper’s visit to Ukraine this week is the first by any G7 leader since the coup that saw the overthrow of Yanukovych. Harper is a big backer of the unelected ...

drive-by planet: Palestinian legislator Ahmad Tibi slams Harper’s postion on Israel as "unbalanced" and "right of Likud": why Tibi gets it right

Ahmad Tibi, the Palestinian legislator who walked out of Stephen Harper’s Knesset speech said in an interview with CBC’s Evan Solomon that Harper’s views on Israel were “unbalanced” and “right of Likud.” Sounds pretty accurate. Harper’s views are indeed extreme even by some Israeli standards and certainly more extreme than most average Canadians on the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Why Arab-Israeli politician protested Harper’s speech to the Knesset

by: Obert Madondo “When you are controlling, discriminating, confiscating, occupying lands from one side and putting them in the corner without any basic rights, you are by this way ruling and committing apartheid in the occupied Palestinian Territories.” The words of Arab-Israeli legislator Ahmad Tibi as he explained to the CBC why he stormed out during… ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Mandela Was More Radical Than Most Know

Well, I miss Mandela. The post-Mandela world is sadly less colourful. While all sorts of people, including reprobate politicians in Canada laud him for this and that, it’s important to remember that he never seemed to angle for being a darling of right wing, neoliberal libertarian freedom fighters. Here are some items we should all ...

drive-by planet: Irony of Raul Castro – Obama handshake: Cuba helped defeat S.A. apartheid in battle whereas U.S. sent Stingers to UNITA

Raúl Castro at Mandela memorial service / Nelson Mandela with Fidel in Cuba At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the media seized on the handshake between Barack Obama and the president of Cuba, Raúl Castro, as possible evidence of something more significant afoot in the relations between the two countries. The handshake has taken ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Day One, Post-Mandela

Today is the first day of our world after the Nelson Mandela era. We don’t need to canonize him or consider any messiah characteristics, but we should stop today and reflect on what kind of Mandela legacy we want to carry forward. Here are a few ideas to consider. Chances are you didn’t wake up ...

drive-by planet: Nigel Kennedy ‘apartheid’ reference to be censored by BBC: Palestine Strings at the Proms

  On August 8 the BBC Proms featured the Palestine Strings in company with world renowned violinist, Nigel Kennedy, and members of his Orchestra of Life. Palestine Strings is made up of seventeen young Palestinians ranging in age from 12 to 23 who study at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in the occupied ...

drive-by planet: Ehud Olmert called ‘war criminal’ and ‘murderer’ during speech at Woodrow Wilson Center

Former Israeli PM, Ehud Olmert, who authorized operation Cast Lead against the people of Gaza, had his speech interrupted earlier this month at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. Student activists showed their outrage at Olmert’s role in the Gaza assault by standing up at various points during his speech and calling him out, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Why Mandela Is So Important

Although I have only made reference to him three other times in this blog, Nelson Mandela is a person who I revere like no other. And of course, I am hardly alone in that sentiment, attested to by the fact that millions of people, not only in South Africa but around the world, are in ...

drive-by planet: Boycott Apartheid ft M1 (Dead Prez) and Lowkey

The faces in this powerful video represent the millions around the world who are united against Israeli apartheid. The faces represent all of us…  the eyes, the ears, the collective memory. These performers speak for us even as the US and other powers and agencies seek to give greater legitimacy to a state that hasn’t ...

Trashy's World: To clarify…

… Something about my post yesterday about ex PM Thatcher’s death… I admired her as a leader of conviction, as a woman who was a trailblazer for female politicians everywhere, and as a savvy politician. I would say the first and last points about some other conservative pols, as well… like Reagan… BUT, this does ...

350 or bust: How Our Secrets Steal Our Lives

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here’s a fascinating TEDx talk by South African trainer and speaker Bruce Muzik whose “passion is having people experience unprecedented freedom and happiness, through being Authentic.”

LeDaro: Palestinians Need Their Rosa Parks

There has been great progress, great steps forward worldwide, in human and civil rights. In the United States, people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and others fought a hard battle against racial segregation – and for equal rights, such as voting – in the 1950s and 1960s, making great strides for African-Americans. ...

drive-by planet: Identity protection: Israeli style

Canadian Progressive: No Stevie Wonder for the Israel Defense Forces

High-impact anti-Israeli apartheid online activism by peace makers around the world forced Stevie Wonder to cancel his planned performance for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The American singer, songwriter, and activist had been scheduled to perform at the annual Friends of the Israeli Defence Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles on ...

Bill Longstaff: Israelis endorse apartheid

For those supporters of Israel who gamely continue to insist that Israel is not an apartheid state, a recent poll published in the Haaretz newspaper should offer second thoughts. The poll was relentless: If the West Bank were annexed by Israel, over two-thirds of Israeli Jews say that the 2.5 million Palestinians living there should ...

Drive-by Planet: ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’: Israeli and South African parallels

 Clips from “Roadmap” that draw Israel/ S. African parallels A feature-length documentary Roadmap to Apartheid is the first time close parallels between the apartheid of the old South African regime and Israeli-style apartheid have been explored in a documentary film in significant depth. The parallels between the two systems have been all too evident to ...

Left Over: Neil MacDonald: Try a little self-censorship on for size…

ANALYSISNeil Macdonald: Is self-censorship fueling Alice Walker’s Hebrew halt?  (CBC this morning) Mr. MacDonald, with all due respect from someone who has Jewish cultural roots, you are letting your ‘fondness’ for your time in Israel cloud your usually sharp judgement.. Canada has been blindly following Israel’s lead with no perceptible discussion of what is wrong, ...