Archived Articles for October 2004
October 30, 2004
Ottawa Sun: Jewish Dinner Sparks Battle
The [Ottawa] mayor has received loads of letters and e-mails from Palestinian supporters begging him to bow out, and a retaliatory response from supporters of Israel pleading for him not to.
Islamic Congress Board of Directors Accepts President's Apology, Declines Resignation
"One Unintentional Mistake" Does Not Wipe out Exemplary 30 Year Record
Muslim Council Of Montreal Pleased That Dr. Mohamed Elmasry Will Not Resign
Calls for Muslim Unity During Sacred Month of Fasting
Felton: Zionists putting the screws to Canada's Foreign Ministry
"It cannot be an act of “anti-Israel bias” for Canada to condemn the invasion and destruction of refugee camps, the murder of children, the demolition of homes, or the continued theft of Arab land. Yet the Little Knesset would have the government acquiesce in a crime against humanity."
Zerbisias: Canada out of step on Al-Jazeera
Thanks to vociferous lobbying by B'nai Brith Canada, the Canadian Jewish Congress and others who claim the network is anti-American and incites hatred against Jews, there were so many restrictions placed on the channel's distribution in this country that no cable operator wants to touch it.
October 29, 2004
Three letters in defence of Dr. Elmasry
Dr Elmasry, a great Canadian, whose scientific and scholarly achievements have done Canada proud, is being media mobbed for stating the obvious.
CJNews: Liberal MPs work to change UN voting pattern on Israel
Influential Liberal members of Parliament, including potentially seven cabinet ministers, promise to redouble their efforts to change Canada’s voting pattern on Israel at the United Nations, says one MP who co-chairs a pro-Israel caucus.
October 28, 2004
INN: Canada Refuses to Cut UNRWA Funding
Canada announced that it will continue to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees despite an admission by a UN official that Hamas members were employed by his agency.
October 26, 2004
MMN: The Elmasry Kerfuffle
On the October 19th edition of the Michel Coren show Canadian Islamic Congress Presdient Mohammed Elmasry said, " Anybody above 18 is a part of the Israeli army [...] everybody above 18 is a combatant [...] they are not innocent in civilian clothes." Strange days indeed when a Muslim spokesman might lose his job for quoting or saying the same thing as an Israeli general on the nature of the Israeli army. Includes transcript of Elmasry's remarks
October 21, 2004
Please: don't forget to let Pierre Pettigrew know you won't stand for Canada withdrawing funding from UNRWA
We've now posted a sample letter you can use.
Sabawi: My Palestinian Diary - Part X - Oh, Canada...
Things here [Amman, Jordan] aren’t as perfect as in Canada. Everything here almost works well almost all of the time.
October 20, 2004
WRMEA: Al Jazeera World Forum Takes a Hard Look at Freedom of the Press
At the conference Al Jazeera released its new “Code of Ethics,” delineating the satellite channel’s professional beliefs and standards and noting its intent to distinguish between what is news and what is opinion and analysis. According to channel director Waddah Khanfar, one of the code’s articles notes the station’s goal to help individuals acquire knowledge and “strengthen the values of tolerance, democracy and respect for liberties and human rights.”...Federal broadcast regulators in Canada have agreed to permit Al Jazeera to broadcast there.
October 19, 2004
URGENT ACTION - Please read, email DFAIT, and bcc your emails to us
DFAIT has received 10,000 emails asking that Canada stop funding UNRWA
Message from cpno member: Through a trusted friend, I was relayed the message that DFAIT has been swamped with emails (some 10,000 - not a typo 10,000) during this last week asking that Canada stop funding UNRWA.
October 18, 2004
ACTION: please mail a letter to your MP with a printout of this article attached
Ha'aretz: KILLING CHILDREN IS NO LONGER A BIG DEAL
At least in some of these cases it was clear to the soldiers that they were shooting at children, but that didn't stop them. Palestinian children have no refuge: mortal danger lurks for them in their homes, in their schools and on their streets. Not one of the hundreds of children who have been killed deserved to die, and the responsibility for their killing cannot remain anonymous. Thus the message is conveyed to the soldiers: it's no tragedy to kill children and none of you is guilty.
See sample letter to MP
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 8PM, CARLETON UNIVERSITY, Room 302 - Azrieli Theatre
MICHAEL TARAZI - Palestinian-American lawyer & delegate to the International Court of Justice hearings on “the wall”
October 16, 2004
Israeli officer cleared in girl's shooting
The officer has denied the accusations against him, claiming some of the veteran soldiers made up the story because they were angry at him — a new officer — for taking away some of their privileges.
Hatred, brutality and murder consume the rotten soul of Israel's military
“We saw her from a distance of 70 metres. She was fired at… from the outpost. She fled and was wounded. I understood that she was dead. The platoon commander neared her, shot two bullets at her, returned toward the force, turned back to her, put the weapon on automatic—and emptied his entire clip. He sprayed her.
October 15, 2004
A shift in Canada's Policy on Mideast?
International Trade responsibility has been taken out of Foreign Affairs and placed under the responsibility of Intl Trade Minister Jim Peterson, brother of the former Ontario Premier, and one of the Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel.
From the Globe & Mail: Senior government officials are increasingly angry...about what they claim is a major but surreptitious shift in this nation's foreign policy. Canada, they say, is moving away from a balanced approach toward the Middle East in favour of explicit and virtually unqualified support for Israel. Read more and please write your MP
October 14, 2004
Johal: Breaking Sharon's 'Iron Wall' - Death of the Roadmap to Peace
To date, Sharon's unilateral withdrawal plan for Gaza has done more harm than good thus far.
October 13, 2004
Israeli tail wags American dog
George W. Bush and John Kerry both back Israel 100 per cent, and neither man will offer a single word of criticism about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "disengagement" plan, even though it means abandoning the notion of a peace settlement.
Ottawa targets online hate: Justice Minister Cotler outlines 'national action plan against racism'
The federal government is preparing to introduce legislation in a bid to combat the "explosion" of hate sites on the Internet.
October 11, 2004
Canoe: Local aid worker attacked
Woman escorting Palestinian kids beaten by mob of Israeli teens in Hebron.
October 9, 2004
Carrying on its fine tradition of open dialogue and freedom of speech, Concordia University has demonstrated again that it is operated by cowards: another former Israeli prime minister is coming, and he won’t get to speak in those hallowed halls.
October 8, 2004
Johal: Sharon and Arafat Should Step Aside
For the Palestinians, the peace process has given them few benefits. It has structured the Occupation into Areas A, B and C, and in fact normalized the process of settlement and infrastructure expansion in a way that any act to respond against this is deemed as "terrorist" activity
October 7, 2004
50,000 trapped by Israeli assault on Gaza
Israeli forces have demolished the homes of hundreds of Palestinians, bulldozed swaths of agricultural land and destroyed infrastructure in their bloodiest assault on the Gaza Strip in years....A UN official said yesterday Israel had wrongly accused Hamas militants of using a UN ambulance to carry rockets.
October 6, 2004
Ha'aretz/Amira Hass: What would Israel do without UNRWA?
The UN food aid is preventing outbreaks of disease and the spread of malnutrition. How would Israel's UN ambassador, who is calling for Hansen's removal, respond to reports of malnutrition of an African-type scale, if not outright hunger, in the territories that Israel controls?
Canada: Groups calling on the government to stop annual donation to UNRWA over Hamas controversy.
Feature article and Interview with UNRWA’s Public Information Officer Matar Saqer in Amman Jordan by Samah Sabawi on location.
October 5, 2004
Baha Abushaqra - Oops, Israel did it again
Since its inception, Israel has propagated narratives to divert the attention of the international community from its unwavering determination to dodge international law. At a time when Israel's armored tanks and apache gunships are pounding the Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza, killing "militants" and civilians, it is convenient for Israel to foment distractions. Two of them are now brewing.
October 4, 2004
Canada looking at UN agency over Palestinian connection
The federal government is promising to look into the possibility that a United Nations agency Canada backs is employing members of Hamas, a Palestinian group Canada has defined as terrorists.
October 2, 2004
Uri Davis "All Canadian Taxpayers are complicit in Israeli War Crimes"
Canada Park is proud that it incorporates the old village of Emmaus, the place where Jesus is said in the Bible to have revealed himself to his disciples after his resurrection from the tomb. But no one wants to admit that it is built over the ruins of three Arab villages, Amwas, Yalu, and Beit Nuba, from which the residents were forcibly expelled during the 1967 war.
Response from Jack Layton to Arif Raza and 26 Other Canadians' Open Letter
Re: NDP SHIFTING POSITION ON THE MIDDLE EAST?
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