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Ottawa Book Festival: Jewish and Palestinian playwrights talk about Israel/Palestine, April 30th

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On April 30th,  The Ottawa Writers Festival will feature two Canadian authors, one Palestinian, the other Jewish. They will discuss their new collection of plays, entitled Double Exposure, Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas. Moderated by Canadian Jewish playwright, Arthur Milner. Read more. See exclusive video interview with one of the playwrights.  (more…)

Catholic Church’s slow but steady movement on Israel/Palestine: public presentation and discussion in Ottawa March 22

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Carl Hétu is the Executive Director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA).  He has organized and led official visits of Roman Catholic Bishops to Israel, West Bank and Gaza. On March 22, he will discuss why and how the attitude of the Church on the Israel/Palestine issue is evolving. …. (more…)

Canada appears more interested in supporting a “2 state solution” than in defending Palestinian human rights

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Canada’s new Minister of Global Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has finally spoken out about Israel – well sort of. Despite many recent Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights both in the occupied territories and inside Israel itself, a recent announcement seems to show her main preoccupation lies with promoting an increasingly improbable two state solution. Read more.

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Green Party of Canada ratifies motion to increase pressure on Israel

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The Green Party of Canada (GPC) has announced that a motion adopted in convention last December to increase pressure on Israel for its violations of international law has been ratified by an on-line vote conducted among its general membership. It now stands as GPC policy. Read more…

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“Fifty years of occupation demands action”- Catholic Bishops

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When they were blocked from entering Gaza in 2015 to meet with the Christian community there, a delegation of Catholic Bishops from around the world did a spontaneous “pray-in” in front of the checkpoint. After a 6 hour wait, embarrassed Israeli officials allowed the Bishops to enter. Powerful voices in the Catholic Church are speaking out about the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Read more. (more…)