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The importance of QuAIA's win at the Toronto Pride Parade

B'nai Brith tried to stonewall Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) from marching in the Toronto Pride Parade. This effort by the 'thought police' failed.

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Vancouver joins international actions for Nakba Day

Photo: vanremo / flickr
Vancouver Palestine solidarity activists, seen here protesting the Gaza flotilla massacre, are marking Nakba Day with a community event tonight.

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Ilan Pappe on cross-Canada speaking tour

Ilan Pappe will be addressing audiences across Canada this week. (Photo:
Israeli historian Ilan Pappe returns to Canada this week on a speaking tour with stops in seven cities.

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After the Tahrir is stopped: A day of state piracy, hijacking and kidnapping

'Our course is the conscience of humanity, our final destination the betterment of humankind.' Less than 75 nautical miles from Gaza, with Majd Kayyal, Karen DeVito, David Heap, Kit Kettridge, Michael Coleman and Ehab Lotayef. Photo Lina Attala

The following 24-hour chronology was compiled by David Heap, from London, Ontario, one of the delegates on board the Canadian Boat to Gaza, The Tahrir, which set sail from Turkey at the beginning of November with the aim of penetrating the longstanding Israeli blockade around Gaza.

Friday, Nov. 4, at approximately 8:00 a.m.

The Tahrir and the Saoirse enter Israel's unilaterally declared 100 nautical mile military exclusion zone. We are in fact in international waters up until and after we are boarded.

12:30 p.m.

First spotted large military vessels (frigates?), one to port two to starboard.

12:30 p.m. to 13:00 p.m.


Canadians protest the seizure of the Tahrir boat near Gaza amid claims of sabotage

Protesters in Toronto, Nov. 4, 2011. Photo: Mick Sweetman

Following the seizure of the Canadian boat, the Tahrir, by Israeli authorities in international waters off the coast of Gaza, impromptu protests erupted across Canada Friday in a show of solidarity with the activists arrested. 

In Toronto, a group of 30 picketed the Israeli consulate, protesting the boarding and seizure of the Tahrir and its companion, the Irish ship the Saoirse, in the Mediterranean Sea by Israeli naval forces earlier in the day. The Tahrir was carrying Canadians and other nationalities intent on delivering a reported $30,000 in medical supplies to the beleaguered people of Gaza. The Israeli military has blockaded Gaza since 2007 after Hamas won a majority of seats in the 2006 Palestinian election.


Critique of CPCCA report reveals misrepresentations on antisemitism in Canada

For Immediate Release 

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.


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.


The 2006 invasion of Lebanon by Israel remembered

Israeli airstrikes hit Tripoli, a large city in the far north of Lebanon. Anger was directed against  both Israel and Hezbollah for triggering the invasion. There was disgust when Stephen Harper declared Israel's reaction 'measured.' Photo: David P. Ball.
'Five years ago today, I was living in Beirut when Israel began its 33-day air and land assault on Lebanon, killing 1,200 civilians.'

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