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..."Here are two recent developments. First, an important new World Bank report on the Palestinian economy under siege by settlements, which now control 2/3 of the West Bank lands Oslo was supposed to hand over to Palestinians. Second, evidence that the EU’s prospective settlement guidelines are biting the Israeli establishment over the possibility that the country will be excluded from a major European research initiative unless it declares that the settlements are not Israel."
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This article by Yves Engler reviews Canada's support for the Jewish National Fund (JNF), a charity that restricts land use in Israel to Jews.
In Canada it is illegal to restrict the sale of property to certain ethnic or religious groups but many of our business people and politicians promote an organization that does exactly that in Israel.
This article on whether Canada committed genocide against First Nations raises the question about Israel's treatment of Palestinians and Canada's role. You can read the interview with Phil Fontaine and Bernie Farber below in the Globe and Mail or you can hear an interview between Bernie Farber on the CBC podcast below.
On Monday, Oct. 14, we have the unique and historic opportunity to meet with Professor James Anaya, the Special United Nations Rapporteur for Indigenous People. It is our conviction that Canada’s history with First Nations people was not just dark and brutal, but in fact constituted a “genocide” as defined by the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide. Unresolved issues regarding genocide can have the effect of holding back real progress in economic development in any community.
This video (view) of Rabbi Michael Lerner's new book, "Embracing Israel/Palestine - a Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East" is an excellent introduction to his book. His book is on Kindle (Amazon.com).
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