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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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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 688, April 18, 2014: Secretary of State J. Kerry to Congress : Israelis  are derailing talks (April 2014 )

This week might go down in history as a real turning point in the last 20 plus years of US-orchestrated negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. For the first time— and despite later efforts to backtrack— a U.S. Secretary of State admitted  to Congress that it was the Israelis who are derailing talks.  Kerry couldn’t have been more clear about the recent sequence of events that have driven these talks to the brink. First Israel refused to release the last group of Palestinian prisoners they had promised to free, then they announced construction of 700 new settlement units, and only then did the Palestinians announce that they would attempt to join 15 international human rights conventions. The US and Israel still vigorously criticized that move, which begs the question: what kind of “peace process” considers signing on to covenants promoting the rights of children, the disabled, and others a threat to peace?

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 687, April 11, 2014: Looking beyond the 'curse' of partition of Palestine (Part2)

Is a new vision really necessary in order to imagine an egalitarian civil contract among the populations of this non-partitionable territorial unit? Since the creation of the State of Israel, it has become impossible to imagine the future. If and when efforts to change the situation were made, they took the form of “solutions” to “problems,” imposed top-down and usually produced by the same – military-security – system.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 686, April 4, 2014: Are the procedures of peace relevant after 65 years of peace talks  (Part1) ?

What is needed now is not a new vision but an old one – one envisioned by people who lived in Palestine before the curse of partition. Over the past few years, it has been fairly common to hear: “the time has come for a new vision for Palestine/Israel.” It is hard to refute the reality of a dead-end implied in this expression, but must a dead-end always lead us to a new vision? As Hanan Ashrawi has previously stated, new forms of talks, dialogue, and inventiveness are not what was missing in the endless peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 685, March 28, 2014: Israel defies World Bank about a landfill intended to serve the Palestinian population

The Israel Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration refuses to allow the operation of a landfill funded by the World Bank and intended to serve the Palestinian population south of Jerusalem. The administration is demanding that the Palestinians agree to let the region’s settlements use the site as well, but the Palestinians refuse. The Al-Minya landfill east of Bethlehem was built in the last two years with funds the World Bank gave the Palestinian Authority. It is the first modern landfill in the southern West Bank, with means of sealing the earth to prevent waste from leaking into the groundwater. Another modern landfill, also set up with international funding, is already operating in the Jenin area. Since Al-Minya is in Area C, its construction required the Civil Administration’s approval. Currently the waste from the Hebron and Bethlehem communities is dumped in pirate sites that constitute serious environmental hazards. Some Palestinian communities dump the garbage in open areas and occasionally burn it to reduce its volume.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 684, March 21, 2014: Marcy Newman and the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Marcy Newman is a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. I am an American Jew, author of The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans .I have spent several years teaching at Palestinian universities in the West Bank cities of Jerusalem and Nablus; there I had a front-row seat to the myriad ways that Israel actively interfered with the lives of Palestinian scholars and students, making teaching, conducting research, or merely going to school next to impossible. Some of us active in the boycott movement around the globe do so out of a desire to see Palestinian people achieve justice meaning the right of return for Palestinian refugees and compensation as per UN Resolution 194. We believe that there shouldn’t be any nation with special status and that when the UN makes a resolution all nations must abide by them not just countries bullied by the powers governing the Security Council and their allies.

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