Archived Articles for May 2005
May 30, 2005
Coming June 7 - Carolyn Parrish - Reflections on the Middle East Visit See Events Page for Details
TorStar - U.S. keeps moving Mideast goal posts
Concern that it [Hamas] might do well in national elections in July prompted proposals that the planned Israeli withdrawal from Gaza be postponed, as also the election.
The Guardian - Vote ends Israeli boycott
But Birmingham University's Sue Blackwell, who proposed the original boycott, said that despite the result the "genie was out of the bottle". "This is the start not the end..."
May 28, 2005
IMOPA/WSJ: Message to Ariel Sharon: SET MY PEOPLE FREE
My election placed upon me great responsibilities but also gave me a feeling of great pride -- not in myself, but in the Palestinian people. For despite living under conditions of Israeli military occupation -- with the pervasive presence of soldiers, armed settlers and roadblocks -- and extreme economic distress, the men and women of Palestine cast a resounding vote for democracy.
NCCAR News Release: NCCAR Encouraged by Canada's Commitment to Palestinians
The National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR) welcomes the announcement of increased support for Palestinians today by Prime Minister Paul Martin following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
May 27, 2005
BBC: Amnesty slams Israel 'war crimes'
Amnesty International has accused Israel of committing war crimes in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The rights group's report for 2004 says Israeli forces have killed some 700 Palestinians - including 150 children - mostly in unlawful circumstances.
Jerusalem Post: Canadian Jews, Arabs eat together, talk peace
It was a shouting match that motivated an Arab man in Canada to establish a quieter venue to discuss Arab-Jewish issues. Qias Ghanem, a Yemeni-born professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa, got the idea for Potlucks for Peace after he'd been to a panel discussion on the Middle East.
May 26, 2005
Cnews: Arab-Canadian group urges PM to tell Israel: "back off" Palestinian territory
If Martin is sincere in his pledge that Canada will play an important role, he should tell Israel to follow through on commitments to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, says Mazen Chouaib, executive director of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations.
Occupation Mag: The isolation of the residents of Hebron - a tactic to break their spirit
Yesterday (Saturday 21 May 2005) there was a report in the media informing us that the attempt of Israeli peace activists to carry out a solidarity visit to residents of the Old City of Hebron, at the invitation of the latter, encountered adamant and violent opposition from the army.
May 25, 2005
Electronic Intifada: Israel's Silent Nuclear Attack Revealed
Additionally, for the past four months there has been a 300% increase of birth defects. Infertility rates, spontaneous abortions, hair loss without indication are becoming commonly prevalent. The list of reported illnesses continues, but up till now have not been reported as it should be.
May 24, 2005
Counterpunch: Academic Freedom in Israel is Central to Resolving the Conflict, To Create It, an Academic Boycott is Needed
Final resolution of the crisis in Palestine requires Israelis to face up to their responsibility for the Palestinian naqba. It is primarily, if not exclusively, in the Israeli academy that the necessary debate must start.
Christian Peacemaker Team: Settler Graffiti in Hebron (Photo essay)
Christian Peacemaker Teams is a program of Brethren, Quaker and Mennonite
Churches and other Christians that support nonviolence.
May 22, 2005
CNI Foundation: Slap in the face
The budget language coming out of the conference committee (which the full Congress then votes on) refers to the $50 million for the checkpoints as a way of helping "ease the movement of Palestinian people and goods in and out of Israel."
1) The improvements of checkpoints will not be financed by the Israelis but rather out of aid money promised to the Palestinians.
2) The U.S. gives $15,139,178 per day to the Israeli government and military and $232,290 per day to Palestinian NGO’s. http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/usaid.html
Haaretz: Senior PA minister slams Muslim cleric in Gaza for anti-Semitism
A top Palestinian minister called Wednesday for the
suspension of a Muslim preacher who described Jews as "a virus resembling
AIDS" and denied the Holocaust in a sermon broadcast live on Palestinian
May 21, 2005
MMN: Better the lesser evil than the greater folly
However bad the Liberals appear to be at the moment, they are at least amenable to reasoned argument on foreign policy. Under Chrétien, many of whose ministers are still in the House, Canada did its best not to sell out to the Bushites and the B'nai Brith.
May 19, 2005
Beliefnet: World Council of Churches Endorses Divestment From Israel
The World Council of Churches has urged its 347 member denominations to give
"serious consideration" to pulling investments out of Israel in protest of
what it sees as mistreatment of Palestinians.
Other articles on Boycotts of Israel
May 18, 2005
Canadian Dimensions: The expulsion of the Palestinians re-examined
The Israeli government of the time pursued a policy of non-compromise, in order to prevent the return of the refugees "at any price" (as Ben Gurion himself put it), despite the fact that the UN General Assembly had been calling for this since 11 December 1948. Their villages were either destroyed or occupied by Jewish immigrants, and their lands were shared out between the surrounding kibbutzim.
May 17, 2005
Yahoo News: Abbas says redress for refugees is key to peace
Sirens wailed on Sunday to mark the Palestinians' 1948 "Nakba," or catastrophe, and President Mahmoud Abbas said there could be no peace without redress for refugees uprooted by the creation of Israel.
May 16, 2005
ACTION ALERT: Israeli air force to participate in Maple Flag exercises in Canada
Exercise MAPLE FLAG is a six-week international air combat exercise held annually at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. The exercise, which will be takingplace from May 15 to June 24 2005, provides Canadian and allied aircrew withrealistic training in a modern simulated air combat environment, and emphasizes air operations involving large package coalition forces.
Media Monitor Network: As the Globe Spins: Selective reporting obscures Natan Sharansky's hypocrisy and bigotry
"Sharansky is a fervent zionist for whom abstract notions of human rights mean nothing. He founded the now-defunct immigrants' rights party Yisrael B'Aliyah, which included in its principles the denial of the right of Palestinians to have their own state."
May 15, 2005
URGENT ACTION: Christian Peacemaker Teams call upon you to oppose Proposed Settler Road in Tel Rumeida Area, Hebron.
May 14, 2005
ACTION ALERT: Ask Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew to censure Israeli Consul General Ya'acov Brosh for his comments at the recent Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding, held at the Temple Har Zion Synagogue in Toronto
May 13, 2005
Macleans.ca: Israeli air force to take part in Alberta war games; Palestinians opposed
"We don't support this Canadian initiative," said Issam Alyamani of Palestine House, an educational and cultural centre in Toronto. "I think that Canada should be more sensitive to the Arab-Palestinian community in Canada.
CBC Commentary: More debate needed on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Palestinians who advocate violence and praise terrorist actions are regularly condemned by the Jewish community. But we don't hear any expression of shock when Israeli officials and Rabbis incite their people against Palestinians and Arabs.
May 12, 2005
MCC: Muslim Canadian Congress demands an apology from the Israeli Consul General
What makes this incident worse is the fact that Muslims were invited as guests to a synagogue where they were accused of being supporters of extremism," said Tarek Fatah.
Toronto Star: Détente attempt sparks anger
At an evening of dialogue for Muslim-Jewish understanding, remarks by Israel's consul general have prompted the Muslim Canadian Congress to call for an apology, and it has asked Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew to investigate the statements and seek an explanation.
May 11, 2005
Lefthook: Alan Dershowitz's Amazing Wonderland
Dershowitz has chutzpah. That's the title of one of his tedious books, and that's Norman Finkelstein's conclusion in his upcoming book Beyond Chutzpah, which demonstrates the banality of the mendacious intellectual using the example of Alan Dershowitz's The Case for Israel.
May 9, 2005
IMOPA: Montrealers Demonstrate Against Israel's Apartheid Policies
...a half scale replica of the Israel's illegal Apartheid wall was set up. A large black and white banner held high by members of Jewish Alliance Against the Occupation (JAAO) read "End Israeli Apartheid". Speakers from the human rights groups ISM, PAJU, and SPHR along with Palestinian refugees spoke out against the Apartheid policies of Israel and the unfair treatment of Palestinian refugees by the Canadian government.
Monday 9 May 2005, 7 p.m. Lecture at Carleton University, Azrieli Theatre
ONLY TOGETHER Can Palestinians and Israelis Achieve Peace and Prosperity
Dr. Clement Leibovitz Visiting Ottawa from Edmonton web: http://cleibovi.shawbiz.ca
Tony Benn said of his book on World War II that it was the best by far. He was tortured before spending 10 years in Egyptian jails for resisting the British occupation forces.
Come, listen and ask questions! Sponsored by: APAC Co-sponsored by CAPCA, SPHR
May 8, 2005
Scoop: Uri Avnery: "Aren't You Ashamed?"
The car stopped for a moment. An elderly lady pushed her head out of the window and shouted; "Aren't you ashamed of yourselves? Today is Holocaust Day, and you are demonstrating for Arabs?!"
May 7, 2005
GushShalom/Avnery: A Tale of Two Demonstrations
Thus the secret came out and was also documented by the cameras: "Arabized" undercover soldiers had been sent into action. These started throwing stones at the security people in order to provide them with a pretext to attack us. The moment they were uncovered, they turned on the demonstrators nearest to them, drew revolvers and started to arrest them.
Anti-War: The Palestinian Gandhi
"Where is the Palestinian Gandhi?" is a quite popular question, especially abroad. You won't often hear it asked (with the inevitable self-righteous shrug) here in Israel: after all, the Israeli culture itself worships violence, with the semantic field of "war" being the richest in the modern Hebrew language, with militarism as the state religion, and with popular wisdom expressed in rules of thumb such as "where force won't do, try more force."
May 5, 2005
CJN: Hamilton police chief faces complaints over Israel trip
In an April 6 letter to the chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board, Linda Belanger, writing on behalf of the local branch of the Canada-Palestine Support Network (Canpalnet), called the participation in the Israel trip by Ottawa’s Assistant Chief Larry Hill “a slap in the face to the Arab community” in the city.
May 4, 2005
Coming to Ottawa Friday, May 27th, 2005 - 6:30 pm - Soraida, a Woman of Palestine
Check our Events page for further details
Johal: Oil and Palestine: The New Cold War
Later in Ramallah, Putin was greeted with a cheering crowd as he became the first foreign head of state to visit Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas since the Palestinian elections earlier this year. Putin laid a wreath at Yasser Arafat's grave site and promised Abbas a helicopter and military equipment to help him rule over militant groups in the Palestinian territories.
CBC Toronto: Jewish student expelled for anti-Semitic website
"Everybody is really shaken up and we have to digest this," said [Headmaster] Hal Hannaford. "It really becomes very complicated."
May 1, 2005
TorStar: Sharon seeks to bolster Israel's West Bank stake
Confirms Gaza withdrawal part of wider plan; Palestinians accuse PM of acting in bad faith
But in taking the initiative to withdraw from Gaza, he said, Israel will reap a dividend of international goodwill that will help it retain the largest settlement blocs in the West Bank
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