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Freedom Flotilla III attacked by Israeli naval forces

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The International Freedom Flotilla Coalition has been protesting since its creation in 2010 against the Israeli siege in Gaza. On June 29th, a boat from Freedom Flotilla III was attacked by Israeli naval forces in international waters, 100 miles away from the coasts of Gaza. The crew of the “Marianne” boat was illegally detained and some are still in Israeli prison. The Canadians Robert Lovelace and Kevin Neish are, as we speak, being deported to Canada.

Ehab Lotayef, representative and member of the “Canadian Boat for Gaza” initiative, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition was on board of the “Rachel” boat when the Marianne got attacked. He recently returned to Canada, safe and sound, and agreed to talk to CKUT about what happened.

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En profondeur Palestine

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.

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Palestine

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

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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?”. 

 

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Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Hind Awwad

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Hind Awwad is the former coordinator of the Boycott National Committee (BNC) in Palestine, and is currently working with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) in Toronto. CKUT spoke with her for the Palestine Solidarity Sessions about how people can get involved in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and how we can build winning campaigns in the wake of this summer’s Gaza massacre.

For more info about CKUT’s Palestine Solidarity sessions, click here.

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Palestine

Palestine Solidarity Sessions – Omar Barghouti and the Academic Boycott of Israel

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Omar Barghouti is the founder of PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and a long time Palestinian activist based in Jerusalem. He spoke with the Palestine Solidarity Sessions at CKUT about the importance of the academic boycott of Israeli apartheid in the wake of “Operation Protective Edge”, how Israeli academia supports the Israeli military, and some of the links between universities in Canada and Israel.

For more information, visit:

http://www.pacbi.org

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Palestine

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Doug Smith of Tadamon!

Doug Smith at the August 13th Palestine-Solidarity protest
Doug Smith at the August 13th Palestine-Solidarity protest
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Doug Smith is a Montreal- based Palestine solidarity activist and a member of Tadamon!. Tadamon is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond.

In this interview Doug will be talking to us about Tadamon and the different activities the group organises. He will explain how you can volunteer within the group and contribute to its different activities. He will also discuss a program called Cure (Community-University Research Exchange). CURE is a Qpirg initiative that facilitates research collaborations between university students and grassroots community groups which include Tadamon. Doug will talk about the different researches Tadamon! is involved in within the CURE framework and how students can get involved in these researches in exchange for credits. We will finally discuss why Israeli universities like Technion should be boycotted by our Canadian universities as part of the academic boycott.

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Palestine

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Grace Batchoun of CJPME (Part 2)

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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.

In this interview, Grace explains how CJPME was founded as a reaction to the 2002 Jenin massacre. She talks about the importance of taking actions to achieve change and what are the many ways you can contribute to CJPME’s work. This includes doing internships, becoming a project leader, and/or signing up to become a media responder to help keep mainstream media in check. CJPME also trains people to participate in the many delegations they send to Ottawa to meet parliament members.

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Palestine

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Nora Taji of CPFQ

Nora Taji addressing the crowd during the August 10th Palestine-Solidarity protest
Nora Taji addressing the crowd during the August 10th Palestine-Solidarity protest
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Noja Taji is a committee member of the CPFQ (the Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec). CPFQ is a Montreal-based cultural, social and charitable non-profit organization.

In this interview, Nora talks about CPFQ and how it was founded in the 80s as a way to help the Palestinian community in Montreal.  She also discusses the importance of maintaining and promoting the Palestinian cultural heritage to resist cultural appropriation by Israel. Nora also explains how you can volunteer within CPFQ to help with the different activities they participate in, this include the upcoming Orientalys festival taking place from August 29 to September 2d.

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Palestine

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Edmond Omran of MAP

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Edmond Omran is the president of Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP). MAP’s mission is to improve the health condition of Palestinians while respecting their autonomy and self-determination. MAP also works to develop cooperation and understanding between Canadians and Palestinians through the exchange of information and resources.

In this interview, Edmond will talk about the different activities and services that MAP offers. He will talk about the medical collaboration they work on with Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank. He will describe how can we MAP’s Documentation Center and who can benefit from MAP’s consulting services. Edmond will also talk about the Zeituna project, a Palestinian olive oil production sold in Canada. Finally he will explain how you can volunteer, help and/or donate to MAP.

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Palestine

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

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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:

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Palestine

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

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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

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

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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. 

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

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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

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Palestine

Ten Thousand Montrealers march in the Biggest Palestine Solidarity Demonstration Yet

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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

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Grace Batchoun of CJPME

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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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Canada Palestine

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

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.

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Palestine

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

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Hala Marly-Yassin from PAJU (Palestinian & Jewish Unity
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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

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Canada Palestine

Gaza-Solidarity Protesters Condemn Canadian Political Complicity

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.

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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

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Hanna Kawas on debunking the media

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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.

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