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[30 Sep 2004 | Comments Off on Open Letter to Sarah Efron Regarding the “Peace It Together” Camp | ]

The following letter was sent to Sarah Efron, a freelance journalist, regarding reporting about the “Peace It Together” camp held this summer in Vancouver. The camp brought Israeli and Palestinian teenagers to Vancouver from the Middle East and received alot of attention in the local media as a step towards reconciliation in the region. It was also well received by local Zionists. Our letter explains why most of the local Palestinian community had reservations about this camp and similar initiatives.
Dear Sarah:
Thank you for the report you did for CBC Radio …

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[8 Sep 2004 | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor, The Vancouver Sun | ]

By Gary Keenan
Letters editor, The Vancouver Sun
Dear editor:
Re: Guest Editorial, “In the global war, Islam isn’t the enemy; Islamism is,” Sept. 3.
The Ottawa Citizen guest editorial’s contention that al-Qaida hates the U.S. “because of what it is – namely, a capitalist democracy that embraces religious freedom, women’s rights and MTV” rather than “because of its foreign policy” was rejected by the U.S.
Senate’s 9/11 Commission.
In its recently released report the commission declares that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the “mastermind of the 9/11 attacks” and concludes that his “animus toward the United …

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[2 May 2004 | Comments Off on Open letter to Mr. Andrew Holota, Editor of the Leader (Surrey/N.Delta) | ]

By Hanna Kawas
Dear Mr. Holota:
In an editorial on April 23, 2003 in the Surrey/North Delta Leader, under the title ‘What didn’t happen’, you wrote: “Well, there it is then. Nothing left to do in Iraq but rebuild the country, unify diametrically opposed sects of Muslims, create a democracy instead of a fundamentalist theocracy, convince the Kurds they don’t want their own country, convince Syria to show Hezbollah the door, and make peace between Israel and Palestine.” … “If one still believes the anti-American peaceniks and bad-news-is-best television pundits, it’ll never …

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[13 Nov 2003 | Comments Off on “Feedback on Evil Brain’s Wall”, letter to the editor of The Westender | ]

By Gary Keenan
Dear editor,
Kudos to columnist Brian Peterson for his insightful and much needed column regarding Israel’s construction of an apartheid fence or wall around the occupied Palestinian West Bank.
Apart from inspiring increased armed resistance, including terrorism, by illegally encroaching on more Palestinian land and water resources, the fence also demonstrates the utter bankruptcy of Zionism.
It is now 107 years since Theodor Herzl et al. held the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland and 55 years since the first mass expulsion of Palestinians and the creation of Israel. After all …

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[23 Sep 2003 | Comments Off on “Arafat’s fate should rest in Palestinian hands”, editorial in the Vancouver Sun | ]

By Gary Keenan, published in the Vancouver Sun, Tuesday, September 23, 2003 in reply to “Forget about peace until Arafat and Sharon are out of the way, Norman Spector, September 19th, 2003.”
Arafat’s fate should rest in Palestinian hands
Columnist Norman Spector neglected to mention the extremely important fact that Yasser Arafat is the democratically elected leader of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
U.S. President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon have no right whatsoever to insist that Mr. Arafat be removed from power, especially when it is obvious he enjoys …

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[7 Sep 2003 | Comments Off on “The Sharon government is a giant laboratory”, letter to the Editor of the Calgary Sun | ]

By Gary Keenan, in reply to the Calgary Sun article “Realities of Israeli oppression rarely aired in North America”
Kudos to Bill Kaufmann for his insightful commentary on Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestinian lands. (“Realities of Israeli oppression rarely aired in North America,” Sept. 1.) Kaufmann’s reference to the fact those who criticize Israel’s policies are frequently and unjustly accused of being anti- Semitic by Israel’s supporters brings to mind the wise words of Uri Avnery, renowned Jewish Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset:
“The Sharon government is a giant …

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[30 May 2003 | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor of the Georgia Straight regarding the targeting of non-combatants | ]

By Gary Keenan. The following letter was published in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight, in the May 30-June 5 2003 issue, in reply to “Letter to editor from Cam Small”, May 22-29 2003
Dear editor:
Of the many reliable sources that refute Cam Small’s assertion that “there has never been any evidence to suggest that [Palestinian] noncombatants are being targeted [by Israeli soldiers]”, I quote from an article by Chris Hedges (former bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News in Jerusalem and Middle East bureau chief for the New York Times), who witnessed children being …

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[24 Apr 2003 | Comments Off on Letter (2) to the Editor of the Westender, regarding anti-Palestinian letters | ]

By Dr. Rafeh Hulays. The following letter was published in Vancouver’s Westender, in the April 24-30, 2003 issue, in response to “Taking issue with ISM activists”, letters published in the Westender (April 17-23, 2003 issue)
Alan Switzer’s venomous criticism of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activists is a classic example of attacking the messenger. He would actually have us believe that those who put their lives at risk to protect Palestinian civilians victimized daily under Israel’s illegal military occupation are somehow anti-Semitic (an irony considering that Arabs are Semites) and advocates of …

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[24 Apr 2003 | Comments Off on Letter (1) to the Editor of the Westender, regarding anti-Palestinian letters | ]

By Hanna Kawas. The following letter was published in Vancouver’s Westender, in the April 24-30, 2003 issue, in response to “Taking issue with ISM activists”, letters published in the Westender (April 17-23, 2003 issue)
The Letters published in the Westender (April 17-23 issue), under the title “Taking issue with ISM activists”, are an attempt to divert attention away from the real issues at stake, one of which is Israeli warcrimes against the Palestinians (see Amnesty International report at www.amnesty.org, searchword: Israel). It is truly pathetic to see the extent to which …

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[20 Mar 2003 | Comments Off on “Dr. Mate reveals a rare courage”, letter to the Editor of the Westender | ]

By Gary Keenan. The following letter was published in Vancouver’s Westender, in the March 20-26, 2003 issue in response to Reply to “‘Urban Legend in his own mind only,” a letter from Dr. Moishe Golubchuk (Mar. 13-19, 2003).
Other than revealing his ignorance, Dr. Moishe Golubchuk’s ad hominem attack against Dr. Gabor Mate’ (who appeared as an Urban Legend in the Feb. 20-26 issue) accomplishes nothing.
Dr. Mate is to be admired and respected. As a truly righteous Jew, he has the courage and moral integrity to damn the consequences and vigorously speak …