Lia Tarachansky’s documentary, On the Side of the Road : pointing out a nation’s tabboo

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Russian journalist and moviemaker who produced the documentary  ”On the Side of the Road” in 2013. As a former Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network (RNN), she produced short documentary-style reports exploring the context behind the news. She has directed several documentaries that tackle different aspects of social justice struggles in Israel and in Palestine.

Once again with this documentary, she points out what the Israeli government always wanted to pass over in silence and focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country’s Independance but also to the Palestinian refugee issue. Through two testimonies of veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as well as her own history –  as she grew up in a settlement in the West Bank – Lia Tarachansky wants to broach this burning issue unveiling the opinion and the suffering of people coming from both sides of the road, the two communities.

To know more about the movie and Lia Tarachansky, Here is her website. As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week, she answered to our questions about ”On the Side of the Road” that you can find here and/or on our soundcloud account as well.


Profiling of arabs and muslims in Canada : an historical perspective

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, yesterday March 6, about 40 people gathered at the conference ‘Profiling of Arabs and Muslims in Canada : an historical perspective’ at Café artere. A conference organized by Tadamon Collective, which reunited the historian, Houda Asal and the activist Mary Foster as part of the BDS (boycott sanction and divestment) campaign.

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Commemoration of the Nakba and Criminalization of the BDS campaign



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Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian “Nakba“, or “catastrophe”, when the state of Israel was created in 1948. At the time, an estimated 750 thousand Palestinians were displaced from their homes and villages.

Tonight, people are invited to gather at 8pm at Mont Royal metro for a Palestine solidarity demonstration, people are invited to come with their palestinian flags or colors.

Antoine Cadaux of CKUT spoke  with Bruce Katz, the president of PAJU, Palestinian and Jewish Unity, that organise the event to bring us more.

At the same time, Bruce Katz gave his thoughts about the shift, pushed by the Conservative government, in the Canadian Criminal Code for the hatred propaganda that criminalize the criticism of the Israeli state. They talked about the consequences of that change in BDS actions and Mr Katz’s analysis of the governement tactics.

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Gideon Levy’s Interview by CKUT

Gideon Levy

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Israeli author and human rights journalist Gideon Levy is currently touring across Canada, speaking to audiences about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in light of the recent Israeli Elections. After his talk in Montreal, titled “Israeli Election: What’s next for Israel-Palestine?” CKUT’s Celia Robinovitch caught up with him to bring us more on his views.

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Round table about the situation of palestinian women

“Table ronde sur la situation des femmes palestiniennes”

Participants were:

Rana Alrabi: (Animatrice de la discussion)

Rana Alrabi was born in the United Arab Emirates to Palestinian and Lebanese parents, and emigrated a few years later with her family to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Inspired by an interest to communicate and to heal, Rana completed a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Management from McGill University, a Graduate diploma in Administration for health and social services from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, and a Graduate diploma in Public Relations Management from McGill University. Rana’s career in public relations with organisations in the fields of health care, education, environment, and international relations, as well as with corporations and startups, uncovered her calling: to create and promote messages, initiatives and events that inspire a positive social investment. Rana’s most enjoyed experiences include planning events and facilitating dialogue on the personal and social impacts of the developments in Palestine Israel.

Yasmeen Daher : Lecturer at Concordia University and as a Palestinian woman, Yasmeen is particularly interested in the various forms of Arab feminism and in the problematics of examining and studying Arab women within a Western context.

Samia Al-Botmeh, is the director of the Centre for Development Studies at Birzeit University and an assistant professor in economics. She has completed her PhD at the School of African and Oriental Studies- University of London, in labour economics, the title of her thesis : ‘Palestinian Women’s Labour Supply: Towards an Explanation of Low and Fluctuating Female Labour Force Participation’. Samia’s areas of interest and publications are gender economics, labour economics, and political economy of development.

Zahia El Masri : Arrivée au Canada en 1985 à l’âge de 12 ans, Zahia détient une maîtrise en administration publique et analyse politique de l’Université de Concordia. Elle est présentement Chargée des communications et des formations au ROMEL.

Génocide à Gaza ? Entrevue avec Frank Barat du Tribunal Russell sur la Paléstine



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En entrevue avec Frank Barat, fondateur du Palestine Legal Action Network ainsi que coordonnateur du Tribunal Russell sur la Paléstine, nous avons fait la réflexion sur le Tribunal des crimes de Guerre et crimes contre l’humanité à la suite des actions israëliennes en Gaza cet été. Nous parlons entre autre du poids associé à la question de s’il y a eu lieu un crime rattaché à l’acte de génocide. Continue reading

CKUT’s Palestine Solidarity Sessions Available for Download and Re-broadcast!


CKUT Palestine Solidarity Sessions – Available for download and re-broadcast!

In the wake of this summer’s Gaza massacre, CKUT produced a series of in-depth interviews with Palestinians and their allies. We interviewed academics, journalists, artists, actors, record labels, graphic designers and asked them one important question: “What can ordinary people do to prevent future massacres in Palestine, and take a stand for justice?”.