Conflict

Life and death in the Gaza Strip – Dr. Tarek Loubani to speak in Ottawa, Jan. 14th

life and death in gazaTarek Loubani is a Palestinian-Canadian emergency physician who regularly volunteers in the Gaza Strip. On January 14th, Dr. Loubani will discuss his experiences on the front lines delivering healthcare in Gaza’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa and on the front lines of the recent Great March of Return. He will be introduced by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. Read more…and come to hear them both… (more…)

A Palestinian/Canadian refugee maps his lifelong struggle to return to Palestine

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Salman Abu Sitta was ten years old when his Palestinian village was overrun by Zionist forces and his family forced to take refuge in Gaza. His life in exile took him to many countries, including Canada where he became a citizen, taught at UWO and even helped found the Canadian Arab Federation. But he never gave up thinking about and planning for the day when he and his family would return to the land from which he was expelled. A new memoir sheds light on the drama of his expulsion, and the struggle to regain justice for Palestinian refugees. Read more. (more…)

A recent election reveals four interesting paradoxes about Israel

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Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin will decide whether Benjamin Netanyahu (r) gets to form a new Likud government, or if that privilege will go to Benny Ganz (l), Netanyahu’s former top general and leader of the “Blue and White” party. The election revealed some interesting paradoxes about Israel. Read more.

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In memoriam: Michael Shenstone, Canadian diplomat, man of integrity, friend and advocate for the Palestinian people

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Retired Canadian diplomat Michael Shenstone at home in Ottawa, March 2015. He died peacefully on September 9, 2019, in Toronto. He was 91. His diplomatic careerĀ  began in Lebanon in 1954, only 6 years after the creation of the State of Israel. “I visited many refugee camps. It was clear that something terrible, and terribly unfair, had happened to the Palestinians,” he told me. Read more. (more…)

Palestinian American author Noura Erekat to do 3 city Canadian speaking tour in September

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Well-known Palestinian American academic lawyer and author Noura Erekat will be making a 3 city speaking tour in Canada in September. She is a frequent commentator on CNN and elsewhere. Her tour is organized by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME). She has been very critical of the “peace process” and the so-called two state solution. Read more.

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