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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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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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What Canada is up to at the UN

The appointment of the tried and true point man of the Anglo-Canadian state, Bob Rae, as Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations is for purposes of achieving nefarious aims.

By Steve Rutchinski and Philip Fernandez

Canada is up to no good at the United Nations where it is very active in promoting imperialist definitions of rights and cajoling countries to adopt those definitions of rights under threat of retaliation by imperialist financial, military and political institutions. Canada’s aim is to push through a restructuring in the field of  international relations in a manner which serves U.S. imperialist interests. 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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False accusations at University of British Columbia based on pernicious definition of anti-semitism

A long-standing tactic of the Zionists to undermine and criminalize support for the Palestinian people is to conflate opposition to Zionism — the chauvinist political ideology and its aim of genocide of the Palestinian people — with anti-Semitism, a prejudice against people of Jewish background. Continue reading

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Condemn Canada for facilitating Israeli state war crimes against the Palestinian people!

Toronto demonstration, February 1, 2020, stands with Palestinian people rejecting the “Deal of the Century.”

The Canadian state’s current support for Zionism is part of its manoeuvring for Canada to win one of  five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council for a two-year term beginning in 2021. From this vantage point, Canada could better serve U.S. imperialist interests, which includes putting a human face on Zionist war crimes and terrorism against the Palestinian people, and U.S. aggression worldwide. Continue reading

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What’s behind this Canadian Zionist’s provocative publicity stunt at Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock?

Canadian Lauren Isaacs caused much resentment among Palestinians (and the entire Muslim world) when she unfurled a “Herut Canada” flag at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in June. In response, she claimed she was just visiting Jerusalem with her mom. But behind her apparent touristic naivety lies a right wing Canadian organization with an explicit objective. 

By PETER LARSEN*

A Jewish Canadian tourist in Israel feigned surprise at the hostile reaction from Palestinians and Muslims from around the world, after she posted on line a picture of herself holding up a Zionist flag on June 11th in front of the 1400-year-old Dome of the Rock, an important symbol of the Muslim religion in Jerusalem. Continue reading

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Criminal silence of Global Affairs Canada on Israeli massacre

Picket against occupation of Palestine at Israeli consulate in Montreal on Land Day, March 30, 2018.

Global Affairs Canada, whose minister Chrystia Freeland is busily lecturing Russia on the necessity of a “rules based order” in connection with the alleged poisoning of two individuals in Salisbury, England and – co-ordinated by NATO – expelling its diplomats en masse, is maintaining an eery silence on the premeditated Israeli massacre of the Palestinians, 30,000 of whom were demonstrating for the Right of Return, committed by Israel on March 30. Continue reading

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Imperialists’ morbid preoccupation with defeat on display at Halifax War Conference

During the Halifax International Security Forum the people of Halifax affirm No Harbour for War!

The Halifax International Security Forum met in Halifax, Nova Scotia from November 17 to 19. The annual conference brought together over 300 participants from more than 80 countries to discuss the theme: Peace? Prosperity? Principle? Securing What Purpose? Continue reading

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99th Anniversary of Balfour Declaration: Join the Balfour Declaration Centenary Campaign!

Ramallah, Palestine, November 2, 2016

November 2 marks the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a 1917 letter sent by the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to a prominent British Zionist leader promising land in Palestine for foreign settlement. This criminal act of the British Empire to “give” the land of another people usurped during the First World War for colonial settlement created the conditions for countless atrocities against the Palestinians, as well as the subsequent proclamation of a Zionist state and the ongoing genocide and seizure of Palestinian land. Work is underway in many countries to prepare for the centenary in 2017. Continue reading

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Yom-el-Ard – Day of the Land: Symbol of Palestinian Resistance

The Palestinian citizens in Israel are marking the 40th anniversary of Land Day today with massive demonstrations in several Arab villages, including Arrabeh in the Galilee and Umm al-Hayran in the south. This article from our archives provides essential information on the vital issue of land and the rising of 1976, when the Palestinian citizens of Israel revolted against the Israeli government, which had just announced new and extensive land expropriation plans in the Galilee.

The Israeli regime continuously cuts down olive trees and replaces them with coniferous trees to change the identity of the Palestinian landscape.

On the 29th Anniversary of Palestine Land Day

Nabil Hdeib and Tony Seed

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HALIFAX (15 April 2004) – March 30 marked Yom-el-Ard, the 29th anniversary of the Day of the Land, a symbol of Palestinian resistance.

On Land Day, 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians inside Israel and the West Bank staged a general strike against new orders of expropriating 60,000 dunams of their land in the Galilee which were declared “closed military zones.” After years of military rule, Land Day 1976 was the first act of mass resistance by the Palestinians inside Israel against the Zionist policy of internal colonialization, a systematic process of expropriation that had reduced Palestinian land ownership from around 94 per cent of all territory in pre-1948 Palestine to less than 3 per cent in what is now considered to be Israel. The ensuing clashes with Israeli army and police after the peaceful protests killed six Palestinians, hundreds were wounded and hundreds more jailed. Land Day reaffirmed the Palestinian minority in Israel as an inseparable part of the Palestinian nation. 

Since then March 30 has become recognized as Yom-el-Ard or Day of the Land to highlight the policies of land grab systematically applied by the Zionist movement and later by Israel and is celebrated around the world to salute the heroic resistance of the people of Palstinee. This year, Land Day was marked with demonstrations. Other actions around the world marked Land Day.

Land day activities have included a general strike of Palestinians in Israel and throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This year, one of the largest rallies took place in the northern Israeli town of Arrabeh, where one of the six youth was killed in 1976. Some 15,000 people demonstrated in Jenin. Another demonstration took place in the village of Beit Liqya south of Ramallah, where demonstrators marched to their threatened lands, already bulldozed for construction of the Apartheid Wall. Villagers planted symbolic olive trees and chanted anti-Wall slogans.

Thousands of Palestinians refugees marched in Lebanon with the largest demonstration in the Ein Al Helwa refugee camp where some 70,000 refugees live. More than 2,000 Egyptian university students took to the streets in both Cairo and Alexandria. Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning the continued Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

In Halifax, Palestinian-Canadian student Nabil Hdeib presented an important paper jointly prepared with Tony Seed to the Halifax Political Forum held to commemorate this occasion and pay homage to the resistance struggle of the Palestinian people. Mr Hdeib stressed that the original establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 actually marked the third successive historic failure of the Zionist project to acquire land from the indigenous Palestinians.

At the time of the British Colonial Mandate in 1921, systematic Zionist colonization, which had begun to unfold at the end of the 19th century, had succeeded in acquiring only 2 per cent of Historic Palestine. In the 30 years prior to World War I, the Jewish settlers were still under 8 per cent of the total population.

Despite 47 years of British imperial carrot-and-stick tactics under its Colonial Mandate, the Zionist project again failed. Even the poorest Palestinians farmers stood strong and refused to sell or abandon their land under the Zionist pressure. As well, the World Zionist Organization was unable to entice European or North American Jews to reconstitute a Eurocentric society of wealthy capitalists, wealthy professionals, industrial workers and farmers.

Statistics published by the British government reveal that the total area acquired by Zionists from 1920, when Land Registry Offices were opened, permitting transfer of ownership, until the forcible dislodging of the Palestinian Arabs in 1948, was under 4 per cent of the total area of Palestine. Although they had no control over the immigration of Zionist colonists into Palestine, the Palestinians did have some control over the sale of individually-owned land to those colonists. In fact, much of the land acquired by the Zionists was from rich absentee landlords resident in Beirut or Istanbul, or transferred by the British government from the public domain, although it was supposed to be held in trust for the Palestinian people under the terms of the League of Nations Mandate.

What the British called “public domain” began under Ottoman law as “public land,” i.e., land kept aside from private ownership to be brought into use or production under exceptional circumstances such as extended drought. Such land was not to be alienated into private hands. Under the British Colonial Mandate, although this Ottoman category was officially recognized, the Land Office treated so-called common land as “public domain” available for private ownership; the public was made private.

Private ownership could and did include appropriation or a hand-over of control to the “Jewish National Fund,” established in 1901 and part of the World Zionist Organization, deliberately designed to act as a private owner in the name of the “Jewish people.” Land was taken from the collective of the Palestinian people, “nationalized” or “collectivized” by kibbutzim, but was actually never turned over to individual Jewish property owners before 1948.

During preparation for the establishment of the Zionist state, the Zionists moved from boycott to deportation, and from co-existence to the exclusionary concept of a purely Jewish state. In 1895, Herzl frankly states, “We should force the natives to leave their homeland… by depriving them of labour.” (Diaries, Vol. 1, p. 88)

Some time afterwards it readies the instruments of systematic colonization. The World Zionist Organisation creates the Jewish Colonial Trust (1898), an international Zionist joint-stock company; the “Colonization Commission” (1898), the “Jewish National Fund” (1901), the “Palestine Office” (1908) and the “Palestine Land Development Company” (1908).

Monopoly right disguised as “Jewish Right”

Still, by 1947 the Zionists controlled not more than 5.6 per cent of Palestinian land. As a result of this failure, and with the Anglo-American imperial governments facilitating their moves, the Zionists ruthlessly used armed force to expel 780,000 Palestinians in “Nakba” (the Catastrophe), emptying the land of their rightful inhabitants, establishing what became the state of Israel on robbed Palestinian land and plunder, and thus forcibly depriving them not only of the right to self-determination but also of their elemental right to exist on their own land. Israel was opened for a well-organized and liberally-financed new wave of colonization, speedily executed in order to create a seeming fait accompli, “facts on the ground”, the reversal of which world public opinion would be reluctant to urge.

The fundamental Zionist principle of racial self-segregation originally outlined by the ideologue Theodor Herzl in Der Judenstaat in 1896 of “land redemption” and “transfer” also demanded racial purity and racial exclusiveness in the land. As such, the Zionist credo of racial self-segregation necessarily rejected the traditional coexistence of Jews and non-Jews. The absurd Zionist invention of Jews as a nation and the equation of Judaism with the Zionist state served this self-serving policy of the Zionist bourgeoisie of Europe.

Coexistence with the indigenous inhabitants in the territory in which Jewish colonists were to assemble was deemed a blemish on the image of pure Zionist racism. Outside Israel, the Zionists similarly criticized, from the same racist standpoint, continued Jewish residence in the lands of the Gentiles. On this basis, the State of Israel erected an entire legal order, including prohibition against the resale or lease of Jewish-owned land, a so-called Absentee Property Law (which in Arabic is called Qanoon Elhader/Gayeb) adopted in March 1950 along with other measures. It declared as “abandoned” any property temporarily vacated by Palestinians who were not present directly before, during or after the war of 1948, even if they took refuge in other locales within Palestine!

Through these measures, 90 per cent of the land was seized by the Jewish National Fund, now a state monopoly. No land transaction could take place except with a Jew or a Jewish entity. [1] The new state of Israel, established according to the conceptions of the 19h century European nation state, defends the property rights of the contending forces in the name of “Jewish right.” In Europe and North America, Jews were excluded from many residential areas by the technique of adding special “covenants” to all property deeds in a given area or neighbourhood, specifying that the property could not be sold to anyone of Jewish background. In the United States, similar covenants were used against African-Americans as part of the official state policy of segregation which was erected following the U.S. Civil War and the defeat of the Confederate slavocracy. In Israel, exactly the same racist principle was applied with the backing of the state against the Palestinians. However, “Jewish right” was elevated by Zionist Israel to monopoly right. As a result, almost 100 per cent of the land is held “in trust” by the JNF, which is still technically an agency of an international body, the World Zionist Council, whose board consists of prominent Zionist millionaires and billionaires from around the world such as the Bronfmans of Montreal.

Of the 150,000 Palestinians who remained in the new Israeli state, approximately 25 per cent were displaced from their homes and villages and became internal refugees. That left less than 22 per cent of Palestine under Arab control. In 1967, Israel extended its expansionist colonial plan through war, and occupied more Palestinian land in violation of international law while systematically dispersing its inhabitants. In the areas occupied in 1967, Israel used military orders to confiscate Palestinian land, of which over 1,300 have been issued so far, and which can be contested in court only with great difficulty. Since 1967 Israel has confiscated more than 750,000 acres of land from the 1.5 million acres comprising the West Bank and Gaza.

By 1993, over 80 per cent of the lands owned by Palestinian Arabs living within Israel had been confiscated and placed at the exclusive disposal of the Zionist state and movement. The Day of Land has become an occasion to remember these collective injustices and an opportunity to draw attention to the land grab policies administered by the Zionist entity of Israel up until this day.

The significance of Land Day

Today the Palestinians are facing another major land grab threat embodied in Israel’s Apartheid Wall. “It is a land grab tool in the first place despite the official Israeli jargon of ‘separation’ and ‘security’,” Mr. Hdeib stressed. “The only ‘separation’ this wall is doing is separating Palestinian villages from their land and adding it to Israel, and the only thing Israel is securing by building the wall is a guarantee of maximum profits, more violence and an even weaker chance of peace.”

“Still in its early stages of construction, way before any ‘separation’ has been achieved, the Apartheid Wall is causing immense damage. Two hundred ten thousand Palestinians are barred in enclaves, in severe violation of their rights under international law. Sixty-seven villages are separated from their means of livelihood. Twenty-eight hundred acres of Palestinian land were confiscated. Eighty-three thousand olive trees were uprooted. Thirty water wells producing 4 million cubed metres per year were confiscated. Thirty-five thousand metres of water infrastructure were destroyed by the bulldozers. [2]

“Added to the Apartheid Wall is the expansion of the infrastructure of military checkpoints (now over 700) and segregated bypass roads built on expropriated land, and designed to contract and split the Palestinian space and facilitate illegal Zionist settlements.

“While it is the Palestinians who continue to be dispossessed, it is the titans of international finance capital — concentrated in real estate and ‘property development’ (including highways construction) and originating from the U.S., Canada and France as well as Israel – who continue to be enriched in the name of ‘security’ on the basis of increasing their stake in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

“For instance, Canadian Highways International Corporation (CHIC) enriched itself through monopoly right in Canada – the Highway 407 Express Toll Route (ETR) in Toronto, Ontario (the world’s first all-electronic highway); the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island; and the Cobequid Bypass (a toll highway) in Nova Scotia and part of the Trans-Canada Highway. [3] CHIC is constructing the Cross-Israel Highway known as Route 6 in alliance with the most powerful real estate and construction interests within Israel. This monstrous, segregated, four-lane highway is rampaging through woodlands, deserts and villages and will stretch from the southern tip of Israel all the way up to its northern border with Lebanon. In part it parallels the Green Line or pushes it eastward into the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The CHIC consortium – Derech Eretz Highways (1997) Ltd. – is also made up of monopolies from Israel (Africa Israel Investment Ltd. and 36 other firms), France (Société Générale d’Entreprises), and the U.S. (Hughes Transportation Management Systems and Raytheon Company, the weapons manufacturer which supplied the dysfunctional Patriot missile system to Israel). The $3 billion contract is guaranteed by the State of Israel.

“The Day of the Land is an occasion not only for Palestinians but for every people and nation that has had its land stolen and its inhabitants dispersed be that in Palestine or Canada, be it the indigenous and First Nations or the ordinary people themselves. The costly sacrifices and unyielding resistance of the Palestinian people has not been in vain. They safeguarded the Palestinian national rights and underscored the legitimacy of their claim to their national heritage. Rights undefended are rights surrendered. Not a single day has passed or is passing that the Zionist junta of Israel has not expropriated land for self-serving reasons. The Zionist settler-state, therefore, has remained a usurper, lacking even the semblance of legitimacy – because the people of Palestine have remained loyal to its heritage and faithful to its rights.”

Endnotes

1. “Palestinian Land Day — Frequently Asked Questions,” MIFTAH

2. GushShalom.org

3. In 1999 control of CHIC was acquired by the U.S. financial conglomerate CIT Group based in New Jersey. See Tony Seed, “Profits from the Promised Land,” Dossier on Palestine, Shunpiking Magazine/New Media Publications (Halifax: 2002).

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Sponsoring organisations for the regular Winter 2004 series “Focus on Palestine” include: Dalhousie Students for Peace and Justice, CKDU Radio, Canada-Palestine Association, Shunpiking Magazine, dominionpaper.ca, and People’s Front (Halifax)

Halifax Forum commemorates Day of the Land

On 30 March 2002, “Everybody hear us say: Palestine is here to stay!” was the most popular slogan at the Land Day demonstration in Halifax.

HALIFAX (15 April 2004) — In commemoration of Palestinian Land Day, a vibrant cultural and political evening was held in Halifax on April 1 by the Halifax Political Forums. The Halifax initiative was part of a worldwide manifestation of solidarity with Palestine.

In his introduction to the formal part of the evening, Tony Seed, on behalf of the steering committee, underlined that the Israeli invasion of Jenin and other Palestinian cities in 2002, the massacre in Jenin, the memorable solidarity march in Halifax and other cities, and the cowardly silence of the Canadian government and media was the immediate inspiration for the publishing of the Dossier on Palestine by Shunpiking Magazine.

On 30 March 2002, “Everybody hear us say: Palestine is here to stay!” was the most popular slogan at the Land Day demonstration in Halifax (see photo above). And, in the ensuing two years there has emerged a living program on Palestine involving people of all walks of life and embodying a united front of the polity. The inherent justness of the Palestinian stand means that such an initiative occupies the mainstream of the society, representing the conscience of Canadians, Mr. Seed said.

The Halifax Political Forums provide an important space for citizens to receive enlightened information on topics otherwise suppressed or marginalized by the monopoly media and engage in serious discussion on national and international issues. They represent a civic venue for developing a united front of the polity in order to make decisions on issues of concern to the Canadian people. The forums are held on the principle of self-reliance, without waiting for experts from foreign galaxies to alight in Halifax. They are not defined by an ideological preconception nor restricted by an ideological requirement.

The problem of Palestine, although it directly affects the Palestinians, is not the concern of Palestinians alone, Mr. Seed said. He reminded everyone that the question of land as a democratic and sovereign right of the people was a serious issue facing people everywhere, as shown in Palestine, Scotland, Zimbabwe and South Africa, Latin America and Quebec, Aboriginal Territories and Canada itself, where monopoly right today is vested in the Crown and multinational corporations.

“The lands being the material basis of life, alike of conquerors and conquered,” he pointed out, “whoever holds those lands is master of the lives and liberties of the nation.”

Nabil Hdeib, a Palestinian-Canadian student, chaired the evening and introduced the historical significance of Land Day (see report under World). His presentation was followed by the 1997 PBS documentary, The People and The Land, centring on the First Intifada (Uprising) of 1987-1993, and an informative discussion.

Mr. Hdeib opened the discussion period by warmly encouraging everyone to participate, based on the democratic norm that each intervenor could speak once, until all had exercised the same right. Dr Ismail Zayid, president of the Canada Palestine Association, and other participants made important and informative interventions on the modus operandi of the dispossession of indigenous peoples, be they Palestinian, First Nations or the Gaels of Scotland, and those who excuse such ethnic cleansing. These interventions also gave rise to a number of proposals for future forums, speakers and films.

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Sponsoring organisations for the Winter 2004 series “Focus on Palestine” include: Dalhousie Students for Peace and Justice, CKDU Radio, Canada-Palestine Association, Shunpiking Magazine, dominionpaper.ca, and People’s Front (Halifax)

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Trudeau Liberals ‘unbelievable vote’ in the UN opposing the right of self determination for the Palestinian people

141107-Toronto-FreePalestineDemo-42Much spin is being generated about the so-called “openness” of the Trudeau Liberals. The agenda outlined in the Throne Speech was said to be “the result of conversations with Canadians, who told the Government – plainly and honestly – what they need to be successful.” Which Canadians these were is not clear, but the Liberals appear to have been referring to their campaigning before and during the election, which does not bode well for the conception of consultation they are advancing. The Speech stated that Canada “can be even better” by “being smart, and caring — on a scale as never before.” Canada “succeeds” because “here, diverse perspectives and different opinions are celebrated, not silenced,” said the Governor General. The more one looks, the more it is the same:  “here, diverse perspectives and different opinions are … silenced.” Continue reading

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Canadian photographer shot by Israeli sniper in West Bank: six questions for the Trudeau Liberals

2014.Rehab Nazzal speaking in Ottawa in 2014Canadian photographer Rehab Nazzal, shown here speaking in Ottawa in 2014, was shot last week in Bethlehem by an Israeli sniper. Six questions of the Trudeau Liberal’s new Global Affairs Minister, Stephane Dion, from a letter by Peter Larson. Continue reading

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Trudeau Liberals defend the indefensible: UN votes on Palestine and Zionist ethnic cleansing

palestinian_landloss_48-0 1On 24 November 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted five non-binding resolutions on Palestine. Canada voted five against, showing its status as a lapdog to the United States and Israel and its contempt for the rights of the Palestinian people and international law. The only major states voting against all five resolutions were the USA, Canada and Israel. Continue reading

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Canada must stop attempts to silence legitimate protest

2010.06.26.TorontoNoG8G20-48crop2Legitimate concerns about the criminalization of dissent

Canadian Labour Congress, April 13, 2015

Canada’s central labour body is calling on the government to stop trying to shut down legitimate and nonviolent criticism of human rights abuses by Israel. We are very disturbed to see our government attempting to criminalize legitimate and nonviolent dissent.

Tactics such as boycotts, divestment and sanctions, for example, can be effective for raising awareness about and discouraging human rights abuses by governments, and must not be characterized as criminal or as inciting hatred towards a people. Continue reading

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Canada signs another Memorandum of Understanding with Israel

2014.11.07.Canada must condemn.Toronto-FreePalestineDemo-13On January 18, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, John Baird, and Avigdor Lieberman representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “seeking to uphold the commitments” made in the MOU regarding the Canada-Israel Strategic Partnership signed one year ago “to strengthen their strategic partnership.”

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Canadian head of UN inquiry on Gaza forced to resign after Harper and Israel complain

Canadian law professor’s resignation shows the huge pressure the Harper government and Israel put on a UN committee and its chairman, as if they have something to hide. That pressure is meant for impunity and killing the truth.

2014.Gaza destructionCP (Feb. 3) – A Canadian law professor has resigned as the head of a UN commission tasked with investigating possible war crimes in Gaza last summer.

The appointment of William Schabas last year to head the commission had drawn strong criticism from Israel and the Harper government.

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This is Sun News

Sun News-Israel.t-shirt

This is Sun News in Canada – the “free press” makes no attempt to hide the fact that it is on Israel’s side. Owned by media monopoly Quebecor, its staff even come to public events wearing company t-shirts that promote and support Israel’s massacre in Gaza as “truth.”

Sun News Network (commonly shortened to Sun News) is an English language Category C news and opinion channel that is owned by Quebecor Media through a partnership between two of its subsidiaries, TVA Group (which maintains 51 per cent majority ownership of the company) and Sun Media Corporation (which holds the remaining 49 per cent interest). Sun News is distributed by most major cable and satellite providers across Canada and is currently included in channel tiers subscribed by only 40 per cent of all Canadian households (5.1 million homes with a pay television subscription).

Brian Mulroney, the disgraced 18th prime minister of Canada (September 17, 1984 to June 25, 1993) is a member of the board and vice-chairman of Quebecor Media.

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The U.S.-controlled media monopoly Postmedia announced on October 9 that it had purchased the Sun Media chain, the English-language publications of the Peladeau media monopoly, Quebecor, for $316 million. The deal gives Postmedia control of the five daily Sun newspapers in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg; 27 small-market dailies; 140 weeklies; theLondon Free Press and numerous other media properties. Postmedia already owns, among other properties, the National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Regina Leader-Post, Ottawa Citizen, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Windsor Star, Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province. The purchase of Sun Media still requires regulatory approval from the federal Competition Bureau.

 

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The massacre at al-Shujaiyya underscores Zionist crimes

2014.07.00.Massacreinal-Shujaiyya-cr3By PAULINE EASTON

The world continues to watch in horror as the Palestinian residents of Gaza are slaughtered by the Zionist occupiers of their land, while the residents of the West Bank are also wantonly killed for protesting. On July 21, the Occupation Forces committed a massacre in the al-Shujaiyya neighbourhood of Gaza city. As of 2 pm on July 26, medical teams had already recovered 85 bodies from the rubble. In addition to the killing of Palestinians, the massacre forced some 60,000 Gazans to flee their homes in the area for fear of more attacks, adding to a total number of internally displaced persons that has now hit 183,000 out of a population in Gaza of 1.7 million residents. All Palestinians, unable to flee due to the blockade of Gaza by land, sea and air, are targets of the Israeli onslaught. Continue reading

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CBC and Obama: Unacceptable

Some 400 people demonstrated at both CBC Radio and CBC TV buildings in Halifax on July 18th to denounce slanted media coverage of the massacre taking place in Gaza. Far from having reporters cover the event or sending out a representative to speak with the protesters, the CBC called security demanding that the demonstrators get off the property.

Some 400 people demonstrated at both CBC Radio and CBC TV buildings in Halifax on July 18th to denounce slanted media coverage of the massacre taking place in Gaza. Far from having reporters cover the event or sending out a representative to speak with the protesters, the CBC called security demanding that the demonstrators get off the property.

By KIM PETERSEN*

(July 19) – On Friday afternoon July 18th in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hundreds of people gathered in front of the building which houses Canada’s state media, the CBC. An article in the CBC of the same day explains why the people of Halifax were disgusted; its subtitle quotes United States president Barack Obama: “’No nation should accept rockets fired into its borders,’ Obama says of Israel’s ground push.”

How should the nations where the United States carries out drone missile attacks respond to such an utterance from Obama? Continue reading

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CBC: Occupation? What Occupation?

CBC “politely” orchestrates disinformation of Harper war government on Israel/Gaza | BRUCE WARK*

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Some 400 people demonstrated at both CBC Radio and CBC TV buildings in Halifax on July 18, 2014 to denounce slanted media coverage of the massacre taking place in Gaza. Far from having reporters cover the event or sending out a representative to speak with the protesters, the CBC called security demanding that the demonstrators get off the property.

mediaspin.ca (July 20) – Jason Kenney, a senior minister in Canada’s Conservative government, delivered a ringing defence of Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza during the July 19th edition of the CBC Radio program, The House, while guest host Rosemary Barton listened politely. Continue reading

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Good night Canada, Good morning, Gaza

Exercise Maple Flag: Canada and U.S. train the Israeli Air Force prior to the bombing of Gaza
Out of two hundred warplanes that took part in Exercise Maple Flag 2005 in Cold Lake, Alberta in May, ten were Israeli F-16s. It would be easy to miss their significance. Yet, when Canadian forces extended an invitation to the Israeli Air Force for the first time in thirty-eight meetings of the Maple Flag war games, it signalled, according to military planners, a marked shift in Canadian military and political policy in the twenty-first century: good night Battle of Britain, good morning Gaza.
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