Vancouver support for Palestine

For over an hour on June 26th, the intersection of Broadway and Clark in Vancouver became a “little piece of Palestine”. At the peak of rush hour, committed activists with great signs and Palestinian flags took first to the 4 corners of the intersection and then formed a block-long human chain of #NoAnnexation messages. Most noteworthy was the reaction from both the passing cars and pedestrians in the area.… Read more

Flash Picket: NO Israeli Annexation, Free Palestine

Friday, June 26, 5 pmBroadway and Clark, Vancouver

Facebook Event

Join us for a flash picket (with appropriate physical distancing) in Vancouver to show our clear opposition to Israel’s new annexation plans.
Bring your keffiyeh to use as a mask and come out to be part of the cross-Canada and global actions to say NO Israeli annexation, apartheid and occupation!… Read more

Why I oppose Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat

(The following letter was recently sent to all UN Ambassadors from Canada Palestine Association chairperson, Hanna Kawas. The vote for non-permanent UNSC seats is set to happen June 17, 2020.)

June 12, 2020

Dear UN Ambassadors:

I am a Christian Palestinian refugee from Bethlehem who can’t return to my hometown because of my identity and because Israel refuses to implement the UNGA resolution regarding “Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities”.… Read more

#PalestinianPrisonersDay: Ansar and the Israeli Jailer

Ansar: A Testament to the Ugly Brutality of the Israeli Jailer

By Marion Kawas

April 17th marks a special day in the Palestinian calendar, that of Palestinian Prisoners Day. This year it takes on even more importance as the more than 5000 Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with the added threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Palestinian prisoners have long played a unique role in the fabric of Palestinian society and its collective resistance.… Read more

Does the Israeli Military Censor impact our News?

By Hanna Kawas

This week marks the two-year anniversary of the Great Return March in Gaza. Two years since the people of Gaza came out in protest to highlight their right of return and right to live in dignity; thousands paid with their lives or limbs for this protest, be they journalists, medics or children. Coverage of the demonstrations in Canada, and in other Western countries, was skewed and predictably pro-Israel.… Read more

Maiming for Sport: Canada enables Israel’s War Crimes

Maiming Palestinians for Sport is a War Crime

By Marion Kawas

Published in Palestine Chronicle, March 10, 2020

The new Haaretz report entitled “42 Knees in One Day” is a difficult and painful read, and many people of conscience have responded with disgust and rage.

For those few who have not seen the report, it details in chilling fashion the accounts of 6 Israeli snipers who were stationed at the border with Gaza during the Great Return March protests.… Read more

Interviews on Jagmeet Singh statements at CIJA roundtable

Spice Radio: CPA chairperson Hanna Kawas exposes the fallacies in recent comments by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh on BDS and Palestine.

Jagmeet Singh and the NDP on the Wrong Path Forward on Palestine … Again

Jagmeet Singh and the NDP on the Wrong Path Forward on Palestine…Again.

CPA chairperson Hanna Kawas exposes the fallacies in recent comments by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh on BDS and Palestine.

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Indigenous solidarity: Sovereign Forever, Never Surrender!

New Article in Palestine Chronicle: Solidarity between Palestinians and Indigenous Activists has Deep Roots

Feb. 13, 2020: CPA-Vancouver was honoured to have the following message read out earlier today to the protestors occupying BC Attorney General David Eby’s office. #WetsuwetenStrong

We in the Canada Palestine Association bring greetings to this rally and express our total solidarity with indigenous rights and land Defenders.… Read more

BC Attorney General: Still stonewalling on illegal Israeli wines in BC stores

The following letter was sent to BC Attorney General David Eby on December 9, 2019. Once again, he has chosen to ignore our concerns and refuses to respond with any explanation.

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Dear Mr. Eby:

Since we sent you our letter on Oct. 17, 2018 regarding your refusal to remove Israeli wines from BC Liquor Stores, we have not received any further reply regarding our concerns.… Read more

CPA statement on the Bias of N.S. Human Rights Commission

Canada Palestine Association sent a letter last month to Christine Hanson,
CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC), enquiring about the reasons behind its rescinding “of the Human Rights Award presented to Rana Zaman”. To date, the NSHRC have chosen not to answer nor even acknowledge our letter.

We are left to conclude that the reason for their arbitrary and cruel action to rescind their award to Ms.… Read more