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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, …

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[3 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Justice Will Reach All Those Who Are Complicit In War Crimes | ]

The following message was sent to Michael Ignatieff, leader of the Liberal Party in Canada, on Jan. 3, 2009, under the title “Justice Will Reach All Those Who Are Complicit in War Crimes”. As of March 1/09, we did not receive even an acknowledgment from Mr. Ignatieff.
Mr. Ignatieff:
In the first part of your media release on “the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip” dated December 29, 2008 you state: “I am greatly concerned by the deepening violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip and the fear and suffering on …

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[3 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Protest Against the War in Gaza | ]

Press Release
Supreme Court clears police obstruction of Tel Aviv anti-war procession
Thousands of Jews and Arabs to take part in Tel Aviv march
Protest against the Gaza War “Stop the killing! Stop the siege”!
Saturday night,January 3, 2009 at 6.30 pm
The march will set out form Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square (at the corner of Frishman St. and Chen
.Boulevard) and will culminate at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque
Following an urgent proceeding at the Supreme Court on Friday morning, the way was cleared to holding an mass anti-war march in Tel-Aviv, with judges instructing the …

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[25 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Christmas Message 2008 – It Is About Time To Boycott the US | ]

To the U.S. Government: Where is the Promised Palestinian State?
The Palestinian people were promised an independent state 3 times in the last 15 years by successive U.S. government – first in 1998, then 2005, and most recently by the end of 2008. In all three cases, the promises went unfulfilled, and were intended to be unfulfilled when declared. In fact, all that resulted from these promises was more oppression, more killings, more prisoners, more theft of land, more separation walls, more check points, more apartheid segregation, more illegal settlements and …

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[22 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Open Letter to Gilles Duceppe Regarding the CIC | ]

CPA sent the following message to Gilles Duceppe questioning him about Canada Israel Committee’s claim of investment in the Bloc. As of March 1, 2009, we did not receive even an acknowledgment from Mr. Duceppe
Dear Mr. Duceppe:
Here in BC, on Dec. 19, 2008, the “Jewish Independent” quoted Moshe Ronen, the chair of the Canada Israel Committee (CIC) and the vice-president of the World Jewish Congress as saying that: “the Bloc Quebecois’ Gil Duceppe ‘is a strong friend of Israel, who identifies more with Israel than with the Palestinians.’ The two …

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[22 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Open Letter to Jack Layton Regarding the CIC | ]

CPA sent the following message to Jack Layton questioning him about Canada Israel Committee’s claim of investment in the NDP. Again, as of the posting date of this letter March 1, 2009, we did not receive even an acknowledgment from Mr. Layton.
Dear Mr. Layton:
Here in B.C., the “Jewish Independent” quoted Moshe Ronen, the chair of the Canada Israel Committee (CIC) and the vice-president of the World Jewish Congress as saying that New Democratic party leader Jack Layton has, along with Gil Duceppe, “agreed not to make Israel a wedge issue …