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[27 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on O Canada or O Israel? | ]

By Hanna Kawas. The following open letter was sent to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario MPPs under the title: Is It “O Canada” or “O Israel”?.
Open Letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Ontario MPPs
We learned with concern about the unanimous passing of a motion in the Ontario legislature (30/107 MPPs in attendance) introduced by Progressive Conservative MPP Peter Shurman (Thornhill) on Feb. 25, 2010 to condemn the annual Israel Apartheid Week.
Mr. Shurman was quoted as saying that he wants “the name changed. It’s just wrong” and that …

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[16 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Boycott Cactus Club | ]
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Don’t Drink with Apartheid, It’ll Surely Ruin your Appetite!

Cactus Club, a chain of restaurants in Western Canada, is carrying one of the Galil wines labelled from Israel on its wine list. Despite several attempts to engage with their management on this issue (see letter below), they have not even acknowledged receiving our messages; rather, they have chosen to ignore the human rights principles at stake. We must let Cactus Club know that many of its customers find this offensive and that it will affect our decision to patronize their restaurants.

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[25 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Christmas Message 2009 – To the Canadian People | ]

From a Bethlehemite
Successive Canadian governments have supported the Zionist project, the creation and maintenance of the state of Israel, and the accompanying military expansion and trampling of Palestinian human and national rights. In 1947 Canadian representatives played a major role in formulating and passing the UN Partition Plan for Palestine [Resolution 181 (II)]. Lester B. Pearson, then the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs, was instrumental in ensuring the passage of the Partition Resolution and Supreme Court of Canada Justice, Ivan C. Rand, was a central figure in drafting …

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[21 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Zionists Admit Control of “Hotels, Meeting Facilities and Funding” at Durban II | ]

Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Zionist “UN Watch”, admits and brags about his organization’s role in denying “hotels, meeting facilities and funding” to NGO’s who tried to go to the Durban II conference.
The local Zionist paper “Jewish Independent” reported in its Nov. 20, 2009 edition that:
“Durban II was not the fiasco of Durban I,” he said. “Contrary to the efforts and designs and the wishes of [Iran’s Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad, of Ghaddafi, of anti-Western, anti-Israel forces around the world, Durban II was a massive defeat. It was a massive defeat …

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[25 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on We Lost Rezeq Faraj; A Palestinian Pillar | ]

‏‏Dear Friends:
With great sadness and a huge sense of loss, we heard about the passing of Rezeq Faraj http://www.geocities.com/rezeq_f/ on Oct. 24, 2009 from cancer. Rezeq was a founder of Quebec-Palestine Association, an ex-president of the Canadian Arab Federation and the co founder of Palestinian and Jewish Unity in Montreal.
Rezeq was a great Palestinian who carried the pain of his people on his shoulders all his life, even on his death bed. We visited him in the hospital last month and his spirit was high and the plight of the …

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[15 Aug 2009 | Comments Off on A Dismal United Church of Canada Resolution | ]

Initial Comments on Resolution passed by the United Church of Canada
by Hanna Kawas
Aug. 15, 2009
The one resolution passed by the 40th General Council of the United Church of Canada includes item 1(g) (see below), which calls on Palestinians to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
We also learned with horror this week, after reading the United Church Moderator’s statement that the official Church position, since 2003, has been the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. This position is more damaging than anything positive in the new resolution.
Does …

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[19 Apr 2009 | Comments Off on “Why ‘pick on the Arabs’?”, an Open Letter to B. C. Provincial Leader Carole James | ]

By Hanna Kawas
Almost a month has passed since the BC provincial New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Carole James labelled anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism; by so doing, she accused the anti-war movement, the Palestinian support movement and all those human rights organizations that oppose the political ideology of Zionism of being “racist”.
We were hoping that some sane NDP leaders, MP’s, MLA’s or candidates would pressure Carole James into reversing her outrageous conclusions, after all the public criticism and outrage that followed her ill-advised libelling of people who oppose Zionism (1).
However, it does …

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[3 Apr 2009 | Comments Off on Don’t Ask Palestinians If They Recognize Israel | ]

By Hanna Kawas
An Open Letter to Canadian Immigrant Magazine
Thank you for writing the article “Airwaves of hope” (The updated title and link is: Veteran radio journalist Hanna Kawas hosts show about his homeland Palestine) that featured my volunteer work on Voice of Palestine.
Your reporting was generally positive and accurate except where you state: “But Kawas, who says he acknowledges the right of Israel to exist as a state, …”. I believe either you misunderstood what I told you, or the insertion of this statement was an editorial decision not to …

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[21 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Jason Kenney Is Promoting Racism | ]

By Hanna Kawas
On March 18, 2009 the Canadian Minister of Multiculturalism and Immigration, Mr. Jason Kenney made good on his threats to cut funding for Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) programs that help settle newcomers to Canada. The Toronto Star reported that neither of the two LINC contracts with CAF “will be renewed, Alykhan Velshi, director of communications and parliamentary affairs, said in an email.” In the same article, Mr. Kenney also referenced this decision by stating that “he is an ‘unapologetic supporter’ of Israel”. http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/604720
A few days earlier, it was …

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[25 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Open Letter To The Doha Debates’ Producers | ]

The following message was sent on Jan 25, 2009 to the BBC’s “Doha Debates” (thedohadebates@qf.org.qa), the Qatar Foundation that finances them (info@qf.org.qa) , and to the BBC, as of the posting date of this letter March 1, 2009, none of the above ever sent even an acknowledgment of our message.
After the devastation in Gaza that lasted over three weeks, you decided on January 18 2009 to put to your scripted House who had no qualms in attending your debate while the BBC refuses to broadcast a humanitarian appeal to Gaza, …