IAW motion is coming to Manitoba

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Unionist, just stop it!

How can you expect him to follow the CJC approved talking point flowchart, if you won't answer the simple question in the way it appears on his flowchart?


Vilifying Jews is Nothing New


another attack on "jew haters" and IAW



Is Israel an Apartheid State? [YES!]


Summary of a legal study by Human Services Research Center of South Africa

Israel: Arab Family Denied Right to Rent Here



Excellent letter to the editor of the Winnipeg Free Press:

[url=http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/apartheid... week fuelled discourse, not distortion[/url]


Re: The editorial on Israel Apartheid Week (Freedom trumps decency, March 6). You accuse IAW of "distortions" of the facts but then proceed to fill your editorial with so many untruths that even this term provides an inadequate description. In your case "contortions" would be more apt!

As an example, you have unveiled a brand new term, "so-called" Occupied Territories. The territories are occupied. The term occupied is used by the United Nations, Red Cross, International Criminal Court, Israeli press and can be found in many Government of Israel websites. [...]

In the early '90s, Michael Ignatieff (when his work related to human rights) flew over the West Bank by helicopter and said that it was like a "Bantustan" (these were completely non-viable "countries" set up by apartheid South Africa as a fob to its critics). Now we see the same man staunchly defending Israeli policies, a testament surely to the power of lobbying. It is because of such blatant masking and distortions that IAW came into existence.

The protection of human rights for all the citizens of Israel and the Occupied Territories is the core of its mandate and the need for its existence is emphasized by editorials such as yours.

And, contrary to scaremongering, the IAW events in Winnipeg took place without incident, the excellence of the speakers matched by the civil discourse by attendees on both sides. All participants adhered to the anti-racism policy of the organizers and there was extensive press coverage. The only glitch was that contrary to another inaccuracy in your editorial, we had arranged a debate in order to air both sides. David Matas, a staunch supporter of Israel and senior council to B'nai Brith, agreed to participate but six weeks later cancelled.

The original was signed by Dr Marc Etkin, Dr Mark Golden, Dr Cy Gonick (yes, of [i]Canadian Dimension[/i] fame), and Dr Adrian Fine of the IAW Organizing Committee, Winnipeg.


facebook group - I support the right to speak out against Apartheid

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Contact your MLAs. While email is the fastest way to contact them, they can also be reached at their constituency offices by phone or visits in person. It's important to have them all contacted.

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suggested subject line: I oppose any motion to condemn IAW. I support free speech in Manitoba

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Copy and paste the following letter. Edits, additions, and personal touches are welcome in your letters. If addressing it to a particular MLA, or your own MLA, put their name in the address line. Also, don't forget to sign it.


Dear Members of the Legislative Assembly:

I am writing in response to a proposed private members bill that condemns Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), a series of campus-based educational events that takes place annually on campuses all over the world.

The motion, which will be introduced by Progressive Conservative MLA Heather Stefanson (Tuxedo), is an unprecedented attack on free speech in Manitoba. I condemn and oppose this motion and the decision of any MLA to support it.

IAW has grown in size and scope since it was first launched on campuses in Toronto in 2005, and now includes dozens of events in 60 cities worldwide including 3 cities in South Africa. IAW is marked by its inclusive and diverse nature, its respect for discussion and debate, and its call for peaceful solutions to the Israel-Palestine conflict. IAW has been endorsed and supported by dozens of organizations including student unions, trade unions, faith groups, and Jewish solidarity organizations.

The term "apartheid" is not a hateful one, nor is it on the "margins" of mainstream debate. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter uses the term in his best-selling book Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid. South African anti-apartheid campaigners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Willie Madisha, regularly use the term "apartheid" to describe the conditions in which Palestinians live both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories. The term is also used widely inside Israel itself: former Israeli Prime Minister and current Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently used the term in a speech about the consequences of stalled peace talks.

The conditions in which Palestinians live clearly meet the definition of "apartheid" as described by the United Nations. The increasingly differential system of roads, housing, laws, access to resources, basic rights, living conditions, and quality of life between Jewish Israelis and Palestinians all point to a system of apartheid. Palestinians have the right to describe these conditions in the way they experience them.

In Manitoba, there have been a total of zero complaints to the university administration that we are aware of, zero violations of the University of Manitoba Respectful Work and Learning Policy, zero incidents of Jewish students being threatened or intimidated, and zero incidents of racism on campus as a result of IAW. While certain organizations and politicians have condemned IAW in the media and slandered and condemned IAW and IAW organizers, none had even attempted to contact organizers of IAW in Manitoba. Had they bothered to contact organizers or do the most basic of research, they would have found that IAW is an anti-racist event and that every event at the University of Manitoba was opened by reading a statement opposing racism.

You may disagree with an apartheid analysis of Israel, but you have no right to limit or restrict Palestinians and their supporters from expressing a completely legitimate perspective. A decision to condemn IAW would represent a serious setback for free speech in Manitoba, and should be reconsidered before it is approved. The Manitoba legislature should not be in the business of censorship. Furthermore, it is highly irresponsible for the Manitoba legislature to condemn student organized events when there are organized campaigns to ban these events. Fortunately the University of Manitoba administration has so far refused to infringe on free speech and students right to organize on campus.

In her press release at pcmanitoba.ca, Stefanson has clearly stated her intention: to "eradicate" IAW. This assault on free speech can not be tolerated, and I call on all democratic-minded MLAs to oppose this resolution.

I urge to rethink your position, to become more informed about this issue, and to demonstrate support for free speech in Manitoba - including for those political perspectives with which you might disagree.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.




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