Al-Quds Day Rally for Palestine

July 19, 2014

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Al-Quds Day Rally for Palestine
Friday, July 25 (6:00 – 7:30 pm)
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue NW, Edmonton
(Click here for map)

Help spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Edmonton is hosting its third annual Al-Quds Day rally. The International Day of al-Quds is an annual event, supporting a just peace for Palestine, and opposing apartheid Israel’s control of Jerusalem (al-Quds in Arabic: القـُدْس), the international city that stands as a powerful symbol to three of the world’s great religious traditions. It is held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim month of Ramadhan.

With the current Israeli massacre in Gaza and the increased levels of repression in Occupied East Jerusalem and the Occupied West Bank, this year’s Al-Quds day is far more than just a day of international commemoration. With the current bloodshed, torture, and injustice happening Palestine, we cannot afford to remain silent. Please join us as we mobilize to make history! Be a part of this global movement. Please spread the word! Remember, you don’t need to be Palestinian to care, you simply have to be human. Free Palestine!

PSN is proud to support the organizers of this third rally in support of the people of Gaza and all of Palestine, following up on emergency solidarity rallies held in Edmonton on July 8 and July 16.

Not in Edmonton? Check out other solidarity rallies happening around the world.

For ongoing updates and analysis about the situation in Gaza, visit Al-Jazeera English, Electronic Intifada, Palestine Chronicle, or Mondoweiss.


Action Against the Attack on Gaza

July 23, 2014

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Against the Attack on Gaza
Saturday, July 26 (1:00 pm)
Canada Place
South Side, Jasper Avenue at 97 Street
(Click here for map)

Help us spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Please come this Saturday in front of Canada Place to partake in a peaceful action to protest the illegal and horrific attacks on Gaza by Israel and to lament and respect the Palestinians that have been killed.

We will be creating chalked body outlines to represent those that have been killed in these latest attacks and writing their names. The death toll is over 700. To see the most recent list of casualties, visit the International Middle East Media Center.

Please bring chalk if you can (we will also bring some) and tweet #yeg4gaza.

In the event that it rains, we will hold a die-in.

This action is in solidarity for the people of Palestine to their rights to land, livelihood, and life. Join Nobel peace laureates, academics, nation-state governments, and solidarity movements in Palestine and around the world to demand an end to Israel’s illegal war crimes and occupation, and immediately halt the killings and allow medical aid and basic services into Gaza.


CANPAL Eid and Gaza Solidarity Dinner

July 23, 2014

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CANPAL Eid and Gaza Solidarity Dinner
First Day of Eid at 6:30 pm (Monday, July 28 or Tuesday, July 29)
Canadian Druze Centre
14304-134 Avenue
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Our friends at the Canada Palestine Cultural Association (CANPAL) is hosting its annual Eid dinner and fundraiser. It will take place on the first day of Eid (Monday, July 28th or Tuesday July 29th).

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children 14 and under. All proceeds will go to helping the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza through a donation to Islamic Relief Canada.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the dinner, please contact a member of the Canada Palestine Cultural Association:

Aya Murra (780-996-5513)
Mousa Qasqas (587-337-2313)
Ibrahim Alyazoori (780-616-2616)
Alaa Kadri (780-721-7875)


Call-in For Gaza

July 21, 2014

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Want to do something to help stop the Israeli attack on Gaza? Take a minute on July 23 or 24 to participate in the cross-Canada Call-in For Gaza to flood the leaders of all four main Canadian political parties with phone calls demanding they call for an immediate arms embargo on Israel and an end to the assault on Gaza.

For updates and more, join the Call-in For Gaza Facebook event.

Call now! (and/or send an email or fax) to:

Stephen Harper: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca
613-992-4211 (Ottawa office)
403-253-7990 (Calgary office)
Fax: 403-253-8203 or 613-941-6900

Justin Trudeau: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
613-995-8872 (Ottawa office)
514-277-6020 (Quebec office)
fax: 613-995-9926 or 514-277-3454

Thomas Mulcair: thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca
613-995-7224 (Ottawa office)
514-736-2727 (Montreal office)
fax: 613-995-4565 or 514-736-2726

Elizabeth May: Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca
613-996-1119 (Ottawa office)
1-800-667-9188 (Sidney office)
fax: 613-996-0850 or 250-657-2004


My Grandmother In Gaza: Bury Me Under the Mulberry Tree, Not In the Cemetery

July 19, 2014

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Read PSN member Dr. Ghada Ageel’s article which was published July 19 on Alternet.

My Grandmother In Gaza: Bury Me Under the Mulberry Tree, Not In the Cemetery
Palestinian refugees under attack long for home in their ancestral villages

Ghada Ageel | July 19, 2014

I speak to friends and family in Gaza every day. The stories they tell tear at my soul. I ask myself if President Barack Obama, at the pinnacle of power, hears the same harrowing accounts in his morning briefs from the NSA, CIA and other agencies. Reason says no. No report can tell of the terror Palestinians are enduring – particularly now with the ground war apparently getting underway – and the heartbreak they have lived for more than 66 years. These agencies assess raw numbers and immediate risk, but are not capable of grasping the horrors in Gaza caused by American weaponry and aid to Israel.

Do president Obama’s morning briefs mention my friend Abeer, who told me her three children — ages four to seven — are now using diapers from the fear caused by hourly Israeli bombardment?

Do the president’s morning reports tell of my ill, octogenarian grandmother who, in the event of her death, asked my uncle to dig a hole and bury her under the mulberry tree in her home in Khan Younis refugee camp and not to bury her in the family cemetery? This is not dementia. Sixty-six years of dispossession and upheaval have not robbed her of her wits. She is all too aware that the cemetery is often hit by American F-16s. In that cemetery, there is no dignity even in death.

Do the president’s morning reports tell of the humanity that still exists in a Gaza wracked by bombs and siege?  Where medicine is running low, one neighbor still shares blood pressure medication with another neighbor. Expelled from our homes 66 years ago, we still look out for each other and know that one day we will return home against all odds and all armaments that those who usurped our land throw at us day and night. That principle of protecting our neighbors through thick and thin, and the resolution not to be dispossessed again, undoubtedly played a part in the massacre at the Kwari’ family home when neighbors did not flee the targeted home but massed to it in defiance of the Israeli missile that soon leveled the home in total disregard for human life.

The property deeds that many Palestinian refugee families still possess is evidence our existence was once very different than the one that ekes out a living today in a spit of land 25 miles long by six miles wide. Journalists reporting from Ashkelon may disparage “terrorist” rockets and ignore our aspirations, but what terms do they use for those who expelled Palestinians from Al-Majdal? With expulsion, Ashkelon thrived on the ruins of that Palestinian community and the story is the same in hundreds of places across modern-day Israel.

I shout at anchors and correspondents, are we not humans?  Are we not allowed equal rights? Are we not permitted to return to our homes and lands?  When will you tell our history and not begin it last month?

Will conservative American politicians deny us the property rights and resistance rights they treasure? Will liberal American politicians deny us equal rights and subject us to Israeli segregation and apartheid-like Bantustans?

Yes, they will. They have done so for decades. And there is no salvation in looking to them. But the principles that galvanized the great social movements of the 20th century are open to the people of any land. We will seek equality and the right of return to our homeland and Israelis will find there is sufficient space for all of us.

A wrenching battle, however, lies ahead to achieve the equality and rights so many Palestinians envision. The lynch mobs that marauded through Jerusalem in recent days, pitched into frenzy by the rhetoric of vengeance emanating from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his partners, burned away the life of young Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and Israeli police nearly beat the life out of his younger Palestinian-American cousin, Tareq Abu Khdeir. Their enraged bigotry speaks of an Israel descending into the swamp of hate akin to the Jim Crow laws in American South.

The story of the current violence did not start on June 12 with the brutal killing of three Israeli teens as the cable news programs often suggest. Nor did it start with the killing of two Palestinian teens on May 15 in what Human Rights Watch now calls an “apparent war crime.”  No, the conflict started years ago when world leaders decided that Palestinian pain at the loss of their children didn’t count for much. Those unnoticed deaths have created an indignation and righteous fury that no Israeli missile will ever stop and no presidential report will ever explain.

This conflict is not complicated, as defenders of Israeli expansion would have one believe. In fact, it is very simple. Restoring some semblance of stability in this part of the world requires the fulfillment of Palestinian rights. Despite its military might, Israel cannot bomb away the Palestinian desire to live in freedom and dignity and with the rights sought by people the world over.

My grandmother may some day be buried in Khan Younis refugee camp under a mulberry tree. But her descendants will be buried in Beit Daras, the village of her childhood, having lived a full life, with equal rights, in a country Palestinians and Jews can only begin to imagine through the smoky horrors currently being visited on Gaza.

Ghada Ageel is a visiting professor at the University of Alberta (Edmonton) and a member of Faculty for Palestine, Alberta.


Edmonton Emergency Rally to Protest Israel’s Onslaught on Gaza

July 14, 2014

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Emergency Rally to Protest Israel’s Brutal Onslaught on the Gaza Strip and collective punishment of the Palestinian people
Wednesday, July 16 (7:00 pm)
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue NW, Edmonton
(Click here for map)

Help spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Organized by the Canada Palestine Cultural Association and Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton.

Following the kidnapping of three Israeli settlers on June 12, Israel launched a brutal campaign of collective punishment on the Palestinian people. Night raids, mass arrests, violent repression of non-violent protests, including the use of live fire, home demolitions, settler violence aided and abetted by the Israeli army, the abuses abound unheeded.

On July 8th, Israel began its most recent assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, obliterating hundreds of homes, bombing residential areas, mosques, hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres, and Gaza’s already fragile water and sewage system. Israel has shown zero regard for the sanctity of human life, wiping out entire families, including 18 members of the Al-Batash family, and continues to do so with the support of the international community. Thousands have been injured, and the hospital are experiencing dangerous shortages in medical supplies, as a result of the Israeli siege. And as the humanitarian situation quickly deteriorates, the international community has responded with a deafening silence.

With a quickly rising death toll, comprised mostly of civilians, including dozens of women and children, and a rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis, the situation requires immediate action from the international community. As Israel hides behind a false rhetoric of self-defence, all the white engaging in relentless bombings of the densely populated Gaza Strip, the Canadian government has issued a statement of support for the massacre of innocent civilians.

Come join us on Wednesday and show your solidarity with the Palestinian people, and demand that our government end its complicity in these war crimes. It is our duty as Canadian citizens to protest our government’s appalling support of the illegal occupation, and demand an end to the violence.

As Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Hope to see you all there!


Edmonton Emergency Rally to End Israeli Settler Terrorism and Collective Punishment

July 7, 2014

Emergency Rally to End Israeli Settler Terrorism and Collective Punishment of the Palestinian People
Tuesday, July 8 (7:00 pm)
Churchill Square, Edmonton (Map)
** Assemble by the bell tower on the south side of City Hall **

Help spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

In the wake of the disappearance of three Israeli settlers, Israel has escalated its brutal occupation in the form of massive raids and arrests, punitive housing demolitions, murders, and kidnappings carried out by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).

Since the discovery of the three settler’s bodies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians have incited demands for revenge. As tensions worsen mobs of illegal Israeli settlers have taken to the streets, demanding “Death to Arabs.”

Settler terrorists have run over a 9-year-old girl, Sanabel Mohammed Tus, and kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and burned 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khader in the most brutal ways imaginable. During Abu Khader’s funeral, his 15-year old cousin (a Palestinian-American) was brutally beaten to unconsciousness by three Israeli police and detained with no charge.

In addition to the names mentioned, hundreds of Palestinian youth have been “arrested” and upwards of 20 Palestinians killed.

For the past week Israel has relentlessly bombed Gaza killing 10 Sunday July 6 alone. And the situation is expected to escalate in the coming days. This is why this emergency protest is crucial and your support is needed.

Join us in solidarity with the Palestinian people to demand:

 

  1. Immediate release and protection of all detained Palestinian Children;
  2. Immediate end to Israeli Apartheid and racist policies towards the Palestinian people
  3. Immediate end to all raids, incursions, blockades and collective punishment of the Palestinian population
  4. Immediate action from the international community including Canada to condemn Israeli Settler terrorism, collective punishment and violence towards the Palestinian people


For more information, contact:
Basel at 780-935-8699
Sarah at 780-271-9862


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