#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

CPA 2019, Year in Review

Canada Palestine Association, since its founding over forty years ago, has always relied on its members and supporters to carry out all aspects of the Palestinian solidarity work. 2019 was a busy year for CPA activism, we are grateful to all those who supported our work concretely and made this year a success on the road to the liberation of Palestine. 
Following are highlights of our work:

Events and Campaigns:

  1. Boycott HP, Mark Int’l Day of Solidarity with Palestinians
    (December 7, 2019)
    YouTube video of the event
    Facebook video
  2. #RaptorsDontGo Campaign Declares Victory
    (October 23, 2019)
  3. Resisting Attacks on Palestinian Rights (Oct.
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Canada Wants to Be ‘Asset for Israel’ at the UNSC

By Hanna Kawas

Canada Palestine Association has compiled a study of Canada’s 2019 voting record at the United Nations on resolutions that document and censure Israeli violations of international law.

There was much fanfare made about Canada’s orphan “yes” vote at the UN General Assembly this year on “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” resolution. But in the broader context of the other 17 resolutions calling out Israel’s war crimes, that Canada either voted against (15) or abstained on (2), this lone vote can only be seen as deceptive and hypocritical.… Read more

Canada’s Vote at UN 2019

In addition to Canada’s orphan “yes” vote at the UN General Assembly this year on “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” resolution, Canada voted against (15) or abstained on (2) resolutions calling out Israel’s occupation, war crimes and human rights violations.
The lone vote can only be seen as deceptive and hypocritical.

(The UN resolutions database is not fully updated; if needed, please click on the link on “Canada” under any resolution and go to “committee report” for further info.)

  1. A/RES/74/10 Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People 92 in favour to 13 against including Canada, with 61 abstentions.
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