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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.


Students, labour, academics: Growing Canadian solidarity with Palestine

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Judith Butler to speak at Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto

Judith Butler is speaking at the University of Toronto on March 9. Photo: Hendrik Speck

American academic Judith Butler will be one of the keynote speakers at the 7th annual Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, set to take place from March 7-11.

Butler is renowned for her contributions to critical theory, ethics, women and gender studies, queer theory, comparative literature, and post-structuralism.

Perhaps most recognized for her work on gender, Butler argues that gender is performative -- an act that is much more about "doing" than it is about "being." Her work encourages non-conformity and the opening-up of alternative ways of perceiving identity that do not necessarily abide by dominant group and societal norms.


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.


Young activists talk rights and peace in South Africa

Friday, Dec. 10: I will be leaving on a plane is less then 24 hours, catching a 18-hour flight to gather with close to 60,000 students and youth in Pretoria, South Africa, for the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) from December 13 to December 21.


The CPCCA should be reconfigured to combat racism against all peoples

In 1987, when caught in a lie about the Iran-Contra affair, President Ronald Reagan infamously said: "My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not." 

In 2010, Liberal MP Irwin Cotler pursues the same "logic" in his paper for the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA ). Cotler is on the steering committee of the (international) Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (IPCCA). Cotler and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney helped to establish the CPCCA and are ex officio members.

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What do you think of the action at Paul Dewar's office?

Fifteen protesters occupied NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar's office in Ottawa on Thursday demanding an end to what they call a "deafening silence" from the NDP on Israel's war on Gaza.

What do you think of this kind of action?



Israel, Canada and struggles for decolonization

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