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Canada 'reconsidering' UNESCO funding after Palestine's admission

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Montreal, Nov. 1, 2011 - On Oct. 31, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted full membership to Palestine, despite the certainty that the U.S. would cut its funding -- 22 per cent of the agency's budget. The UNESCO membership bid, which required approval by two-thirds of the agency's general conference, passed by a vote of 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions. The U.S., Canada, Israel, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany were among those who voted against, while China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa and India voted in favour. Huge cheers erupted in the UNESCO meeting hall when the Palestinian membership passed.


Critique of CPCCA report reveals misrepresentations on antisemitism in Canada

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Montreal, Sept. 22, 2011 -- On July 7, 2011, after a delay of more than a year, the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA) released the report of its inquiry. Today, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is issuing a detailed Critique of the CPCCA report which highlights grave misrepresentations in the CPCCA report.


How pro-Israel is Harper's government?

Today, the Palestinian Authority is pursuing a state on 22 per cent of their historic homeland. The least we can ask of our government is to support this move at the UN.

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Vancouver protest against Israel's foreign minister today

Lieberman's appalling views and his visit to Canada should not be acceptable to anyone with a modicum of respect for human rights.

- Sid Shniad, Independent Jewish Voices.

What: Protest against Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman

When: 7:30pm, Monday, September 19, 2011

Where: Outside the venue where Lieberman is speaking, the Jewish Community Centre (Note: the centre is not the event sponsor), 950 W. 41st Ave, near Oak St., Vancouver.

Why: "We are extremely distressed by the Harper government's welcoming of this visit by Israel's extremist, racist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, a man who has openly advocated ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians," said Sid Shniad, spokesperson for Independent Jewish Voices.


Canada: The gift that keeps on giving to Israel

As Israel faces growing isolation and repercussions from an effective global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Campaign, over the past month Canada has continued to deepen its economic, political, and ideological relationship with Israel.


CODEPINK activist arrested after disrupting Israeli PM's speech to Congress

CODEPINK's Rae Abileah, shortly before being arrested in a Washington DC hospital.

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Protester disrupting Netanyahu in Congress arrested at hospital

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Police arrested CODEPINK peace activist Rae Abileah at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Abileah was taken to the hospital after having been assaulted and tackled to the ground by AIPAC members of the audience in the House Gallery during Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.


63 years of Nakba

'A simple, true, self-explanatory expression of what we're sick of.'
'A simple, true, self-explanatory expression of what we're sick of.'

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Judith Butler speaks at Israeli Apartheid Week event in Toronto

The American scholar and writer spoke to over 500 people at The University of Toronto on 'The Academic and Cultural Boycott' of Israel.

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Quebec right attacks MNA Amir Khadir

Just a week after being proclaimed the most popular politician in Quebec, Amir Khadir, the only MNA from Quebec solidaire, was out in public again to support a controversial issue knowing it would prompt rabid attacks from his opponents.

Khadir took to the street on Dec. 18 to picket a Montreal shoe store that sells Israeli-made products, as a part of a consumer boycott campaign initiated by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction group, a Palestinian solidarity organization. While the effectiveness of this tactic for the Palestinian cause is debatable, one ought to commend Amir's courage to stand up for his principle without fearing what it will do to his popularity.


The Bay drops Ahava: A victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in Canada

This month, the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) have discontinued sales of Ahava cosmetic products. Ahava is an Israeli company that has been a target of the Palestinian campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

HBC was the main retailer in Canada that carries Ahava's line, and has been targeted by a number of Palestine solidarity group over the past 18 months. Many participated in the campaign across the country, including Tadamon in Montreal, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto, with Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East being the latest group to join in.


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