End the occcupation !
Every friday, silent vigil in protest against the occupation.
Time: Noon - 1 pm
Place:corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College (metro Mcgill).
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According to Manuel Valls, "anti-Zionism is simply synonymous with anti-Semitism." There are two possible answers. The first, the CRIF dinner, based on two successive assertions: the State of Israel speaks for Jews worldwide; therefore, to be "anti-Zionist" ,to criticize Israeli policy is not only to denigrate the Israeli government, but the entire country's population and all Jews everywhere - this is anti-Semitism. This view obscures two crucial points: the great majority of Jews live outside Israel and among them are many who disagree with its policies; moreover, criticizing a government does not mean that one accuses the country's entire population. No, to condemn the colonial policy of Israel has nothing to do with anti-Semitism.
- Note from PAJU : During dark periods of history ( war years or struggles for independance) choices, associations with certain groups and violence, seen as shameful or embarrassing now, have existed in the past.
In most countries, remnants of these events do not have a dominant influence on actual political and societal behavior.
The historian, Lenni Brenner suggests that these remnants carry more weight in the State of Israel. Would this analysis contribute to explaining some features of Israeli politics ?
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 796, May 13, 2016: Israel-Palestine: The French Initiative (Part 2)
In the previous article, it was clear to the signatories who spoke in support of the French initiative that non-compliance by Israel with international law, the constant and limitless aggravation of Israeli colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the blockade of Gaza were major obstacles to finding a solution.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 795, May 6, 2016: Israel-Palestine: The French Initiative (Part 1)
In the context of the failure of the "peace process" leading to the creation of a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem, France has called an international meeting to re-launch negotiations. This meeting would be held in Paris on May 30th. Those invited are: the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia and possibly other countries. Twenty former senior diplomats, academics and leading journalists have given their support to this initiative.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 794, April 29, 2016: Israelis rally around soldier filmed executing injured Palestinian
Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif was shot dead along with Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, both of them 21 years old, after allegedly stabbing and moderately wounding a soldier in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron’s Old City on Thursday. The slaying of al-Sharif, who was lying on the ground incapacitated but moving his head before he was shot, was caught on video. The new video shows the shooter “shaking hands with far-right activist Baruch Marzel” while al-Sharif’s body is removed from the scene, according to Haaretz. The US-born Marzel, a former leader of the violent group Kach, is notorious for fomenting attacks on Palestinians. The video provides visible evidence of the close relationship between the Israeli army and the violent settlers it supports and protects.