Gaza Calls, Canada Answers

Gaza Calls, Canada Answers
Live Canada-wide video conference with Gaza
Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 am
Lendrum Mennonite Church
11210 59 Ave NW (map)

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Join us on June 8 for a nationwide call with Gaza! Local groups in nine cities across Canada will join a call with a group of speakers from Gaza who will share their experiences living in Gaza and the daily struggles Gazans must endure due to the blockade of Gaza and Israeli military strikes in the Gaza strip.

The call will be joined by the following guest speakers from Gaza:

Dr. Mahmoud Matar is the founding head of the Limb Reconstruction Surgery Unit at Shifa Hospital in Gaza. He has been the head of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at Al-Shifa since October 2014. He is also an instructor at the Primary Trauma Care Course.

Bolos Swelem is a third-year dentistry student at Haider Abdel Shafi Dentistry College at Al-Azhar University in Gaza. He is also the leader at the at Arab Orthodox Scout Group of Gaza.

Please RSVP for the Edmonton event.

For more information about events in other cities across Canada, visit the event page at the Canadian Friends of Sabeel.

This is a free event, but donations will be accepted.

Local sponsors:

Canada Palestine Cultural Association
Lendrum Mennonite Church
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta
Palestine Solidarity Network

National sponsors:

Canadian Friends of Sabeel
United Church of Canada
United Network for Peace and Justice in Palestine/Israel (UNJPPI)

 

Resistance & Resilience: The Activist Practices of Cindy and Craig Corrie

Resistance & Resilience: The Activist Practices of
Cindy and Craig Corrie
Wednesday, May 1 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 1-182

Corner of 114 St & 87 Ave, University of Alberta (map)

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PSN is thrilled to welcome Cindy and Craig Corrie back to Edmonton!

Cindy and Craig Corrie were brought to the issue of Palestine in 2003 when their daughter Rachel Corrie traveled to Gaza in solidarity with Palestinians engaged in nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. Rachel was killed as she stood in the way of the military’s demolition of a Palestinian family’s home.  The Corries will share that history, their experiences as activists during the past sixteen years, the growth and broadening of the movement for Palestinian rights in the U.S. and throughout the world, the intersections between Palestine and other human rights issues, and the challenges and opportunities before us in 2019.

This is a free event. Donations to the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Human Rights are gratefully accepted.

PSN is a Working Group of the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG), which provided financial support for this event.

About Cindy and Craig Corrie

Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie who on March 16, 2003, was killed by an Israeli military, Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Motivated by their daughter’s work and example, the Corries have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East and have made numerous visits to the region, most recently in 2012 and 2016 leading Interfaith Peace-Builder delegations to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  “Rachel wrote of the importance of making commitments to places and initiated this one to Rafah and Gaza. The commitment she made continues,” said Cindy Corrie.

The Corries have continued to seek accountability in the case of their daughter and to promote changes in U.S. foreign policy in Israel/Palestine through efforts with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the Israeli Government, the Israeli and U.S. court systems, and at the corporate headquarters of Caterpillar Inc.

Encouraged by U.S. officials, the Corrie family in 2005 filed a civil lawsuit in Israel in their daughter’s case.  On March 10, 2010, seven years after Rachel Corrie’s killing, oral argument in the case began in Haifa District Court.  It proceeded with sporadic court dates until a final hearing on July 10, 2011. In an August 28, 2012 ruling, Judge Oded Gershon absolved the Israeli military and state of all responsibility.  The Corries filed an appeal with the Israeli Supreme Court, which on February 12, 2015 exempted the Israeli defense ministry from liability for actions by its forces that it deemed to be “wartime activity,” refusing to assess whether those actions violated applicable laws of armed conflict.

Rachel Corrie was a prolific and gifted writer. With their daughter Sarah, the Corries co-edited Let Me Stand Alone: the Journals of Rachel Corrie, a collection of Rachel’s poetry, essays, letters and journal entries, published by W.W. Norton & Co in 2008. The Corries speak widely of their daughter’s story and experience, and of their own work with the people of Palestine and Israel   They have been frequent guests at post-performance discussions of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, co-edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner, and produced in theaters across the U.S. and world.

The Corries have resided in Olympia, Washington, for over forty years where with community supporters, they now carry on the work of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.  In December 2010, the foundation was recognized for “outstanding service for Human Rights-Unique Achievement” by the Thurston County Diversity Council. The Corries are recipients of a Human Rights Advocate of the Year Award from Seattle University’s Human Rights Network and a Pillar of Peace Award from the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Friends Service Committee.  In October 2012, they accepted the LennonOno Grant for Peace on behalf of their daughter Rachel.

Find out more about the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.

Getting There

The Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) is located on the southwest corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street on the University of Alberta campus (map). ECHA is adjacent to the Jubilee Auditorium.

The building’s north entrance is closest to Room 1-182.

ECHA is a fully accessible building.

Parking

Parking is available at the Jubilee car park (map) and just across the street on the northeast corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street the Education car park (map).

Transit

Take the LRT to the Health Sciences Centre Station, which is located just south of ECHA.

Take Edmonton transit to the 114 Street and 89 Avenue stop of the University of Alberta bus loop (map) and walk just south to ECHA.

Cycling

Ample bicycle parking is located near the north entrance of ECHA.

Gaza: In Between Hope & Despair

Gaza: In Between Hope & Despair
Featuring Terek Loubani and Sherine Tadros
Saturday, September 15 (2:30 – 4:30 pm)
Telus Building Room 150
Corner of 111 St & 87 Ave, U of A campus 
(map)

Tickets are $10 and are available through Eventbrite.

Islamic Relief Canada, Canada Palestine Cultural Association, and the Muslim Students’ Association (UofA) are hosting a discussion series on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and how our community can respond to a calamity always on the brink of despair.

We will be joined by physician and aid worker Dr. Tarek Loubani, as well as the head of Amnesty International New York and former journalist Sherine Tadros.

Our guest speakers will share first-hand accounts of their experience on the ground, the atrocities they witnessed, and what our collective responsibility is to the people of Gaza.

Due to the ongoing blockade and attacks on health facilities, thousands of patients are without proper care and assistance. Islamic Relief Canada will be fundraising to support health services in Gaza by providing lifesaving aid to vulnerable families and equipping health facilities with medical supplies to continue their operations.

Emergency rally in solidarity with Gaza

Emergency Rally in Solidarity with Gaza
Tuesday, May 15 (7:00-8:00 pm)
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Ave (map)

Please help spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Today in Gaza, 55 killed Palestinian civilians were massacred by Israeli forces, including 7 minors and 1 paramedic, and another 2,771 were injured, including 225 minors, 11 journalists, and 17 paramedics. At least 130 are in critical condition in Gaza’s overburdened hospitals. More than 1,300 non-violent protesters were shot by Israeli forces with live ammunition. Those responsible for these outrageous human rights violations must be held accountable

Join us at the Legislature grounds for a short rally to let the world know that Edmonton stands in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters.

You can also take action to call on the Trudeau government to condemn and take action in response to the Israeli massacre in Gaza.

As of Monday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health released the names of 43 of the 55 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces:

1. Ezz el-din Musa Mohamed Alsamaak, 14 years old

2. Wisaal Fadl Ezzat Alsheikh Khalil, 15 years old

3. Ahmed Adel Musa Alshaer, 16 years old

4. Saeed Mohamed Abu Alkheir, 16 years old

5. Ibrahim Ahmed Alzarqa, 18 years old

6. Eman Ali Sadiq Alsheikh, 19 years old

7. Zayid Mohamed Hasan Omar, 19 years old

8. Motassem Fawzy Abu Louley, 20 years old

9. Anas Hamdan Salim Qadeeh, 21 years old

10. Mohamed Abd Alsalam Harz, 21 years old

11. Yehia Ismail Rajab Aldaqoor, 22 years old

12. Mustafa Mohamed Samir Mahmoud Almasry, 22 years old

13. Ezz Eldeen Nahid Aloyutey, 23 years old

14. Mahmoud Mustafa Ahmed Assaf, 23 years old

15. Ahmed Fayez Harb Shahadah, 23 years old

16. Ahmed Awad Allah, 24 years old

17. Khalil Ismail Khalil Mansor, 25 years old

18. Mohamed Ashraf Abu Sitta, 26 years old

19. Bilal Ahmed Abu Diqah, 26 years old

20. Ahmed Majed Qaasim Ata Allah, 27 years old

21. Mahmoud Rabah Abu Maamar, 28 years old

22.Musab Yousef Abu Leilah, 28 years old

23. Ahmed Fawzy Altetr, 28 years old

24. Mohamed Abdelrahman Meqdad, 28 years old

25. Obaidah Salim Farhan, 30 years old

26. Jihad Mufid Al-Farra, 30 years old

27. Fadi Hassan Abu Salmi, 30 years old

28. Motaz Bassam Kamil Al-Nunu, 31 years old

29. Mohammed Riyad Abdulrahman Alamudi, 31 years old

30. Jihad Mohammed Othman Mousa, 31 years old

31. Shahir Mahmoud Mohammed Almadhoon, 32 years old

32. Mousa Jabr Abdulsalam Abu Hasnayn, 35 years old

33. Mohammed Mahmoud Abdulmoti Abdal’al, 39 years old

34. Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim Hamdan, 27 years old

35. Ismail Khalil Ramadhan Aldaahuk, 30 years old

36. Ahmed Mahmoud Mohammed Alrantisi, 27 years old

37. Alaa Alnoor Ahmed Alkhatib, 28 years old

38. Mahmoud Yahya Abdawahab Hussain, 24 years old

39. Ahmed Abdullah Aladini, 30 years old

40. Saadi Said Fahmi Abu Salah, 16 years old

41. Ahmed Zahir Hamid Alshawa, 24 years old

42. Mohammed Hani Hosni Alnajjar, 33 years old

43. Fadl Mohamed Ata Habshy, 34 years old

Canada must condemn and act on Gaza slaughter

On the day commemorating 70 years since the Palestinian Nakba, and on the day a ceremony was held to mark the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israeli “defense” forces carried out a slaughter of Gazans participating in the Great March of Return.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health (as of 19:30 GMT):

  • 55 killed, including 7 minors and 1 paramedic
  • 2,771 injured, including 225 minors, 11 journalists, 17 paramedics
  • 130 in serious and critical condition
  • 1,359 shot by Israeli soldiers using live ammunition.

Despite this horrific toll, the reaction of the Canadian government has been muted and entirely inadequate.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland tweeted only the following, calling on “all parties” to ensure civilians are protected, rather than calling on Israel to stop firing on civilians:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made no public statement on the massacre, and Global Affairs Canada has made no official statement on the massacre.

To its credit, the NDP has criticized the slaughter:

On Monday, Canada’s New Democrats strongly condemned the killings of protesters in Gaza by Israeli Defence Forces and urged the Liberal government to take a more active stance for peace and human rights. According to numerous news reports, at least 55 Palestinians in Gaza were killed and around 2,000 were injured Monday by the Israeli military in demonstrations near the Gaza-Israel border.

“The use of live ammunition against protestors and resulting deaths are clear violations of international law and human rights,” said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. “Our government has been shamefully silent on recent developments in Gaza, and the Prime Minister should condemn the violence, call on Israel to cease violations of international law, and support an independent investigation into these deaths.”

The protests follow the decision by US President, Donald Trump, to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the disputed city as the capital of Israel. Trump’s move has been widely criticized by the international community, as this move will further destabilize the region and hinder the peace process. The Liberal government has refused to condemn Trump’s decision.

“The decision by the US government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is reckless and flies in the face of international law, not least since East Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian territory,” said Hélène Laverdière, the NDP Critic for Foreign Affairs. “All those responsible for the outrageous killings in Gaza today must be held to account. The Canadian government must call on the government of Israel to respect international law, condemn illegal settlements, and finally stand up for the rights of Palestinians as well as the rights of Israelis.”

Gaza has been under a total land, sea and air blockade since 2007, a situation that was described by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as a form of collective punishment, which is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions. Palestinians have been under Israeli military occupation since 1967. Illegal killings, arbitrary and abusive detention, forced displacement, restrictions on movement, the expansion of illegal settlements, collective punishment and institutionalized discrimination have characterized this occupation that has persisted for over half a century. The NDP believes that Canada must do more towards a real, long-term, just peace for Palestinians and Israelis, and must call on the government of Israel to end this occupation.

The Government of Canada cannot stay silent about this latest massacre in Gaza. Use the contact information below to call on the government to publicly condemn the Israeli military attacks on unarmed protesters in Gaza, demand accountability, and pressure Israel to immediately end the blockade of Gaza.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Twitter: @JustinTrudeau

Email:  justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

Ottawa Office

Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
(No postage required)

Phone: 1-613-992-4211

Constituency Office

Phone: 1-514 277-6020

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland

Twitter: @cafreeland

Email: chrystia.freeland@international.gc.ca

Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Chrystia Freeland
Minister of Foreign Affairs
125 Sussex Dr
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 0G2

Phone:  1-343-203-1851

Ottawa Office

Chrystia Freeland
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
(No postage required)

Phone: 1-613-992-5234

Constituency Office

Phone: 1-416-928-1451

Edmonton-area Liberal MPs

Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton Mill Woods)

Twitter: @SohiAmarjeet

Email: Amarjeet.Sohi@parl.gc.ca

Ottawa Office

Amarjeet Sohi
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
(No postage required)

Phone: 1-613-992-1013

Constituency Office

Phone: 1-780-497-3524

Randy Boissonnault (Edmonton Centre)

Twitter: @R_Boissonnault

Email: Randy.Boissonnault@parl.gc.ca

Ottawa Office

Randy Boissonnault
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
(No postage required)

Phone: 1-613-992-4524

Constituency Office

Phone: 1-780-442-1888

Six Miles Out: A Day in the Life of Gaza Fishermen

On the windy evening of January 4, 2017, 33-year-old Muhammad al-Hissi of Gaza set out with 13 of his brothers, cousins and uncles to make a living the only way they know how: fishing. But he never came home.

The family was spread out in three different boats, with the waves choppy and stiff, when the Israeli Navy appeared on the scene. The 60-ton ship rammed into Muhammad’s wooden boat and crushed it like a rock on an egg. Palestinian fishermen and the Israeli navy searched for Muhammad for three days, but his body was never found. The boat’s electric generator may have dismembered his body.

Muhammad was one of two Palestinian fishermen killed by the Israeli navy in 2017. Four others were injured, 14 were detained and five boats were seized. However, shootings at Gaza fishermen by the Israeli navy are daily occurrences, terrorizing and forcing many to abandon the sea. This pattern is set to continue into the new year, with the recent decision by Israeli officials to restrict Gaza fishermen to six nautical miles instead of the recently allowed nine (only in the southern coast).

To help shine a light on this violation of the right to earn a living this new, short documentary, Six Miles Out—produced by the We Are Not Numbers team in Gaza, with funds from the Solidarity with Gaza Fishers project of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition—features al-Hissi’s brother and cousin, who take us with them for a night of fishing. You will see for yourself just what it’s like when Israeli “hornets” suddenly appear on the scene.

What can you do to help? You can donate to We Are Not Numbers, a Gaza-based youth storytelling project, to keep its work going. You can also visit the Freedom Flotilla website to find out how to support the 2018 sailing to challenge the blockade of Gaza’s seaport.

Event: What Comes Next for Gaza?

What Comes Next for Gaza?
Film screening and panel discussion
Wednesday, November 28 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 134
Corner of 87 Avenue and 111 Street, U of A Campus
(Click here for map)

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After eight days of relentless bombardment of Gaza from land, air, and sea by Israeli forces which left at least 162 Gazans dead and more than 1000 injured, a ceasefire has been reached.

But while the latest Israeli assault may be over — at least for now — the 1.6 million Palestinians living in Gaza still face the reality of the crippling Israeli-imposed blockade that has since 2006 all but sealed Gaza off from the rest of the world and turned the tiny territory into an open air prison. Gaza’s infrastructure, which has still not recovered from the 2008-09 assault due to Israeli prohibitions on necessary imports, will remain in crisis. One-third of Gaza’s farmland and 85% of its fishing waters will remain inaccessible, and food insecurity and a lack of safe drinking water will continue to claim Palestinian lives until the Israeli blockade of Gaza is ended. And Gazans will continue to live under the threat of unilateral military action by Israel.

Come learn more about the situation in Gaza, what impact this latest assault has had on the people of Gaza, and what can be done to end the ongoing blockade.

Featuring a film screening of the new Palestinian film “Where Should the Birds Fly?” and a panel discussion on Gaza featuring Dr. Ghada Ageel (Faculty 4 Palestine), Paul Kellogg (Faculty 4 Palestine) and Scott Harris (PSN).

About Where Should the Birds Fly?

In December of 2008 Israel launched a devastating attack on Gaza. A month of bullets, bombs, rockets white phosphorus, tanks and bulldozers left 1400, mostly civilians, dead and this section of Occupied Palestine in rubble. But this is not a story of misery amongst the rubble. It is the compelling and moving story of two remarkable young women, the future of Palestine, who personify the struggle to maintain humanity, humor and hope, to find some degree of normality in the brutal abnormality that has been imposed on them.

Event: Fundraising Dinner for Gaza

Edmonton Fundraising Dinner for Gaza
Sunday, December 9 (6:00 pm)
Edmonton Islamic Academy
14525 – 127 Street
(Click here for map)

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Islamic Relief Canada and the Canada Palestine Cultural Association present a fundraising dinner for Gaza, featuring Dr. Munir El Kassim.

Tickets, which include dinner, are $25.

Alhamdulillah with your support, Islamic Relief is on the ground in Gaza and is distributing over $1.5 million of urgent medical supplies to hospitals in Gaza! Continue to answer the call and help us make a difference!

* Did you know that $75 can provide Anaesthetics for up to 10 people?

* $200 can provide 4 life saving blood transfusion kits?

To find out more about what Islamic Relief is doing on the ground in Gaza, please visit its website.

Woman Forced to Leave Family Behind: My Heart is Still in Gaza

Dr. Ghada Ageel, an Edmonton-based member of Faculty 4 Palestine Alberta and frequent presenter at PSN events, has had a article on Gaza published by CNN.

Woman forced to leave family behind: My heart is still in Gaza
By Ghada Ageel, Special to CNN
November 21, 2012

(CNN) — One week after leaving, my mom’s words still echo in my ears: “Leave Gaza now, please. Don’t think about us. I have many things to worry about.”

I entered Gaza on November 5 to help an American delegation there until the morning of November 11. My intention was to help the delegation and then have two full days with my family after the delegates left. But with tensions ratcheting up, my family in Gaza was fearful the Rafah crossing with Egypt would be closed and I would be stuck. To leave my extended family in such dangerous circumstances and return to my husband and three children in Canada was heartrending. But now it is worse. To see American-made Israeli fighter jets pounding Gaza just days after my departure is agony.

I lost the argument for an extra two days with my family the moment I said I “planned” to spend those extra days with them. My sister-in-law, Wafa, pounced on the words: “Nothing can be planned here. Gaza is not Canada. Everything is in the Israeli military’s hands.”

She was right. The Israeli government can undo plans and dreams in an instant.

Looking into my mom’s eyes, I felt cowardly to desert them. I hugged her and told her to stay safe. But deep in my heart I knew that there is no safety in Gaza. That was evident on Sunday when the Israeli military bombed the Dalou household and instantly decimated three generations of the family.

Read related: Gaza’s victims too young to understand, but not to die

The terrifying power of the Israeli military was already made clear at the beginning of the latest onslaught with the haunting photograph of a young BBC journalist grieving his dead infant. Israel claims to operate with pinpoint accuracy, but consistently kills a high proportion of civilians. In fact, the American delegation spoke to the grief-stricken father and mother of Ahmed Abu Daqqa, a young boy killed on November 8 while playing soccer outside his home. These Americans are important witnesses against the claim that Palestinians bear full culpability for this escalation. In fact, it was our children being killed, not the Israelis children.

As I joined the American delegation for the long trip back to Cairo, I was riven with emotion. Usually, the American delegates would greet me with cheers, claps and smiles. This time there was silence, grim faces, tears and no words. Everyone was waiting to hear from me. “I have been ordered to leave,” I said, “and I am frustrated and angry.” I burst into tears.

Will I see my family again? I don’t know.

War is unpredictable as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak seem to have forgotten from their safe vantage points. What is unleashed today in the new Middle East is not the same as the wars Israel unleashed in the years since 1948.

The Arab Spring means that the governments and people of the region are in much greater accord. The weak governments that looked the other way as Israel and the United States subjugated Palestinians have been replaced by governments that may yet assert Palestinian rights in ways that are not merely symbolic. West Bank Palestinians are now starting to confront the Israeli military in ways that the weak Palestinian Authority cannot stop as readily as it did four years ago during Operation Cast Lead.

As the situation deteriorates, it is vital to note that this war need not have occurred. A fragile truce had taken hold for 48 hours, notwithstanding Palestinian frustration over two separate incidents in the previous week when Palestinian youth were killed playing soccer.

In the opinion of many Palestinians, Netanyahu planned this aggression. He wanted to be seen by the electorate as the man with the iron fist protecting Israelis in the south of Israel. Palestinians were in his way. Self-inflated analysts talk of “mowing the grass” to rein in Hamas and other groups. But that mowing is terrifying civilians and destroying their neighborhoods.

What do they think will become of the traumatized children who endure such brutal attacks from the sky and sea? They will be no friends of Israel. No, Israel is proving once again that it has no interest in becoming part of the region.

But Israel’s actions have been largely the same for 64 years. The one period of brief hope in the 1990s proved fleeting because Israel failed to stop its illegal settlement activity and made clear to Palestinians its intent was not a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem but a series of disconnected cantons.

Barak has pledged continued military action against Gaza and Netanyahu has stated he hopes Hamas and others “got the message.” There is no doubt that his message of widespread death and destruction has been widely received by all Palestinians. I doubt, however, that the message will have the intended effect. Instead, the fury of having one’s neighborhood battered by F-16s and shells will likely unite Palestinians against an outside power that has besieged Gaza since 2007 and controlled it since 1967.

The inhumane blockade — with approximately 80% of Palestinians reduced to receiving food aid as Israel counts our calories to allow for anemia and stunting but not outright starvation — leads me to conclude that bleak days remain our lot.

Yet there is one factor Netanyahu fails to grasp: The spirit and will of Palestinians — from Rafah to Hebron to Jenin and the Palestinian refugee camps scattered throughout the Middle East — to achieve our freedom and rights. We will not relinquish our legitimate rights any more than African Americans or black South Africans in the 1950s. We will be bombed and bullied by Israel and the U.S. Congress, but in the end we will still demand our rights.

As long as my family walks the planet, we retain the right to one day walk back to our village of Beit Daras, a scant few miles from Gaza, and to live there with rights equal to our new neighbors. My grandmother, who is enduring this terrible onslaught, has an inalienable right, property deed in hand, to return to the village of her childhood — as do her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Second Emergency Rally for Gaza in Edmonton

CANCELLED: Second Emergency Rally for Gaza in Edmonton
Saturday, November 24

Dear Gaza supporters,

Given that the ceasefire agreement has held since going into effect, PSN has made the decision to cancel Saturday’s rally for Gaza in order to focus efforts on other events related to Gaza.

What Comes Next for Gaza?
Film screening and panel discussion
Wednesday, November 28 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 134
(Corner of 87 Avenue and 111 Street, U of A Campus)
Visit the Facebook event.

Fundraising Dinner for Gaza
Presented by Islamic Relief Canada and The Canada Palestine Cultural Association
Sunday, December 9 (6:00 pm)
Edmonton Islamic Academy
14525-127 Street
Visit the Facebook event.

We strongly encourage you to attend both of these events  to continue to show your support for the people of Gaza. While the latest Israeli assault may be over — at least for now — the 1.6 million Palestinians living in Gaza still face the reality of the crippling Israeli-imposed blockade that has since 2006 all but sealed Gaza off from the rest of the world and turned the tiny territory into an open air prison. Gaza’s infrastructure, which has still not recovered from the 2008-09 assault due to Israeli prohibitions on necessary imports, will remain in crisis. One-third of Gaza’s farmland and 85% of its fishing waters will remain inaccessible, and food insecurity and a lack of safe drinking water will continue to claim Palestinian lives until the Israeli blockade of Gaza is ended. And Gazans will continue to live under the threat of unilateral military action by Israel.