CAF in the Media
April 15, 2013
Re: Controversial Meeting in Occupied East Jerusalem
Dear Minister Baird,
I am writing this letter to express our deep concern in your meeting with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni in Occupied East Jerusalem.
Since 1967, Canada has historically aligned itself with the international consensus in opposing Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem.
I fear that your decision, …
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Some Palestinian-Canadians are upset that plans for the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg don’t include an exhibit with their story.
“As the opening comes closer, I become more and more concerned that the lessons of the Palestinian experience, nobody’s going to hear it,” said Rana Abdulla.
“Our story is an …
CAF attends Press Conference denouncing the use of a security certificate and “secret evidence” to detain, arrest and attempt to deport Mohamed Harkat. Dr. Nour El-Kadri, CAF VP, was in attendance along with Matthew Behrens, Human Rights Activist, Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, Roch Tasse, ICLMG Coordinator and Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party. To view a segment …
No question that Harper’s foreign policy has been tainted by ideology, ignorance, incompetence and personal petulance. It has also been hostage to the partisan needs of the Conservative party. The recent announcement that Canada will be sharing some embassies with Britain is very much in keeping with: (a) Harper’s nostalgia for Canada as a colonial appendage of Great Britain — damn the sentiments of Quebecers, (b) his stated fondness for the English-speaking world — a.k.a. the white man’s club — and (c) his wish to retain the G8 rather than expanding it into the G20 as Barack Obama and others want in order to reflect new global economic realities. Continue reading
By Naomi Binder Wall
It is common practice in solidarity work to draw comparisons linking different historical periods of political and social transformation. As an example, the anti-Apartheid movement as it applies to the Israeli state is focused on boycott, divestment and sanctions and has as its reference point South Africa‟s anti-Apartheid BDS campaign.
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We’ve all come together today – in impressive numbers and from a remarkable array of sectors and backgrounds – because we are concerned. That concern has been growing for some time but has quite dramatically deepened in recent weeks and months – and has carried with it many emotions: disquiet, uncertainty, frustration, outrage, and very serious worry. It has however, I think, for many of us been difficult to clearly and concretely grasp the precise nature of the concern and name it. Continue reading
The federal government’s attempt to censor or to marginalize pro-Palestinian individuals and organizations is a serious problem facing Canada’s Arab and Muslim communities. This campaign even threatens our democratic traditions and the independence of many institutions. An example of censorship is the Harper government’s decision to ban British Member of Parliament George Galloway from entering the country. He gave money and food to Hamas, the duly elected governing authority in Palestine, and because of this humanitarian act he was denied the right to express his opinions on the Middle East. Having a British MP publicly oppose the Israeli siege of Gaza, the occupation of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan would have been inconvenient to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney, both strong proponents of Israel and supporters of George W. Bush’s “war on terror.” Continue reading
By Barnabe F. Geisweiller
When the Conservatives announced they would no longer fund the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in January, the caretaker agency for Palestinian refugees and their descendents, many were right to deplore how far we’ve strayed from the spirit of Lester Pearson—Canada, the peacekeeping nation, the globally respected middle power.
Organizations critical …
Pro-Palestinian, Christian groups among those targeted by Canadian government
VANCOUVER – The Canadian government has recently decided to cut back or entirely withdraw the funding to organizations that encourage a boycott of Israel or Israeli products, including pro-Palestinian and Christian groups.
One such organization is the Kairos welfare agency, which lost $7 million – half of its annual …