Prof. David Noble: A Warrior for Truth and Justice

Statement by Canada Palestine Association and Voice of Palestine

December 29, 2010

We have Lost a Courageous and Honest Scholar: David Noble

We at the Canada Palestine Association-Vancouver and the Voice of Palestine-Canada express our deepest condolences to the wife and family of Professor David Noble who passed away on December 27, 2010.
Prof. Noble was a leading academic and principled activist of Jewish background who pioneered the struggle at York University against the influence of the pro-Israel lobby. His unflinching courage and honesty will be sadly missed. He was featured three times on Voice of Palestine Radio over the last few years and we are including the links below.

Once again, we are saddened by this unexpected and tragic news.

Hanna Kawas
Chair, Canada Palestine Association
Co-Host, Voice of Palestine
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Statement by Canadian Arab Federation

Canadian Arab Federation

La Fédération Canado-Arabe

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 28, 2010

Canada loses David Noble, a great fighter for social and political justice.

With great sadness and deepest sorrow, we received the news of the passing away of Professor David Franklin Noble (July 22, 1945 – December 27, 2010).

Professor Noble was a critical historian of technology, science and education; a relentless crusader against the commercialization of higher education; a passionate champion of academic freedom; and a staunch opponent of discrimination. He last taught in the Division of Social Science, and the department of Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto.

Professor Noble was an anti-Zionist Jew and a member of Independent Jewish Voices. In his critique of what he views as an academic-industrial system, Professor Noble has questioned Israel’s strategic role in Western institutions on a broad basis.

In late November 2004, Professor Noble handed out a flyer to his class entitled “The York University Foundation: The Tail That Wags the Dog” proposing that there was a connection between pro-Israeli influence on the York Foundation and the university administration’s treatment of vocal pro-Palestinian students on campus.

He later launched a $25 million libel suit at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against York University, Jewish, and Israeli organizations for defamation and conspiracy, accusing them of having improperly criticized his flyer as anti-semitic.

In April 2006 Professor Noble lodged a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), stating that cancellation of classes during certain Jewish holidays constituted discrimination against non-Jewish students. OHRC investigation found York’s practice discriminatory and, before the issue made it to the Tribunal, York University agreed to stop the practice, starting in September 2009.

Throughout his life, whether at the personal or professional/academic level, Professor Noble was the embodiment of intellectual honesty, courage, and decency. Canada lost a truly noble person, both in name and in the essence of his character.

“Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains.” Kahlil Gibran

We at the Canadian Arab Federation, Palestine House, Islamic Society of York Region and Canadian Shia Muslims Organization extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Sarah, his three children, his two brothers [and a sister], and stand with them during this difficult period.
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See Globe and Mail article David Noble, academic and activist, dies at 65
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Links to interviews and speeches on Voice of Palestine:

April 3, 2007

Highlights of the presentation by Prof. David Noble to the third annual Palestine Lives conference held at McMaster University in Hamilton on March 31st, 2007. The conference was sponsored by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights SPHR, Hamilton. (28 minutes into the show)

VOP_Apr03_2007_8kbps.mp3 (8 kbps encoding, ~3.5MB)
VOP_Apr03_2007_16kbps.mp3 (16 kbps encoding, ~7.0MB)

Dec. 19, 2006
A live interview with Prof. David Noble on Voice of Palestine. (24 minutes into the show)

VOP_Dec19_2006_8kbps.mp3 (8 kbps encoding, ~3.5MB)
VOP_Dec19_2006_16kbps.mp3 (16 kbps encoding, ~7.0MB)

May 2, 2006
An interview with Professor David Noble from York University on Voice of Palestine, (26 minutes into the show)

VOP_May02_2006_8kbps.mp3 (8 kbps encoding, ~3.5MB)
VOP_May02_2006_16kbps.mp3 (16 kbps encoding, ~7.0MB)

BDS Picket in Vancouver, Canada

On Nov. 27, 2010, activists in Vancouver held a picket to boycott Mountain Equipment Coop MEC due to its insistence on partnering with an Israeli company that has ties to the Israeli military industry…

Hey MEC, you can’t hide – we know you’re supporting apartheid!!

On Nov. 27, 2010, activists in Vancouver held a picket to boycott Mountain Equipment Coop MEC due to its insistence on partnering with an Israeli company that has ties to the Israeli military industry. The picket was part of local activities to mark the Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians. Picketers munched on Arabic sweets and handed out leaflets to shoppers, explaining that MEC was complicit with Israeli military war crimes. The leaflet also contained the letter sent to the MEC Board by Mavi Marmara survivor Kevin Neish, in which he called on them “to come to your senses and stop dealing with Israeli companies”. (Further info on MEC boycott at www.cpavancouver.org )
The picket was lively and spirited and featured a local supporter who brought his bagpipes and was named “The Piper for Palestine”. There were also the anti-apartheid carollers, who presented their version of “MEC is spoiling our town” (words below).

(To the tune of Santa Claus is coming to town)
Oh, you’d better not shop
You’d better not buy
Your dollar spent here
Helps fund apartheid
M.E.C is spoiling our town

We’re telling them NO!
We’ll make em think twice
We’re gonna boycott until they act nice
M.E.C is spoiling our town.

The Bankruptcy of Canadian Zionists and Their Stooges

It seems that the Canadian Zionists are not satisfied with the results of their pro-Israel “advocacy”, “rebranding”, “public affairs” and “hasbara” work…

By: Hanna Kawas

It seems that the Canadian Zionists are not satisfied with the results of their pro-Israel “advocacy”, “rebranding”, “public affairs” and “hasbara” work. The Zionist paper, The Canadian Jewish News, recently reported the following: – “A sea (of) change is about to occur in the way Canadian Jewish community advocacy is conducted on both a regional and a national level. According to Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), the change is being led by the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA), which is seeking to centralize control of the host of Jewish (read Israel – ed.) advocacy agencies it administers … and create a ‘single Jewish public affairs organization encompassing the national and regional level.’ The new entity would also work ‘in close co-operation with’ and ‘operate under’ the UIA (United Israel Appeal) Federations Canada system.” (1)
Since its founding in January 2004, CIJA “oversees and coordinates the advocacy work of Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), Canada-Israel Committee (CIC), Quebec-Israel Committee (QIC), National Jewish Campus Life (NJCL) and University Outreach Committee (UOC)”, effectively controlling all these groups both politically and financially. Its declared objective is to “ensure our voice is heard where it counts – in government, media and on campus.” (2)

It is a sad fact that Canadian Zionists have always been successful in not just being heard by various levels of Canadian government and media but also using these institutions as forums to protect Israel (a foreign power) and it colonialist apartheid project. So CIJA is not worried about the provincial and federal governments nor the main stream media (our website is full of examples of their defence of, and complicity in, Israeli atrocities and war crimes). However, what they are really worried about is their faltering image on campuses and among the Canadian public at large; hence, the “sea (of) change” to “centralize control” for Israel advocacy in Canada.

Four recent examples show the moral bankruptcy of the Zionists and their stooges.

• The CJC response (3) to KAIROS Palestine’s policy paper “A Moment of Truth” (4) is callous, inhumane, supremacist and full of historic distortions and fallacies. It is also a slap in the face of all Christians who support peace with justice, especially the Palestinian Christians (the first Christians and the Guardians of the holy places), who are trying to reach out to the world with their cry of hope, justice and peace.

• On Nov. 7, 2010, the so-called “Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism” held the Ottawa Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism. Shockingly, the invitations were issued as well “On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism” and stated that the conference was “working in cooperation with the Canadian Government”. Not shockingly, they were signed by Jason Kenney and Irwin Cotler. The Governor General of Canada, the Prime Minster and the Liberal leader all rushed to both attend and address this conference. The objective of the conference was to shield Israel from criticism and accordingly limit freedom of speech in Canada and elsewhere, and was trying to set the stage to criminalize criticism of Israel. If and when these objectives are not met, then the “Anti-Semitism” card is being used to try to scare pro-Palestinian activists and silence their solidarity work by harassing and threatening them. In his speech to the conference Stephen Harper used the same words set out by leading Israeli propagandists(5), when he stated “Demonization, double standards, delegitimization, the three D’s, it is the responsibility of us all to stand up to them”. The PM also showed his true face by showing the extent to which he will go to support Israel right or wrong: “But, as long as I am Prime Minister, whether it is at the UN or the Francophonie or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost (my emphasis-ed.)” (6). Because of this fanatical and unconditional support for Israel, Canada lost a seat at the UN Security Council and a free military base on UAE soil (that should not have been there in the first place). We did not see Israel offering a free base for the Canadian military instead. Clearly, the PM and his government are showing a clear disregard for decency, humanity and the strategic interests of the Canadian people. Which national anthem are they singing: O Canada or O Israel??

• At the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, the Israel Awareness Club (IAC) and their “friends” tried to block a humanitarian donation of $700 by the Social Justice Centre of UBC (SJC) to the Canadian Boat to Gaza, a project trying to lift the crippling Israeli siege against the 1.5 million Palestinians. The Israeli blockade goes on in spite of a recent call by 21 international human rights organizations calling for an immediate end to the Gaza siege (7). In contrast to IAC’s self-serving action, Palestinian fire fighters recently participated in controlling the massive forest fire near Haifa as a humanitarian gesture. Meanwhile, at UBC, despite losing the vote on the donation at student council, Zionist intimidation and scare tactics continue, including an outlandish “terrorist” smear campaign, targeting students during the most stressful exam period. How low can you go?

• And most recently, in a new depth of abuse of legislative process, on December 7, 2010, some members of the Ontario Legislature condemned an MA thesis written by Jenny Peto, a granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, entitled “The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education” (8). This was not the first time the Ontario Legislature came to the defence of Israel; earlier this year, some of the same MPPs led an attack on the student activity Israeli Apartheid Week held across the country(9). On Dec 8, 2010, the Toronto Star reported that “Ontario citizenship and immigration minister Eric Hoskins said that he was ‘greatly disturbed and in fact disgusted’… Hoskins was responding to Progressive Conservative MPP Steve Clark, who called the thesis ‘disgusting.’ PC MPP Peter Shurman, whose Thornhill riding includes a large Jewish population, said the thesis was a hateful, poorly researched ‘piece of garbage.’” (10) The National Post also quoted Shurman as saying “‘I’m not sure Ontario is an appropriate place for preaching hate.’ He hasn’t read the paper, but nonetheless owes it to his largely Jewish constituents to defend Israel on their behalf, he said.” (11) Mr. Shurman alleges to be concerned for the feelings of his Jewish constituents, but not the Jewish daughter of a holocaust survivor, simply because she is not a Zionist. It is interesting that this representative of the Ontario people feels free to pass academic and moral judgment on a university thesis without admittedly even reading the paper. It seems it is enough for him to get his marching orders from the Zionist establishment. Perhaps he also has a hotline to the Israeli ambassador, like other Canadian politicians!!

No wonder the Zionists and their (way more than three) stooges are going bust and bankrupt. CIJA is wasting more than 11 million dollars on advocacy for Israel and one million of it reportedly goes to Canadian campuses. Small wonder CIJA is “seeking to centralize control”. However, their re-branding and their three D’s will not change the facts on the ground; rather, their desperate attempts are based on three other D’s – Diversion, Distortion of the truth and the message and Defamation of the messenger, all of which are being exposed daily by people with common sense.
In 1896, Theodor Herzl wrote in his book “The Jewish State”: “In Palestine…we shall be for Europe a part of the wall against Asia, we shall serve as a vanguard of civilization against barbarism.” After 114 years, it seems many in the Canadian main stream media and all levels of government still believe in the supremacist ideology of Zionist settler colonialism.
On Dec. 12, 2010, Jonathan Kay wrote in the National Post under the title: “Jonathan Kay: The Jenny Peto scandal shows that it’s time to clean house at OISE”, and demanded that the University of Toronto’s teacher’s college (OISE) be cleansed from any anti-Israel criticism. He stated: “Surely, the higher-ups at UToronto know about this sort of thing. Will the Peto scandal give them the excuse they need to clean house?” (12) We ask the people of Canada: Isn’t it now the time to clean house in the main stream media, provincial and federal government offices from those whose main concern is self-interest and the interest of a foreign government, and not the interest of the Canadian people?

We are certain that the Palestinian people will finally enjoy equality, justice, peace and dignity.

(1) http://www.cjnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20362&Itemid=86
(2) http://cija.ca/en/
(3) http://www.cjc.ca/2010/06/11/cjc-response-to-kairos-palestines-policy-paper-a-moment-of-truth/
(4) http://www.kairospalestine.ps/sites/default/Documents/English.pdf
(5) http://www.jcpa.org/phas/phas-sharansky-f04.htm
(6) http://pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=3776
(7) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11868589 or http://www.fidh.org/IMG/pdf/OPT_Gaza-paper_2010-11-30_EN_OK.pdf
(8) http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24619 or https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/24619/1/Peto_Jennifer_201006_MA_thesis.pdf
(9) http://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.44/w79.80d.myftpupload.com/Dinovo.doc , http://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.44/w79.80d.myftpupload.com/response%20to%20Shurman.doc , http://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.44/w79.80d.myftpupload.com/Open%20Letter%20to%20Premier%20Dalton%20McGuinty%20and%20Ontario%20MPPs.doc
(10) http://www.thestar.com/news/article/903408–minister-slams-student-thesis-on-holocaust-education?bn=1
(11) http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Thesis+Jewish+privilege+rebuked+sparking/3949150/story.html#ixzz17szlJG4F
(12) http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/12/12/jonathan-kay-the-jenny-peto-scandal-shows-that-its-time-to-clean-house-at-oise/#ixzz17suLzBQ1