Articles for January and February 2011
February 19, 2011
Sun - Harper hypocrisy on dissent
recognition of the fact that the Palestinians too deserve a country may
have been their real offence. Speaking to the Inter-Parliamentary
Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, the prime minister said that
Canada would support Israel “whatever the cost” against what he
described as the “ideology of the anti-Israeli mob.”
He means presumably all those who believe that countries can’t extend
their territory by war ought not to forget Article 242 of the Camp
David Accords, and that the right of return is guaranteed under
international law - exactly the way it was for the Kosovar-Albanians.
on this story from CBC - Oda admits she had CIDA document altered
Including 1188 reader comments.
Comment - The trend
continues, organizations that are critical of Israel
will lose funding and/or be refused access to even talk to this
government, e.g., , the Canadian Arab Federation, the Canadian Islamic
Congress and now KAIROS the
umbrella group for the good works of the Anglican, United,
Presbytarian, and Catholic churches among others.
who argue that religions organizations should fund their own work are
sorely misinformed as to how aid is administered. CIDA helps fund
of aid agencies with experience and existing programs in various
parts of the world. It is the charitable version of
out" except that there is no need to pay numerous high salaries as a
great deal of work is done on a volunteer basis. KAIROS has a long and excellent
record of service working with CIDA to deliver Canadian aid funds in an
February 14, 2011
- Harper follows Israeli line on Egypt
While the world is cheering on the Egyptian uprising, Harper is siding
with the despotic regime.
Even the United States, long a proponent of the dictatorial model for
the Arab Middle East, is speaking out for the protesters.
support for Mubarak is based on his Christian evangelical beliefs which
put Israel's interests above all else. Renowned author Marci McDonald's
Armegeddon Factor describes in detail the rise of the Christian
right in Canada and its links to the Harper government.
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drives that growing Christian nationalist movement is its adherents’
conviction that the end times foretold in the book of Revelation are at
hand. Braced for an impending apocalypse, they feel impelled to ensure
that Canada assumes a unique, scripturally ordained role in the final
days before the Second Coming — and little else.]
February 8, 2011
- Falling Arab dictatorships and Israeli government panic
The walls are crumbling. The
walls behind which dictators indulge in decadent opulence while "their"
people are mired in wretched circumstance. The walls behind which
"leaders" secretly sell -- for personal gain -- the rights of the
people they claim to represent.
Across North Africa and the
Middle East, across the Arab world, for decades dictatorship and
deepening corruption, firmly supported by imperial powers, seemed
beyond challenge. Today, once "stable" regimes are now facing a popular
reckoning. From the
vantage point of Palestine, there are three new dynamics.
- Critical Connections Egypt, the US and the Israel Lobby
The Egypt-Israeli peace treaty of 1979 has occasionally been mentioned
in news reports on the current uprising. That treaty was an arrangement
in which the Egyptian leader of the time, Anwar Sadat, stopped opposing
Israel's previous ethnic cleansing of close to a million indigenous
Palestinian Muslims and Christians (at least 750,000 in 1947-49 and an
additional 200,000 in 1967). This removed the most populous and
politically significant country from the Arab front opposing Israel's
illegal actions and led the way for other nations to
"normalize"relations with the abnormal situation in Palestine.
January 31, 2011
most countries have tried to maintain some measure of neutrality in
to the Egyptian people's struggle for freedom against a brutal
dictator, Israel has no reservations about meddling in the affairs of
others. Not only has Israel stated its own preference but is
attempting as usual to influence the position taken by other countries.]
Op-Ed News - Things Have To Change In Order
To Remain The Same
Israeli prime minister Netanyahu
told the US and Europe that criticism of Mubarak must be curbed in
order “to preserve stability in the region.”
By “stability” Netanyahu means
the unimpeded ability of Israel to continue oppressing the Palestinians
and stealing their country. Mubarak has been for three decades the
well-paid enforcer for the US and Israel, sealing off Gaza from the
outside world and preventing aid flows across the Egyptian border.
January 29, 2011
- At long last, Farber forced to denounce JDL
After years of treating the Jewish Defence League as if they were a
roguish but loveable younger brother, Canadian Jewish Congress supremo
Bernie Farber has finally said something about the JDL that's stronger
than "they're not my cup of tea" or that he's "disappointed" by them.
Farber's epiphany, in the form of an opinion piece in the Toronto Sun,
is a response to the JDL's rally last week in support of Britain's
extremist English Defence League.
[Note: The JDL is
considered a terrorist
organization in the US but has not been
designated as such in Canada. It freely roams Canadian streets
and campuses stirring up hate.]
- Israel rejected historic concessions, ‘Palestine Papers’ reveal
....While the leaked documents
so far released provide a glimpse into some Israeli concessions, the
overwhelming picture that emerges from these leaks is of Israel’s
intransigence. Time after time, Palestinian proposals were greeted
negatively by their Israeli counterparts.
we know for sure that it is the Palestinians who do not have a peace
partner. As usual reader comments on this article clearly
indicate that Canadians have not been fooled by Israeli propaganda and
media bias in favour of Israel.]
More on the
January 17, 2011
- Guyana becomes 7th South American state to recognize Palestinian
The country's foreign ministry
says decision comes in keeping with Guyana's support of the 'legitimate
aspirations of the people of Palestine for the exercise of their right
Voices - Canada’s Double Standards
Canada’s tax system currently
subsidizes Israeli settlements that Ottawa deems illegal; however, the
Conservative government says there’s nothing that can be done about it.
In June of last year, Guelph
activist, Dan Maitland, emailed Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence
Cannon concerning Canada Park, a Jewish National Fund of Canada
initiative built on land Israel occupied after the June 1967 War. Three
Palestinian villages (Beit Nuba, Imwas and Yalu) were demolished to
make way for the park.
A few weeks ago Maitland
received a reply from Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, who
refused to discuss the particulars of the case but provided “general
information about registered charities and the occupied territories.”
Ashfield wrote that “the fact that charitable activities take place in
the occupied territories is not a barrier to acquiring or maintaining
Victory Update - Ahava is rebranding
It seems that B’nai
Brith jumped to conclusions. The Bay did not pull Ahava
BDS actions in Canada but because Ahava is being discontinued
and is going to be relaunched at a later date. Apparently Sears
pulled AHAVA from its shelves.
although this is not a BDS victory in Canada, it may well be a
worldwide BDS victory; the Ahava image is tainted. The campaign
against it has been so successful thatthe distributor has to re-brand
the product just like Israel is seeking to re-brand
itself. [ Read more]
January 13, 2011
BDS Victory - The Bay drops Ahava!
We have just been advised that the United Jewish Appeal Facebook page
has announced that:
The Bay has discontinued sales of all Ahava products from Israel.
Although company spokespeople have not officially explained their
decision, it follows an intense boycott campaign by anti-Israel
activists. In response, we suggest that you visit your local Bay store (http://is.gd/e8WG2h ) request
AHAVA products and inquire why they are not available.
Please consider writing a quick note of thanks to the Bay to counteract
the avalanche of angry emails from Israel backers.
IS THE FIRST BDS VICTORY IN CANADA. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE SUPPORT
Email: Richard Baker, Chairman - email@example.com
Email: Bonnie Brooks, President and CEO - firstname.lastname@example.org
Email: Shelley Rozenwald, Director of Beauty Products - email@example.com [Sample letters]
January 8, 2011
letter in reply to David Matas' article "Banning Israel anti-apartheid
weeks at universities"
Your ongoing attempts to ban
Israel Apartheid Weeks at Canadian universities represent a threat to a
democratic society that cherishes freedom of expression and the right
to peaceful dissent. In the face of an extensive discourse about Israel
and apartheid by prominent Israel politicians and academics in and
outside of Israel, you persist in claiming that apartheid in Israel is
nothing but a malicious “fantasy” propagated to foster anti-Semitism.
MLAs urged to allow free debate on Israeli apartheid
April, the Manitoba Legislature debated a resolution calling on the
provincial government to “denounce Israeli Apartheid Week as divisive,
promoting intolerance and undermining a balanced debate of the
Israeli-Palestinian question.” The resolution was never put to a vote,
but the debate was enlightening – perhaps in ways unintended by some of