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Massacre in Gaza: Israeli strikes kill more than 200

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Israel's air force fired about 30 missiles at targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, destroying several Hamas police compounds and killing more than 140 people, medical officials and witnesses said.

The Israeli military confirmed it had conducted strikes, saying they targeted "terrorist infrastructure" and pledging to continue and expand attacks if necessary.

Hamas vowed to avenge what it called "the Israeli slaughter."

Medical officials said 120 people had been killed in Gaza City and another 23 in Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern Gaza strip.

 

Stargazer

Funny, this was not the main focus on CBC news. Nope. The main focus was on how kind Israel was being in allowing food and water to be sent to Gaza. The press only mentioned rockets being launched at Israel.

 

 

Winnifred

It should have been the main focus.

 

It is a terrible situation. I am not sure what is to be done,

This analysis is very interesting.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050155.html

Stargazer

That was a horribly biased and slanted article.

 

Israel = Good Hammas = Bad

 

lagatta

I'm listening to Radio-Canada and the coverage is very factual - not Israel-apologetic at all.

What of a hell of a time of year to have to mobilise against this atrocity. I'll be in touch with the Palestine solidarity people here.

Unionist

Stargazer wrote:

That was a horribly biased and slanted article.

 

Israel = Good Hammas = Bad

 

One of Israel's worst political crimes is to have sidelined and crushed the left and progressive forces among Palestinians which were active, even dominant, in the 60s and 70s, and directed Palestinians into the Islamic dead ends of Hamas, Jihad and the like - capturing a soldier here and there, shooting some rockets, and presiding over Israel's genocidal destruction of the Palestinian people, their dreams and aspirations. That's when Hamas and Fatah are not waging their murderous internecine battles.

Yes, the world must continue to denounce and isolate the Israeli war criminals. But sooner or later, a leadership must arise in that region to unite all inhabitants, regardless of religion or ethnicity, in common struggle to expel all foreign influence and live together in peace.

As you can probably tell by the fog on the screen, I'm not holding my breath.

Winnifred

According to AP:

"With 200 mortars and rockets raining down on Israel since the truce expired a week ago, and 3,000 since the beginning of the year, pressure had been mounting in Israel for the military to crush militants."

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/558600

It is as though Hamas was trying to provoke a confrontation. This is terrible.

 

Slumberjack

Winnifred wrote:
It is as though Hamas was trying to provoke a confrontation. This is terrible.

Through occupation and the subsequent land, sea and air blockade, military repression has been the main instrument through which Israel provokes its enemies, by suffocating the Palestinian people, young and old alike.  Israel maintains the status quo through violence because it purposefully avoids peace, because real peace requires significant concessions and a return of gains acquired through aggression.  Something they are incapable of doing because of internal political considerations.  The oppressed are left with no choice but to struggle against overwhelming odds.

Le T Le T's picture

"Funny, this was not the main focus on CBC news. Nope. The main focus
was on how kind Israel was being in allowing food and water to be sent
to Gaza. The press only mentioned rockets being launched at Israel."

 

The front page article on CBC.ca/news is now the reporting on the attack by Israel. As Lagatta says of RC's coverage, it's pretty factual and middle of the road. 

Cueball Cueball's picture

Unionist wrote:
Stargazer wrote:

That was a horribly biased and slanted article.

 

Israel = Good Hammas = Bad

 

One of Israel's worst political crimes is to have sidelined and crushed the left and progressive forces among Palestinians which were active, even dominant, in the 60s and 70s, and directed Palestinians into the Islamic dead ends of Hamas, Jihad and the like - capturing a soldier here and there, shooting some rockets, and presiding over Israel's genocidal destruction of the Palestinian people, their dreams and aspirations. That's when Hamas and Fatah are not waging their murderous internecine battles.

Yes, the world must continue to denounce and isolate the Israeli war criminals. But sooner or later, a leadership must arise in that region to unite all inhabitants, regardless of religion or ethnicity, in common struggle to expel all foreign influence and live together in peace.

As you can probably tell by the fog on the screen, I'm not holding my breath.

That is pretty simplistic.

 One of the fundamental aspects missing from this analysis is the fact that the left allowed itself to be corrupted, and worse, it also failed partly because it too, more often than not, was not free of associations with imperial designs of the Soviet Union. The left, where it has achieved government in the Arab world has also used brutal means of oppression, in the name of leftist principles. On the brighter side of the spectrum of Arab socialists one can say that Nasser had substantive political legitimacy, but then we have Assad in Syria, and worse Hussien in Iraq.

The track record of "the left" in the Arab world is hardly very progressive, and not very inspiring. Blaming the failure of the left on western agression, and Israeli Malfeasance is a cop-out.

Hoodeet

Cueball:  Saddam Hussein was only as "left" as Stalin.  A
journalist who visited Hussein saw the complete works of Stalin in
Hussein was surprised and asked the Iraqi president "You're not really
a communist, are you?" to which Hussein reportedly answered "Neither
was Stalin".  (Lost the source, but it was a British or a US
journalist.)  I'd leave him off the list.

It's easy to blame
corruption of the left parties for their own demise.  It's a
little more complicated than that, of course.  Israel favoured
Hamas in the beginning to divide Palestinians and weaken the PLO. 
They also worked  systematically to destroy the PFLP  and
other left groups, with the tacit or even active cooperation of
monarchical Arab states (Jordan, Saudi Arabia...) who feared the rise
of a socialist secular state in the region.  ("The enemy of my
enemy is my friend" - we've seen it many times in history.)

Israel
is an unholy mess, its economy tied in and beholden to  militarism
and arms production (as one of the top developers and exporters of
military systems).  The extremists will play the Palestinian
threat as a card with which to distract the people from the real
domestic issues.  

 

lagatta

Cueball, you are blackening the Left in the Arab world with a pretty broad brush there. There is truth in all you say, but there are leftists in the Arab world who have not fallen victims to corruption, and nowadays the Soviet influence is a memory.

I know progressives in the territories; suppose that historically at least they were associated with PFLP. Not perfect by any means, but not the extreme corruption - and now, collaboration, to be found in Fateh or the extreme social reaction of religious fundie Hamas. Sure, they are in solidarity with Hamas against Israeli aggression, but are none the less critical of its agenda against women and against personal freedoms.

Israel DID do a lot to destroy the Left in Palestine, thinking that it would be better to deal with religious parties.

This makes the combat of Palestinian progressives - and in particular of Palestinian feminists - all the more arduous. The real burial shrouds of families destroyed by Israeli shelling are far worse than the symbolic shrouds women are forced to don, but that does not excuse the symbolic shroud.

Hoodeet

correction - above comment

"saw the complete works of Stalin in Hussein's study"  (accidentally erased - sorry)

martin dufresne

"I'm listening to Radio-Canada and the coverage is very factual - not Israel-apologetic at all"(Lagatta)

YellWhaaaat?!!!

I just listened to the radio news on Première chaîne and it featured, as usual, Sionist mouthpiece Danielle Kriegel mouthing the official line from Jerusalem - including the announcement of more Israeli strikes!!!!!!!!! -  with analysis limited to the predictable speculation by unnamed Israeli sources about "fear of reprisals".

ETA: Last sentence of the 1 p.m. broadcast: "President Ehud Barak warned that reprisals would continue and intensify as long as it would be necessary." (my translation)

If you really believe that this perspective is factual, lagatta and Le T, I suggest you record one of her reports and transcribe it by hand, including her white-washing word choices, e.g. describing exchanges of gunfire "between soldiers and Palestinians". Kriegel is an Israeli government flunky who probably would have described the Sabra and Chatila massacre as agitation in Palestinian strongholds! The fact that Radio-Canada seems unwilling to give voice to a more objective journalist about the war on Palestine is a bloody shame and probably a direct reflection of Canadian and Israeli govt censorship.

For a more realistic perpsective, check out Al-Jazeera's treatment of this horrible renewed assault by a terrorist State, surfing on Canada's uncritical support.

Or don't you trust Arabs?

nonest factum

Bradley Burston / The worst anti-Israel charges you'll hear in wartime

By Bradley Burston, Haaretz Correspondent

 

 

It
is, abruptly and again, wartime. Across the globe, the selective
pacifists of the left and the recliner Rambos of the right are spoiling
for their next battle, the war in Gaza.

They will fight one another in letters to Congress, in cable news
sound bites, in raucous talk-radio phone-ins, in the virtual
mega-heroics of the online battlefield of the talkback.

They will fight one another in the United Nations as well, unashamedly one-sided in their concern for human life.

 
 

 

Herewith
the first in a two-part guide to the 10 most gratuitous, least
productive, most resolutely ingenuous claims likely to be hurled in an
effort to attack Israel.

The first five are arguments of the anti-Israel left, claims which are, curiously, as tired as they are unflagging.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050421.html

lagatta

Martin, it wasn't Danielle Kriegel, who is indeed as you say; it was just a file story. You were listening to a later version of the news. Calm down; I'm not one to swallow the Israeli government lie or "distrust Arabs".

Don't you follow babblers' posting histories? I took part in the PAJU vigils for many years, and was involved in Palestine solidarity decades before that.

Sometimes you just seem pissed-off at everybody.

martin dufresne

And sometimes what I hear doesn't correspond to what people say about it. The file story you heard may have seemed balanced compared to CBC coverage, but Radio-Canada Nouvelles is not and has never been to my knowledge anything less than systematically pro-Israel in that conflict. Their continuing relationship with Kriegel as their local correspondent should demonstrate as much.

wwSwimming

Palestine Remembered -

http://www.palestineremembered.com/index.html

in order to create Israel, 400 Palestinian villages were destroyed and their occupants killed or forced to find new housing. Yet the Western media - including, unfortunately, Canada's - commemorates Israel's "60th anniversary" and talks about their "war of independence" without saying a word about the other half of the story - what the Palestinians call Al Nakba.

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Hoodeet

What is being set up in solidarity with the victims?

There are
over 400 wounded (which our whitewashing msm always refers to as
"injured" as if the wounds were accidental) in need.  

That might be more constructive, and our arguments start to seem rather petty, frankly 

lagatta

Emergency demo in Montréal:

Demonstration to commemorate Palestinian victims of Israeli massacre in Gaza

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28th, 13h00
Norman Bethune Square
corner: Guy & de Maisonneuve
(metro Guy-Concordia)
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In response to the latest massacre of Palestinians executed by the Israeli apartheid regime.

At least 200 Palestinians have been killed in the latest Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, while the threat for further bloodshed still hands heavily over the skies in Palestine as the current Israeli assault over Gaza continues.

This is the single largest massacre in Gaza since Israel illegally occupied Gaza in 1967, many among the dead are civilians and the numbers keeps mounting.

Israel's military operation "Cast Lead" has echoes of previous Israeli raids into Gaza that have been characterized by indiscriminate attacks on civilian population centers, mass detentions, violent house demolitions and other forms of collective punishment against the Palestinian people.

Additionally this demonstration will address the Canadian government's total support towards Israel, best exemplified increased bilateral military, political and economic links.

Israel's latest massacre in Gaza occurs with official Canadian complicity towards Israel's illegal siege and ongoing sanctions over the civilian population in Gaza. Over the past two years the Gaza Strip has been undergoing the daily violence of a wide-ranging humanitarian catastrophe triggered by severely reduced access to energy, food, and medicines. In effect, Gaza is the world's largest open air prison.

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

As H.E. Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockman, President of the United Nations General Assembly state in a recent speech: "More than twenty years ago we in the United Nations took the lead from civil society when we agreed that sanctions were required to provide a nonviolent means of pressuring South Africa to end its violations. Today, perhaps we in the United Nations should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations."

Join us on the streets tomorrow as people of conscience to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and an end to Israeli apartheid.

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

I got it from someone in Palestinians and Jews United (Paju) so assume they are attending as well.

josh

Operation Disproportionate Response XXXIII

Cueball Cueball's picture

Hoodeet wrote:

Cueball: Saddam Hussein was only as "left" as Stalin. A journalist who visited Hussein saw the complete works of Stalin in Hussein was surprised and asked the Iraqi president "You're not really a communist, are you?" to which Hussein reportedly answered "Neither was Stalin". (Lost the source, but it was a British or a US journalist.) I'd leave him off the list.

It's easy to blame corruption of the left parties for their own demise. It's a little more complicated than that, of course. Israel favoured Hamas in the beginning to divide Palestinians and weaken the PLO. They also worked systematically to destroy the PFLP and other left groups, with the tacit or even active cooperation of monarchical Arab states (Jordan, Saudi Arabia...) who feared the rise of a socialist secular state in the region. ("The enemy of my enemy is my friend" - we've seen it many times in history.)

Israel is an unholy mess, its economy tied in and beholden to militarism and arms production (as one of the top developers and exporters of military systems). The extremists will play the Palestinian threat as a card with which to distract the people from the real domestic issues.

 

 

Yadda yadda. My point is that it is simplistic to simply blame Israel and the west for the demise of the left in the Arab world, or among Palestinians. Certainly, neither have been supportive of it but the left has much to answer for, and failure has been its lasting legacy. Preaching about some possible "never never land" alternate reality, where if it were not for the bad guys, everything would be peachy keen in the Middle East is intellectually dishonest. As is attempting to disassociate Stalin, and Stalinism, from the left, simply because such associations are embarrassing.

The fact is that the main line of left wing political organizations among Arabs were for many generations associated with Stalin and his heirs, as was the case throughout the world, both out of conviction, and for the sake of political expedience. These are facts. Trying to reshuffle the historical deck because its a convenient way of not taking a position supportive of the non-leftist Arab resistance to the Israeli occupation (of which Hamas is most definitely a legitimate representative), and not engaging in a fulsome critique of the "left" legacy in the Arab world is only to make ones position irrelevant to the actual process as it unfolds.

Sure, I would prefer that it was the PFLP that was calling the shots in the Gaza Strip. But that is not the way it is, and so, in the balance, and in context, one necessarily has to take a firm position supporting the legitimate resistance to the Israeli occupation, and clearly there is no other effective organization defending Palestinian interests, as all others, even the late Yasser Arafat's Fatah, are hopelessly corrupt, if not in fact direct tools of the occupation. This corruption of the left, in particular, the corruption of Fatah, (nominally a social democratic left organization, and a member of the Socialist International) is precisely the cause of the advances made by other organizations, such as Hamas and Hexboallah, which operate under the banner of an ideology of indigenous origins, and not tainted by past failure and betrayal, often enabled by the paternalistic attitudes of all-knowing western "leftist".

Perhaps its time we westerners stopped lecturing Arabs about what kind of resistance is best for them, and let them determine the form of their own destiny.

 

Unionist

Cueball wrote:

Perhaps its time we westerners stopped lecturing Arabs about what kind of resistance is best for them, and let them determine the form of their own destiny.

 

You think that's what's held them back for the past 60 years - westerners lecturing the Arabs? North Americans coopting their resistance organizations?

And you don't like my theory - that the problem is Israel, supported by the most powerful imperialisms in the world - and their puppets like the Saudis and others?

Ok, you pursue your theory, and I'll pursue mine.

The best thing we can do to help is to pressure our own country to sever all ties, and cease all support, for Israel and its prime backers. That includes condemning Harper for cutting off aid to the Palestinian Authority when Hamas was elected as the government. It does not include creating illusions that the wingnuts of Hamas will ever save their people. They won't.

peskyfly1

     Collective punishment is a war crime.  The question is, how does the civilized world (or whats left of it) enforce international law?  How can we make a difference when our government endorses American imperialism?  Is it so hard just to stop killing people?

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

There will be a demonstration outside the Israeli Consulate in Toronto.

Where: 180 Bloor Street West

When: 2:00 p.m. on Sunday 28th December 2008.

Supported so far by:
Canadian Arab Federation

Palestine House

Women in Solidarity with Palestine (WSP)

Not In Our Name (NION): Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism

Muslim Association of Hamilton

International Jewish anti-Zionist Network - Toronto

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

 

 

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Unionist

And just which of the Palestinian liberation organizations would you qualify as being Soviet proxies in that time?

Cueball Cueball's picture

Unionist wrote:

Cueball wrote:

Perhaps its time we westerners stopped lecturing Arabs about what kind of resistance is best for them, and let them determine the form of their own destiny.

 

You think that's what's held them back for the past 60 years - westerners lecturing the Arabs? North Americans coopting their resistance organizations?

North Americans? Not precisely that. Sorry to say it but I include Soviet Socialism as a European ("Western") ideological formula, derived from the same body of ideas, complete with the overweaning, "we know better" attitude born in the so-called "enlightenment", that was enforced by the raw power of the Soviet state, and cynically manipulated toward supporting the "percieved" interests of the Soviet state, regardless of the consequences to those directly involved.

Of course this is a two way street, and just saying that Nasser, for example, was a merely a puppet of the Soviet State would be absurd, but, it is a fact that the "left-socialist" cause has largely been discredited as an effective mode of achieving the national aims of most Arab peoples, and also (often) seen as direct agent of their opression, along with those icons of the era who are associated with it, or used those associations to further their political goals.

Really, of those only the family of Assad remains, and the speed with which these political movements withered and died, after the collapse of the Soviet Union is a testement to how chimeric was their hold on popular opinion.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Well, aside from the fact that I just wrote a whole paragraph outlining that I thought saying that the Pan-Arabist socialist movement was "merely a puppet (proxy) of the Soviet State would be absurd", and that your question is based on a patented distortions of what I said, I will point out, that if you bothered to read about the history of the PLO, you would know that the PLO begins life as a "proxy" (to use your word) force of the major players in the Arab League, in particular Egypt and Syria, and was generally concieved of not as "liberation movement" for Palestinians per se, but as a military force comprised of displaced Palestinians that would be organizationally subservient to the interests of the major players in the Arab League and in particular the Pan-Arabist vision of Nasser.

In fact, asserting "independence" from the Arab league, and the various political ambitions of its members, and becoming truly a "Palestinian" organization that put Palestinian interests above those of its sponsors was an important political power struggle within the PLO that was an major political concern for Yasser Arafat, and primary to his rise and control over the organization. Black September comes to mind.

But that is just history, so who cares?

Frustrated Mess Frustrated Mess's picture

Maybe this is the Zionists final solution for the Gaza Ghetto.

Unionist

Cueball, you're angry with someone or something. Why not forget about this ideological debate, which is out of place in this thread, and let people here be united in the face of this barbaric attack. I will continue to wish well to the Palestinian people and hope, from afar, that they develop their own leadership (currently non-existent) to lead them to the realization of their aspirations. Meanwhile, I will support all forces that work for unity of all peoples in the region against the enemy (Israel and its backers), and I will work for that same cause here in Canada.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture
Cueball Cueball's picture

Unionist wrote:
Cueball, you're angry with someone or something. Why not forget about this ideological debate, which is out of place in this thread, and let people here be united in the face of this barbaric attack. I will continue to wish well to the Palestinian people and hope, from afar, that they develop their own leadership (currently non-existent) to lead them to the realization of their aspirations. Meanwhile, I will support all forces that work for unity of all peoples in the region against the enemy (Israel and its backers), and I will work for that same cause here in Canada.

What a clown. 

Sure, I am angry at your idiotic and contradictory and stupid statments, and your flat distortions of what I have said.

And here we go again, starting with "forget the ideological debate" and then following with the hope that they "develop their own leadershp", which is (according to you) is "currently non-existent", expressed in the most cloying and maudlin tones. What could be more ideological than denying the very existance of the Hamas leadership that was duly elected to office by popular vote? What is your problem? Is it that you can't reconcile your own need to preach socialism to the heathen Muslims, with the principles you are preaching, one of which is no doubt the "right of self-determination."

I would say that the Palestinian people expressed their "aspirations" when 46 percent of them voted to elect Hamas as their government. Your problem is that you just can't swallow it. But Unionist will work for "their cause" here in Canada by denying the validity of their votes.

Unionist

Too bad you never worked in a union. You'd see the need to have friends. Which also means allowing people their ideas, while paying attention to their actual stands in life.

You have no clue how hard it can be for a son of Nazi genocide survivors to condemn Israel and work wholeheartedly and publicly for justice for the Palestinian people. You call people names who make such sacrifices, just because they challenge your notions.

It's better to have friends.

Left Turn

Emergency demo in Vancouver on Monday, against Israeli War Crimes.

************ *********

PROTEST ISRAELI WAR CRIMES
Monday December 29th @ Noon
US Consulate (1075 West Pender)
Gather on HASTINGS side (corner Thurlow)

Organized by various Palestinian solidarity groups.
Endorsed by:
Al-Awda - Vancouver
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign
Canada Palestine Association - Vancouver
Voice of Palestine - Vancouver
The Canadian Arab Federation - National
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights - University of British Columbia
StopWar Coalition.
Canadians Against War
Adala - Arab Justice Committee

For more information or to add your endorsement: vancouver.gazaprote st@gmail. com.

************ *********

Please come out rain, snow or shine to demonstrate your outrage and our collective humanity in response to the latest massacre of Palestinians.

At least 200 Palestinians have been killed and over 800 injured in the latest Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, while the threat for further bloodshed still hands heavily as air strikes continue. This is the single largest massacre in Gaza since Israel illegally occupied Gaza in 1967, many among the dead are civilians and the numbers keeps mounting.

Israel’s latest massacre in Gaza occurs with official US and Canadian complicity towards Israel’s illegal siege and ongoing sanctions over the civilian population in Gaza. Over the past two years the Gaza Strip has been undergoing the daily violence of a wide-ranging humanitarian catastrophe triggered by severely reduced access to energy, food, and medicines. In effect, Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison.

Demonstrations are planned all over the world in the next few days including in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Join us in Vancouver as people of conscience to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and to demand an end to the siege of Gaza and Israeli apartheid.

jrose

I've been asked to pass this along by rabble's publisher:

 

 

Take Action to End Israeli Attacks on Gaza
December 27, 2008
 
Today, the Israeli Air Force attacks on the occupied Gaza killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds more. These lethal attacks on an overcrowded Gaza come after months of a brutal siege that has seen the civilian population of Gaza deprived of food, fuel, medicine, electricity, and other necessities of life.
 
Israel's bombing of Gaza today would not have happened without the complacent and complicit silence of the international community. Any just solution has to be anchored in international, humanitarian and human rights law.
 
Therefore, we need to take action to protest these attacks and demand that our government call for an immediate cease-fire, the lifting of the siege to allow for the delivery of aid, medicine, fuel etc... free access for international humanitarian organisations, journalists and diplomats, which Israel has blocked.


For background information, please read Gush Shalom's statement on today's attack, which puts blame for the end of the truce squarely on Israel: http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/events/1230387660  (full article pasted at the end for convenience)
 
TAKE ACTION
 
1. Contact the Prime Minister's Office to protest the attack and demand that the Canadian government request an immediate cease-fire, lifting of the siege imposed on Gaza . Call 613-992-4211 and email pm@pm.gc.ca

2. Call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Phone:  613-944-4000 - and/or send a FAX:  613-944-4500 – and/or email to L.Cannon@international.gc.ca ; Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca , and cc to Obhrai.D@parl.gc.ca  ; Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca ; Layton.J@parl.gc.ca ; Duceppe.G@parl.gc.ca ; leader@greenparty.ca ; RaeB1@parl.gc.ca ; Patry.B@parl.gc.ca ; Martin.K@parl.gc.ca ; Goodale.R@parl.gc.ca ; Leblanc.D@parl.gc.ca ; Dewar.P@parl.gc.ca ; Paquette.P@parl.gc.ca ; Faille.M@parl.gc.ca .

3. Contact your Member of Parliament (MP) to let them know your concerns. To find your MP and their contact info, click HERE and enter your postal code.

4. Contact your local media by phoning into a talk show or writing a letter to the editor.

 


To view this document on the department's website, please click on the following link:
http://w01.international.gc.ca/MinPub/Publication.asp?Language=E&publication_id=386703&docnumber=252

 

December 27, 2008 (2:30 p.m. EST)
No. 252


Statement by Minister Cannon on the Situation
in Israel and the Gaza Strip


The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip:
 
"Canada is deeply concerned by the escalation of violence in Southern Israel and the Gaza Strip and by the loss of life and the suffering sustained by all sides.


"Israel has a clear right to defend itself against the continued rocket attacks by Palestinian militant groups which have deliberately targeted civilians. First and foremost, those rocket attacks must stop. At the same time, we urge both sides to use all efforts to avoid civilian casualties and to create the conditions to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access to those in need in Gaza.


"In addition to calling for immediate calm, we urge renewed efforts to reach a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel and for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to remain committed to finding a comprehensive peace settlement."


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For further information, media representatives may contact:


Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
www.international.gc.ca/index.aspx

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

jrose wrote:

I've been asked to pass this along by rabble's publisher:

Did rabble's publisher also ask you to post that slimy press release from the Minister of Foreign Affairs? 

 

 

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Frustrated Mess Frustrated Mess's picture

The statement from our government is of the same moral cowardice that turned away Jewish refugees fleeing an evil, racist regime almost 70 years ago. Two generations have passed and still our governments stand with evil and racism.

lagatta

Is there a demonstration in Ottawa, opposite the Israeli Embassy? With the number of people from the Middle East (and Maghreb) in Ottawa and Gatineau, and others, that should be doeable.

Cueball, not all "Arabs" think alike. My cues as a socialist on this matter are from socialists and feminists IN THOSE COUNTRIES.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Unionist wrote:

Too bad you never worked in a union. You'd see the need to have friends. Which also means allowing people their ideas, while paying attention to their actual stands in life.

I have been in plenty of friggin unions. Yet another presumtuous and ignorant statement of precisely the kind you are making when you are ignorantly strutting about and telling Arab-Palestinians that they are too stupid to have organization and leadership, because you don't approve of the ones they choose.

Allowing people their "ideas" is one thing. Allowing them to propogate false and elitist notions about entire groups of people, working and living in conditions of almost total physical degradation, while under the threat of violent physical assault, from the comfort of their keyboard, at home, or at the union office, in Canada, is quite another.

Cueball Cueball's picture

lagatta wrote:
Cueball, not all "Arabs" think alike. My cues as a socialist on this matter are from socialists and feminists IN THOSE COUNTRIES.

I guess that's why 44 percent of Palestinians voted for "Change and reform" (aka the Hamas list). Who brought that up? Oh yeah, it was me. You might infer from such a statement that I was aware that 56 percent voted for others. What did the collective "Alternative" of the leftist parties and the PFLP get in the last election... 6%... or something?

I have no idea why I am being favoured with this lecture about the diversity of views in the Arab world, but be that as it may, if you think that getting 5% of the popular vote qualifies an organization as being a legitimate voice of leadership and opinion on Palestinian issues, you might agree that getting 7 times that amount does not disqualify Hamas from similar respect even if people here don't like their world view.

I feel that the goal of understanding a complex situation, such as the one faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, is best served not by turning off what we don't like in favour of listening to voices that we approve.

Speaking of diversity, and avoiding blanket distortions, lets also not forget, that "Change and Reform" was not just a Hamas list, but also a list comprised of many independents, and one that also ran women and Christians on their slate.

lagatta

I don't see what the problem is. Of course I defend the people of Gaza against Israeli strikes, no matter what government they voted in.

But no, I don't like the worldview of Hamas, for whom I am shit by virtue of being a woman, and filth by virtue of being an atheist. Now, that doesn't affect me here - it does affect progressives, especially women, in that part of the world. All of whom (at least all I know) defend the Gazan people (and hence the elected Hamas government) against Israeli aggression, but don't agree with its reactionary world-view.

I think you are essentialising "Arab" people in a culturalist mode. And I think that due to Palestinians, not "Westerners". That is why the reminder - not a "lecture" - cripes, stop insulting everyone - that not all "Arabs" think alike.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Not recognizing the legitimacy of Hamas as a leadership movement among the Palestinians people, as Unionist is doing, is by extentsion deligitimizing its right to govern as the duly elected and responsible government of the PA, as chosen by the Palestinian people, and is therefore not defending "the Gazan people" or the right of the Palestinian people to determine their own destiny, but rather, playing into propaganda tropes (such as the one about "terrorist infrastructure" -- really Palestinian police facilities -- that we see in the quote from the IDF in the OP) that aid the forces of occupation. 

And I think Hamas won its election victory largely on the basis that more women voted  for it than Fatah (60 percent from the reports I have read), and as far as I can tell they elected as many female MP's as Fatah. So, when the cards are down, I don't see where your assertion that Hamas generally views you as "shit by virtue of being a women" comes from, since of course, if they did, they would make no effort to include women in their political process, at all. At least this seems to be true from the relative standpoint of Palestinian culture in general, in terms of forces both secular and Islamic, which is to say that from the hard evidence, as opposed the abstraced "theoreticals", Hamas is no more sexist than the rest of the society at large.

Quote:
"We need to make men aware of the real importance of women. Women didn't come into life only to be man's servant."

--Gulf Daily News, February 2006

Houda Naim al-Qrenawi Member of the Palestinian parliment for Hamas.

 To me, your view comes off as more simplistic western anti-Islamic prejudiced half-baked in western war on terror stereotyping, and not in accord with the facts.

Quote:
Seventeen of the 132 new legislators, or nearly 13 percent, are women. That's twice as many female legislators as in the outgoing parliament — ostensibly a breakthrough in the male-run Palestinian society.

However, with Hamas commanding a majority parliament and women lawmakers divided over their agenda, change is unlikely. Some women's rights campaigners even fear a backlash against efforts to curtail polygamy, raise the age of marriage for girls or get tougher on men who kill wives or daughters over "family honor."

"It's not just a question of numbers," said liberal legislator Hanan Ashrawi. "There will be more women (in parliament) who are conscious of women's rights ... There will also be women who are not committed to equality."

Hamas' campaign among women helped victory

I think you're "essentializing" Hamas in terms of a cheap western stereotype about Muslims, the majority religion of the Arab people. 

When speaking of feminism, the voice of Palestinian women should count for something don't you think? Or can we just dismiss that because the vehicle they chose to express their disatisfaction with the status quo is unappealing from the standpoint of our own idealized, but hardly realized western conceptions?

Here's an idea... they know something we don't. Possible, or no?

 

derrick derrick's picture

Press release from the Coalition Against Israeli Aparthied for tomorrow's rally in Toronto:

 

Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
People respond with outrage to the latest massacre of Palestinians: Toronto
gets set for Demonstrations condemning recent Israeli attacks on Gaza
WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday December 28, 2008
WHERE: Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, December 28, 2008 (TORONTO) - Canadian
civil society organizations will be holding a demonstration to protest the
latest Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza today. The rally is
being organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), Palestine
House Cultural and Educational Centre, Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), Women
in Solidarity with Palestine (WISP), Not in our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing
Zionism (NION), and other concerned community organizations.
Over 225 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military in the last
twenty-four hours, making it the single worst massacre in Gaza since it was
illegally occupied in 1967. As many as 700 others have been injured and the
threat of further killings still hangs heavily over the skies of Palestine.
Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, stated yesterday that: 'this is only
the beginning' of what Israel calls 'Operation Cast Lead.'
The Israeli military is carrying out air strikes against a population that
lives in the most densely populated area in the world. Gaza has been under
an illegal and internationally condemned siege since April 2006. With little
reprieve, this two-year siege has restricted all flow of aid, medical
supplies, fuel and other necessities of life into the territory. A
humanitarian catastrophe has been unfolding in Gaza – this latest military
assault will only worsen the situation in an area where there is already
insufficient medicine, food, or fuel for people to survive on.
The Canadian government has become an ardent supporter of Israel's policy of
aggression and siege aimed at Gaza and has increasingly supported Israel's
on-going regime of apartheid. Stephen Harper's government was the first to
implement the siege on Gaza, which was most recently described by UN Special
Rapporteur Richard Falk as including "wide-ranging violations of the
fundamental human right to life."
As such, several sectors within Canadian society are renewing their call and
intensifying their efforts for a comprehensive campaign of boycott,
divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel and its apartheid practices.
This international campaign was recently endorse by United Nations General
Assembly President H.E. Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockman: "More than twenty
years ago we in the United Nations took the lead from civil society when we
agreed that sanctions were required to provide a nonviolent means of
pressuring South Africa to end its violations. Today, perhaps we in the
United Nations should consider following the lead of a new generation of
civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of
boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations."

 

just one of the...

Cueball wrote:
The fact is that the main line of left wing political organizations among Arabs were for many generations associated with Stalin and his heirs, as was the case throughout the world, both out of conviction, and for the sake of political expedience. These are facts. Trying to reshuffle the historical deck because its a convenient way of not taking a position supportive of the non-leftist Arab resistance to the Israeli occupation (of which Hamas is most definitely a legitimate representative), and not engaging in a fulsome critique of the "left" legacy in the Arab world is only to make ones position irrelevant to the actual process as it unfolds.Sure, I would prefer that it was the PFLP that was calling the shots in the Gaza Strip. But that is not the way it is, and so, in the balance, and in context, one necessarily has to take a firm position supporting the legitimate resistance to the Israeli occupation, and clearly there is no other effective organization defending Palestinian interests, as all others, even the late Yasser Arafat's Fatah, are hopelessly corrupt, if not in fact direct tools of the occupation. This corruption of the left, in particular, the corruption of Fatah, (nominally a social democratic left organization, and a member of the Socialist International) is precisely the cause of the advances made by other organizations, such as Hamas and Hexboallah, which operate under the banner of an ideology of indigenous origins, and not tainted by past failure and betrayal, often enabled by the paternalistic attitudes of all-knowing western "leftist".

 

But remember that Hamas was nothing before Israel backed it - not today, but in the days when pan-arabism was the big bogeyman. Although you are right to say that today's Fatah is a near direct instrument of Israel's occupation, Hamas is as much a creation of the state of Israel. So there is really no easy way of saying 'this faction is a legitimate popular expression', and 'this faction is just a puppet', because the cards that the Palestinians are allowed to play have been selected for them a while ago. It is not clear if Hamas can fulfill the role as this elusive source of legitimate, grassroots, and "indigenous", as you describe it, popular opinion in Palestine because there has not been a vacuum for long enough to hear what that expression would be.

Unionist

Cueball defends Hamas because it is (his words) "indigenous". That's a code-word for Muslim.

He contemptuously dismisses all non-Islamic organizations as follows:

Quote:
... there is no other effective organization
defending Palestinian interests, as all others, even the late Yasser
Arafat's Fatah, are hopelessly corrupt, if not in fact direct tools of
the occupation.

It is difficult to debate such a Manichean world outlook.

In any event, it is off topic, and I got sucked into the thread drift initially, and I ask joc and lagatta and others to take this to another thread, please. We need at least one thread  (like this one) to deal with news of the disaster and of the worldwide resistance to Israeli aggression.

Stargazer

Thanks Unionist. I hate when threads like this get ugly when we need to take action of some kind. 

lagatta

You are right, unionist. The important thing is mobilising - in many ways - and keeping up the pressure against Israel. I'll never agree with cueball anyway.

Maysie Maysie's picture

Winnipeg:

wrote:
 ===================

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
2 PM * MANITOBA LEGISLATURE
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
PROGRAM/SPEAKERS: TBA

===================

As of this writing, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip and its peoples, together with lasting threats of bloodshed hanging heavily over the skies in Palestine as Israel vows further, violent actions.

Indeed, Israel’s December 27, 2008 attacks represent the single largest slaughter in Gaza since Israel illegally occupied the area in 1967 — this, as the numbers of dead innocents and civilians (including children) continue to mount following today's (Dec. 28/08) massacre.

Israel's military operation, entitled “Cast Lead,” echoes previous Israeli raids into Gaza, which have been characterized by indiscriminate attacks on civilian population centres, mass detentions, violent house demolitions and other forms of collective punishment against the Palestinian people.

*** Please note that Saturday’s rally will additionally address the Provincial and Federal governments’ total support towards illegally occupying Israel — best exemplified by way of increased bilateral military, political and nation-to-nation economic links.

Israel's latest massacre in Gaza occurs with official Canadian complicity towards Israel's illegal siege and ongoing sanctions over the civilian population in Gaza. Over the past two years, the Gaza Strip has undergone the daily violence of a wide-ranging humanitarian catastrophe triggered by severely reduced access to energy, food, and medicines. 

IN EFFECT, GAZA REMAINS THE WORLD’S LARGEST OPEN-AIR PRISON.

At this moment, we MUST reaffirm our commitment in the strongest possible terms in support of mobilizing friends and allies in other progressive social movements to respond to the call by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations for a comprehensive campaign of boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS).

http://www.bdsmovement.net/

 

 

lagatta

Thanks Maysie - still nothing in Ottawa? Bizarre.

Unionist

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/12/28/gaza-sunday.html?ref=rss]Israel launches fresh air strikes[/url]

Quote:
Witnesses said Israeli warplanes dropped three bombs on the Seraya compound in downtown Gaza, including a prison building there.

Health officials said four people were killed and 25 were wounded in the attack.

Israel is obviously encouraged by the stands (or silence) of the world community.

Canada, of course, was among the first to react by condemning Hamas rockets and not even mentioning the savage Israeli air strikes.

Obama, another staunch ally and inciter of Israeli savagery, [url=http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hlg6gJoFxIIFzFiTaidIB... to Condie Rice for eight minutes[/url] about Gaza and South Asia, and then sent his spokesperson to say that "there is one president at a time". Thank you, Obama.

We have to go back to July 8, 2008 to understand why Israel feels they are on solid ground in carrying out these war crimes (from the same AFP story):

Quote:

In a July interview with The New York Times, Obama said he didn't think that "any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens," in reference to rockets fired from Gaza into Israel.

"If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that," Obama said. "And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing."

As for talking with Hamas, the Islamist movement in control of Gaza, Obama said in the interview that it was "very hard to negotiate with a group that is not representative of a nation state, does not recognize your right to exist, has consistently used terror as a weapon, and is deeply influenced by other countries."

 

Stargazer

"very hard to negotiate with a group that is not representative of a
nation state, does not recognize your right to exist, has consistently
used terror as a weapon, and is deeply influenced by other countries."

 

Guess Obama can't see or refuses to see that this applies to Israel. I still do not fully understand the ties to Israel that our heads of nation have. 

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