Why Palestine solidarity matters at the NDP convention

Why Palestine solidarity matters at the NDP convention

​Join David Mivasair, Libby Davies, Zahia El-Masri, Hammam Farah, and Svend Robinson for a discussion on the importance of Palestine solidarity in the NDP.

At the upcoming NDP convention, important resolutions have been put forward regarding Palestinian rights. This has elicited external backlash from groups and individuals and pressure to suppress debate. This discussion will address the importance of giving members the opportunity to debate and adopt two widely endorsed pro-Palestinian resolutions. One of these resolutions opposes the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's anti-Palestinian working definition and examples of antisemitism, a document designed to suppress discussion of Palestinian rights. The other calls on Canada to end economic ties to illegal Israeli settlements and suspend bilateral arms trade until Palestinian rights are upheld.

The NDP's position on Palestine matters. The Trudeau government tried to block the International Criminal Court from investigating Israel's war crimes, regularly votes against widely supported UN resolutions upholding Palestinian rights and expanded a trade agreement that treats settlements in the occupied West Bank as part of Israel.

This event was hosted by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.

Co-sponsored by: Independent Jewish Voices, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Courage and rabble.ca (media sponsor)

About the panelists:

Svend Robinson was an MP from 1979 to 2004, who represented suburban Vancouver-area constituencies of Burnaby for the NDP.

Libby Davies was the MP for Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015, House leader for the NDP from 2003-2011, and deputy leader of the party from 2007-2015.

Zahia El-Masri is an activist and former NDP candidate for Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

Rabbi David Mivasair is emeritus at the Ahavat Olam Synagogue in Vancouver and a member of Independent Jewish Voices.

Hammam Farah is an activist and board member of the Palestinian Canadian Community Centre - Palestine House.

Palestine Solidarity: Why the NDP Convention Matters

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