Announcing: The Palestine Solidarity Sessions on CKUT

August 5, 2014 by



As the tragedy unfolds in Gaza day to day, it underlines the importance of the work we are doing as independent community journalists to engage in truth-telling, and to also give our listeners tools to get involved in preventing Israeli aggression.


Throughout the month of August, CKUT brings you “The Palestine Solidarity Sessions”, an in-depth series focusing on the issue of Palestine, and what can be done.


**How to listen**

Tune in on CKUT, 90.3 FM in Montreal, or online at during the following shows:

-The Morning Ater, Tuesdays 7am

-Off the Hour, Wednesdays 5-6pm

-Under the Olive Tree, Thursdays 11am

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CKUT goes to Ottawa for the People’s Social Forum (Aug 21-24)

August 15, 2014 by



CKUT’s news collective will be heading down autoroute 40 to Ottawa to report from the historic People’s Social Forum from August 21-24.

We will be going live from Ottawa for Off the Hour on Thursday August 21st and 22nd from 5-6pm, bringing you voices from across Turtle Island engaged in labour struggles, Indigenous land defense, and migrant justice movements. We will also be producing interviews, reports, and posting audio from workshops and presentations on our news blog here. 

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Despite Heavy Rain, Montrealers took to the Streets to Call for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction against Israeli apartheid

August 15, 2014 by

Dror warschawski addressing the crowd

Montrealers took to the streets again yesterday on Wednesday August 13th despite heavy rain to continue showing their support for Palestinian rights.  Colourful umbrellas dotted the crowd of protesters who marched down St-Denis street calling on people to join the boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli Apartheid.

Protesters stopped at various stores that sell Israeli products made in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to raise awareness of Israeli products that should be boycotted as part of the BDS campaign.  The stops included: Read the rest of this entry »

Conférence de Presse (8 Août): Solidarité Québec-Gaza

August 14, 2014 by

De Gauche À Droite: M. Jooneed Khan, Mme Fabienne Preséntey, Mme Mélanie Sarazin, M. Bruce Katz, Mme Hala Yassin, M. Paul Ahmarani, M. Francis Dupuis-Déry

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Une conférence de presse a eu lieu le Vendredi 8 août afin de réclamer une plus grande solidarité entre le Québec et Gaza.  Plusieurs organisations Québécoises ont  invité le public Québécois à venir en masse pour démontrer leur soutien au peuple Palestinien durant une grande manifestation qui s’est déroulé le dimanche 10 août et qui a commencé à la Place Émilie-Gamelin près de la station Berri UQAM.

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Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Theatre for Gaza

August 13, 2014 by

Still from the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie", produced by the Teesri Duniya Theatre.

Still from the play “My Name is Rachel Corrie”, produced by the Teesri Duniya Theatre.

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Interview with Rahul Varma, playwright, artistic director, Teesri Duniya Theatre

and Majdi Bou-Matar, artistic director, MT Space

Tiffany Lam of the CKUT news collective spoke recently with Rahul Varma and Majdi Bou-Matar on what playwrights, theatre companies, and artists of conscience can do to stand in solidarity with Palestine.  The two recently wrote a statement on Gaza, beginning:

“We, as artists committed to social justice, respect for human life and world-peace, and

in a resolute opposition to war, violence and destruction – oppose the war in Gaza and

invite dialogue for achieving a just peace for all.”

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Palestine Solidarity Sessions: An Interview with Ian Ilavsky from Constellation Records

August 13, 2014 by


Constellation Records Logo

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Ian Ilavsky is the co-founder and co-owner of Montreal independent record label Constellation Records. Ian Ilavsky signed the Artists Against Israeli Apartheid statement in 2010 in support of BDS-Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and Constellation Records has recently released a statement on their website condemning the recent Israeli war crimes in Gaza. 

In this interview, Ian talks about why Constellation Records felt they needed to speak out against the recent Israeli operation and why it’s important for artists to join the BDS campaign. 

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: An interview with Kevin Lo from Imaging Apartheid

August 12, 2014 by


A poster Kevin Lo designed as part of the Imaging Apartheid initiative

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Kevin Lo is a Montreal based artist and community organizer. He is the founder of Loki Design, which is an independent graphic design studio based here in Montreal and he teaches design at Concordia University. He is also a committee member of the Imaging Apartheid  initiative, which is a poster project in solidarity with Palestine and is the co-creator of the online memorial “In Gaza” which lists all of the names of the Gazans who have been killed in the recent Israeli operation.

In this interview, Kevin talks about Imaging Apartheid, the “In Gaza” memorial and the use of art as a tool for social change. He also talks about other poster projects in solidarity with Palestine that are happening around the world, The Gaza Poster Project and The Humanite Magazine Poster Project

Ten Thousand Montrealers march in the Biggest Palestine Solidarity Demonstration Yet

August 11, 2014 by

10 000 Montrealers marched on Sunday in solidarity with Palestine

(Special report from CKUT’s show Under The Olive Tree)

Up to ten thousand people marched through the Montreal downtown on Sunday August 10th to show their solidarity with Palestinians and to demand an end to the Canadian government’s complicity with Israeli policies of occupation and apartheid. Today’s protest marks the largest of over ten Palestinian solidarity demonstrations that have taken place in Montreal since Israel began its offensive against Gaza on July 8th.

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Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Grace Batchoun of CJPME

August 11, 2014 by

Grace Batchoun, of CJPME, during her appearance on CTV

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Grace Batchoun is the VP Public Relations of CJPME (Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East). CJPME is a non-profit and secular organisation. One of its main missions is to enable Canadians of all backgrounds to promote and work for justice and peace in Palestine. Recently CJPME released an instruction guide called “Speak up for Palestinian human rights”. The goal of this guide is to provide Canadians with tools that will help them defend Palestinian human rights and raise awareness about the struggle of the Palestinian people.

In this interview we discuss the guide and go over all of its major points in details. Grace will talk about the importance of having the exact facts and how to get them. We will talk about the main pet arguments that Israel use and how to respond to them. We will also learn how to contact or approach the media and our MPs and why it’s so important to do so.

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Die-in at Mulcair’s Office to Denounce NDP’s Position on Israel

August 10, 2014 by
Protesters staging a Die-in in front of Mulcair's office in Montreal

Protesters staging a Die-in in front of Mulcair’s office in Montreal

On Tuesday August 5th, a Die-In was staged outside the Montreal office of NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, to oppose the NDP’s refusal to take a strong stance against Israeli violati…ons of international law and to oppose the Conservative Government’s unwavering support for Israel. Protesters covered in red paint and holding signs bearing the names of Palestinians killed by Israel’s latest offensive in Gaza lay on the pavement outside the office of the Canadian Federal Opposition Party. Read the rest of this entry »

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Hala Marley-Yassin of PAJU

August 8, 2014 by
Sawssan Kaddoura (L) of CKUT's Under the Olive Tree interviewing Hala Marley-Yassin (R)

Sawssan Kaddoura (L) of CKUT’s Under the Olive Tree interviewing Hala Marley-Yassin (R)

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Hala Marley-Yassin is a board member of PAJU – Palestinian and Jewish Unity. PAJU was founded in the year 2000 by Bruce Katz, a Jewish anti-Zionist activist, and the late Rezek Faraj, a Palestinian-Canadian activist. In 2002, PAJU began a long-running weekly picket of the Israeli consulate in Montreal after the outbreak of the Second Intifada. In recent years, they have moved their weekly pickets to target different business with links to Israeli apartheid in order to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

In this interview, Hala speaks about the history of PAJU, and also about how people can get involved in the boycott, looking at companies like Chapters/Indigo, Naot shoes, and SodaStream.

This interview was produced by Sawssan Kaddoura of CKUT’s Under the Olive Tree

Gaza-Solidarity Protesters Condemn Canadian Political Complicity

August 6, 2014 by

Interview with Dan Freeman-Maloy

Like every week since Israel began bombing Gaza on July 8th, hundreds of Montrealers met again this Wednesday July 30th, in front of the Mont-Royal metro station to denounce war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza. This week’s protest was particularly focused on highlighting the complicity of Canadian political parties with these crimes.


Protester condemning the complicity of the 3 main Canadian federal political parties.

Speakers strongly condemned the stance of the three main Canadian federal parties, who have refused to condemn Israel for its war crimes. The organizers of the protest released this statement:

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Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Hanna Kawas on debunking the media

August 5, 2014 by

Hanna Kawas

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Hanna Kawas is a Palestinian-Canadian originally from occupied Bethlehem. He is currently the chairperson of the Canada Palestine Association of Vancouver. Hanna is also a long-time media activist and the producer of “The Voice of Palestine“, which used to air on Coop Radio in Vancouver, and is now hosted on a Youtube channel. In this interview, he analyzes the Canadian mainstream media coverage of the Gaza massacre, and offers the listener tools to break down media myths, as well as to search for more accurate independent reporting on Palestine.

 For more info on the CKUT Palestine Solidarity Sessions, click here.


Montrealers Marched for 6 Hours to Express Solidarity with Palestine (August 1st)

August 4, 2014 by

A long evening march took place in Montreal this Friday in solidarity with Palestine. Hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets from 6pm to 12am. The protest was organized by PAJU- Palestinian & Jewish Unity. Protesters gathered to denounce Israeli apartheid and the ongoing occupation and colonisation of Palestine. Among the protesters, Anarchopanda pour la gratuité scolaire was also marching in solidarity.



‘Anarchopanda pour la gratuité scolaire’ was among the protesters.


Palestinian girl being interviewed.

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Gaza-Solidarity Protest in Montreal (July 30)

August 4, 2014 by

Condemning Canadian complicity:

Hundreds of Montrealers met again this Wednesday July 30th in front of the Mont-Royal station to denounce Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. This week’s protest was particularly focused on highlighting the complicity of Canadian political parties with these crimes.

Speakers condemned strongly the stance of the 3 main federal parties concerning the current events in Gaza. All parties failed to condemn strongly Israel for its war crimes. The organizers of the protest released this statement:

While the UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay, warns that Israel is committing war crimes, and the international community is engaged in working on a sustainable cease-fire, the Harper Government is extending enthusiastic support to Israel, building upon the complicity of previous Liberal governments. The opposition parties have also stated their backing of the apartheid state in their war on Gaza. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has reiterated Israel’s “right to defend itself” and the NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has yet to issue a condemnation of Israel.”

The protest was organized by Tadamon! (



Protesters walking on Parc Avenue



#FreeGaza, #FreePalestine

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EDUCA: “Developmental” Politics and Indigenous Resistance in Oaxaca, Mexico

August 1, 2014 by
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As a civil and independent nonprofit organization, EDUCA aims at strengthening citizenship, social involvement, and local government by promoting holistic community development, social organization and civic initiatives in public policy to improve the quality of life and strengthen political participation mainly for indigenous communities of Oaxaca.
We spoke with Juliette Allen, a Montreal student who has been living in Oaxaca for three months and interning at EDUCA, about her film La Madre de Nuestras Aguas regarding the effects of the construction of a dam in Rio Verde, and the injustice that is combated by the organization on a bigger scale.

An interview with the filmmakers of “The Unspeakable Truth”

July 30, 2014 by



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What does it mean to be gay and Haitian? The documentary project “The Unspeakable Truth”  examines this question by interviewing and telling the stories of members of the LGBT Haitian community in Montreal. Filmmakers Benjamin Gardere and Koralie Woodward were inspired by a photography project of Koralie’s where she took portraits of the Haitain LGBT community. After meeting their first subjects and hearing their stories, the pair knew they had to dig deeper and share their findings with the world. It became more than just portraits of a community; it needed to expand into the portrait of a culture. A short version of the film will be available in December.

A discussion with Stefan Christoff about Canadian political complicity with Israli war crimes in Gaza

July 30, 2014 by

Graphic: Stefan Christoff

CKUT’s Stefan Christoff recently wrote an article entitled “Trudeau embraces injustice, in Gaza and Canada” in which he calls out Justin Trudeau for not speaking out against Israeli war crimes in Gaza. He also critiques Trudeau for speaking in favour of expanding the Canadian military, and his support for the Keystone XL pipeline, which reveal that Trudeau’s politics are, after all, not a real political alternative to Stephen Harper and the conservative party. He joined us on the Tuesday edition of the Off the Hour program to talk about his article.

Commentary: Radio-Canada Misinforms Canadians about Palestinian Solidarity in Montreal

July 28, 2014 by

Open Letter to the CBC Radio-Canada Ombudsman.

Protesters were marching while holding an imitation Apartheid Wall

Protesters were marching while holding an imitation Apartheid Wall

Mainstream media in Canada claims to provide a neutral stance when reporting on issues related to Palestine.  Being neutral means reporting on facts and providing proportional coverage of those facts. On July 19th, Radio-Canada, Quebec’s largest French-speaking news outlet and a beneficiary of Canadian public funds, wrote a news article about a Montreal Palestinian solidarity demonstration that omitted important facts and misrepresented the events that occurred.

The first thing you learn in journalism school about reporting on facts is to always report on the 5 W’s:  Who?  What?  Where?  When?  Why?

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Night Vigil for Gaza

July 28, 2014 by

On July 25th , dozens of Montrealers met at night for a quiet vigil at the Montreal Old Port. While overlooking the Saint-Laurent river, protesters lit candles and released sky lanterns in the memory of the hundreds of Palestinians who have died since July 8th.

Protester holding a candle in the memory of the Palestinian victims

Protester holding a candle in the memory of the Palestinian victims

Protester holding a candle in the memory of the Palestinian victims

Protester holding a candle in the memory of the Palestinian victims

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