It was overwhelming. British MPs voted 274 to 12 this week in support of a motion to recognize Palestine as a state. The vote was only symbolic, as it isn’t binding on the government, nonetheless it sends a clear message on how sentiment is going in the UK and elsewhere on the Palestine issue.
MPs from both sides of the House supported the motion, some making it very clear why. Conservative
Gaza and the Threat of World War
“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”
For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the (Read more…)
TweetIt is pennies compared to the $1.8 million raised by Jim Prentice during the Progressive Conservative leadership race, but in the world of the Alberta NDP leadership contest, the money is flowing. The NDP’s monthly contributions report from its leadership candidates shows Edmonton-Strathcona MLA and front-runner Rachel Notley has raised $82,826.99, Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen has […]
With short film, Gazonto, Canadian filmmaker and activist John Greyson reimagines Toronto as Gaza being bombed by Israel during the ongoing Gaza conflict.
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Quebec NDP MP Sana Hassainia defects over Mideast position
By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 20, 2014 1:48 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 20, 2014 7:16 PM ET
Sad to say, the NDP has always waffled on this issue, and it’s one of many reasons I refuse to join the party or do any more volunteer work for campaigns…I will, also unfortunately, have to keep voting for them as there is no progressive alternative around…if the Greens ever cease kowtowing to the Tories, I might have to go there.May is the only ones with the guts (Read more…)
Some results of the latest Israeli raid :
* Destroyed tunnels, most often used to smuggle into Gaza household items that Israel, in violation of international law, prevents from being imported.
* Massacred nearly 2,000 people, including hundreds of children as young as newborns; injured thousands more.
* Destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving thousands of men, women and children homeless.
* Destroyed power plants, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity or running water.
* Destroyed factories that produce such dangerous items as pretzels, cheese and biscuits.
* Targeted and murdered journalists.
Israeli officials have stated that, (Read more…)
A major goal in a propaganda war is to frame the issue on your terms. For example, in labour disputes, businesses (and their political and media allies) often claim the argument is not with the workers but with the “union bosses.” The objective is to convince the public and perhaps even union members that management has no quarrel with their decent, hard-working employees, it’s all the fault of
And it’s a game in which Israel and its collaborators abroad consistently win. The side with the loudest, most professional voice – Israel, of course – gets the all important advantage of fixing the beginning of the conflict. Israel decides what started it and exactly when. What happened before that carefully selected start point is conveniently omitted by people like Harper & Co, and his associates, J. Trudeau and T. Mulcair. Le Monde captures this reality:
…inspiring pity is not an effective political weapon; it is better to control the account of what has happened. (Read more…)
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 I spend the first precious 8 years of my life in Rhodesia. In the midst of a vicious war, fear, uncertainty and fragility.
You have reminded me why they took their time to condemn apartheid South Africa. Why far too (Read more…)
There was a very interesting segment on the documentary program Vice recently, called Armageddon Now. In it they discussed Evangelical Christians and their strange devotion to Israel.
Vice’s Thomas Morton travelled with a group of Born Again Christian tourists, as they visited the “Holy Land”; and spoke with End Times minister Irvin Baxter.
Baxter stood at the spot where Armageddon is supposed to take place, and described a rapturous scene of bloody horror. First; Russia, Iran, Iraq et al will attack Israel killing two-thirds of the Jewish population. Jesus will then appear for a final showdown with the Anti-Christ, after (Read more…)
On Tuesday, a group of twenty mothers and families occupied NDP MP Don Davies’ office in Vancouver in support of Palestine.
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The New York Times’ columnist, Richard Cohen, offers some brilliant insights into the Gaza conundrum, a place he calls, “an open-air prison for 1.8-million people.”
“…more than 300 children are dead, killed in a month-long Israeli bombardment. Each of those children has a name, a family. Several were killed in a recent shelling of a United Nations school, an act that the United States called ‘disgraceful.’ The many civilian casualties in Gaza cannot be waived away as ‘human shields’ of Hamas. They were not human shields. They were human beings.”
Cohen doesn’t spare Hamas (Read more…)
Scotland, Gaza, and the Shameful Silence of So Many Canadians Montreal Simon Blog Friday August 1st http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca
I share Simon’s horror at the silence….and I wonder if this is what it felt like for Jews during the critical times of WW2 when they were desperately seeking refuge in other countries, and Canada, to its eternal shame, turned its back on them, as did many other countries..or ignored heir plight altogether.
This current insanity is brought to us by those who, only recently,went through he same horror themselves. How quickly history is forgotten, even (Read more…)
The New Democratic Youth of Canada rejects party leaders’ uncritical support of Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza, demands that Israel “be held accountable for its actions.”
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It was an act of unspeakable barbarity. One that has been condemned by governments all over the world. The US and UN have condemned the shelling of a school housing displaced civilians in Gaza. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the attack, which killed 16, was "outrageous". "I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable, and it demands accountability and justice. "Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children."And defended only by those who carried it out, and by the monstrous beast Stephen Harper. Read more »
“Being a Jew isn’t like being Black or being gay or being a woman, or even Israeli where many Jews come from. Being a Jew is a choice, like being a Blood or Crip. Jews are the medieval prototype of the Occupy Wall Street movement; a shiftless group of hobo’s that doesn’t believe in property … Continue reading →
Discussions on the Palestine issue are usually framed as Hamas vs. Israel. This suggests Hamas is merely an organization when in fact it is the democratically-elected government of Palestine, having won the last all-Palestine election in 2006. Or at least it was. That government collapsed after violent assault from Israel including the arrest of dozens of parliamentarians, sanctions by Israel
I’ve been trying to write about Israel’s latest slaughter of Palestinian people ever since the hideous spectacle began, without results. I post little bits of horror and disgust on Facebook, but can’t sustain anything worth posting here. Because… what is there to say?
A mighty military power unleashes deadly force against a civilian population. Some people within that population have dared to use violence to resist their own oppression. Therefore the entire population must be terrorized, hundreds murdered, thousands maimed, lives destroyed.
Another great military power and a second-tier military wannabe* rush to the defense of the military power, (Read more…)
Operation Protective Edge, Isael’s ongoing war on Gaza, will still fail to weaken Hamas’ military capability just as Operation Pillar of Defence did, argues Jacob Eriksson, a fellow at York University (UK).
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Winnipeg, July 19, 2014: Winnipeggers march in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Photo: Paul S. Graham
July 19, 2014: Several hundred Winnipeggers rallied in front of the Canadian Human Rights Museum in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are enduring yet another murderous invasion by Israeli forces. The rally, the second in a week, was part of an international day of action.
Here’s my video report, featuring: • Krishna Lalbiharie, Canada-Palestine Support Network (Winnipeg) • Rana Abdulla, Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba • Terrance Nelson, Grand Chief, Southern Chiefs Organization • Daniel Thau-Eleff, Independent Jewish Voices (Winnipeg) • (Read more…)
In 1840 the Comanche chief Buffalo Hump raised a huge party of warriors and began raiding towns in the Republic of Texas. During the raids they killed approximately 30 whites, nearly burned down the entire town of Linnville, stole hundreds of horses, and stole quiet a bit of bullion. The Great Raid of 1840, as it is now called, was one of the largest single raids by an organized ‘war party’ of Native Americans in the history of Western “settlement.” And the killing and pillaging by the Comanche raiders was widely used as an illustration of (Read more…)
It's taken me a few days to summon up the strength to write something, anything, about the horror in Gaza.I just couldn't bring myself to look at the images of this latest war. As rockets from Palestinian militants in Gaza continue to fly into Israel and Israel continues to strike hard at Gaza, the options for each side are hardening. Both sides are employing brinksmanship, carrying out their biggest raids yet this weekend and threatening much more to come.Not when I'm still recovering from the images of the last one…Read more »
The killing of three Jewish teenagers from a West Bank settlement in Palestine brought to mind another colonialism—that of North America. As the Europeans swarmed across the Americas, the Native people found themselves overwhelmed. Sometimes they fought to keep the intruders out, but inevitably they found themselves outmatched by superior numbers and technology. Sometimes out of desperation
Israel’s ongoing military offensive in Gaza, is “collective punishment” and “a brutal attack against all Palestinian people,” says physician, human rights activist and Director of Gaza Projects for the Middle East Children’s Alliance, Dr. Mona El-Farra.
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