Appointing Irwin Cotler is the crown jewel in Canada’s anti-Palestinianism

by Marion Kawas

Pro-Palestine activists in Canada have been overloaded in the last few months with challenges surrounding the dangerous definition of Anti-Semitism promoted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Association IHRA.

First, Bill 168 in the Ontario legislature was set for committee hearings when the government hijacked the whole process by adopting the IHRA through an Order in Council. Then, just last week, the Trudeau government appointed none other than Irwin Cotler, a well-known pro-Israel advocate, as Canada’s Special Envoy for Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Anti-Semitism.… Read more

Canada’s anti-Palestinianism on display again at UN

And here we go again. Canada voted just this week to continue its “proud tradition” at the United Nations in favour of Israeli illegal settlements, war crimes and apartheid. Out of seven resolutions at the UN Fourth Committee, Canada voted against five and abstained on two.

Details on how Canada voted at the Fourth Committee:

1. “Assistance to Palestine refugees” [A/C.4/75/L.9]: Adopted by a vote of 153 in favour – 2 against – 12 abstention including Canada.… Read more

#BoycottPuma takes off in Canada

On October 27th, Palestinian solidarity groups and their supporters came together to highlight the #BoycottPuma-Give Puma the Boot campaign. Activists from across Canada participated with solidarity photos and in Vancouver, there was a flash picket at the Puma outlet store. The social media response to the campaign was enormous and #BoycottPuma is here to stay in Canada.

Cohosted by: BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish, Canada Palestine Association, Canadian BDS Coalition, Independent Jewish Voices Vancouver, IJV Vancouver Youth Bloc, International League of Peoples’ Struggle ILPS Canada, Just Peace Advocates, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Endorsed by: BAYAN Canada, Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights, Gabriella BC, Migrante BC, Migrante Canada, Sulong UBC

Why Boycott Puma?… Read more

#BoycottPuma: Give Puma the Boot!

Join us on Oct. 27th to help launch our #BoycottPuma campaign! Take a photo of yourself or with a few friends holding a Boycott Puma sign. If there is a Puma outlet near you, consider doing a small action there and send us your photos and videos. Send your photos to cpavancouver@gmail.com (with the name of your city) by Oct. 25th or post them anytime on the FB event page.… Read more

Its wrong to legitimize supporters of Israeli militarism!

It pains Palestinian activists that even now, in 2020, we are forced to call out our allies on dealing with defenders of Israeli apartheid. Several organizations are having a webinar on October 15th about the important subject of why the Canadian government is insisting on spending billions of dollars on buying new fighter jets. The initial event announcement showed several speakers including Paul Manly, MP and Leah Gazan, MP along with other prominent figures.… Read more

Sabra and Shatila massacre: a scar that won’t heal

Pubished Sept. 17, 2020 in Mondoweiss

There are certain profound events in a nation’s history that leave an indelible mark on all its people. The massacre in two Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Sabra and Shatila, on September 16, 1982 stands as one of those events.

Taking place during the course of the Lebanese civil war, Israeli forces shot flares into the night sky, lighting the way for far-right Lebanese militias to carryout the systematic killing of up to 3500 Palestinian and Lebanese men, women and children.… Read more

CBC Insists on Erasing Palestinian National Identity

The following letter was sent on September 10, 2020 to the CBC Ombudsman requesting an official review of CBC’s flawed explanation of its language guide on Palestine. The Ombudsman has already confirmed that the review will happen, noting the results will be made public on his website.

Dear Mr. Jack Nagler,
CBC Ombudsman

We have received the more detailed reply regarding CBC’s language guide on Palestine from Paul Hambleton, Director of Journalism Standards.… Read more

CBC Denies Palestine’s Existence

CBC has confirmed its official language guide dictates:

NO to Palestine as a country, NO to Palestine as an entity, NO to any map with Palestine, NO useage of the term pro-Palestine in generic ways

Are they Palestine-phobic? Or just racist? We have officially asked them to explain their process in arriving at such a sweeping censure of all things Palestine, and await their reply.… Read more

Why I support Dimitri Lascaris for Green Party leader

Canada has such a long history of complicity in Palestinian dispossession that there is an urgent need for people here to correct these historic wrongs. Our governments helped devise and implement the Partition Plan, our governments have kept silent on Israeli war crimes for decades, and most of the last two decades, Canadian governments have been proud to be one of “Israel’s staunchest/iron-clad friends”.… Read more