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Excerpt from Beyond ‘No War’: A Panel Discussion on Demilitarization and Transformative Social Movements

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On Friday November 13th, Demilitarize McGill hosted the panel discussion “Beyond ‘No War’: Celebrating Resistance to Canadian Nationalism,” in the McConnell Engineering BuildingThe organization exists to “oppose research, recruitment and other activity for military purposes… by ending military collaboration at McGill.” Beyond No War was moderated by the artist-activist Kama La Mackerel, and was held as part of “#Rememberthis : A Series of Events Against War and Militarism.”

Panelists include:
Harsha Walia  : author of Undoing Border Imperialism, co-founder of No One Is Illegal
Mostafa Henaway : community/labour organizer and long-time Palestine solidarity activist
Toghestiy : grassroots land defender and Hereditary Chief of the Wet’suwet’en Likhts’amisyu Clan
Freda Huson : spokesperson and land defender of the Unist’ot’en Camp in British Columbia

This recording was produced by Claudia Edwards.

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Radio Documentary: Community Radio in the Middle East and North Africa

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CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke with several members of the community radio movement in the Middle East and North Africa on various issues from state barriers, to the granting of FM licenses, to journalistic freedom and the future of community radio. She interviewed Francisco Diasio, the Secretary General of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) on HAICA‘s (Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication) decision to grant Tunisia new FM licenses. CKUT then spoke to Ahmed Samih, founder of Radio Horytna, about the current radio landscape in Egypt. Finally, Anna interviewed award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist Daoud Kuttab, founder of Amman Net, the Arab world’s first internet radio station. Mr. Kuttab discussed community radio more generally, and its role in a Post-Arab spring era. This documentary was produced by Anna Marchese and Aaron Lakoff.

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Free Palestine, end of the Colonial violence

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Saturday 8 August, the Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec (CPFQ) and the Palestinian and Jewish unity organization (Paju) organized a demonstration. Its aim : denounce the crimes committed by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinian population and the impunity which they have enjoyed.

Nicolas Sayegh, secretary of the CPFQ, and Bruce Katz, co-president of the Paju comment the event, its consequences and the Canadian politics towards Israël.

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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

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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

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“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.

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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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Min Fami book launch

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The voices of Arab feminists have come together in an anthology packed with insights on the themes of home & homeland, exile, feminism, borders, gender and sexual identity, solidarity, language, creative resistance, and colonization.

Leila Lemghalef from the CKUT News Collective attended an intimate book launch recently held in Montreal.

We’re about to listen to a snapshot of presentations from the mouths of contributors themselves, followed by a discussion on some salient themes. We are going to hear the voices of Ghada Chehade, Nayrouz Abu Hatoum, Maha Zimmo followed by remarks by coeditors, Ghaida Moussa, Ghadeer Malek as well as a broad exchange of ideas.

Hosted by Ken McMurray from Friday Morning After.

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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 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 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 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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Off the Hour Live @ the PSF in Ottawa – Anti-Colonial Hour

 

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Off the Hour was broadcasted live from the People’s Radio, a pirate radio at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa on August 22!

Featured on the show:

Dr Lynn Gehl, Algonquin, on respectful relations between indigenous and settlers

-grand-mère Francine Prayer, assemblée pour l’eau

-Robin of the Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement of Ottawa and Ramsey from Mining Watch on the Indigenous solidarity assembly happening at the PSF

-Interview with Palestinian activist Yafa Jarrar on the links between Indigenous struggles from Turtle Island to Palestine

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Palestinian Activist Yafa Jarrar at the People’s Social Forum

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Yafa Jarrar is a Palestinian activist and organizer based in Ottawa. CKUT sat down with her during the People’s Social Forum to talk about the Palestine solidarity assembly happening at the forum, the links between Indigenous struggle in Turtle Island and Palestine, and recent developments in the case of her mother, Khalida Jarrar. Khalida Jarrar is an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council living in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, and a long-time activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She was recently issued an internal expulsion order by Israeli occupation forces, but is resisting her forced displacement to the city of Jericho. You can find more information on her case here:

http://samidoun.ca/khalidajarrar

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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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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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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 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.