The NDP on Palestine and fate of the “Palestine Resolution”
with Yves Engler, David Heap and Aminah Sheikh
Sunday, Sep 23, 6 pm
Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave (St. George subway)
Before Israel’s creation Canada’s social democratic party took a sensible, humanist position towards Zionism, but soon after it began echoing Israel’s justification for ethnically cleansing Palestinians and invasions of neighbouring countries in 1956 and 1967. Through the 1970s and ’80s NDP luminaries such as Tommy Douglas, Ed Broadbent and Stephen Lewis made stridently anti-Palestinian statements. More recently MPs from NDP have participated in the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs trips to Israel, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conferences and Jewish National Fund events.
At their convention in February 2018, the NDP leadership nakedly suppressed debate on a widely member-endorsed “Palestine Resolution”. That incident highlighted the party hierarchy’s anti-Palestine stance as well as the growing support for Palestinian rights among the larger membership.
Our panelists discuss the NDP position and history on Palestine with an eye to offering a roadmap to help those who oppose racism and colonialism to push the NDP into supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people.
Aminah Sheikh is labour and community organizer in Canada. She is a long time activist and supporter of Palestine Solidarity communities and workers. Her work is aimed at strengthening inter- worker solidarity and building workers’ power globally. She is an Organizer at the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union. Aminah worked at the Service Employees International Union, where she worked on the Justice for Janitors. She has done a abundance organizing in the Muslim community in Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at York University in Gender Studies and her Masters in Gender and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
David Heap is a parent of two, a UWO faculty member (French & linguistics), peace and social-justice activist and trade unionist feminist. Participated in the Gaza Freedom March in December 2009-January 2010, and the Canadian Boat to Gaza (tahrir.ca) campaign from June 2010 to present.
Yves Engler has been dubbed “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “part of that rare but growing group of social critics unafraid to confront Canada’s self-satisfied myths” (Quill & Quire), “ever-insightful” (Rabble), “Chomsky-styled iconoclast” (Counterpunch) and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen), Yves Engler (yvesengler.com) has ten published books.
Yves is in Toronto to participate in weekend conference Designing a world beyond war: legalizing peace and to launch his new book at 2 pm at OISE (see event listings).
Need to know:
– Doors open at 5:40
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Space is accessible at back of building on the east side; washroom also accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.
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