Jeff Halper: Global Pacification System -- Israel and Canada

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 00:00

Global Pacification System:  Israel and Canada
Speakers Jeff Halper and Greg Albo
Discussant:  Robert Latham

With the recent events in Ferguson MO (as in G20 in Toronto in summer 2010) the reality of militarization of police, equipment and tactics has come to North America.  Jeff Halper speaks to this phenomenon in the larger perspective of “Global Pacification System”.  He is a long-time activist, writer and commentator on Israel-Palestine known for his writing on the concepts and practice of “matrix of control,” and “people warehousing” as practised by Israel on the Palestinian population in Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially in Gaza.

Jeff Halper is an Israeli peace activist and Nobel Prize Nominee to tour Canada advocating for a Just Peace.   Co-Founder and Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Dr. Halper, will be touring Canada for three weeks.  His other Toronto engagement is  Wednesday, January 21 7:30 pm at Bloor Street United Church (300 Bloor St. W) speaking on The War in Gaza: What does it mean and Where is Israel-Palestine Headed?

Halper has been advocating for the human rights of Palestinians for decades, educating audiences around the world and actively resisting policies of dispossession in Occupied Palestinian Territory through the work of ICAHD.

Greg Albo teaches political economy at the Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto.  Co-editor of A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration and author of numerous articles in journals such as Studies in Political Economy, Socialist Register, Canadian Dimension, and Monthly Review.  Professor Albo is also on the executive of the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto.

Robert Latham is director of the Centre for International and Security Studies, and associate professor of Political Science, at York University in Toronto.

Suggested donation of $10 but no one turned away for lack of funds. All donations will go to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).

Tour Sponsors include the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI), Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) – Canada, United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO), and Canadian Friends of Sabeel.  The January 22 Toronto event is also sponsored by Canadian Dimension magazine, Centre for Social Justice and Science for Peace.

Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:50 – seating is limited
- $10 donation (suggested minimum)
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.

Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway)
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W
Ontario CA

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable. has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.