January protests against Israeli assault on Gaza

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Activist events coming up this weekend (Jan 10):

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STOP ISRAEL’S MASSACRE IN GAZA!

END THE SIEGE NOW! 

WHEN: 1pm, Saturday January 10, 2009
WHERE: Parliament Hill, Ottawa 

This Saturday will be the largest international day of protest so faragainst Isreal's ongoing massacre in Gaza. In addition to Ottawa, protestsare already planned for Calgary, Fredericton, Montreal, Saskatoon, Toronto,and Vancouver. As the Israeli ground, air and sea assault continues on thecivilian population of Gaza – we need to continue mobilizing against thesewar crimes. At least 540 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injuredin the single largest massacre in Gaza since Israel illegally occupied thearea in 1967. 

These latest war crimes occur in the context of official Canadian complicitywith Israel's illegal siege, bombardment and starvation of the civilianpopulation in Gaza. We must denounce the Canadian government's ongoing andunconditional support of Israel, now more than ever. 

Last Saturday, thousands demonstrated across Canada and around the world,including 5,000 in Ottawa in the largest Palestine solidarity demonstrationsin decades. This coming Saturday, people across the globe will return to thestreets in internationally coordinated demonstrations against the Israelionslaught. 

Join us this Saturday to demand that the Canadian government call for animmediate halt to Israel's attacks, an end to the siege of Gaza, and theimmediate delivery of humanitarian aid! 

ORGANIZED BY: The Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians (APAC),Independent Jewish Voices (IJV - Canada) and the Ottawa Palestine SolidarityNetwork (OPSN) - www.apacottawa.com, www.independentjewishvoices.ca, andwww.ottawapalestine.blogspot.com

SUPPORTED BY: Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA-Carleton), Solidarityfor Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR Ottawa), Not In Our Name: Jewish VoicesOpposing Zionism (NION), NOWAR-PAIX, Rassemblement outaouais contre laguerre, and the Ottawa Peace Assembly.

Pro-Israeli rallies to know about across Canada on Thurs Jan 8: 

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Toronto
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Beth Tzedek Synagogue
Street: 1700 Bathurst Street, Toronto

London, ON
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: London Jewish Community Centre
Street: 536 Huron Street, London

Hamilton, ON
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Adas Israel Synagogue
Street: 125 Cline Avenue South, Hamilton

Winnipeg
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 7 PM
Location: Asper Jewish Community Campus (Gym)
Street: 123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg

Vancouver
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Schara Tzedeck Synagogue
Street: 3476 Oak Street, Vancouver

Calgary
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Calgary Jewish Community Centre
Street: 1607 90 Ave., S.W., Calgary

Halifax
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: Beth Israel Congregation
Street: 1480 Oxford Street, Halifax

Montreal
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation
Street: 6800 Mackle Rd., Côte St Luc

Ottawa
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Soloway Jewish Community Centre

Street: 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa

 

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Upcoming protest in Surrey, B.C.

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SURREY RALLY TO END THE SIEGE ON GAZA & PROTEST ISRAELI WAR CRIMES !

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Saturday, January 17, 2009
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey
Right Across King George Sky Train Station
On facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=69572879128
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Please come out this Saturday January 17th to join with the diverse
communities in Surrey who are organizing a rally in solidarity with our
sisters and brothers in Gaza. With the ground invasion starting this week
and a growing number of fatalities, our ongoing support for the people of
Palestine - along with millions of other people of conscience worldwide -
is critical.

This rally is being organized by a network of organizations based in
Surrey including Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association, Pakistan Canada
Association, Gateway Islamic Centre, Fijiyan Community Centre, and BC
Muslims Association, with the support of the network of Vancouver-based
Palestine solidarity groups that have organized the past three rallies.

Let us strengthen our resistance from Vancouver to Surrey and demonstrate
our outrage and collective humanity in response to the latest massacre of
Palestinians.

Contact: Tarik Kyani (PCCA) at tariqkiyani@gmail.com

 

p.s. to blake: I hope you don't mind, but I edited the title so we can include current and ongoing protests. 

Ghislaine

martin dufresne wrote:

I see the only real, political, realistic attempt to do so, that of Hamas, through consequences, i.e. counter-violence, being haughtily condemned by some - whose agenda is transparent - but daintily side-stepped by the rest of us.

 

Wow. I am at a loss martin and cannot believe you would actually articulate support for violence by Hamas. Do some research on their opinions about violence against women sometime. 

 It would be wonderful to attend some type of protest where one can denouce all violence on both sides. Unfortunately there seems to be one side that is pro-Israeli violence and massacre and anti-Hamas and another side that is anti-Israeli violence (or plain anti-Israel) and pro-Hamas. Sad.

Ghislaine

Cueball, all religions treat women like crap.  You should know this.

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What specific "violence against women" are you speaking about. Are you referring to a survey or study done of Hamas party members, or policies that they enacted which were particularly "violent against women"? Or are you just mouthing some general racist truism that you picked up from common discourse about muslims regarding women? As if "Muslim" based political parties are some how more inherently sexist and violent than say the "Christian Democrats" of Germany.

In fact, most observers have suggested that Hamas won the last election among Palestinian largely because they outstripped their competitors in terms of women voters, by as much as 20%. As many Hamas women MP's were elected as were those from Fatah.  The last Palestinian Parliment, closed down by Fatah, doubled the number of women MP's, giving women 17 percent of the seats - 1% less than the Canadian parliement

If Canada were invaded would you want to condemn the violence "on both sides", because the of the Conservative have a backward stand on womens issues?

Of course we are not talking about a party that has an particularly enlightened view of gender social relations, but you are talking as if there is something uniquely sexist and violent about Hamas. Any evidence for that?

All ready to look at your "research on their opinions about violence against women". Mine say the above.

 

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That is perjorative generalized crap. Unless you have something specific to rely on that suggests that Hamas is more sexist than any number of political institutions, then I say you are engaging in plain anti-muslim bigotry.

Where are you facts, as opposed to just generalized assertion about religion? 

If Germany were invaded, and Christian Democrats stood against the invasion and occupation, would you be condemning the "violence on both sides"?

Why not condemn the Israeli's on this score, since they elect less women to office per total seat count than the Palestinians do, if that is any measure of attitudes.

Stargazer

All religions DO treat women like crap, or worse, chattel. None get a free pass from me. None. I suspect if you were female you might not have said this:

"That is perjorative generalized crap"

but that is for another thread.

My post has sweet FA to do with Hamas and everything to do with Cue's response. 

 

Back on topic, I am deeply ashamed, and extremely angry with Canada's horrible response to the Gaza killings. We need Harper and his pal Iggy out. The sooner the better.  Harper does not represent the majority's views, yet has the gall to be the only country fully backing Israel.

Michelle

Yes, Ghislaine, we all know that you wish there was a protest that would denounce Hamas violence AND Israeli violence.  You've told us this, many, many times.  So don't go if you don't want to go, that's fine with everyone.  Or, start your own protest.  That's generally how it's done.

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stargazer wrote:
My post has sweet FA to do with Hamas and everything to do with Cue's response.

Couldn't agree more.

Hamas elected as many women to its parliment in percentage of seats as persently sit in the Canadian parliment, yet you'll lecture them til the cows come home about how evil and sexist they are in comparison to Canadian secular "democracts". 60% of Palestinian women vote for them, and it will be the same old same old supersticious reaction, without facts or arguement. Just perjorative crap.

I am getting really sick of westerners leveraging feminism as means of justifying war and occupation.

Ghislaine

Michelle wrote:
Yes, Ghislaine, we all know that you wish there was a protest that would denounce Hamas violence AND Israeli violence.  You've told us this, many, many times.  So don't go if you don't want to go, that's fine with everyone.  Or, start your own protest.  That's generally how it's done.

 Yes I have stated this before and I won't again. What I was commenting on this time was my shock that martin would explicitly support violence by Hamas and that no one even was alarmed by this. I don't think I have ever seen this here before. 

Stargazer

Bullshit Cueball. So if suddenly the Catholic Church was to elect females, it's hunky dory if they hate us and want to control our wombs? As I already stated, this is NOT about Hamas. It is about ALL RELIGIONS. Period. I refuse to have this "discussion" with you as you simply refuse to see how controlling religion is over women's agency. Your unqualified support for this does not make you an ally. It makes you blind to the effects RELIGION has over women. Not to mention gays and lesbians.

And I don't "lecture" anyone. I despise all religion equally. 

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War makes uncomfortable bed fellow Ghislaine. And here Hamas is definitely in the right, against the Israeli wrong. It is that simple.

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Stargazer wrote:

Bullshit Cueball. So if suddenly the Catholic Church was to elect females, it's hunky dory if they hate us and want to control our wombs? As I already stated, this is NOT about Hamas. It is about ALL RELIGIONS. Period. I refuse to have this "discussion" with you as you simply refuse to see how controlling religion is over women's agency. Your unqualified support for this does not make you an ally. It makes you blind to the effects RELIGION has over women. Not to mention gays and lesbians.

And I don't "lecture" anyone. I despise all religion equally. 

You are just pursuing your vendetta against me. You would prefer to do that, than oppose war and violence. Sorry, the religious aspects of Hamas, or their attitudes towards women, have absolutely nothing to do with this. Israel did not invade Gaza to defend the rights of Muslim women, nor did they do it to end violence. It was an act of violence, against men women and children, regardless of gender.

Rather than recognize that, or bother to deal with it, you have been tricked in defending those who are manipulating feminism because their athiest soapbox appeals to you.

Ghislaine

Cueball wrote:
War makes uncomfortable bed fellow Ghislaine. And here Hamas is definitely in the right, against the Israeli wrong. It is that simple.

 Hamas is not in the right. They target civilians. Yes their weapons are way more rudimentary and less precise, but if they could change that they would.

 Can they both not be in the wrong? Palestinian civilians who wish to live in peace deserve better. From my understand and reading, Hamas was elected primarily due to corruption in Fatah. There were no other choices.

I refuse to believe in the anti-Muslim bigotry from counter-protestors at these events that the indiscriminate violence advocated and practiced by Hamas is representative of regular oppressed Palestinian citizens. 

Two wrongs most certainly do not make a right, nor does an eye for an eye or an endless cycle of violence.

Stargazer

I refuse to talk to you about religion Cueball. It has nothing to do with a "vendetta" (how utterly sexist of you BTW. I can only be pissed at religion because I am a female with a vendetta. Screw off. 

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Ghislaine wrote:

Cueball wrote:
War makes uncomfortable bed fellow Ghislaine. And here Hamas is definitely in the right, against the Israeli wrong. It is that simple.

 Hamas is not in the right. They target civilians. Yes their weapons are way more rudimentary and less precise, but if they could change that they would.

 Can they both not be in the wrong? Palestinian civilians who wish to live in peace deserve better. From my understand and reading, Hamas was elected primarily due to corruption in Fatah. There were no other choices.

I refuse to believe in the anti-Muslim bigotry from counter-protestors at these events that the indiscriminate violence advocated and practiced by Hamas is representative of regular oppressed Palestinian citizens. 

Two wrongs most certainly do not make a right, nor does an eye for an eye or an endless cycle of violence.

 

All of that is irrelevant. Numerous national liberation movements have targetted civilians, There is nothing unusual about that. We have targetted civilians for ages. We obliterated Dresden in a single night. Israel does so as a matter of policy.

The French resistance to the German occupation assassinated French prostitutes who worked with German soldiers. Does this violence against women, mean that the French resistance should not have been supported against the German occupation? 

Where the two sides differ is that one is defensive, and the other offensive. Palestinians have lived under occupation and military law for more that 40 years. They are fighting the occupier. Thier relative war crimes does not change this fact. This is a null equation, except for the scale of the violence perpetrated by the occupier, something that is always available to the occupier over the occupied. 

Ability, is in fact the thing that defines the relationship between the occupied and the occupier. It is not just the thought that counts, sorry.

What is left over after the null equation of mutual violence, and mutual war crimes, is the occupation. And in this regard the two position are not at all equitable. Israel persists in continuing the essential crime, which generates all the crime that follows, by imposing martial law and occupation.

This is exacibated by shere scale and ruthlessness of the execution, far beyond the means of the occupied to resist.

lagatta

Of course Hamas is in the right against IDF war crimes. And I fully understand why women and men in Gaza would support them, as they have been more forthright against the occupeier than the PLO has, and the Left parties in Palestine are far too marginalised now. Though we'd probably disagree about why.

But with this forthright opposition comes a religious-fundamentalist regression. I sure don't blame women in Gaza whose families are getting slaughtered to put opposition to that slaughter over their rights. There is a mandatory religious cast to all social dealings.

Regression to religious fundamentalism is in no way uniquely Muslim. A painting by secular German-Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum, who died in the Nazi camps, comes to mind. He and his wife and son were trapped with no escape from Europe, a "planet without a visa", and we see an image of the painter in the prayer shawl and phalacteries of a religious Jew, looking without hope at a map of the world, its borders closed to refugees.

http://www.genocides.eu/img/001.jpg

It isn't because hypocritical westerners, yes, including the rightwing Christian Democratic party in Germany, misuse feminism that we must fear to speak out against how ALL religions have mistreated and alienated women and bend over backwards to the Muslim strain of religious fundamentalism to avoid the charge of "Islamophobia". Islamophobics see a clash of civilisations, not manifestations that exist in all human societies. The current crop are wilfully blind to women-hating fundamentalist Christians.

But as cueball rightly says, that is not the issue here. You will find a very similar pronouncement from Tariq Ali, who is certainly no friend of Islamic fundamentalism, or of any other kind. The issue here is oppression and mass murder.

Ghislaine

Cueball, just one point. Many have pointed out in other threads (and factually so) that Hamas is not completely organic, but has been funded and encouraged by Israel. 

Sarann

I'd like to talk about religion.  How much of Canada's foreign policy is due to the number of conservative  MP's with ties to fundamentalist religious groups.  This is something that is never talked about or mentioned in the newspapers or on tv.  The rapture (or whatever it's called ) is supposed to come about with certain conditions taking place in the Middle East.  This is why Christains of that persuasion support anything Israel does.  They don't really care about Israel, only how it affect their own weird plans.  Why don't Canadians know more about this.

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I don't think that Hamas is ideologically "Islamic Fundamentalist" in the manner which it is often understood. I think this is a surface reading of the situation, and one which has been consciously promoted by the western interests to which they are opposed. Hamas comes into existance first and foremost as an aspect of the Palestinian resistance to occupation, unlike say, Osama bin Laden's outfit, which has an entirely different social relationship to Afghanistan, than Hamas does to the Palestinian people.

In this it is organic, whereas OBL's group is imposed (actually by the CIA) so it does not have a real relationship to the people, whom it proposes to represent. Therefore, Hamas, is not merely an expression of ideology, but also a real movement, which represents its constituency directly, and is comprised of that constituency, and therefore influenced by that constituency.

One might look at the Taliban, in a similar light, but when one does so, one sees that the culural framework, and tradition that informed the Taliban is based in PashtunWali, and this is completely different that the more cosmopolitan and educated culture of the Arabs of Palestine. Both movements express their specific root cultural traditions, and these are substantially different.

There is another thing to: Reminding ourselves that Hamas is an organic reaction to the Israeli occupation, one notes that the resistance to the occupation is informed with a long history of left wing ideas, "pan-Arabism" and so forth, and these view are deeply ingrained in the resistance, and not so easily removed from the "revolutionary culture". Left-secularism, is in fact a set of ideas that informs the culture of Hamas directly because it is an outcropping of the same revolutionary movement, unlike the Taliban which was a direct reaction to foreign occupation by "the left", and a rejection of those ideas.

 

So for instance, when one of the Hamas MP's (a woman) made a call for Hijab to be worn, she was almost immediatly made to qualify the statement by saying that such a call was not meant to be an "injunction," but encouragement. The very presence of women in the organization, and running as MP's, not to mention the over effort to win women to the organization as participants and voters directly contradicts the norm of the general consensus of what Islamic fundamentalism is, especially in relationship to women.

 

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Ghislaine wrote:
Cueball, just one point. Many have pointed out in other threads (and factually so) that Hamas is not completely organic, but has been funded and encouraged by Israel. 

I find it funny that I am being reminded of this fact, when it was probably myself who promoted this point most agressively on this web site, before others picked up on it. Not that I "discovered it" but to say I am well aware of this fact, which is to say, I don't disagree.

To be entirely accurate, Israel didn't encourage "Hamas". It supported the development of the "Muslim Brotherhood" charities, which Sheik Ahmed Yassin ran before he joined with seven other Palestinians to found Hamas.

But even then it was never a wholely owned subsidiary of Israeli policy, nor was Yassin "Israel's" man, as "OBL" was the CIA's man, and Yassin and the other founders were most definitely Palestinians.

lagatta

And cueball, I definitely agree with you about the differences between Hamas (and Hezbollah!, perhaps even more so) and Al Qaida or even the Taliban (though I think the latter is a clumsy reference to many indigenous groups opposing imperialism).

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Action in Toronto this Saturday Jan 17, 2009 

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Please join us for a picket at the constituency office of Conservative MP Peter Kent to tell Stephen Harper that the vast majority of Canadians support human rights, and want the war to end. Canada must stand for human rights, and not defend war crimes.

PICKET
Constituency office of Conservative MP Peter Kent
Saturday, January 17
11:00am to 1:00pm
7600 Yonge Street - assemble on the sidewalk
Thornhill ON
(north of Arnold Avenue )

Buses to the picket will depart from the following locations:
Downtown Toronto
Buses leave at 10:15am
Meet at: 720 Spadina Avenue (TTC: Spadina)

To book a seat, please e-mail stopthewar@sympatico.ca
Suggested donation: $5 to $10 (or pay what you can)

Mississauga
Car pooling will be arranged by Palestine House - email info@palestinehouse.com in advance.

Picket called by:
Palestine House, Canadian Arab Federation, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid,
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, Not in Our Name – Jewish Voices Opposing
Zionism, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Toronto, Independent Jewish Voices

For more information, please email info@palestinehouse.com or phone

416-795-5863 or 905-270-3622

 

sallyfirstone

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Canada must stand for human rights, and not defend war crimes.

Somehow me think that these people are not against palestinian monsters war crimes of sending rockets into babies beds in Israel. They probably think that is ok because they are anti jewish, like most people on the left nowadays. People at babble are all anti-jewish for supporting this. Shame!

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Get a grip of yourself. The site was founded by a Jew, and a good number of the most prominent posters here are Jews. Take you mindless chatter elsewhere if you don't like.

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sally is gone.

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* Demonstration: End Israeli Apartheid! End the siege on Gaza!

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SUNDAY JANUARY 25th
13h00 carré Cabot
corner St. Catherine | Atwater
(metro Atwater)
Montreal, Quebec
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http://www.tadamon.ca/post/2638

Around the world, major demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine are taking place, from Europe, to the Middle East, to Latin America. In response to the Israeli military invasion into the Gaza Strip, the grassroots movement in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for
liberation has been reignited.

Since December 27th, over 800 Palestinians have been killed and approximately 4000 injured, the majority civilians, sparking international outrage against Israel. Israeli military actions have consistently targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure throughout Gaza, a war crime under international law; from U.N. schools, to apartment buildings, nowhere in Gaza is now safe from Israeli military aggression.

Join us for a major demonstration building on previous protests which have united tens of thousands in Montreal in solidarity with Palestine and against Israeli apartheid. Join us to denounce the ongoing Israeli
occupation in Palestine and to continue to build the solidarity movement with Palestine.

On the streets in Montreal we will call for an immediate end to the ongoing assault on Gaza, and to the direct complicity of the US and Canadian governments with the Israeli war crimes currently taking place.

The complicity of the Canadian government has been extremely clear, outlined in statements from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, who have consistently defended Israel's war
crimes, whether against civilians in Lebanon in 2006 or in Palestine in 2008.

Both the governments of Quebec and Canada stand in direct complicity with the Israeli apartheid system, which systematically discriminates against the indigenous Palestinian population. The Quebecois and Canadian
governments have recently heightened bilateral relations with Israel, increasing bilateral economic, military and political links. This fall, Jean Charest's Liberal government inked a bilateral trade deal with Israel, an action which stands in stark contrast to the growing
international calls for an economic boycott of the Israeli government in light of ongoing Israeli war crimes and systematic discrimination in Palestine.

At this moment, we must instead reaffirm our commitment to continue mobilizing friends and allies in progressive social movements to respond to the call by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations for a comprehensive international campaign of boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS).

Join us on the streets in Montreal in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and to call for an end to Israeli apartheid!

Initiated by
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) and Tadamon! Montreal

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Tadamon! Montreal
tel: 514 664 1036
email: info[at]tadamon.ca

Tadamon! [« Solidarité! » en arabe], est un collectif d'activistes montréalais, solidaire des luttes pour l'autodétermination, l'égalité et la justice au Moyen-Orient et dans les communautés de la diaspora à
Montréal et ailleurs. Tadamon! participe activement à plusieurs campagnes politiques au Canada, dont la campagne de Boycott, sanctions et désinvestissement (BDS) contre l'État d'apartheid israélien. Tadamon! est un groupe de travail du GRIPQ-Concordia et du GRIPQ-McGill.
http://www.tadamon.ca/

Tadamon! (Arabic for "solidarity"), is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East' and in diaspora communities in Montreal and
beyond. Tadamon! ongoing political campaigns operating in Canada, including the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid state. Tadamon! is a working group of QPIRG-Concordia and QPIRG-McGill.

">http://www.tadamon.ca/

 

lagatta

I see Maysie beat me to the Montréal one. (I was going to post the French that comes first in the message as well, but if anyone wants it in French it is at the top of the www.tadamon.ca site.

LeighT

just to collate in this thread, copied from elsewhere;

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http://www.peacealliancewinnipeg.ca/2009/01/protests-against-the-israeli-attacks-on-gaza-to-continue/ 

Peace Alliance Winnipeg, the Canada Palestine Support Network (Winnipeg Chapter) and Canadian Muslims for Palestine will hold a rally at the corner of Water Avenue and Main Street (in front of the Canadian Grain Commission Building) on Saturday, at 2:00 p.m., to call on the Federal Government to work actively for a ceasefire and for peace in the Middle East. Rallies will be held at there every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. until further notice.

Where: Canadian Grain Commission Building (Water Ave. and Main St.)

When: Saturday, Jan. 17 and each successive Saturday until further notice

Time: 2:00 p.m.

 

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from Before the Mast's post

http://www.rabble.ca/babble/activism/edmonton-rally-gaza

Rally for Gaza
Saturday, January 17, 2009
1:00 p.m., Churchill Square

Protest against injustice! Bring signs, banners, flags, and your
voice! Organized by ECAWAR in conjunction with the Canada Palestine
Cultural Association.

http://www.ecawar.org 

LeighT

Also more being added at the Canadian Peace Alliance site

http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/GazaEvents.html

eg. Hamilton and Ottawa 

 

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Slumberjack

On Saturday, 17 January at 12pm, a demonstration was held at city hall, Sydney, NS, to call for an end to the Israeli offensive against the population of Gaza.  Due to the extreme cold and small population, organizers expected about 25 people.  We were pleasantly surprised when over 100 people participated.  No representatives from any of the federal political parties were present, although a brief statement was read on behalf of Mark Eyking, Liberal MP for Sydney Cape Breton.  The weak statement was a regurgitation of the national Liberal party statement, which was similiar to the NDP national statement.  Several of us are resolved to work together against the re-election of Mark Ekying, although at this point, it is not clear that a party or candidate exists for us to choose from, which would better represent the basic human concepts of peace and justice, as called for by those present at this gathering.  A series of briefings and presentations is scheduled for 6pm, 17 January at the University of Cape Breton, in which Mark Eyking is anticipated to speak.  A few questions for this opportunist will be forthcoming from the audience.

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Unionist

Left Turn wrote:
Coverage would have been better if they showed a clip of Gabor Mate's insightful analysis, but the mainstream media is not about to give voice to speakers who debunk the dominant pro-Israeli narrative of the msm.

Fortunately, this 2002 op-ed piece by Dr. Gabor Maté is still available on the G&M website:

[url=Zionism">http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/TGAM/20021212... doesn't define Jews - it divides us[/url]

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The Palestinians continue to be disenfranchised, dispossessed and humiliated. Mr. Rose, Dr. Berger and Mr. Ruby, were they to drop their self-generated fear of leftist anti-Semitism, would be inspired by the words of the Israeli officer who chose this week to join dozens of his comrades in jail rather than serve in an army of brutal occupation: "I will do my time in a visible prison for a few months for refusing to enlist in Israel's academy for prison guards: the IDF, Israel's 'Defense Forces' which have been imprisoning an entire people for 35 years."

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