Missing In Action: Where Did Stephen Ellis’ article go, Toronto Sun?

The Toronto Sun published a pro-BDS op-ed by Stephen Ellis on Sunday, October 22 but has since removed the op-ed from its website.

Did the Toronto Sun cave to pressure from apartheid apologists like B’Nai Brith Canada?

At around the time that the pro-BDS op-ed was removed, the Sun published a denunciation of the op-ed by the CEO of B’Nai Brith, Michael Mostyn. Mostyn’s rant, which is replete with falsehoods, is still on the Sun website even though the op-ed Mostyn attacked has been removed. See: http://torontosun.com/op…/columnists/bds-is-a-dismal-failure?

Comments adapted from Dimitri Lascaris’ post.

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Appui à Roger Waters/ Supporting Roger Waters, Centre Bell, Montréal

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Over the last two weeks, people have joined in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City to say #Shukran2Roger4TearingDownWalls.  Most recently, a group gathered in Montreal.

Watch for more pictures, and news.

 

16 octobre 2017

Bonjour. Nous étions environ 35 personnes devant le Centre Bell à Montréal le 16 octobre 2017 au spectacle de Roger Waters pour remercier Roger Waters pour son appui à la cause palestinienne ainsi que son appui publique de la campagne BDS contre l’État d’Israël. La Ligue de défense juive qui menaçait d’être présente pour dénoncer Roger, ne s’est pas présentée. Voici quelques photos en attachement. Action organisée par BDS-Québec, Palestiniens et Juifs Unis et Voix Juives Indépendantes. 

 

Greetings. There were around 35 of us in front of the Bell Center in Montreal on October 16, 2017 at the opening of the Roger Waters show to thank Roger Waters for his vocal support for the Palestinian cause as well as his courageous support for the BDS campaign against the State of Israel. The Jewish Defence League, which had announced that their members would show up to denounce Roger Water’s presence, did not come. Here are some photos attached to this email. The action was organized by BDS-Québec, Palestinian and Jewish Unity and Independent Jewish Voices

Organizations Across Canada and Around the World Call on Air Canada to Say NO to Its Complicity in Israeli War Crimes

 

#aircanadacomplicity

The Canadian BDS Coalition has just released this important open letter to Air Canada regarding its partnering with Israel Aerospace Industries. Civil society groups in Canada and around the world have signed on to say “Halt this Complicity with Israeli War Crimes”! #AirCanadaComplicity
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(le français suit)
OPEN LETTER TO AIR CANADA CEO

Oct. 16, 2017

Mr. Calin Rovinescu
President and CEO
Air Canada
P.O. Box 14000, Station Airport
Dorval, QC H4Y 1H4
FAX: 514-422-4945

Dear Mr. Rovinescu:

We wish to bring to your attention our concerns about Air Canada’s partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries for maintenance on the Air Canada fleet of Boeing 787 and 767 jets.

Israel Aerospace Industries [IAI] is the subject of boycotts across Europe for its deadly drone technology and production.  Corporate Watch from the UK says “IAI was one of the earliest developers of drone technology and launched its first surveillance drone in 1979.  IAI’s website boasts that its drones have an “unsurpassed track record of over 1,200,000 operational flight hours for over 50 users on five continents.”

A 2014 study entitled ‘Sleepless in Gaza by Dr. Atef Abu Saif details the terrifying impact of drone attacks on the Gaza Strip, especially on children, “Since their first use in 2000, drones have led to the death of hundreds of Palestinians and have injured thousands more. In addition, they have directly impacted Palestinian psychological and social life, as well as causing a grossly negative impact on education.

By partnering with IAI, Air Canada becomes complicit in the war crimes of IAI. This is fundamentally wrong.

In having the maintenance of the Boeing 787 and 767 jets performed in Israel, you send valuable Canadian jobs out of the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba. Again, this is fundamentally wrong.

In addition to partnering with Israel Aerospace Industries, Air Canada also sells Sabra Hummus and guacamole as part of the onboard canteen service. Sabra is a partner with the Strauss Group. Strauss is the second largest Israeli food and beverage company and is known for supporting two Israeli military units implicated in human rights abuses, the Golani and Givati brigades.

We join with the Canadian groups that have already called on you to immediately halt this complicity with Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian civilian population.

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Des organisations partout au Canada et partout dans le monde demandent à Air Canada de dire NON à la complicité dans les crimes de guerre israéliens

 Lettre ouverte au PDG d’Air Canada

Le 16 octobre 2017

Calin Rovinescu
Président et PDG
Air Canada
C.P.  14000, succursale Aéroport
Dorval, QC  H4Y 1H4

Cher Monsieur Rovinescu,

Nous souhaitons porter à votre attention nos préoccupations au sujet du partenariat d’Air Canada avec Israel Aerospace Industries pour la maintenance de la flotte de Boeing 787 et 767 d’Air Canada.

Israel Aerospace Industries [IAI] fait l’objet d’un boycott à travers l’Europe pour sa technologie et sa production de drones mortels. IAI a été l’un des premiers développeurs de drones et a lancé son premier drone de surveillance en 1979. Le site web d’IAI affirme que ses drones ont un « record inégalé de plus de 1 200 000 heures de vol opérationnel pour plus de 50 utilisateurs sur cinq continents. »

Une étude de 2014 intitulée « Sleepless in Gaza » par le Dr Atef Abu Saif détaille l’impact terrifiant des attaques de drones sur la bande de Gaza, en particulier sur les enfants : « Depuis leur première utilisation en 2000, les drones ont causé la mort de centaines de Palestiniens et en ont blessé des milliers d’autres. En outre, ils ont eu un impact direct sur la vie psychologique et sociale des Palestiniens et ont eu un impact négatif sur l’éducation. »

En s’associant avec IAI, Air Canada devient complice des crimes de guerre de l’IAI. C’est un tort avéré.

En faisant effectuer l’entretien des Boeing 787 et 767 en Israël, vous envoyez des emplois canadiens précieux en provenance des provinces du Québec, de l’Ontario et du Manitoba. Encore une fois, il s’agit d’un tort avéré.

En plus de s’associer à Israel Aerospace Industries, Air Canada vend également du guacamole et du hummus Sabra dans le cadre du service de cantine à bord. Sabra est un partenaire du groupe Strauss. Strauss est la deuxième plus grande compagnie israélienne d’aliments et de boissons et est connue pour son soutien à deux unités militaires israéliennes impliquées dans des violations des droits de l’homme, les brigades Golani et Givati.

Nous nous joignons aux groupes canadiens qui vous ont déjà demandé d’arrêter immédiatement cette complicité avec les crimes de guerre israéliens contre la population civile palestinienne.

Signed by:

  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers
  • CUPE 3902 (Canadian Union of Public Employees), Toronto
  • Fredericton & District Labour Council
  • New Brunswick Federation of Labour/Fédération des Travailleurs et Travailleuses du Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour
  • Nova Scotia Federation of Labour
  • UNIFOR Local 4504, University of New Brunswick
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  • Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, Victoria
  • Bathurst United Church of Canada, Toronto
  • BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish
  • Canada Palestine Association, Vancouver
  • Canadian Peace Congress
  • Centre d’appui aux Philippines / Centre for Philippine Concerns (CAP-CPC)
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams-Ontario
  • Coalition against Israeli Apartheid CAIA, Victoria
  • Coalition BDS Québec
  • Independent Jewish Voices Canada/Voix Juives Indépendantes Canada
  • International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) in Canada
  • Justice for Palestinians Calgary
  • Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Vancouver Island
  • NDP Socialist Caucus
  • Niagara BDS
  • Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton
  • Palestine Solidarity St. John’s
  • Palestinian and Jewish Unity, PAJU, Montreal
  • Palestinian Solidarity Working Group, Sudbury
  • Peace Alliance Winnipeg
  • People for Peace, London, Ontario.
  • Socialist Action.
  • Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, UBC
  • Toronto Action for Social Change
  • Toronto BDS
  • United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine & Israel (UNJPPI) – Toronto chapter

And also signed by the following groups from other countries:

  • Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine
  • Australian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign for Palestine
  • Australians for Palestine
  • BACBI (Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel)
  • BDS Berlin
  • BDS France
  • Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine CJPP, Sydney
  • Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  • Palestine Support Network Australia
  • Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  • U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI)

Technology of Israel Aerospace Industries: Tested on Palestinians, Exported to the World

Air Canada’s complicity with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been matched by its silence. 

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/technology-of-israel-aerospace-industries-tested-on-palestinians-exported-to-the-world/

 

By Marion Kawas

Friday, October 06, 2017

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Elta North America, would be involved in building the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The immediate connection between the “builders” of oppressive and apartheid walls was not lost on those concerned about social justice, but a look at the history of IAI is even more enlightening. It is just one of many Israeli military defense companies that have intensified their global marketing in the last two decades, but it is also wholly owned by the Israeli government and is part of the historical foundation and fabric of the whole Zionist enterprise.

History of IAI – Pillar of the Israeli State

IAI was founded just a few years after the establishment of the Israeli state, under the tutelage of the late Shimon Peres who was then director general of the Israeli Ministry of Defense. It was setup to accommodate the new Israeli Air Force and assist in the military development of the country. “IAI’s development has paralleled that of the State of Israel and the company has been privileged to play a substantial role in the industrial, technological and economic progress of the country and its national security”, the company history page proudly states.

This was part of Shimon Peres’ contribution and legacy, along with developing Israel’s nuclear capacity; these were the kind of “socialist kibbutzim” Peres and Labour Zionism were busy developing in order to ensure military “superiority” over the indigenous Palestinians and the whole region.

IAI has long been recognized internationally as a leader in drone (zanana) development and technology. Zanana is the term coined by Palestinians in Gaza for the constant buzzing or whizzing sound generated by the omnipresent drones overhead. “A group of young boys and girls gathered in Al-Kattiba Square, west of Gaza City, using large pieces of wood and formed the word ‘LEAVE’, in hopes that the drone hovering over the skies of Gaza will read it. One of the participants said that they wish that they can live without the zanana, so at least they can sleep.

Palestinians in Gaza call the Israeli drones in the sky ‘zanana’, meaning a noise maker or buzz. Sometimes they call it the airplane of death”, according to Dr. Atef Abu Saif, in his 2014 study “Sleepless in Gaza”.

Along with helping to build segregation walls between peoples, IAI has also been in the news this year for its billion-dollar contracts with the Indian government, most of which involve supplying the Indian army and navy with missile defense systems.

Canadian activists have been following IAI’s international exploits with dismay, not only because of its intimate connection with the Israeli military’s crimes against Palestinians, but also because Air Canada, the national carrier, is outsourcing maintenance for its B767 and B787 jets to the very same Israel Aerospace Industries.

As a prior government-owned entity, Air Canada is still regarded as a sort of “national icon” and global ambassador; as such, its direct complicity with Israeli war crimes is a shameful rebuke of any pretense at a Canadian “balanced and objective” foreign policy. Campaigns to have Air Canada stop their outsourcing to Israel Aerospace Industries have been underway for over 2 years now and have received support, both within Canada and globally.

However, Air Canada’s complicity has been matched by its silence; an official letter sent by the Canadian BDS Coalition to Air Canada’s CEO Calin Rovinescu on July 3, 2017 has not received any reply nor even been acknowledged. In a move that further emboldens contempt and disrespect for human rights, Rovinescu was also appointed Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, since November 2015. Nonetheless, activists are planning to step up their actions and refuse to allow Air Canada’s stonewalling to dictate the agenda.

There have been encouraging developments in Canadian civil society recently, with Amnesty Canada embracing a call for a ban on all settlement goods and Canada’s largest private-sector union, Unifor, adopting a pro-BDS resolution. Although both these initiatives focused mainly on the occupied West Bank and Gaza, it is the entire Israeli military complex and state entities like Israel Aerospace Industries that make life for Palestinians in those areas both unbearable and untenable. We must make the connections between Israel’s continued impunity to commit war crimes and what we can do internationally in other countries to take a stand and say: We will not enable Israeli war crimes!

(If your group is interested in signing on to the #AirCanadaComplicity campaign, please contact bdscoalition@gmail.com for more info.)

– Marion Kawas is a pro-Palestinian writer and activist, and a member of BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish. This article was contributed to PalestineChronicle.com.

100 Years of Balfour Declaration is Not Something to Celebrate

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On November 2, 2017, it will be a century since the road for colonization of Palestine was set.

Recognizing a century since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years since the Partition Plan and approaching 70 years since the Nakba, 50 years of occupation of the territory taken in the 1967 set-back, and 10 years seize on Gaza, we are pleased that Alexandre Boulerice, MP to Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, NDP, Quebec has sponsored the following petition to the government of Canada.

It will be posted until January 27, 2018.   Please sign and share through your networks.  A majority of Canadians have said they support sanctions against Israeli war crimes (EKOS 2017).  This is our chance to have Canadians express we expect our government to uphold its own international obligations under United Nation Resolutions, and fulfill its responsibility under Article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which requires the convention to be respected in all circumstances.

Sign by clicking here.

 

The PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA reads:

Whereas:
  • The Balfour Declaration, November 1917 proclaimed “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”;
  • Today over 7 million Palestinians continue to be denied the right to return under United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 (1948) which has been reiterated annually (most recently by UN General Assembly Resolution 71/91, 2016) — a right provided to all other refugees irrespective of country since 1950;
  • The colonization of the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967, continues in contravention of UN Security Council Resolution 446 (1979) and 465 (1980), although these resolutions remain aligned with Canada’s official foreign policy, the Canadian government has not spoken out to condemn the recent aggressive legislation and actions by the Israeli government which further contravene these resolutions as well as the recent UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016);
  • This colonization continues 50 years later, in contravention to numerous clauses of the Fourth Geneva Convention; and
  • Canada is a high contracting party to the Fourth Geneva Convention which obliges all parties to ensure respect for the Convention by other parties “in all circumstances.”
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to live up to its role as a peacemaker and honest broker by upholding its own international obligations related to United Nations GA 194 (1948), and UNSC 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 465 (1980) and 2334 (2016); and fulfilling its responsibilities as a UN member state and signatory of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

 

Sign by clicking here.  Share  WIDELY.  

*this is not a specific initiative of the Canadian BDS Coalition, although was the work of individuals who are part of the Coalition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air Canada CEO Rovinescu, Your Silence Suggests Support of Complicity with Israeli War Crime

air canadaApproaching 90 days and there has been no response to the following letter send to Air Canada CEO, Calin Rovinescu.  Seems the silence of Rovinescu and his senior team support are not prepared to talk about the export of Canadian jobs to the Israeli government owned military company Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI).

The BNC (BDS National Committee) is putting more focus on Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI )with their statement on IAI’s involvement in militarizing the US-Mexico border.

We are still waiting Mr. Rovinescu to hear from you, and you can expect you will be hearing more the majority of Canadians who support sanctions against Israel war crimes (EKOS 2017).

July 3, 2017

Mr. Calin Rovinescu

President and CEO

Air Canada

P.O. Box 14000, Station Airport

Dorval, QC H4Y 1H4

 Dear Mr. Rovinescu

We wish to bring to your attention our concerns about Air Canada’s partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries for maintenance on the Air Canada fleet of Boeing 787 and 767 jets.

Israel Aerospace Industries [IAI] is the subject of boycotts across Europe for its deadly drone technology and production.  Corporate Watch from the UK says “IAI was one of the earliest developers of drone technology and launched its first surveillance drone in 1979.  IAI’s website boasts that its drones have an “unsurpassed track record of over 1,200,000 operational flight hours for over 50 users on five continents.” 

A 2014 study entitled ‘Sleepless in Gaza’ by Dr. Atef Abu Saif details the terrifying impact of drone attacks on the Gaza Strip, especially on children, “Since their first use in 2000, drones have led to the death of hundreds of Palestinians and have injured thousands more. In addition, they have directly impacted Palestinian psychological and social life, as well as causing a grossly negative impact on education.”

By partnering with IAI, Air Canada becomes complicit in the war crimes of IAI. This is fundamentally wrong.

In having the maintenance of the Boeing 787 and 767 jets performed in Israel, you send valuable Canadian jobs out of the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba. Again, this is fundamentally wrong.

In addition to partnering with Israel Aerospace Industries, Air Canada also sells Sabra Hummus as part of the onboard canteen service. Sabra is a partner with the Strauss Group. Strauss is the second largest Israeli food and beverage company and is known for supporting two Israeli military units implicated in human rights abuses, the Golani and Givati brigades.

This is the petition organized by the Canada Palestine Association Vancouver which provides additional background to the reaction of the Canadian public to the complicity of Air Canada in the war crimes of Israel Aerospace Industries and Sabra Hummus.

With the establishment of the Canadian BDS Coalition, Air Canada will become a significant target for action based upon the foregoing. Perhaps you would be willing to meet with a small representative group from the Coalition to further discuss this matter and devise a way forward for Air Canada to extricate itself from complicity with the war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories?

The previous attempt by the Canada Palestine Association Vancouver to engage you in discussion was met by silence which was taken as a message Air Canada did not wish to change behaviour. We shall take a similar message if we receive no response from this letter.

Sincerely,

on behalf of the Canadian BDS Coalition

Bruce Katz, Hanna Kawas, Tom Beckett, Karen Rodman

cc     Richard Steer, Vice-President, Air Canada Maintenance and Engineering

         David J. Shapiro, Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer

         Yves Dufresne Vice-President, Alliances and Regulatory Affairs

         Renee Smith-Valade, Vice-President, In-Flight Service

Join in the global campaign to tell Air Canada to end its complicity with Israeli war crimes by signing this petition. 

Learn more about the Air Canada End Your Complicity With Israeli War Crimes here.

#AirCanadaComplicity

This is a global call to join Canadians in this petition. Air Canada flies to 1300 airports in 200+ cities on six continents.

Bryan Adams: Artists Around the World Hope You Will Stand on the Right Side of History

Checkpoint 303 has joined with Roger Water and 30 artists to date to say DON’T do it Bryan!

With the European leg of the  [NOT SO] Ultimate Tour complete, next stop APARTHEID Israel.  Organizations around the world say Don’t do it.  See HERE

 

The following letter has been sent out to artists around the world. The list will be updated as we hear back from them.

Bryan Adams screen shot

Artists please click here to sign onto the letter to Bryan Adams.

Dear Bryan Adams,

We’re writing to you as fellow artists who salute you for having stood with the Palestinians in 2014, when Israel’s war on Gaza left thousands of dead and injured and whole neighbourhoods pulverized.   You tweeted, ‘I say the war against Gaza was a crime against humanity.’

Brave words, Bryan.   They’re one of the reasons we can’t quite understand why you’ve agreed to give concerts in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem this December.   Those crimes against humanity – can you have forgotten them, and which government committed them?

You also tweeted the world in 2014 that Israel’s blockade on Gaza, then in its eighth year, was ‘leaving its 1.7 million inhabitants destitute.’

We’re puzzled.   That blockade is now entered its eleventh year.   Do you think things in Gaza have got any better for its inhabitants?

Here’s what the United Nations said in July this year: ‘The two million inhabitants of Gaza are suffering through a humanitarian crisis that is entirely human-made’.     The UN went on to describe ‘hospitals in precarious conditions, water shortages growing, and untreated sewage being dumped into the Mediterranean’.

Amnesty International describes Israel’s blockade of Gaza as ‘collective punishment of Gaza’s entire population’ (for what, we’re tempted to ask).   Amnesty says, ‘some 51,000 people’ are still displaced from the 2014 war, and unexploded ordnance is still causing deaths and injuries.

We’d like to ask you to think again about playing Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.     Please don’t let people think you stand with Israeli apartheid and war crimes.   Please take a principled stand for Palestinian human rights, and international law.

We know you haven’t been afraid to act on principle before.   In 2016 you cancelled your Mississipi tour date because of that state’s anti-LGBT law.   Let the world salute you again: stand with the Palestinians, and cancel Israel.

Signed so far by

Roger Waters

Thurston Moore

Leon Rosselson

Reem Kelani

Maryem Tollar

Mohammad Ali

Juan D. Toledo

Maírtín Antoíne MacAonghusa

S.L. Bondarchuk

Rivashi

Sitta

Johnny K Gagnon

Tanya Tagaq

Andrew Felluss

Miriam Meir

Bob Farrow
James Benham

Sherazaad

Rehab Nazzal

Danielle Ravitzki

Sal Regan

Patrick Regan

Joseph Mcgill

Checkpoint 303

Diana

David Watson

Wally Brooker