Susan Nathan, a noted speaker on Israel and acclaimed author of the book The Other Side Of Israel: My Journey Across The Jewish-Arab Divide will discuss the situation in Israel Friday, October 3, 2008 at 7 p.m. Steelworkers Hall 25 Cecil St., Toronto
A public forum organized by Not In Our Name (NION): Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism
Friday, November 28 7:30 PM
Room 5-260 Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
University of Toronto 252 Bloor Street West (at St. George subway)
Speakers: Dr. Mohamed Elmasry – National President, Canadian Islamic Congress
Jake Javanshir – Member of NION, recently returned from Middle East
Abbie Bakan – Professor of Political Studies, Queen’s University
Hammam Farah, York University graduate from Gaza, where his family resides
Suzanne Weiss, Holocaust survivor and member of Not in Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism
7:00 PM Wednesday, June 25 Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
Room 5-260 252 Bloor St. W. (at St. George subway)
The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of the Jewish ghettos established under Germany's Nazi regime, in the capital city of occupied Poland. Between 1941 and 1943, starvation, disease and extermination reduced the population from 450,000 to 71,000. During the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of January, 1943, Jewish fighters organized an armed rebellion that held control of the Ghetto for three months.
Today, Palestinian residents of Gaza, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, are facing conditions similar to the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto.
In a letter written in December, 2007, to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Hamas spokesperson Ahmed Yousef stated: "It is hard to get across the appalling level of hardship that the Palestinian people, and in particular the 1.3 million Palestinians who live in Gaza, currently suffer from. Our isolation is complete, confining us in a ghetto ... where our sewage, power and water systems have been destroyed, all normal supplies constrained and even humanitarian aid withheld. Many people have not been paid for nearly two years, over 75 per cent are unemployed and now the Israelis are threatening to cut off fuel and power and invade us once again." In January, 2008, over 200,000 Gazans broke the gates of the Israeli jail keepers and crossed the border into Egypt to buy food and fuel, recalling the resistance of Jewish rebels 65 years earlier. Hear HAMMAM FARAH and SUZANNE WEISS discuss the lessons of their common experiences of repression, resistance and solidarity.
A Public Forum Organized by Not In Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism
March 28-30, 2008
The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians (ACJC) invites you to a strategic planning conference to build an Independent Canadian Jewish Movement For Peace And Justice & Against The Occupation
Steelworkers’ Hall 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
More Information and Conference Registration Form
Saturday March 8, 2008
"For the Children of Palestine"
An evening of Arabic culture, music, singing and debkeh to help raise funds for children struggling in Palestine.
Noor Cultural Centre 123 Wynford Drive, North York
Friday 29, February
**PUBLIC FORUM AND RALLY AT McMASTER UNIVERSITY **
Defend the Right to Organize on Campus!
Two weeks ago, the McMaster Provost office, second in authority to that of the President's office, announced that student clubs were banned from using the term â€œIsraeli Apartheidâ€ (see statement from McMaster students below).
On Friday, 29th February, students at McMaster are holding a public forum to protest this unprecedented attack on the right to, academic freedom and the right to organize.
They need your support!
Free buses will be leaving to McMaster from University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University to attend this important meeting.
The forum will begin at 10am with a rally immediately afterwards, and buses will return to Toronto around 2pm. All are welcome (you donâ€™t need to be a university student) and transportation is free. Please RSVP as below.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe. IAW will be running for the fourth consecutive year in 2008, with events taking place between the 3rd and 11th of February in the USA, Canada and Palestine . IAW events will also be organized in South Africa and the United Kingdom between the 11th and 18th of February. The week’s events will include lectures, multimedia events, cultural performance, film screenings, demonstrations, and more.
February 10, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
It was 1978 and Dr. Ismail Zayid had already been teaching at Dalhousie University in his adopted home of Halifax for five years, when one morning he opened his Halifax Herald to a front-page story that upset him deeply. The Jewish National Fund (JNF), the 107 year-old “charitable” organization instrumental in raising money to help establish the State of Israel, was honouring Halifax businessman, and former Chair of the JNF’s Atlantic branch, Peter Herschorn for his “humane work” in contributing to the construction of Canada Park in occupied Palestine. “Since when is it considered ‘humane work’ uprooting people’s homes and building picnic areas where families once lived?” says Zayid.
Download the entire press release in pdf format
EMERGENCY PICKET: END THE SIEGE ON GAZA!
Date: Friday Jan. 25 Time: 5pm
Place: Israeli Consulate at 180 Bloor St. West
At approximately 20:00 on Sunday, January 20th, the Gaza Strip power plant ran out of fuel and shut down, plunging the Gaza Strip into darkness. The closure of the Gaza power plant, in addition to Israel's continuing tightened siege of the Gaza Strip, will have a catastrophic effect on the 1.5 million residents of Gaza, who are already suffering chronic shortages of fuel, medicine and some basic food stuffs.
An Israeli soldier searches a child in the
West Bank city of Hebron. Photo: pcdc.edu
After months of increasingly harsh sanctions, Israel imposed a total closure on the Strip's border crossings, even preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid. Meanwhile the Israeli army continues its attacks on the imprisoned Palestinian people of Gaza, demolishing homes, factories and agricultural land and carrying out arrests. In the week of Jan 10 –16 alone, the Israeli military killed 26 Palestinians, and wounded 44 others in Gaza. Fatal bombing raids continue, killing Palestinian men, women and children. United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, John Dugard said "Gaza is a prison and Israel seems to have thrown away the key."
Israel is counting on our apathy to see how far they can go on starving the people of Gaza – so we need to act, be loud and clear – that the collective punishment of Palestinians is a crime against humanity.
Come out to this picket – Stand with the people of Gaza!
Toronto picket organized by Palestine House in conjunction with the Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation weekly Friday pickets.
Canadian Arab Federation (CAF),
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid,
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights @ Ryerson;
Not In Our Name (NION):
Jewish voices opposing Zionism
Please bring candles - we will hold a candle light vigil as it gets dark.
To endorse this emergency picket please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FACTS ABOUT THE SEIGE ON GAZA To date, IOF have closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for almost 18 months continuously. The total siege imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and has violated the economic and social rights of the Palestinian civilian population, particularly their rights to appropriate living conditions, health and education. It has also paralyzed most economic sectors. Furthermore, severe restrictions have been imposed on the movement of the Palestinian civilian population. The siege of the Gaza Strip has severely impacted the flow of food, medical supplies and other necessities, such as fuel, construction materials and raw materials for various economic sectors. After the Hamas' takeover of Gaza in June 2007, IOF further tightened the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, and the living and economic conditions of Palestinian civilians in Gaza have subsequently deteriorated. On 19 September 2007, the Israeli government declared the Gaza Strip "A hostile entity" and measures of collective punishment against the civilian population of Gaza escalated from this point. Since September 2007, the Israeli Government have severely limited the goods exported to the Gaza Strip to just nine basic materials. Consequently, local markets have run out of many goods, causing sharp increases in prices, which in some cases have amounted to 500%. . 69 is the death toll in the Gaza strip due to lack of medical drugs or due to Israel preventing patients from leaving for medical treatment.
ZERO will be the stock balance of 360 basic drugs at the Ministry of Health stores in Gaza by February 2008 due to the Israeli siege
ZERO is the stock balance of 60 blood bank supplies and lab materials at the Ministry of Health in Gaza due to the Israeli siege
624 students are prevented from leaving Gaza to their universities due to the Israeli siege.
900 workers lost their jobs in the light drinks factories alone due to the Israeli siege on Gaza
25,000 workers lost their jobs in the textile sector due to the Israeli siege on Gaza
6,000 workers lost their jobs in the furniture factories in Gaza due to the Israeli siege
120,000 workers lost their jobs inside the green line due to the Israeli siege on Gaza
Protesting the December 2, JNF Canada Park fundraising dinner at the Sherton Centre - Learn why protest is necessary:
When: Thursday, June 21st, 2007 @ 10:00 a.m.
Where: In front of Gate 13 at the Rogers¹ Center (Skydome), near Blue Jays Way and Front Street)
On Thursday, June 21st, 2007, Indigo Books and Music Inc. will be holding its annual shareholders meeting at the Rogers Centre. The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) invites its friends, supporters and allies to join us for an information picket to raise awareness about majority shareholders Heather Reisman and Gerry Shwartz and their links to Israel¹s apartheid military.
CAIA continues to build a growing nation-wide campaign against Riesman and Schwartz for their shameful support of the Israeli Military until they publicly cut all ties with the Heseg Foundation. June 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the Apartheid Israeli¹s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan heights. Palestinian Civil Society organizations have called for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against the State of Israel for its numerous violations of human rights. for more informations please visit: http://www.caiaweb.org
Greetings from NION to CAF - Loving greetings to CAF in celebration of 40 years of resistance to occupation, from NION (Not In Our Name: Jewish People Against Israels Wars). Beside you in your struggle and in heartfelt solidarity with your courage and inspiration, our new organization of Jewish people has been formed in the past year to expose and resist the lies and crimes of Zionism, within our communities and throughout the world. The tide is turning: with each month new people are in motion in Canada resisting Canadian support of Israel Apartheid and crimes against the Palestinian people. We feel as we go into Canadian communities encountering false cries of ourselves being anti semitic, that it is Zionism that is anti-semitic. It is Zionism that has betrayed the Jewish people trying to set us up as privileged oppressors of Palestinians. We refuse and reject this role, as we grow in solidarity and loving support of your resistence. Many congratulations.
The members of NION
Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom is an American born rabbi who has lived in Israel since 1968 and has pursued a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis throughout his career. He has been involved in important initiatives in the Israeli peace camp at their critical starting moments over the last 27 years. Jeremy has been a pioneer in interfaith partnerships with Christian and Muslim Palestinians.
Jeremy was a global partner guest at the United Church's General Council in 2006. He is a frequent lecturer at conferences in Israel and abroad on resolving the Middle East Conflict, the Religious roots of Non-violence and related subjects.
During the past year, he has been a consultant for the World Council of Churches' program for Ecumenical Accompaniment for Peace in Palestine and Israel, devoted to helping participants distinguish between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
Trinity-St. Paul's United Church
427 Bloor Street W.
Which means the Canadian Government is subsidizing financial benefits for non-Israeli soldiers who served in the Israeli Defence Forces ("IDF"). The soldiers of the IDF enforce Apartheid on the Palestinian people and have committed atrocities and war crimes against Palestinians, including massacres and torture. The soldiers of the IDF have also fought in a war against Lebanon, a nation friendly to Canada, committing many atrocities including the 2006 Qana massacre which current Deputy Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff correctly described as a war crime. The IDF also murdered eight Canadians and a member of the Canadian Armed Forces who was serving in the UN forces in Lebanon last year. It is against Canadian law for a Canadian to fight against nations friendly to Canada.
Photo: Courtesty of RAPS
NION will be at the Yonge/Eglinton Indigo store 2300 Yonge Street, on Saturday June 9, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please join us.
In early June, Palestinians will mark 40 years of Apartheid Israel's
illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip
and the Syrian Golan Heights. The Active Steering Committee of the
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign has called for global days of action to mark this anniversary throughout the world.
As part of these events, individuals across the country will be leafleting outside Chapters/Indigo Book stores. These pickets are being organized to send a clear message to majority shareholders, Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, that their links to the HESEG Foundation for Lone Soldiers (individuals from outside of Israel that want to serve in its military) - are unacceptable.
For more information, please visit the CAIA website.
UCU - University and College Union - On the 30th May 2007, a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions was passed by Britain's University and College Union (UCU) in protest at Israel's "40-year occupation" of Palestinian land and to condemn the "complicity" of Israeli academia.
Certain “pro-Israeli occupation” groups have been trying to undemocratically over turn this motion.
Please sign this petition to stop these attempts.
Stand With Palestine - Protest the Walk with Israel -
On 27 May 2007 @ 9:30 a.m. the annual "Walk With Israel" will attempt to trample over the history of Palestine yet again.
And yet again we will be there, standing silently as a visual protest, reminding those
who walk with Israel that they walk with Apartheid.
Stand with Jews, Palestinians and others who are willing to stand up to the prevailing rightwing ideological hold on the mainstream Jewish community. It is not antisemitic
or anti-Jewish to criticize Israel. It is a responsibility of all of us who care about justice. So come stand up against the war crimes of Israel.
Be loud in your silence.
Where: @ the South Gates of Trinity Bellwoods Park - Queen St. West at Strachan
(2-3 blocks east of Ossington)
When: Sunday May 27th 2007 @ 10:15 am
**We are suggesting that participants dress in black, and to note that this will be a silent protest.**
This event is sponsored by the Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation of Palestine (JWCEO)
Academic and human rights campaigner, born 1944; died March 17 2007
The Guardian - A versatile Israeli academic, she spoke out against the conflict with Palestine
Haaretz - Linguist, left-wing activist Prof. Tanya Reinhardt dies age 63
Tanya Reinhart, in her work and tireless organizing, is an example of a scholar who used her creative scholarship in the cause of social justice. She was a scientist, an historian, and a compassionate political organizer and humanitarian. She communicated. As a linguist she took apart the fabricated "manufactured consciousness" of the media and Israeli state, a government that systematically developed mythologies of peacekeeping to cover up the deliberate occupation of Palestine and Israel's apartheid policies. Tanya Reinhart never believed that truth could be completely buried by the public relations hype which was a cover up for an unremitting aggressive war. Her capacity for belief sparks ours. Her detailed exposure of the crimes of her own government has been a genuine roadmap for thousands of us in our organizing, shining a light on the bankruptcies of Israel's actual Road to Nowhere.
She is with us, and we meet her love with ours. We extend our deepest condolences to her husband, Aharon Shabtai
Thursday, March 15
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street West (at St. George Subway)
Hear a diverse panel of Jewish Canadians speak out against Israel's wars and occupations, and address how to build solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for human rights, freedom and justice.
Moderator: Khaled Mouammar, President, Canadian Arab Federation