Should any readers take a look inside today’s National Post, they might find a letter of mine defending Canada’s United Church and its boycott of goods from Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Click here to read my letter and scroll down to the heading “… or is it just?”
Filed under: Letters to the Editor, Middle East Tagged: boycott, Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, National Post, Palestine, settlements, United Church
Lara Sawalha and Dana Dajani take on the hasbara revisionism of Danny Ayalon in a video that sets the record straight.
Some bio information on Lara Sawalha – here – and Dana Dajani – here.
A letter of mine in the Vancouver Sun today, this one about the “Disappearing Palestine” ads on public transit here in the city. I try to defend the ads against the absurd charge that they target Jews. Click here to read it.
Filed under: Ethnicity, Letters to the Editor, Middle East Tagged: Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish, Palestine, TransLink, Vancouver, Vancouver Sun
Beneath left: Martha Roth of the Palestine Awareness Coalition
An ad appearing on a dozen or more Vancouver buses and in the City Center SkyTrain station has been the target of criticism by some Jewish groups. The four-panel ad shows a map of Israel over the last six decades – from 1946 through to 2012. Each successive panel shows how Palestinian territory has shrunk with the passage of time.
The chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver called for Translink to remove the ad. Objections have been raised by The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Friends (Read more…)
I am writing to express my wholehearted support for your decision to display the pro-Palestinian transit ads recently unveiled at the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station and on several buses. The ads offer an important perspective that needs to be heard as part of any informed debate on the Middle East conflict.
My commendation may sound a bit strange, since, as you yourselves have noted, “within defined limits TransLink has no legal authority to decline advertising content.” A 2009 Supreme Court decision established that TransLink, as a public body, is bound by the free speech provisions (Read more…)
A Vancouver group is targeting the public conscience with an ad campaign to show what has happened to the Palestinian homeland.
Unless you’re a Zionist, it’s a pretty disturbing but accurate depiction of how the Palestinians are being erased from their homeland. The point is, it’s not over yet. The aquifer beneath Gaza has been “inadvertently” drained and the U.N. believes that enclave could be unlivable by 2020. Presumably those Palestinians would have to be relocated to the fractured ghettos inland to the north.
The ads are running on Vancouver’s transit system and they’re expected to (Read more…)
The CIA’s recent public admission that it masterminded the 1953 military coup against Iran’s democratically elected government reminded me once again of the fickle U.S. support for democracy in the Middle East. American involvement was well-known—books have been written about it—but the publishing of previously classified documents by the U.S. National Security Archive amounts to a public
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 territories.
The highly innovative performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons included Arabic and jazz-inspired improvisations. The capacity audience at the Royal Albert Hall was enthralled and at the end of the concert responded with enthusiastic applause. Nigel Kennedy’s address to the audience included a passing (Read more…)
The University of Michigan has disinvited Pulitzer-prize winning African-American author Alice Walker as punishment for her progressive views on Israel.
The post Alice Walker Disinvited By Top US University Over Israel Criticism appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
By now it should be clear that my abandonment of my ties to Israel, and my support for the liberation of Palestine, are not based on denial of my Jewish heritage or on anti-Semitism. This is a political issue, and a moral one. Jewish people cannot be – and should not be – expected to adhere to some kind of party line of political views. I am heartened that increasing numbers of Jewish people are making their own journeys away from unconditional support for Israel – away from nationalism and towards justice – and (Read more…)
Part 1 here.
For a while I had been reluctant to write this story, because it seemed so baggy and shapeless. The best essays are crisp, with a clearly defined turning point and an easily identifiable ah-ha moment. This story has none of those that I can see. A clear path would make a better essay, but all I have is this murky stew.
My path of change of mind and heart about Israel and Palestine was a long one, and when I try to trace it, many seemingly unconnected points stand out.
In university (1978-1982), I was (Read more…)
The Self-Hating Jew.
This is what I am, according to some.
There’s a line from an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical: “I’ve been called many names, but they’re the strangest.”* I think of this every time I hear or read the expression “self-hating Jew”. What a bizarre turn of phrase. Is it like a self-cleaning oven, or a self-basting turkey? No need to hate me, thanks, I’ve got it covered!
A “self-hating Jew” is the term given by some Jewish people who support Israel’s policies and actions towards the Palestinian people to other Jewish people who do not support those (Read more…)
Google has changed the tagline on its homepage in the occupied territories from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.” A Google spokesperson informed BBC that the company had consulted sources and authorities and was “…following the lead of the UN, Icann [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organisations.”
It’s hard to get overly enthused about a word above a Google search bar so long as actual Palestinians are under occupation, apartheid and treated like pariahs in their own land. Given the recent UN vote in favor of Palestine non-member observer (Read more…)
Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian – born in Haifa, son of German-Jewish parents who fled Nazi persecution. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom – director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.
Professor Pappé is the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), The Modern Middle East (2005), A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (2003), and Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988).
In the above Press Club address Pappé (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Rachel Corrie, a US peace activist, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian home. Her parents, Craig and Cindy, speak on the 10th anniversary of the killing of their daughter. WATCH: This [...]
On the same day that the world erupted in joyous, teary-eyed celebration following the selection of a new pope, a slightly less climactic breakthrough was reached thousands of kilometres away as four Israeli political parties, nearly two months after elections, quietly decided to form a coalition government. Right away, the deal seemed like it might fall apart over a last-minute dispute regarding deputy prime ministerial appointments, but two days later, all differences have been ironed out and the coalition agreement signed.
The chances were never exactly high that Israel would bend far enough to conclude a successful peace agreement (Read more…)
This week in The Nation, Dave Zirin reports on some disturbing – and disgusting – behaviour from Israeli soccer fans. Not even in the earliest days of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers did Brooklyn’s white fans walk out after number 42 stole a base or hit a home run. The Brooklyn faithful’s love of “Dem Bums” trumped any racism that simmered in the stands. What does it say that sixty-six years later, Israeli fans of the soccer club Beitar Jerusalem have not evolved to postwar-Brooklyn standards of human decency?
Earlier this season, Beitar Jersulam broke
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Standing for Free Speech: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College in the run-up to the BDS event
The BDS panel discussion at Brooklyn College went ahead Thursday. It proceeded as planned despite efforts to discredit the event and intimidate the College in what really amounted to an attack on academic freedom. The detractors as mentioned in my previous post included NYC politicos and even a few Democratic members of Congress.
The backlash by Israel supporters to the event was over-the-top – driven in more than a few cases by a hardline pro-Israel mindset that brooks little or no
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Well, that wasn’t quite as bad as I thought.
Sadly, Benjamin Netanyahu will almost certainly remain prime minister of Israel after his Likud party and its electoral partner Yisrael Beiteinu won a plurality of seats in Knesset elections today. But their share has gone down sharply since the last election. Even Habayit Hayehudi, an extreme right ultra-nationalist party that was widely expected to come in third or perhaps even second, suffered an upset with a fifth-place finish.
The Knesset now appears to be split clean in half between the right wing on one side and the centre, left,
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by Adbusters | Jan 17, 2013 “The time has come for all of us to get involved.” He ditched the Kyoto Protocol, voted against Palestine, violated human rights, passed unconstitutional laws, changed the Indian Act illegally, passed several sneaky and sinister omnibus bills . . . he continues to destroy everything in the way of READ MORE
Ramallah Underground is a musical collective based in Ramallah, Palestine. The artists Stormtrap, Boikutt and Aswatt are co-founders of the collective. The style of music includes hip-hop, trip-hop, electronica, downtempo and also more traditional Arabic styles.
An In These Times article “Rap the Casbah” quotes Stormtrap as saying: “We consider our music to be very political, simply because our lives are very political… Just the mere fact that we know what’s happening puts a huge weight and responsibility on us to do something about it.” The collective delivers with music that inspires resistance and hope – a voice against
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Due perhaps to my Jewish identity and my family’s history, Israel tends to be the country whose politics I follow most closely apart from Canada’s and the United States’. Nevertheless, there is a giant gulf separating numbers one and two from number three. My understanding of Israeli parties, personalities, and issues is far from perfect, and when I observe the campaign leading up to the January 22 elections to Israel’s Knesset, I do so as an outsider.
There is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, something that I feel very passionately about, as I strongly believe in Palestinian national aspirations, equal
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At its 53rd National Conference, South Africa’s ruling ANC affirmed support for the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. It is now part of official ANC policy.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of BDS South Africa welcomed the ANC move:
“This reaffirmation by the ANC’s National Conference, its highest decision making body, is by far the most authoritative endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign. The ANC has now taken its international conference resolutions, and officially made it the policy of the ANC. We look forward to working with the ANC and
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Gwynne Dyer is great at looking behind the headlines, providing in-depth analysis of issues in international politics. This column by Dyer provides excellent insight into the motives behind Netanyahu’s newest wave of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Settlements, the idea of which, are not so new, but rather part of a longer-term plan designed to cripple the potential for a Palestinian state by dividing the West Bank into two.
There is a widespread consensus in the international community that a two-state solution – one state for Israel and one for Palestine – is what is needed. This was what
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There’s a new name being given to Benjamin Netanyahu’s newest illegal settlement crime. It’s being called the “Doomsday Settlement,” a term coined by the Israeli founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem, Daniel Seidemann.
Nicola Nasser, an Arab journalist based in the West Bank, or at least what remains of it after years of Israeli predations, warns that this settlement is unlike all of the others.
The international outcry is not against the Israeli policy of settlements on Palestinian occupied land per se, but against this one particular settlement, known as East One (E-1), and Netanyahu’s answer to the overwhelming
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