Saturday, May 18, 2024

University Encampments and the Freedom Flotilla: Fighting Back Against Historical Racist Genocide

 

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Disregard for the fate of civilians, even children and babies, takes us beyond levels of what people frightened for their families should tolerate – if they are civilized. We have dug deep in the bowels of human experience of those aspects they have difficulty confronting, and have now struck on a foul emerging stream of filth that has a name – racism.

But we are also seeing many students and volunteers, a lot of them Jews, in the United States, Canada, and around the world determined that they can transcend the unbearable burden of our dreadful legacies, both for those of Jewish ancestry and others who attained certain advantages in European and North American (White) countries at the expense of Indigenous people, and Black people, and Asian people. They are planting tents in universities insisting their schools disclose and divest from companies and institutions tied in with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. They are actively lobbying governments and boycotting those speaking out in favour of Israel’s “Counter-Offensive.”

And some are even going to take what could be the ultimate risk in getting aid and supplies to Gaza as an act of basic human decency.

The clash of these two contradictory primal forces playing out on the world stage will be the focus of this spectacular episode of the Global Research News Hour.

In our first half hour, we will speak with return guest, journalist and documentary film-maker Robert Inlakesh about the pro-Palestine encampments across universities everywhere. He also will discuss Israel’s decision to end the ceasefire they offered after Hamas agreed to it!

In our second half hour we hear from lawyer, activist and journalist Dimitri Lascaris about the decision by him and others to try to staff the Freedom Flotilla in a few weeks to take aid and supplies to Gaza. This is followed by a conversation with geopolitical analyst Mike Whitney who will discuss the background of his article King Bibi’s Land Grab, discussing the blatant anti-Arab racism that pollutes the Israeli appraisal and fuels the ongoing war.  (more...)

University Encampments and the Freedom Flotilla: Fighting Back Against Historical Racist Genocide



FBI Harass Israeli Dissident + The ‘War of Annihilation’ on Gaza

 

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TNT Radio host Patrick Henningsen speaks with independent journalist and Washington correspondent Sam Husseini, about the recent news of Israeli historian and best-selling author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Ilan Pappé, was detained and harassed by the FBI while traveling through Detroit. We also discuss a profound piece by noted historian Walid Khalidi about the religious extremism that may be motivating Israel war of annihilation against the native Palestinian population in Gaza.




The Political Sewer

 

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Political dark arts specialist David Wallace drops by to preview a bombshell of a story about to drop via  Press Progress.



Friday, May 17, 2024

Sanctions on Extremist Settlers Give Israeli Government a Pass: CJPME

 

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Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes Canada’s belated imposition of sanctions on four extremist Israeli settlers, but warns that this narrow approach to state-settler violence fails to address the enabling role of the Israeli government. For months, Canada has warned that settler terrorism has the support of Israeli leaders and is often carried out with the protection or even participation of Israeli soldiers. CJPME continues to urge Canada to widen its list of targeted individuals to include Israeli officials responsible for settler violence, including far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, and to recognize the Israeli government as a state sponsor of terror under the State Immunity Act.

“While today’s sanctions set an important precedent that Canada can use economic measures to address Israeli violence against Palestinians, it totally fails to address the core of the problem. By narrowly focusing on a few individuals and failing to include any Israeli leaders in its list, Canada entirely sidesteps the complicity of Israeli leaders and the Israeli government,” said Michael Bueckert, Vice President of CJPME. “Years of evidence demonstrate that Israeli settler violence is a form of state-sponsored terrorism. Canada must sanction all Israeli officials responsible for supporting and enabling these crimes, starting with National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir,” added Bueckert.  (more...)

Sanctions on Extremist Settlers Give Israeli Government a Pass: CJPME


Whole-of-government Approach Needed to Address Canadian Complicity With Israeli Settlements: CJPME

 

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Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lead a “whole-of-government approach” to address the problem of Canadian collusion in war crimes related to illegal Israeli settlements. This initiative follows the recent “Great Israeli Real Estate” events in Montreal and Toronto, which involved the open sale of properties within illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. CJPME is urging Canada to crack down on such events and focus on ending other forms of Canadian complicity in settlements. To that end, CJPME has provided Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet with 19 policy recommendations based on the status of settlements as war crimes under Canada’s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

“Canadians buying properties in settlements is participation in an active war crime. Thanks to decades of impunity, Canadian complicity in Israel’s settlements has gone completely unchecked. This requires a whole-of-government approach for Canada to end its involvement in Israel’s colonial war crimes,” said Alex Paterson, Senior Director, Parliamentary Affairs for CJPME. “For nearly 25 years after Canada adopted the Rome Statute into domestic law, successive leaders have continued to willfully ignore illegal Canadian involvement in Israeli land theft and colonization of Palestine. It’s time to put these brazen war crimes to an end and meaningfully challenge Israel’s policy of annexation.”

CJPME notes that Canadian support for illegal Israeli settlements is a long-standing problem that touches on a range of Ministerial portfolios and crosscutting policy issues. For example, Canada extends free trade benefits to settlement businesses through the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), gives charitable tax status to organizations that funnel money to settlements, votes against resolutions to condemn settlements at the UN, and fails to discourage or penalize trade and investment in the settlement economy.

“While Canada’s long overdue promise to impose sanctions on a few extremist settlers would be a good start, meaningful action to target Israel’s colonial take-over of Palestinian land requires using all the tools available to the government,” added Paterson. “If Canada was interested in stopping Israeli land theft, it has numerous policy tools at its disposal to go beyond symbolism or half measures. It is actively choosing to avoid those measures while Israel starves and slaughters Palestinians.”  (more...)

Whole-of-government Approach Needed to Address Canadian Complicity With Israeli Settlements: CJPME


McGill Encampment Withstands Second Legal Challenge

 

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The student protest for Gaza holds firm despite mounting pressure.

“Students are prepared to sustain this camp until they are forcibly removed.”

The protester didn’t raise her voice but there was a firmness to that statement. She stood outside the encampment’s steel barriers Tuesday, her shoes caked in mud and her face weathered by the sun.

It would have been easy to dismiss those words as bluster two weeks ago. Back when rumours of an imminent police raid coursed through the McGill encampment. In those first days, it felt like a strong gust of wind could blow the whole thing onto Sherbrooke St.

But it became a lot harder to brush off the protesters after they secured another victory in court Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Marc St-Denis ruled that McGill University didn’t provide enough evidence to warrant an emergency injunction against the encampment. Yes, the protesters are boisterous and their occupation of the university’s front lawn will almost certainly disrupt convocation next week.

Even so, St-Denis ruled that the students’ right to protest McGill’s stake in the armaments industry — as Israeli missiles rain death and destruction on Gaza — supersedes the university’s property ownership rights. At least for now.  (more...)

McGill Encampment Withstands Second Legal Challenge


Toronto Sun endorses Zionist think tank's call to persecute foundations supporting Palestine protests

 

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The Zionists have proposed a new tactic, and the Toronto Sun is fully on board. 

The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism (ISGA) proposes disclosing the name of the leadership of the running charities which provide the most financial resources to the protests, and ordering them to be shut down if they were run by individuals who were previously working for organizations such as Holy Land Foundation, which was forced to shut down by state persecution. 

This came after ISGA researched funding sources for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters throughout North America and proposed cut off this financing by labelling them “terrorist” sources, in a report entitled “National Students for Justice in Palestine: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Americanism, Violent Extremism and the Threat to North American Universities”. 

The ISGA wants to use a prior example of unjust state repression of a charity as a building block for further repression of the protests. The report has been pushed by Warren Kinsella in the Toronto Sun, and an infamous politician, Independent MP Kevin Vuong, who demanded a probe into the financing for all of the encampments. So what is this report, flaunted around by the Canadian right, all about?  (more...)

Toronto Sun endorses Zionist think tank's call to persecute foundations supporting Palestine protests