Boycott HP, Mark Int’l Day of Solidarity with Palestinians

Boycott HP, Mark International Day of Solidarity
Saturday, December 7, 2 pm
Best Buy, 798 Granville (at Robson), Vancouver
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Nov. 29 marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This year, join with us and show our solidarity with the Palestinians to say #BoycottHP, Technology of Israeli Apartheid!

Hewlett Packard branded companies play a key role in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. They provide equipment and services to the Israeli military, prison system and government, including the ID card system that underpin Israel’s apartheid policies and its movement restrictions for Palestinians.
Along with providing technology to the Israeli military that maintains Israel’s illegal occupation and the aggression and siege on Gaza, HP provides Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority with the exclusive Itanium servers for its Aviv System. This system enables the government to control and enforce its system of racial segregation and apartheid against Palestinian citizens of Israel, and is directly involved in Israel’s settler colonialism through its “Yesha database”, which compiles information on Israeli citizens in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

There are over 5000 Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails, 460 of them held under administrative detention without charge or trial. Hewlett Packard Enterprise holds the current contract for maintenance of the Israel Prison Services data systems.
Boycott HP!
End the Siege on Gaza!
Free All Palestinian Political Prisoners!

Organized by Canada Palestine Association-Vancouver and BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories

Resisting Attacks on Palestinian Rights

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
SFU Harbour Centre Campus Vancouver (Room 7000)

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nullWednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
SFU Harbour Centre Campus Vancouver (Room 7000)

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Hanna Kawas, Canada Palestine Association
Charlotte Kates, SAMIDOUN Palestinian Prisoner Support Network
Neil Naiman, Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver
Sara Sagaii, COPE Organizer
Marion Kawas, BDS Vancouver

Presentations will analyse recent measures taken by governments outside of Israel to repress Palestinian voices and criminalize Palestinian political activity and Palestine solidarity under the guise of ‘combating antisemitism’. Two cases will be highlighted. First, the recent motion at Vancouver City Council which would have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) of antisemitism which in its examples and guide very explicitly equates criticism of Israel with antisemitism. Second, the move by the German government to ban Palestinian journalist Khaled Barakat, an advocate for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, from speaking at any political event or being in a group of more than 10 people.

Following the presentations will be a facilitated discussion on how Palestinians and Palestine solidarity organizations can resist these moves which attempt to erase the Palestinian narrative, suppress the growing BDS movement, and isolate Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, the Gaza Strip and inside the borders of the Israel from international solidarity and support.

Organized by BDS Vancouver, Canada Palestine Association, Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver, International League of Peoples’ Struggle Canada, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Support Network
Thanks to the SFU Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) Solidarity and Social Justice Committee for their support.

I Vote Palestine #IVotePalestine

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Original Statement
Canada Palestine Association encourages all parties, unions, churches and organizations that support the nine basic demands in our campaign to add your names as official endorsers.

If you are a Canadian voter and agree with the event objectives, please mark yourself on the Facebook event as “Going”. Other supporters please mark yourselves as “Interested”.

In the upcoming Canadian general election scheduled for October 21, 2019, we commit to vote for candidates and parties that:
• Support Palestinian human and national rights including the inalienable right to self-determination.
• Oppose Israeli ethnic cleansing, war crimes and apartheid.
• Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.
• Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
• Support ending Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall.
• Oppose Canadian tax-deductible status for the Jewish National Fund JNF, HESEG Foundation and all Zionist organizations that are disguised as charities while supporting the Israeli military and settlements.
• Recognize the rights of Canadians to support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement as a non-violent strategy to force Israel to abide by UN resolutions and all international humanitarian laws.
• Oppose condemning or criminalizing people or organizations who support the BDS Movement, and
• Oppose the anti-Palestinian, anti-democratic and politically charged IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

A sample letter people can send to all candidates in their riding. Please keep us informed if you get any response and we will post it on the campaign’s Facebook event.

This event page will update voters on the positions of individual candidates and parties regarding these issues.
Si vous êtes un électeur canadien et que vous êtes d’accord avec les objectifs de l’événement, veuillez indiquer «Aller/(Going)». Les autres supporteurs, veuillez vous identifier comme «intéressés».

Lors des prochaines élections générales au Canada, prévues pour le 21 octobre 2019, nous nous engageons à voter pour les candidats et les partis qui:
• Soutiennent les droits de l’homme et les droits nationaux des Palestiniens, y compris le droit inaliénable à l’autodétermination.
• S’opposent au nettoyage ethnique israélien, aux crimes de guerre et à l’apartheid.
• Reconnaissent les droits fondamentaux des citoyens et citoyennes arabo-palestiniens d’Israël à la pleine égalité.
• Respectent, protègent et promeuvent le droit de retour des réfugiés palestiniens et la repossession de leurs propriétés, conformément à la résolution 194 des Nations Unies.
• Supportent la fin de l’occupation israélienne et de la colonisation de toutes les terres arabes ainsi que le démantèlement du mur.
• S’opposent au statut d’organisme de bienfaisance, déductible d’ impôts au Canada, pour le Fonds national juif ( FNJ), la Fondation HESEG, et toutes les organisations sionistes déguisées en œuvres de charité qui soutiennent l’armée israélienne et les colonies de peuplement.
• Reconnaissent le droit des Canadiens d’appuyer le mouvement BDS (Boycott Désinvestissement et Sanctions) en tant que stratégie non violente pour forcer Israël à se conformer aux résolutions de l’ONU et à l’ensemble du droit international humanitaire, et
• S’opposent à la condamnation ou à la criminalisation des personnes ou des organisations qui soutiennent le mouvement BDS.
• Opposez-vous à la définition de l’antisémitisme anti-palestinienne, anti-démocratique et politiquement chargée par l’IHRA

Cette page de l’événement informera les électeurs des positions des candidates et candidats, et des partis sur ces questions.

List of hosts and more endorsers of the event and the campaign (Plus de supporteurs de l’événement et de la campagne):

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Canada Palestine Association
Canadian BDS Coalition
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
Coalition against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria
Independent Jewish Voices
Independent Jewish Voices – Winnipeg
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
Justice for Palestinians, Calgary
Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Oakville Palestinian Rights Association OPRA
OPIRG Guelph
Palestine Just Trade
Palestine Solidarity Working Group (Sudbury)
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (Montreal)
Palestinian Canadian Congress
Peace Alliance Winnipeg
Regina Peace Council
Socialist Action
St. John’s Solidarity with Palestine
United for Palestine – Toronto/GTA

Update #1
The NDP responds to I Vote Palestine questions.

Update #2
Liberal Party Position on Palestine

Nakba71 – The Palestinian Narrative

Speakers, Films, Personal Testimonies
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 2pm
SFU Harbour Centre, Rm. 7000


New video of highlights from meeting:

Excerpts of the excellent talk and reading by Ramzy Baroud at Vancouver's Nakba71 meeting

Posted by Canada Palestine Association on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Speakers, Films, Personal Testimonies

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 2pm
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver Rm. 7000
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Gaza-born Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His latest book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a former Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. His website is

Sobhi Al-Zobaidi is a Palestinian filmmaker, artist and scholar who was born in Jerusalem in 1961 and who grew up in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah. He studied economics at Birzeit University and Cinema at NYU. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at SFU.
He will be presenting his film, My Very Private Map

Local Palestinians will also present their personal stories of being Nakba survivors or descendants.
(This event is part of a Cross Canada Day of Action marking Nakba71.)
The meeting will be followed by a Boycott Israeli Wines, Mark Nakba71 picket on the W. Cordova side of SFU Harbour Centre starting at 4:15 pm.

Picket the Vancouver JNF Gala – April 14, 2019

Check out the new article with video highlights on this successful picket.

New article with video highlights on this successful picket.

#StoptheJNF: No Tax Breaks for Apartheid! (VIDEO)

Photo by Rehab Nazzal, June 2015

Mark the date — Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:30 pm
Outside Congregation Schara Tzedeck
3476 Oak St., Vancouver (gather SW corner Oak and 19th)
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Once again this year, Vancouver activists are issuing a callout to protest the fund raising gala of the Jewish National Fund. The racist and discriminatory policies of the JNF have been well documented and are of particular concern here in Canada due to the creation of “Canada Park” on the ruins of 3 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank. A recent CBC expose also revealed that JNF solicits donations and issues charitable tax receipts for funds that go directly to the Israeli military and to the illegal settlements in the occupied territories.
This year is also an occasion to mark Palestinian Land Day and the one year anniversary of the Great Return March in Gaza; since March 30, 2018, 220 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military and tens of thousands injured.
Call on the Canadian Government to revoke the tax deductible status for the JNF, and stop being complicit in these WAR CRIMES.
More info at Stop the JNF, Canada website

No Canadian Charity for the Israeli Military!
No Tax Breaks for Apartheid and Colonization!

Organized by:
Canada Palestine Association and Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver.

Endorsed by:
Alliance for People’s Health
Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights
East Indian Defense Committee
ILPS Just Peace Campaign
International League of Peoples Struggle
SANSAD South Asian Network for Secularism & Democracy
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights UBC
Vancouver & District Labour Council
Vancouver Peace Council

Check out our new video documenting 20 years of Vancouver activists coming out to protest the Jewish National Fund and its pivotal role in dispossessing the Palestinian people.

#StoptheJNF – Continue the Campaign

20 years of Vancouver protests #StoptheJNF

Posted by Canada Palestine Association on Monday, January 14, 2019

Book launch: “Culture and Resistance” by Edward Said and David Barsamian

This forum looks at Said’s legacy in the context of the ongoing dispossession of the Palestinian people.
Moderator: Joanne Naiman
Main Speaker: David Barsamian
Panelists: Hanna Kawas, Adel Iskandar, Sana Janjua

A painting depicting Edward Said

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Room 7000 SFU Harbor Centre 515 West Hastings Street

The late Edward Said left an indelible mark on post-colonial studies with his book, “Orientalism” and taught generations to recognize the West’s constructions of its “other,” particularly in the Middle East and the Islamic world. As a Palestinian intellectual Said brought his anti-colonial critique to bear on what he called “The Question of Palestine,” revealing Zionism as a colonial ideology and the Western liberal support of this as a part of its colonial heritage. He was one of the first to publicly criticize the Oslo Accords and said one month after the signing of Oslo in 1993 that it was “an instrument of Palestinian surrender, a Palestinian Versailles”. This forum looks at Said’s legacy in the context of the ongoing dispossession of the Palestinian people.

Moderator: Joanne Naiman
Main Speaker: David Barsamian
Panelists: Hanna Kawas, Adel Iskandar, Sana Janjua

David Barsamian is an investigative journalist, broadcaster and author. He is the founder and director of Alternative Radio, which is in its 33rd year. He has interviewed and written books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest with Noam Chomsky is Global Discontents. His book with Edward Said, Culture & Resistance, which had been out of print is just reissued with a new introduction by David. He is a winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, and Vienna. He was deported from India in 2011 because of his work on human rights abuses in Kashmir. He reports on people’s struggles across North America and the rest of the world.

David Barsamian will speak on Edward Said and the Middle East.

Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver/Burnaby, Canada. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several works including “Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution” (AUCP/OUP); “Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism” (Basic Books); “Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation” (University of California Press); “Mediating the Arab Uprisings” (Tadween Publishing); and “Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring” (Palgrave Macmillan). Iskandar’s work deals with media, identity and politics; and he has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. Iskandar’s engaged participatory research includes supporting knowledge production through scholarly digital publishing such as “Jadaliyya” and academic podcasting such as “Status.”

Adel Iskandar will speak on Said’s critique of Orientalism and Nativism and his positioning as a secular humanist in exile.

Hanna Kawas is a Palestinian born in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is a writer and activist and has spent all of his adult life working for Palestinian national and human rights, as well as supporting liberation movements all over the world. Hanna is the chairperson of Canada Palestine Association, which was established in 1980, and is also the co-host of Voice of Palestine. He is currently active with BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish that has launched multiple campaigns.

Hanna Kawas will speak on the current situation of the Palestinians.

Sana Janjua writes poems. She is going to read three poems: one from Neruda’s Isla Negra, one from Darwish, and one from Faiz. All three speak to the experience of exile, memory of violence, and the condition of the refugees drawing connection to the global crisis of internally displaced peoples, and forced migration(s) across borders.

Joanne Naiman is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Ryerson University in Toronto. She has been involved over the years in a variety of activist organizations, including the anti-apartheid movement as well as support for public education in Ontario. Since moving to Vancouver in 2008 she has been an active member of Independent Jewish Voices.

Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), Canada Palestine Association, Independent Jewish Voices, and Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) with support from Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation and the Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University.

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Videos of the event.

Presentation of CPA Chairperson

Protest #Israel70 Celebration at JNF Gala

Sunday, June 3 at 5 PM
Check out new video of picket!

Sunday, June 3 at 5 PM
Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia (at Howe), Vancouver

Join us to picket the Jewish National Fund Dinner which is celebrating the “70th anniversary of the state of Israel”. The racist and discriminatory policies of the JNF have been well documented and are of particular concern here in Canada due to the creation of “Canada Park” on the ruins of 3 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank.
As in previous years, the JNF is attempting to hide its policies and history behind a charitable project, this time to “Help Improve the Lives of Children with Disabilities”. The grotesque irony of this particular project at this time, as Israeli snipers maim and disable hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza, including children, doesn’t seem to bother the $300/ticket gala-goers. UNICEF stated on May 16, 2018, that “since 30 March 2018, over 1,000 children have been injured in violence in the Gaza Strip. Many of these injuries are severe and potentially life-altering, including some resulting in amputations.”
Call on the Canadian Government to revoke the tax deductible status for the JNF, and stop being complicit in these WAR CRIMES.
Stop maiming Palestinian children.
No to 70 years of celebrating Palestinian dispossession!
No to “greenwashing” ethnic cleansing.
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Organized by BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish, Canada Palestine Association, Int’l League of Peoples Struggle Canada, Vancouver Peace Council.
Endorsed by:
Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights
East Indian Defense Committee
Victoria Coalition against Israeli Apartheid
Independent Jewish Voices, Vancouver

Canada Guilty in Continuing Palestinian Nakba

Vancouver Nakba Day 2018
Personal Testimony, Canadian Complicity

Vancouver Nakba Day 2018
Personal Testimony, Canadian Complicity

Full coverage of all testimony and speeches given at the May 15 picket outside the office of Canada’s “Justice Minister”. The jury assembled for the Peoples’ Trial unanimously delivered a guilty verdict which was then delivered by a delegation to the minister’s office. Thanks to our videographer, Devin Gillan.

Mark Nakba70: End Canadian Complicity

Tuesday, May 15 at 12:30 PM
Office of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, 104-1245 W. Broadway, Vancouver

Tuesday, May 15 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Office of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, 104-1245 W. Broadway, Vancouver

Join us for a picket and PEOPLES’ TRIAL on May 15, 2018 as we mark the 70th anniversary of the dispossession and dismemberment of the Palestinian people and nation. Known as the “Nakba”, over 400 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed and/or depopulated in 1948. More than 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes and lands, resulting in a Palestinian refugee population now numbering almost 8 million. Canadian officials were complicit in this project in 1947-48 and they are complicit now in the continuing suffering of the Palestinian people. The Canadian government has yet to condemn the Israeli murder of over 40 unarmed Palestinians(and counting) in Gaza since March 30, a number which includes children and journalists. Gaza’s population is predominantly refugees expelled in 1948.
We charge successive Canadian governments with aiding and abetting continued Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people.
We call for sanctions on Israel now and ask the Canadian people to intensify BDS campaigns.
Remember, Resist! Palestine will be Free!
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And also coming up later on June 3, Stop the JNF picket, Vancouver
This year’s JNF “Gala” will celebrate the 70 years of Palestinian dispossession as well as fundraising for the Jewish National Fund, which has built the infamous Canada Park in the occupied West Bank.
More details to be announced soon.

Events in support of Palestinian Prisoners in Vancouver

April 17, 2018, 5 pm: Mark Palestinian Prisoners Day, Boycott HP Picket

April 17, 2018: Mark Palestinian Prisoners Day, Boycott HP Picket
5-6:30 pm, Best Buy, 798 Granville St.(at Robson), Vancouver
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April 17 marks Palestinian Prisoners Day, a day commemorated since 1979 when Palestinians remember their friends and family members held in Israeli prisons. And the large numbers of incarcerated Palestinians affect almost every family – currently over 6000 prisoners in total, including 450 administrative detainees (no charge or trial) and hundreds of child prisoners.
Join us to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day and to say #BoycottHP, Technology of Israeli Apartheid, Technology of Israeli Oppression!
Co-organized by: Canada Palestine Association, BDS-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories, ILPS Canada and YCL-Vancouver

April 10, 2018: Film Screening of Radiance of Resistance
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Doors open at 7pm. Film starts at 7:30pm
Tickets: $10 General, $8 Seniors/Students,
Location: The Cinematheque 1131 Howe Street
The new film, Radiance of Resistance tells the story of Janna Ayyad (9 years old), and Ahed Tamimi (14 years old), who live under Israeli military occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine. Janna Ayyad has been called the youngest journalist in Palestine. Ahed (now 17) is one of many Palestinian children unjustly incarcerated in an Israeli Prison for opposing colonial occupation on her land and was recently sentenced to 8 months in prison.
Co-organized by: Canada Palestine Association, BDS-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories and Young Communist League-Vancouver