« End of Occupation » No 1014

The article PAJU has chosen to share this week, written by Larry Haiven, is possibly the longest article we have published in the twenty years of PAJU’s existence. It is also one of the most important articles we have shared. ‘Cancel Culture’ is a clear and unequivocal look at the manner in which the pro-Israel lobby in Canada uses threats and intimidation to get various venues to cancel any and all events critical of Israel’s reprehensible policies toward the beleaguered and subjugated Palestinian population. What is more, there is every likelihood that similar tactics are employed in every country where the Israel lobby exists.

The mechanics of ‘cancel culture’ such as fashioned by the Israel lobby and its use of the false notion of anti-Semitism as put forth via the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism are displayed with a candor which immediately makes Mr. Haiven’s article one which must be shared widely. We encourage readers to share the article with others, especially on their own lists. Moreover, if you are on Facebook or Twitter, please share the reference to Larry Haiven’s article.

PAJU extends its thanks to Larry Haiven for his permission to reprint his article. We have also translated the article to French.

‘Cancel culture’ and the Israel lobby

More than two dozen recent examples of the Canadian pro-Israel lobby’s cancel culture playbook in action

By Larry Haiven

When Sportsnet fired Canadian hockey and media personality Don Cherry in November 2019 for his bigoted remarks on Coach’s Corner, we heard the usual right-wing complaint chorus about the suppression of free speech by the liberal left.

A favored method of censorship nowadays is said to be “de-platforming,” or denying those you disagree with a platform to speak. This is also called “cancel culture.” Most recently, a group of around 150 prominent intellectuals signed a “Letter on Justice and Open Debate” in Harper‘s magazine, setting off a firestorm of debate about the limits of free speech on the left. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 1013

In Gaza, families plead for help after two infants die awaiting permits for medical treatment in Israel

Two infants have died in the Gaza Strip awaiting permits for medical treatment in Israel, a tragedy that Palestinians anxiously fear could expand in the coming weeks. Permits for Gaza’s sickest patients to receive treatment in Israel and the West Bank ended abruptly on May 19 when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced an end to coordination with Israel. It was a protest move against Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank in July.

The first child died last week, nine-month-old Omar Yaghi who awaited permission to exit Gaza for surgery for a cardiac abnormality. On Monday, Anwar Harb died nine days after his birth, also from a cardiac disease. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 1012

Biden, Israel, and the Palestinian People

By Josh Ruebner

With presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden currently enjoying a six-point lead in a recent national poll conducted by USA Today/Suffolk University, it is not too early to speculate about what a Biden administration foreign policy toward Israel and the Palestinian people might look like.

Biden is a throwback to a bygone era when Democrats and Republicans demonstrated equal fealty toward Israel and disregarded Palestinian rights altogether. A Biden administration would likely reflect that outmoded worldview. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 1010

How Canadian MPs in the Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary group are at the table of apartheid

By Bruce Katz

June 11, 2020

The characteristics of Israel’s colonial domination of the subjugated Palestinian population are already widely acknowledged as constituting apartheid. When the government of Israel passed the “Jewish Nation-State law”, Israel officially endorsed apartheid, in flagrant violation of international and human rights law.

The Nation-State Law overrides all other laws considered contradictory to this basic law that states unequivocally that only Jews have the “right of national self-determination” in Israel, disenfranchising for all intent and purpose 1.5 million Israeli citizens of Palestinian origin (approximately 20 per cent of the population of Israel). (more…)

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