No one expected Benjamin Netanyahu to win the gushing approval of the editorial board of Israel’s liberal newspaper Haaretz but they were decidedly unimpressed by their prime minister’s speech to part of the US Congress yesterday. Their view is that Netanyahu deliberately avoided any mention of the real existential threat to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state – the ever expanding occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Israel’s insistence on ruling over millions of Palestinians in the West Bank who lack civil rights, expanding the settlements and keeping residents of the Gaza Strip under siege is the danger that threatens (Read more…)
Whenever one of Stephen Harper's Con clowns leaves the country I shudder, reach for a paper bag to put over my head, and prepare for the worst.Because I know they will make fools out of themselves, and shame us once again in the eyes of the world.And in that regard John Baird's just concluded tour of the Middle East couldn't be a better example.For it was, in descending chronological order, pathetic, humiliating, and shameful.Read more »
What is it about the International Criminal Court that has so inflamed Israel and the United States? It’s a court of law and a pretty good one at that. It’s a venue to prosecute those who commit war crimes and crimes against humanity. Who would be bothered by that – except perhaps war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity? Oh, I get it.
Israel is afraid that its war crimes in Gaza will come before the ICC where Israel won’t be able to control the narrative and manipulate the press and public opinion. The United States fears for (Read more…)
He has always been his master's voice, Stephen Harper's most faithful stooge.A yapping Con pitbull, the absurd Minister of Religious Freedom, a gay Thatcherite in a government full of filthy homophobes.But these days nothing is more obscene than the way John Baird is pandering to the brutish settler regime of Benjamin Netanyahu, while attacking their long suffering victims the Palestinians. Read more »
France’s Socialist-led parliament has passed a symbolic vote to recognize Palestinian statehood, despite staunch objections from Israel. MPs in Britain and Spain have already passed similar motions.
The proposal was passed with 339 votes in favor and 151 against, meaning that it was supported by more than two-thirds of French lawmakers.
Israel immediately responded, saying that the motion would “harm the peace process,” AFP reported.
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Canada’s position on the world stage continues to embarrass and disturb.
On Nov. 4, Canada, along with Ukraine and United States, voted against a draft resolution entitled “Combating glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”
It’s a lengthy document, but worth the time it takes to read. As you read through the resolution, ask yourself why any decent human being would oppose it. Surely, only racists, bigots and nazis could find this resolution offensive.
In this instance, it seems likely that the US and Canada chose (Read more…)
Ah, the joy of the free press down in the US. Let’s catch up with Noam as takes us through some possible solutions to the Palestine/Israel conflict.
Filed under: Education, International Affairs, Media Tagged: Israel, Noam Chomsky, Palestine, UN
From the video “Dancing Tragedies and Dreams.” Photo: Paul S. Graham
Art, culture, dance and politics blended seamlessly in Winnipeg on September 21, 2014, with the performance of Dancing Tragedy and Dreams, a production of the Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba, at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Dancing Tragedies and Dreams featured dances from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt as well as an exciting performance of Poi dance from New Zealand, propelled by the music of El Funon Popular Dance Troupe of Palestine. Talk about fusion!
Eleven months in the making, Dancing Tragedies and Dreams was the brain child (Read more…)
Let’s keep this in perspective. That takes us back to 2010 when an Israeli court acquitted an army captain of all charges related to his slaughter of a 13-year old Palestinian school girl. It’s too obscene to recite. You can follow the link to get the details.
So consider, in the context of that atrocity, a new Israeli law intended to crack down on Palestinian kids who are in the habit of throwing stones at Israeli forces and settlers.
There would be two major sentences for stone throwers – those who endanger the safety of someone inside a vehicle could (Read more…)
Yesterday we discussed the modern trend of policy divorced from reality. One ugly example of that is the policy of Canada’s government, and Trudeau’s Conservative-Lites, lavishing absolute support on Israel in its persecution of the Palestinians. Not to say that the NDP is much better.If you’re a Liberal, consider your party’s policy against Noam Chomsky’s summary of the cat and mouse game Israel is playing with the Palestinians.
It is critically important to recognize that a pattern was established almost a decade ago and has been followed regularly since: A ceasefire agreement is reached, Israel makes it clear that (Read more…)
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 »