Letter from a Palestinian in Gaza to those Israeli drones flying overhead

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Canada is the world’s third largest exporter of drones, after Israel and the USA. Israeli drones, including some with Canadian technology, now regularly fly over Gaza day and night. Their constant buzzing is a reminder to everyone that the Israeli military is watching. Armed drones have the ability to assassinate at will. Nobody knows when or where they will attack. Read this letter to Canadians from our Gaza correspondent….

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“Too late for two states?” – US scholar shares his hopes of saving a two state solution, but some remain unconvinced…

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American/Israeli academic Gershon Shafir spoke on November 14th to a large crowd at the Jewish Community Centre in Ottawa. He was very critical of Israel’s seemingly unstoppable slide towards intolerance and right wing politics, but still held out hope for a 2 state solution. Many in the audience were relieved, but not everyone was convinced. See this report by guest columnist Diana Ralph, of Independent Jewish Voices Ottawa. (more…)

One hundred years later, Ottawa Unitarians discuss the Balfour Declaration – was it a good idea, or not?

One hundred years ago this month, after decades of anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour promised Jews that Britain would help them create a homeland in Palestine.

That set in motion events which have caused trouble in the Middle East ever since.

Was Balfour’s idea a good one, or not? The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa is organizing a film and discussion to mark the 100th anniversary.

First Unitarian Congregation

30 Cleary Avenue

Wednesday, November 22 @ 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.

For more information click on:  Balfour Declaration event

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Palestinian women have been opposing the Balfour Declaration for a long time

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Sadhij Nassar, one of the leaders of the Arab Women’s Movement in Mandate Palestine wrote and spoke frequently against the British takeover of Palestine and its “Balfour Declaration”.  In 1939 she was imprisoned and later exiled for her determined opposition to Britain’s project. Read a special guest column by Grafton Ross…

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