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[30 Jul 2010 | Comments Off on A Call to Divest from MEC | ]

Dear friends:
Following our recent call to boycott Mountain Equipment Coop MEC, a MEC member who supported the campaign and had been a member since the 1980’s informed us that when he cancelled his membership as a form of protest he got $200 back on his original $5.00 share. Apparently, the refunded share value is calculated based on the length of membership.
From this incident, we can conclude that all MEC members can divest from this Cooperative if they feel that MEC is not reflecting their ethical values and that their monies …

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[16 Jul 2010 | Comments Off on Boycott MEC: Final Statement and Endorsers | ]

On May 24, 2010, we in the Canada Palestine Association (CPA) issued our call for a total boycott of Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), and since then, supporters have written MEC informing them of their decision to no longer shop there. In response MEC management not only defended their support for Israeli Apartheid, they also defended Israel and its institutions. Here is a quote from a representative from the MEC Service Centre in reply to one such letter: “Israel has a vibrant and functioning democracy, which has put in place independent …

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[14 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper Regarding Israeli Piracy | ]

By Kevin Neish, Farooq Burney and Rifat Audeh. Although not CPA members, we are publishing their open letter on our website on their behalf.
We are writing to express our outrage and indignation over our government’s despicable silence on what took place in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010. We are referring, of course, to the piracy, murder and kidnappings by Israel against the Turkish humanitarian aid ship in general, and the actions against the Canadians on the ship in particular.
In 2006, Israel launched a heinous war on Lebanon that …

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[11 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor of the Ottawa Citizen Regarding the “Haters’ Test” | ]

In response to the Ottawa Citizen’s attack on NDP MP Libby Davies
By Hanna Kawas
The Ottawa Citizen “Haters’ test” http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Haters+test/3139300/story.html, published June 11, 2010 is misleading, lacking in historic facts and crudely apologizes for Israeli occupation and discrimination. I am going to burden you with some documentation and references the Ottawa Citizen editors did not want to bother with.
Before 1948, there was no state of Israel. It came about as many historians (Jewish and otherwise) have now recognized – on the tragedy of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine from its indigenous …

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[26 May 2010 | Comments Off on Palestinian Civil Society Condemns Repression in Canada | ]

Following is a statement from the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) on the harassment and repression campaign against pro Palestinian human rights organizations and activists in Canada.
Our petition on line, O Canada or O Israel??, has over 560 signatures, please consider signing it at http://www.petitiononline.com/hkawas1/petition.html
Palestinian civil society condemns repression in Canada against Palestine solidarity campaigns and humanitarian efforts
Occupied Palestine, May 26 2010 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), strongly condemns the actions taken by Canadian state bodies, university administrations and pressure groups …

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[24 May 2010 | Comments Off on Boycott MEC Now | ]

This Business Does NOT Advance Human Rights!!
Boycott MEC Now
A year and a half ago, it was discovered that Mountain Equipment Coop, headquartered in Vancouver, was carrying Israeli products and even partnering with an Israeli company, Source Vagabond, that brags of its connections with the Israeli military. Concerned activists across Canada tried in vain to convince both MEC leadership and those attending the 2009 Annual General Meeting to stop carrying these offensive products. There were meetings with the CEO and other officers, letters and emails, and a vibrant campaign around a …

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[14 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Who is Promoting Racism? | ]

By Hanna Kawas
RE: Whose Interests are you Serving?
The following open response was sent to Manitoba MLA Heather Stefanson on April 14, 2010, answering her form email sent to those concerned about her motion “Denouncing Israeli Apartheid Week.”
Open Response to Manitoba MLA Heather Stefanson:
I just received the email, sent on your behalf, regarding the “debate” you say you are interested in having in the Manitoba Legislature. A reasonable and informed debate, you further state. However, given your statement (1) last month when this issue first came up, we seriously question …

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[12 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Whose Interests are you Serving? | ]

By Hanna Kawas. The following message was sent on April 12, 2010 to Manitoba MLA’s regarding a motion condemning Israeli Apartheid Week, to be debated on Thursday Apr. 15th, 2010.
Dear MLA:
It has come to our attention that a private members motion is expected to be introduced in the Manitoba Legislature later this week. This motion will reportedly call for censoring a student activity on campuses called Israel Apartheid Week, and is an attempt to use political office to stifle legitimate debate and criticism of Israeli government policies. A similar motion …

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[15 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Easter Appeal to Ms. Cheri DiNovo, Ontario MPP and United Church Minister | ]

By Hanna Kawas.
Let Palestinian Christians Worship this Easter with No Apartheid Passes
I have followed with dismay the role you played, perhaps unwittingly, in the destructive Ontario Legislature motion on Feb. 25, 2010 regarding Israeli Apartheid Week. You were quoted in the Star as saying that the word apartheid is “inflammatory” and ”used inappropriately in the case of Israel”, and that “Apartheid does not help the discussion”. http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/771761–mpps-decry-linking-israel-to-apartheid.
It was painful to hear these words from a NDP legislator and especially after we knew you are also a United Church Minister.
Last August, …

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[11 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Open Reply to Mr. Shurman, Ontario MPP, Regarding “O Canada or O Israel?” | ]

By Hanna Kawas. The following letter was sent to Ontario MPP Peter Shurman (Thornhill), in response to his reply to O Canada or O Israel?
Open Reply to Mr. Shurman, Ontario MPP
I appreciate your courtesy in answering my letter “Is It O Canada or O Israel?”, but I am baffled by your response and your logic. If you are truly concerned for your constituents, you will not hide the truth from them.
Regrettably, as in the debates around your original motion in the Ontario Legislature, you did not substantiate any of your …