Category Archives: Palestine

Speeches in the UN and killings on the ground 

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Mourners carry the body of Osama Subuh during his funeral in the occupied West Bank village of Burqin on 26 September | Oday DaibesAPA images

On the eve of Bennet’s trip

To the UN General Assembly 

The army killed five Palestinians. 

Now the armed forces are girding 

For an escalation in the Occupied Territories. 

Along Tel Aviv’s Ayalon Highway 

Huge signs declare:

“Peace is the future 

Of our children – 

Celebrating the first anniversary 

Of the peace accords.”

This refers, of course,

To the accords 

 With the UAE and Bahrain. 

Peace with the Palestinians?  

Who needs it?

Gush Shalom Statement, Sept. 29, 2021

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Why Ireland’s pandering to Israel is treason

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s foreign minister, was kept updated about attempts to silence a lawyer who complained about his government’s grovelling toward Israel | Brian LawlessZUMA Press

By David Cronin, Electronic Intifada

(Sept 24) – Ireland’s government will not tolerate the truth about how it panders to Israel.

That is the unavoidable conclusion from efforts made by the foreign ministry in Dublin to muzzle the human rights lawyer Susan Power.

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Banner drop decries Air Show killer jet ‘entertainment’

“End the Illegal Occupation of Palestine” read the Banner dropped over the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, on September 4, the opening day of the Toronto Air Show at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds. The F-16 and F-35 fighter jets featured in the airshow are the kind used by Israel in the bombardment of unarmed men, women and children in Gaza earlier this year.

Palestinian flags were also boldly flying in defiance of the killer jets on exhibition as “entertainment.”

Canada has provided training to scores of Israeli pilots flying F-16s at the US-Canadian Exercise Maple Flag held in Cold Lake, Alberta.

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Germany: An enduring enemy of the Palestinian struggle

Germany’s contribution to the colonisation of Palestine over the years has been ideological, financial, physical and military | JOSEPH MASSAD*

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem on July 1, 2021 | AFP

(July 16) – German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Israel two weeks ago and met Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, whose American parents came from San Francisco to colonise Palestine in July 1967. Bennett has boasted: “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life and there’s no problem with that.”  

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In Memoriam Walid Bahlawan, June 5, 1936 – May 29, 2021

In Memoriam Walid Bahlawan, June 5, 1936 – May 29, 2021

I was saddened to learn of the loss of Walid Bahlawan. He was a man whom one only has to meet once and yet is a friend for life. I had the opportunity to meet him when he visited our farm some years ago with a mutual friend. He had read our Dossier on Palestine and we had an animated discussion about his homeland and the current struggle of his people. He appreciated the beauty of nature and asked informed questions about the methods and yield of agriculture in the area. I was not surprised Walid had become a communist after emigrating to Canada, as it is little discussed how many Palestinian workers and peasants did so during their heroic fight for national liberation in the 1940s. I heard later that he had expressed interest in a return visit which unfortunately never materialized. Here is a poignant tribute to Walid from CPC (M-L):

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Was Israeli looting in ’48 part of a broader policy to expel Palestinians? (I)

The dark reality of the Israel’s so-called War of Independence is illuminated in a new book on the massive looting of Palestinian property then, showing the link between the plunder and Ben-Gurion’s policy driving out the Palestinian inhabitants. The book’s name makes it clear from the start that the discussion is from a misleading colonial perspective | Like the author, the reviewer, Zionist historian BENNY MORRIS in Haaretz, refers to Palestinians as Arabs.

Arab refugees during the War of Independence.
Palestinian refugees during the War of Independence | Bettmann Archive / GETTY IMAGES

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Palestine May 2021 in text and photos

The Electronic Intifada 3 June 2021

Palestinian demonstrators burn tires near the Israeli barrier surrounding Gaza in solidarity with Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem on 8 May | Mohammed Zaanoun ActiveStills

May 2021 marked a turning point in the Palestinian anti-colonial struggle for national liberation.

Israel, with its state-of-the-art military supplied and funded by Washington, was dealt a blow by the Palestinian armed resistance and unilaterally declared a ceasefire after 11 days of intense fire across the Gaza-Israel boundary.

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This Day. Netanyahu’s lesson from the Tiananmen Square massacre

June 4 is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China. Concerning this event, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the time Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador to the United Nations and an American businessman with the Boston Consulting Group, was reported by the Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot in November, 1989, to have said the following:

“Israel should have taken advantage of the suppression of the demonstrations in China, while the world’s attention was focused on these events, and should have carried out mass deportations of Arabs from the territories. Unfortunately, this plan I proposed did not gain support, yet I still suggest to put it into action.”

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British government remains major ally of Zionist Israel

The British Government’s Permanent Representative at the UN recently made a statement concerning the current violence in Israel and the Israel-occupied Palestinian territories, including the Zionist regime’s savage bombardment of Gaza. The government makes little effort to disguise its support for Israel, since although it condemns violence in general, demanding “that this cycle of violence must end”, it only condemns the armed resistance of Hamas, the Palestinian organisation governing Gaza. According to the British government, Hamas is a “terrorist group”, and it therefore condemns so-called “acts of terrorism” carried out in defence of the Palestinian people, whose homeland has been taken from them and whose territory is occupied by a foreign aggressor.

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Historic moment as the Irish Dáil supports Sinn Féin motion on Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands

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Dublin, Ireland, May 22, 2021. During the march, the crowd stretched 2.3 kilometres.

A vote by the Dublin parliament on May 26 to adopt a Sinn Féin motion condemning the annexation of Palestinian lands by Israel has been hailed as a historic recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. The vote came after thousands turned out across Ireland in support of Palestine the previous weekend in a dramatic display of the level of public anger in Ireland to the latest Israeli onslaught on the Gaza strip, which saw 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, killed by air strikes. Millions of people all over the world have taken to the streets in support of the heroic struggle of the Palestinian Resistance, and to protest against the criminal ethnic cleansing carried out by the Israeli Zionists. The Palestinian Resistance has demonstrated once more that they will continue to fight and expose the Zionists’ schemes to expel the Palestinians from their homeland.

As a sign of appreciation for the solidarity shown by Ireland’s recognition of their right to be, an Irish tricolour flag was raised above Ramallah City Hall in the West Bank on Thursday while Ireland’s national anthem ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ played in the background.

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Quick facts: Naftali Bennett, Israeli-American assassin

When asked if he would instruct soldiers to kill Palestinian children, Bennett said, “They are not children — they are terrorists. We are fooling ourselves. I see the photos.”

Then-Minister of Education Bennett (left) with Netanyahu during a cabinet meeting, 2013 | Abir Sultan/AFP/Getty Images

By Tony Seed

An announcement of a new coalition government in Israel headed by Naftali Bennet is expected  today.

Every head of Zionist Israel since its illegitimate formation in 1948 has either been a terrorist or the son or daughter of a terrorist.

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Canada – Shameless enabler of Israel’s crimes against humanity

Canada’s Ambassador to Israel Deborah Lyons hosts dinner party at the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv to honour Canadians who serve in the Israeli military, January 16, 2020.

By Margaret Villamizar

For all their laments about the violence and civilian lives lost in Gaza and Israel, the U.S. and Canada stand exposed as shameless enablers of Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity. Under the hoax of upholding high ideals they refuse to condemn Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinians it has trapped inside Gaza, asserting that Israel has a right to defend itself against those who are resisting its crimes against the Palestinian people — the annexation of more and more of their lands as part of its policy of ethnic cleansing.

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Biden’s claim that the US will contribute to ‘rebuild Gaza’ adds insult to injury

U.S. President Joe Biden at a May 21 press conference at the White House said he will “attempt to put together a major package, with other nations who share our view, […] to rebuild Gaza. And they need the help, and I’m committed to get that done.”

Just like the monopolies first make money polluting the planet and then make money “cleaning it up,” the financial oligarchy and U.S. and Israeli monopolies are making money from imposing death and destruction in Gaza which they will “rebuild.” To claim this is a humanitarian gesture is beneath contempt. It is evidence of fraud in every possible meaning of the word.

The U.S. claims that Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. Like all liberal democracies, it is carrying out land theft and genocide, just as the U.S. has done since its founding.

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Glory to the Palestinian Resistance for exposing crime of genocide

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) expresses its deepest sympathies with the people of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem who have suffered so much once again at the hands of the Israeli bombardments and crimes against humanity perpetrated in the recent period. The current aggression of the Israeli occupiers began with their criminal incursion into the Al Aqsa Mosque where they attacked the worshippers in retaliation for the people’s opposition to state-instigated terrorist actions of settlers dislodging people from their homes. The likes of the U.S. President and appeasers such as the Government of Canada give those committing the crimes the green light by blaming the Palestinian Resistance for “the escalation of violence.” They seek to justify Israel’s crime of genocide by declaring it has “the right to self-defence.” But the world has said, No! It has hailed the Palestinian Resistance and raised the call to Stop the Crimes!

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Sighting. Photos from all over the world supporting the Palestinian resistance and protesting the crimes of the occupiers

On May 15, 2021, the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba (the Catastrophe), hundreds of militant mass protests were held worldwide to stand with the Palestinian people and their heroic resistance to the Zionist occupiers. This included 17 cities across Canada and Quebec from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Courtenay, BC. In London, England, organizers said at least 100,000 people protested. In Paris, France and Berlin, Germany demonstrators were brutally dispersed by police using water canons. In Greece, protests were held in Athens while a hundred Greek unions demanded that the crimes against the people of Palestine STOP NOW. A group of Lebanese youth with Palestinian flags climbed the border wall with Gaza to show their solidarity.

Despite the so-called ceasefire, demonstrations continued on May 21. Over 200,000 demonstrated in London — the biggest protest in support of Palestine ever. In New York. For the first time there has not been a single Zionist demonstration in support of Israel in Canada or United States. In New York, over 100,000 Jews demonstrated against Israel.

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Cuban parliament condemns Israel’s ‘indiscriminate bombing’ in Gaza

Declaration of the International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of People’s Power of the Republic of Cuba:

The International Relations Commission strongly condemns the indiscriminate bombing of the State of Israel against the Palestinian population in Gaza, which has so far resulted in the deaths of at least 122 people, including 31 children, as well as hundreds of injuries and injuries and extensive material damage.

We demand once again the immediate cessation of the acts of violence carried out by the Israeli army against the defenceless Palestinian people and of the expansionist and colonising policies of the State of Israel.

We also denounce the ongoing support of the United States government for the crimes committed by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian civilian population.

We call on parliamentarians around the world, as well as the international community in general, to act urgently and decisively to force the State of Israel to put an end to its crimes against the Palestinian population and respect the Charter of the United Nations, International Law and the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

We emphasise the urgent need to reach a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, based on the creation of two States, which allows the Palestinian people the right to self-determination and to have an independent and sovereign State, based on the pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Havana, May 14, 2021

PCC (Spanish) | Monday, 17 May 2021 | Click here for original article

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The Illegitimate State of Israel (I): Zionist Terrorism and Crimes in Palestine – 1939-1945

First in a series published on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of Al Nabka, May 15, 2021

Complied and edited with an introduction by Tony Seed based on the Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem authored by the late Issa Nakhleh

Part Two – The Illegitimate State of Israel (II): Zionist Terrorism and Crimes in Palestine – 1946 (forthcoming)

Part Three – The Illegitimate State of Israel (III): Zionist Terrorism and Crimes in Palestine – 1947 (forthcoming)

Part Four – The Illegitimate State of Israel (IV): Zionist Terrorism and Crimes in Palestine – 1948 (forthcoming)

Part Five – The Conspiracy to Expel and the Expulsion of Palestinian Arabs – 1948-1950 (forthcoming)

Introduction

(Updated May 23) – On May 14, 1948, the Zionist state of Israel was established by unilateral declaration in defiance of the United Nations and international law on the basis of 33 massacres, terrorism and the dispossession and mass expulsion of the indigenous Palestinian people from their land by the foreign-armed Zionist state and its militias with the backing of the great powers, the United States in the first place, as well as Canada. Some 750,000 Palestinians were forced to flee. Palestinians were forced from their lands and homes due to military attacks by Zionist forces, supported by the British and U.S. governments. The Israeli Zionist forces attacked 774 cities and villages, and occupied 80 per cent of the Palestinian soil after killing nearly 15,000 Muslim and Christian civilians.

Of this population, approximately one-third were forced to migrate to the West Bank, another third to the Gaza Strip, and the remainder to neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, registered as refugees with the United Nations and forcibly denied the right of return.

Another 350,000 were dispossessed in 1967 following the Six-Day War during which Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights. The number of Palestinians in the Diaspora now numbers over 5 million people. “We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinians] never do return … The old will die and the young will forget,” said David Ben-Gurion, the founder of Israel, in 1949. But the young have not forgotten.

For the information of readers, we are serializing in five instalments chapters from the Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem (1999), a 1,000-page work in two volumes by the late Issa Nakhleh*, a distinguished lawyer and statesman, which provide detailed information on the years 1939-1948, as to the nature and methods of the illegitimate Zionist conquest of Palestine of May 15, 1948. These are not otherwise available on the Internet. Much of the information is derived directly from British Colonial files in London. To proceed directly to this exhaustive work, scroll down the page. Continue reading

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73rd Anniversary of Al Nakba, May 15, 1948 – Resistance Until Liberation

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 15 is the day we commemorate Al Nakba — the Catastrophe — a day marking a “continuous journey of pain, loss and injustice” for the Palestinian people. It marks the day that some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes during the 1948 war. Palestinians were forced from their lands and homes due to military attacks by Zionist forces, supported by the British and U.S. governments. The Israeli Zionist forces attacked 774 cities and villages, and occupied 80 per cent of the Palestinian soil after killing nearly 15,000 Muslim and Christian civilians. Those who survived were forced to migrate to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and neighbouring countries, such as Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Continue reading

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Montreal Rally supports Palestinian Resistance

On Monday, May 10 at 5:00 pm in Montreal, in immediate response to the attempted eviction of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem and Israeli state police violence deployed against the Al-Aqsa mosque since May 7, Montreal’s Palestinian community and its allies held a protest rally in front of the Israeli consulate. Speaker after speaker condemned state terrorism and hailed the Palestinian people’s steadfast resistance to this barbarism. They defended the Palestinian people’s right to be, their right to resist, their right to live in peace and to recover their stolen lands. The youth were in the forefront at the action, in large numbers. Continue reading

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Stand with the Palestinian Resistance to expulsion and annexation!

The eyes of the world are on Palestine as the heroic Palestinian people fiercely resist Israeli terrorism and violence intended to expel them from their homes and occupy their properties in occupied East Jerusalem. Hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children face losing their homes. For several days now the Israeli military has carried out brutal attacks against the Palestinians of the area who have stood together as one. Israeli military and police have attacked the protesters with batons, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them. “Skunk water” and tear-gas have been fired into Palestinian homes to force the occupants to abandon their dwellings. Continue reading

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This Day. When the people rose: how the Intifada changed the political discourse around Palestine

The true accomplishment of the Intifada is the fact that it almost entirely changed the nature of the political equation pertaining to Palestine, imposing the ‘Palestinian people’, not as a cliche used by the Palestinian leadership and Arab governments to secure for themselves a degree of political legitimacy, but as an actual political actor | RAMZY BAROUD

Hossam el-Hamalawy – CC BY 2.0

December 8 came and went as if it was an ordinary day. For Palestinian political groups, it was another anniversary to be commemorated, however hastily. It was on this day, thirty-three years ago, that the First Palestinian Intifada (uprising) broke out, and there was nothing ordinary about this historic event. Continue reading

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Dangerous self-serving invocation of Holocaust Remembrance to cover up crimes against Palestinians

Pretentious claims of fighting against hate and intolerance, and defending human rights are being used by the Canadian government to cover up the fact that its main priority has been and continues to be the defence of Israeli Zionism | LOUIS LANG

On November 25, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Irwin Cotler Canada’s “Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Anti-Semitism.” The announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office stated: “With a longstanding record of leadership in the fight against racism, anti-Semitism, and hate, and extensive experience in human rights and justice including in cases related to mass atrocities, Mr. Cotler will lead the Government of Canada’s delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).” Continue reading

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Canada’s despicable role in opposing Palestinian human rights

Canada is playing games unworthy of any country which claims to stand for rights. For the past 20 years Canada’s voting record on Palestinian issues has moved consistently in a direction which defends Israel’s violation of its duties as an occupying power | YI NICHOLLS

February 1, 2020. Montreal demonstration stands with Palestinian people against U.S. so-called Deal of the Century.

On November 19, Canada voted along with 162 other countries in favour of a draft UN resolution affirming the Palestinian right to self-determination. The resolution emphasized “the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine” and “stressed the urgency of achieving without delay an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides,” based on a two-state solution. Continue reading

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Ecalating the demographic war: The strategic goal of Israeli racism in Palestine

By Ramzy Baroud

The discussion on institutional Israeli racism against its own Palestinian Arab population has all but ceased following the final approval of the discriminatory Nation-State Law in July 2018. Indeed, the latest addition to Israel’s Basic Law is a mere start of a new government-espoused agenda that is designed to further marginalize over a fifth of Israel’s population. Continue reading

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Word. Canada’s unquestioning support for Israel; no matter what crimes are committed, here is where we stand

Canada congratulates Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on bilateral deals 

September 16, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the historic signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House, establishing full diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and Israel and Bahrain. Continue reading

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Sighting. Thousands around the world join the Days of Resistance for Palestine

Worldwide support for the Palestinian people and their right to be

By Samidoun

Demonstration In Montreal, August 9

The Days of Resistance for Palestine between August 7 and 9, brought together thousands of organizers and supporters of justice for Palestine around the world to stand with the Palestinian people, their resistance to colonization, annexation and occupation and their struggle for justice, return and liberation throughout Palestine, from the river to the sea.

Despite attacks from high-level Israeli officials that aimed to suppress these actions, noting that they had “warned Western governments” about the protests, over 100 organizations joined Samidoun’s call for the Days of Resistance, with an array of diverse actions taking place around the world. These events included protests, car caravans, art and cultural interventions and public educational events, all in support of the Palestinian people and their right to resist.

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The Iranian Jews who joined the Islamic Revolution

Thousands flocked from Tehran’s synagogues to protests, led by their rabbis. Jewish delegates met with Khomeini to express support for his struggle. A groundbreaking study sheds light on the life of Iranian Jews, their complex view of Zionism and their surprising stance on the Islamic Revolution | Ofer Aderet in Haaretz.

The Islamic Revolution in Iran. Newspapers termed the December 11, 1978, protest a “demonstration of millions.” The Jews were there.

The Islamic Revolution in Iran. Newspapers termed the December 11, 1978, protest a “demonstration of millions.” The Jews were there.

Lior Sternfeld is dismissive of the Israeli drama series “Tehran.” In contrast to many others, Sternfeld, a historian who specializes in modern Iran, wasn’t bothered by the final episode of the popular show, in which our aircraft turn back – and not safely – from their mission to bomb a nuclear reactor. What irked Sternfeld was the episode in which the protagonist, Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan, takes shelter with her Jewish aunt, who remained in Tehran even after the 1979 revolution. The aunt broke off her ties with the rest of her family, all of whom immigrated to Israel, and she established a model Muslim family with a husband who holds a senior government job and a daughter who demonstrates in support of the regime. However, at the moment of truth, when the relative – the Zionist spy – needs help, she opens the door and hides her from the authorities. Continue reading

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Gaza goes dark under new terror campaign

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Gaza’s electricity supply has been cut to around three hours a day as Israeli bombing of the besieged Palestinian enclave has continued for ten consecutive days.

Heavy damage was reported after an Israeli drone targeted the a neighbourhood south-east of Gaza City, while civilian property was damaged by an Israeli warplane as it bombed the town on Beit Hanoun. Continue reading

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Heartfelt condolences and solidarity to the people of Beirut

Vigil at the Lebanese consulate in Montreal, August 6, 2020.

A reflection, from a Facebook post, August 5, 2020

My heartfelt condolences and solidarity to the people of Beirut, the families and victims, the comrades from Beirut, the city which I came to love, having spent a memorable week there in summer of 2014. A huge disaster and tragedy on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I am only glad that so far those whom I came to know are safe.

On a personal note, I owe a debt in addition to the Lebanese community in Halifax which dates back to the 1920s if not before and who schooled me in the tapestry of their rich history, culture and politics, beginning from the time in 1982 when we marched together to oppose the Israeli invasion. From that moment we shared weal and woe on many issues, as have the Canadian and Lebanese people. In October 2002 Father John of the Greek Orthodox Church freely provided facilities of his parish for the launch of our Dossier on Palestine, defying the united pressure of local Falange and Zionist elements, as he did on other occasions. Continue reading

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This Day. Remembering Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza’s universities

The Islamic University of Gaza was damaged after it was bombed by Israeli warplanes early on Saturday in western Gaza, on 2 August, 2014 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

The Islamic University of Gaza was damaged after it was bombed by Israeli warplanes early on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 | Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency

MEMO | August 4, 2020

What 

Six years ago, Israeli occupation forces targeted the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) in one of the deadliest military offensives against the two million Palestinians living within the besieged enclave. The conflict left 2,251 people dead, with more than 11,000 wounded, according to Palestinian and UN sources. A further half a million Palestinians were displaced. Six years on, the UN has complied an extensive report on the scale of destruction to Gaza’s higher education facilities during the 50-day onslaught which began 8 July 2014. Continue reading

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