Articles Human Rights

  • The unstoppable spread of moral judgement threatens Israel

    Human Rights

    Even though many are celebrating the fact that a handful of US politicians, even presidential candidates, are contemplating conditioning aid to Israel - in effect, broaching the possibility of sanctions - what we must celebrate is the fact that US politicians who have so far provided complete immunity to Israel are finally understanding that we, the voters, wish to hold Israel accountable. And we are making that very clear.

  • Statement: Montreal academics against police brutality and right-wing Hindu nationalism in India

    Human Rights

    The BJP government of Narendra Modi has been pushing an agenda to turn India into a Hindu State. The last straw has been the passing of a new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The CAA defines citizenship on the basis of religion, something that has never been proposed in India before. It sets up a dangerous precedent which along with the proposed nation-wide implementation of the National Register of Citizens, will discriminate blatantly against the Muslim minority of 200 million (15% of the population).

  • BDS as a way of resistance

    Human Rights

    It is us the oppressed, occupied, and ethnic cleansed Palestinians who must be heard now. Nevertheless, those laws energize many to endorse the BDS call for justice, dignity, freedom and equality. I trust that we, the people in the streets of Algeria, Kashmir, Chile, Sudan, Colombia, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Egypt, Libya, Bolivia and Palestine, are united under one struggle, the fight against oppression, dictatorship, occupation and apartheid.

  • Gideon Levy on ‘One State: The Future’ at Palestine Expo 2019

    Human Rights

    Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. Levy joined Haaretz in 1982, and spent four years as the newspaper’s deputy editor. He is the author of the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years. In this video, Levy speaks at Palestine Expo, Europe’s largest Palestinian event, a two-day festival of music, art and lectures, held in London on 6-7 July 2019.

  • When poverty mattered: remembering the Poor People’s Conference of 1971

    Human Rights

    Unknown to the people at the Toronto based Praxis research institute its stolen files and conference registration forms happen to be in the hands of the RCMP Security Service following a mysterious and unsolved burglary and fire at its office in a house on Huron Street just north of the University of Toronto. Yet, Praxis still managed to pull together one month later Canada’s first and perhaps only national gathering of poor people.

  • The Persecution of Julian Assange and its Implications for Canadian Press Freedom

    Human Rights

    The case to extradite Julian Assange to the United States seems to have little to do with Canadians at first glance, however, the truth is that this unprecedented challenge to press and democratic freedom concerns all of us. If publishers can be prosecuted for publishing verified information, then the ability to accurately report on national security, foreign policy and war with a critical lens will be effectively prohibited.

  • Imagine a Free Palestine

    Human Rights

    What Israel, with ample help from the US, the UK, the EU and Canada, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and so many others, is doing to the Palestinians breaks many people’s hearts, including mine. So does what the Palestinians do to live and take care of each other in the face of it all. If it isn’t breaking yours, maybe my book can help.

  • Anti-racist organizations remain silent on the JNF

    Canadian Politics

    How could any self-respecting anti-racist organization refuse to criticize the Jewish National Fund (JNF)? Its racism is well documented and can be discerned from its Twitter tag. Furthermore, the JNF is not a marginal organization. The century-old organization has nine offices across Canada and has raised nearly $100 million over the past five years. A number of Canadian prime ministers, including the last two, have attended or spoken at JNF fundraisers.

  • Canada Joins Campaign to Stifle Criticism of Israel

    Canadian Politics

    As Israel seeks to crush Palestinian resistance, complete the colonial project and become an impregnable fortress of Western interests in the Middle East, a frank and clear anti-Zionism is at a premium. When Palestinians join the Great March of Return to the Gaza fence, it is not enough to accuse the IDF of using excessive force. We must declare that the Palestinians do, indeed, have a right of return and to live in a free, democratic and secular Palestine.

  • NDP suppresses Palestinian solidarity again

    Canadian Politics

    For those sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, ask yourself these two questions: Since polling reveals a higher percentage of Canadians support Palestinian rights than vote for the NDP federally, why won’t party officials allow a clear statement of support for Palestinian liberation? Is there a point when explicitly antidemocratic behavior that contributes to Palestinian subjugation will no longer be tolerated in a party claiming the mantra of social justice? It is time the NDP leadership listened to its membership.

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