Protest 50 Years of Israeli Military Occupation at the JNF Gala

Video highlights of Protest
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Video highlights of Protest

Sunday, June 4 at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia St. at Howe, Vancouver
Facebook event

Protest against 50 Years of Brutal Israeli Military Occupation.
Protest against Illegal Israeli annexation and apartheid.
Protest against the JNF and its Racist Policies.
Protest against Canadian and US complicity in Israeli war crimes.
Protest against the JNF tax-deductible status.

2017 marks 50 years of Israel’s military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories. Join global protests on this 50th anniversary to demand an end to Israel’s brutal occupation as part of a commitment to justice for all Palestinians, whether in historic Palestine or in exile. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – Israel must end all its oppression of Palestinians. We call for freedom, justice, and equality for Palestine and its people. We also call for an end to Canadian complicity in Palestinian occupation and dispossession.

Here in Vancouver, we will be protesting at the annual Jewish National Fund JNF gala dinner on June 4, 2017, which boasts it is celebrating “the 50th anniversary of the reunification of…Jerusalem”. That means celebrating 50 years of illegal Israeli ANNEXATION and WAR CRIMES. And further, celebrating the JNF’s long history of complicity in the 100 years of Zionist SETTLER COLONIALISM and ETHNIC CLEANSING of the Palestinian people.
Enough! Come out and join with us to loudly say that we demand JUSTICE for all Palestinians!

Sponsored by Canada Palestine Association, Vancouver and BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories. We thank our indigenous brothers and sisters for their consistent support for the Palestinian struggle and we recognize that this event is taking place on their unceded territories.
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John Beeching: A Legacy of Activism and Internationalism

UPDATE: Help us honour the Legacy of John Beeching

John Beeching: A Legacy of Principled Activism and Sumoud

UPDATE: Help us honour John’s legacy with a medical aid project to help the Palestinian people in Gaza. In coordination with John’s family, NECEF Sabeel have set up a fund raising campaign in John’s memory for Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza City; we are also working to have a commemorative plaque placed in the hospital to reflect his lifetime of commitment to the Palestinians.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation either online or by sending a cheque to NECEF Sabeel Canada.
The online donation is through CanadaHelps and the form includes a place to chose which fund your donation should go to. Please put #3 In Memory of John Beeching.
This is the mailing address for cheques and again, please note in the memo “In memory of John Beeching”.

NECEF Sabeel Canada
7565 Newman Blvd.
PO Box 3067, Station LaPierre
Montreal, QC , H8N 3H2

John, we will continue the struggle!
Hanna Kawas
Chair, Canada Palestine Association-Vancouver

With heavy hearts, Canada Palestine Association-Vancouver learnt yesterday of the passing of one of its longest-serving members John Beeching. John, a WWII veteran, was an ardent supporter of Palestinian human and national rights and helped construct the foundation for much of the solidarity work that has developed in recent years. He worked with CPA for 35 years, joining with us to further the struggle of the Palestinians after the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and continued with his support right up until his passing at 95 years of age. He was chair of Medical Aid for Palestine in Vancouver during the 1980s and helped host many leading Palestinian and pro-Palestinian figures who came to the city during that period, including Dr. Chris Giannou, Dr. Fathi Arafat and Dr. Ismail Zayid (to mention just a few). He embodied the best kind of solidarity that puts the priorities of oppressed people first and foremost, and always was a true internationalist who embraced the struggle against fascism in Spain to the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa to peoples’ struggles in Cuba, Venezuela and beyond. We will miss him greatly.
We send our condolences to his wife and life-long partner, Betty, and his children, grandchildren and all of the family.

John, we will continue your legacy until Palestine is Free!!

Family Obituary:

John Beeching passed peacefully at the age of 95 on May 6th. A loving husband, father and grandfather he will be missed by his wife, Betty, and entire family. John will always live on in in our hearts and memories with his love, sense of humour and his passion for social justice.

Born in Saskatchewan, he had many fond memories of growing up with his 4 brothers in Qu’Appelle and Regina. After joining the Canadian Air Force to fight against fascism during WWII, John returned to Saskatchewan where he met and married his wife Betty. John and Betty spent the rest of their lives dedicated to creating a better world. Their fight for peace and social justice will never be forgotten. John leaves behind a legacy of solidarity born of love.

In accordance with family wishes, there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the “Near East Cultural and Educational Fund” for Gaza Medical Relief.