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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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Canadian government seeks to criminalize Israel boycott

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The Harper government has recently announced they want to use articles of the Criminal Code pertaining to hate propaganda in order to criminalize the boycott campaign against the state of Israel. Last year the government added national origin to the criteria for hate crimes.

Minister of Public Safety, Steven Blaney, declared in front of the UN that the Boycott Divestment Sanction campaign is a form of underlying antisemitism and that there will be no tolerance for the critics of the state of Israel.

CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux talked to Tyler Levitan, president of Independent Jewish Voices, a group active in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel to get a reaction from targeted groups.

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Palestine

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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Palestine

Gideon Levy’s Interview by CKUT

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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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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 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

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

Palestine Solidarity Sessions: Interview with Grace Batchoun of CJPME

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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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Palestine

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

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.

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Montrealers Denounce Israeli Aggression in Gaza, Push for Boycotts Against Apartheid

Interview with Freda Guttman live on CKUT’s Off the Hour

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Hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets again on July 16th for the second time in a week to denounce the Israeli aggression in Gaza under the so-called “Operation Protective Edge”, and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The demonstration was organized by Tadamon, and called for a deepening of the campaign of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid.

CKUT’s Carla Green was reporting live from the demonstration, and spoke with 80-year old artist and activist Freda Guttman. Freda reacts to Israel’s current campaign of airstrikes against the people of Gaza, and reflects on what tangible actions people in Canada can take to end the Israeli aggression and occupation.

For more information and reports on Gaza solidarity protests in Montrea:

www.ckut.ca/news

www.tadamon.ca

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IJV says Moshe Feiglin should be banned from Canada

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CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Sheryl Nestel from Independant Jewish Voices about Israeli Member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin’s visit to Canada. Feiglin is a close supporter of terrorist organization the Jewish Defense League. 

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IRFAN-Canada, a terrorist group?

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IRFAN, the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, is a non-profit organization that supplies humanitarian help to Muslim regions of the world, espacially in Gaza, the West Bank and neighbouring countries home to Palestinian refugees. IRFAN has been denominated a terrorist organization by the Harper government. Off the Hour’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Tyler Levitan from Independant Jewish Voices to find out more.

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Israeli Apartheid Week in Montreal

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CKUT brings you an interview with Sam and Sarah who who are organizing the tenth Israeli Apartheid Week in Montreal. The Israeli Apartheid Week will happen next week, from the 10th to the 17th of March. For more informatiom, you can visit iawmontreal.org.

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Gaza Ark: Interview with Ehab Lotayef

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The Palestinian Gaza strip has been blockaded until now by Egypt and Israel since 2007 for a so-called safetey reason. CKUT’s June Jang sat down with Ehab Lotayef to learn more about the “Gaza’s Ark” project that he and his team are organizing. Ehab Lotayef is the spokesperson for Gaza’s ark.

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Scarlett Johansson, Neil Young and the Israel BDS movement

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The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is constantly calling out, not only to the public but also to specific figures or celebrities, asking them to acknowledge the rights of the Palestinians and protest against Israeli policies. Lately, Scarlett Johansson and Neil Young’s names have come up. Amelie Phillipson spoke about it with Aidan MacDonald from the Coalition against Israeli Apartheid and Thomas Woodley from Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and she filed this report. This segment was aired on Off the Hour, the community-news programming of CKUT 90.3FM.