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National Council of Canadian Muslims sue PMO for libel

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What does it mean to be Canadian when you belong to a visible minority?

Growing up on a steady diet of pseudo-liberal Canadian cultural mosaic pride and regular renditions of "This Land is Your Land," I thought that it meant my citizenship; my childhood memories and the rest of my lived experience were enough to legitimize my identity as a 'Canadian,' and afford me the corresponding rights.

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Silence does not resist Islamophobia

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When York University professor Paul Grayson was instructed to accommodate a student’s request to be excused from group work with female students, it sparked a debate about the future of gender equality and religious accommodation at York University and other universities across Canada.

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The ninth annual Israeli Apartheid Week: Education and solidarity more important than ever

The 9th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) kicked off on February 25th of this year. Starting in Europe, then in Palestine, and opening this weekend in North America before moving on to South Africa. These are only some of the confirmed dates; February and March will play host to a number of informative events in countries all over the world.

Now almost a decade running, IAW has become more than an annual event. It is a global institution. Last year, events were held in 215 cities worldwide. IAWs include lectures, film screenings, workshops and more, all organized to educate and enlighten audiences on Israeli apartheid -- its historical context and present day consequences.

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Book review: The Almond Tree

The Almond Tree

by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
(Garnet Publishing,
2012;
$10.57)

Michelle Cohen Corasanti’s The Almond Tree is the fictional memoir of Ichmad Hamid, a Palestinian man who is forced to the head of the family at the age of twelve when his father is arrested for terrorism.

I am of two minds when it comes to this book. On the one hand, I appreciate the author’s effort to tell a comprehensive story about Palestine that illustrates the hardship experienced by so many throughout the last 63 years.

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The Toronto Palestine Film Festival: A grassroots gem of the city's cinema scene

Photo: Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF)

The Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF), now in its fifth year, is at once a grassroots organization and a gem of the Toronto cinema scene.

Six years ago, a group of activists had been screening films at the local and late Brunswick theatre, to much success. Once the Brunswick closed, the idea of a weeklong festival was born.

"A group of us decided to continue [with] the concept of the Brunswick screenings but do it as a film festival," explains Andrew Hugill, founding member of the TPFF organizing committee.  A year later, 60 years after the Nakba, the very first Toronto Palestine Film Festival opened at the Bloor Cinema to a sold out audience. 

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Nakba Day in Palestine: A time to remember and resist

The Palestinian flag at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

Today, there are events across Canada to mark 'Nakba Day,' including a public forum in Vancouver which rabble.ca will be livestreaming this evening. Here, Haseena Manek explains the significance of May 15 to Palestinians. 

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