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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 # 744, May 15, 2015: Samples of Israeli Horrific Brutality and War Criminality in Gaza: Part 1

The Israeli group Breaking the Silence issued a report this morning (May 2015) containing testimony from Israeli soldiers about the savagery and criminality committed by the Israeli military during the attack on Gaza last summer. The Independent has a good article describing the report’s findings: “The Israeli military deliberately pounded civilian areas in the Gaza Strip with incessant fire of inaccurate ordinance” and “was at best indifferent about casualties among the Palestinian population.” At best. This should surprise nobody who paid any attention to the brutal Israeli destruction of Gaza or, for that matter, countless Israeli attacks before that. The U.N. has said that 7 out of 10 people killed by the Israelis were civilians, “including 1,462 civilians, among them 495 children and 253 women”; video of Israelis killing four Gazan boys as they played on a beach sickened anyone decent. Nonetheless, reading the accounts from these Israeli soldiers is revolting and important in equal parts.

Used tanks to crush Palestinians’ cars purely for “fun” Staff Sargent, Armored Corps: During the entire operation the tank drivers had this thing of wanting to run over cars – because the driver, he can’t fire. He doesn’t have any weapon, he doesn’t get to experience the fun in its entirety, he just drives forward, backward, right, left. And they had this sort of crazy urge to run over a car. I mean, a car that’s in the street, a Palestinian car, obviously. And there was one time that my tank’s driver, a slightly hyperactive guy, managed to convince the tank’s officer to run over a car, and it was really not that exciting– you don’t even notice you’re going over a car, you don’t feel anything – we just said on the two-way radio: “We ran over the car. How was it?” And it was cool, but we really didn’t feel anything. . .

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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 743, May 8, 2015: A Cry Of The Heart From A Dissident Jew

I am Jewish. I'm Israeli.

I am Canadian. I am pro-Israel. And pro-Palestine.

What does this tell me? I'm torn, it's the least we can say.

During my life, I have gone from convinced Zionist and Israeli soldier to waning to give up my Israeli citizenship.

I have been a strong advocate of dialogue and of the Palestinian nation. I have been involved in several organizations working in this direction.

I’ve spent countless hours in freezing cold or scorching heat (depending on the country) during demonstrations.

I’ve spoken at conferences, in debates in the media. I was sprayed with tear gas, spat in the face, pushed, arrested.

People have wished for my children to be killed in a suicide attack.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 742, May 1rst, 2015: Part 2: Change in Israel will come by increased international pressure, not by the polls

By monopolizing West Bank land and natural resources, Israel reaps the benefits of occupation with few costs. Settlements are a major state investment, and add both a geographic and political obstacle to peace since settlers play a key role in shaping Israeli politics and their interests cannot be ignored. Mr. Netanyahu’s style has certainly heightened tensions and harmed relations with Israel’s allies. He has clashed with President Obama and thumbed his nose at the Democratic Party by helping to make Israel a partisan political issue in America. His most recent speech before a joint session of Congress, which 60 members of Congress boycotted, was merely the latest incident.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 741, April 24, 2015: Netanyahu’s election could hasten the end of Israel’s apartheid policies. Part 1: unexpected point of view

This might seem counterintuitive, but the political dynamics in Israel and internationally mean that another term with Mr. Netanyahu at the helm could actually hasten the end of Israel’s apartheid policies. The biggest losers in this election were those who made the argument that change could come from within Israel. It can’t and it won’ IF anyone doubted where Mr. Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday’s election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch. Then he decided to engage in a bit of fear-mongering against Palestinian citizens of Israel in hopes of driving his supporters to the polls. “The right-wing government is in danger,” Mr. Netanyahu announced on Election Day. “Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 740, April 17, 2015: Disgraceful Spectacle of Netanyahu and political leaders in Congress

There was nothing interesting in the content of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this morning (March 3rd, 2015).

One remarkable thing about the event was how shamelessly the prime minister repeated one dishonest or tendentious claim after another.

He held up an utterly unrealistic “much better deal” that Iran would never agree to as the only alternative, and he absurdly claimed that the deal currently being negotiated would “pave” the way to an Iranian nuclear weapon.

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