A Palestinian Christian Response to Cancelling the Town Hall BDS Meeting, Calgary‏

Open letter to the Unitarian Church of Calgary

Open letter to the Unitarian Church of Calgary

Dear Reverend Debra Faulk,
Dear Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Church of Calgary,

Your cancellation of the Town Hall meeting for Oct. 27, 2016, that had been booked by Calgary Friends of the Green Party of Canada BDS Policy, was both distressing and disappointing and ultimately, an act of complicity in my peoples’ dispossession.
I am a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem who cannot go back to his hometown because of the Apartheid and discriminatory policies of the state of Israel. Palestinian Christians constitute one third of the Palestinian people and most of them are living outside of their historic homeland Palestine; we are not allowed by Israel to go back home, similar to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Let me remind you that Palestinian Christians are the first believers and are the Guardians of the Holy Places, and any “Christian” act that contributes to hindering solidarity with the Palestinian people in general is an act of betrayal to all of us.
Israel since its inception in 1948 has been empowered by many Western countries and churches, and because of this support, it gets away with grave violations of humanitarian law, UN resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Conventions.
We, the Palestinian people, can no longer endure this unconditional support that you are giving to our oppressor, to the point of even muffling our narrative.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” You are not only neutral, you have chosen to concretely support our oppressor.
Sorry, but we are outraged, hurt and insulted. We will remember the names of all those institutions and individuals that have been complicit in supporting our oppressor, and that is why we are cc’ing Kairos Palestine and making this public. We will also remember all those who bravely confronted such intimidation, blackmail and power and who stood for peace, justice, equality and freedom.
Finally I would like to quote the late great anti-apartheid leader Nelson R. Mandela:
“The temptation … is to speak in muffled tones about an issue such as the right of the people of Palestine … yet we would be less than human if we did so.”

Hanna Kawas
Chairperson
Canada Palestine Association

Teach-in: Boycott and Divest from G4$

Friday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
706 Clark Dr, Vancouver, Canada
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Friday, November 4 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
706 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3J1, Canada
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G4$ is the world’s largest security company and third largest private sector employer, profiting from war and occupation, mass incarceration of oppressed people and development aggression across the planet. They have a large contract providing ‘security services’ for the Israeli prisons, the Apartheid Wall and at occupation check-points. They run prisons around the world, including immigration detention centres that warehouse criminalized immigrants and refugees in Ontario. And they have recently been revealed to be ‘securing’ the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across Indigenous territories in the U.S.

Join us for a teach in on G4$: case studies of G4S’s collaboration with imperialist war, occupation, plunder and exploitation; specific information about G4S operations locally; discussion on how we can increase practical solidarity between struggles based on our common enemy; information on the campaign to boycott and divest from G4S in Canada.

Co-Hosted by BDS Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories, Young Communist League – Vancouver, International League of Peoples Struggles in Canada and the Centre for Socialist Education

Palestinian Genocide and Canadian State Complicity

SFU Harbour Centre Oct. 7-8
Hanna Kawas and Sid Shniad
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SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1700
October 8, 2016, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Presenters: Hanna Kawas and Sid Shniad
RSVP for registration: cbanerjee@telus.net
This plenary is just one of many informative sessions at Genocide: The politics of Denial, Forgetting and the Work of Memory
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