Monday, March 15, 2010
my friends, my name
The caption for this photo reads: my friends were killed while playing. I found this image on the Independent Jewish Voices of Canada website.
I was heartened to read that Jewish Canadians have spoken out in favour of the quashing of the federal motion that, like the provincial motion that did pass, was seeking to stop the use of the term apartheid in connection to Israel. From the Independent Jewish Voices of Canada website:
Progressive Jews Welcome Defeat of Motion Condemning Israeli Apartheid Week
OTTAWA, March 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), a national network of Jewish human-rights activists, welcomes yesterday's defeat of MP Tim Uppal's House of Commons motion condemning Israeli Apartheid Week.
"This shows courage to stand up to the Orwellian attempts by Israel's supporters to bully Israel's critics into silence," said IJV spokesperson Sid Shniad. "Apartheid", the term Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and former prime minister Olmert used to describe the occupation's effects, shouldn't be controversial.
"Whether or not you agree with the term 'apartheid', all Canadians should defend free speech and oppose limiting debate, especially considering these terms are part of the Israel mainstream debate," said Shniad.
IJV also commends Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath for her statement calling a similar provincial motion by MPP Peter Shurman "divisive by nature" and calls for the Ontario legislature to reject such motions in the future."
Founded in 2008, IJV-Canada is a large national organization of Jewish activists committed to social justice and universal human rights.
the caption of this photo reads: my name is Rachel Corrie. It's a theatrical play based on Rachel Corrie's emails
Tuesday, March 16 marks the 7th anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. Find trial updates and press clippings with more information here. Her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, who are currently in Israel for the civil suit they have brought against the state of Israel, are seeking solidarity in their call for conscience; Rachel's parents write:
TUESDAY, MARCH 16
20:00-22:00 – Memorial; Location TBA
March 16th marks the seven-year anniversary of Rachel’s killing. We hope to mark this day as a “Day of Conscience” with a large gathering that calls for truth, accountability and justice, in Rachel’s case and beyond. There will also be events in Gaza (at the Rachel Corrie Children and Youth Cultural Center in Rafah), possibly in the West Bank (TBA), and around the world.
If you are not with us in Palestine/Israel, please think about how you and your group/community can be visible/audible on March 16.
We expect this to be a challenging time, but we know the friendship we have felt from so many of you over the years will help us navigate the weeks ahead. Though the course and outcome of the trial are unknown, we welcome the opportunity to raise and highlight many of the critical issues to which Rachel’s case is linked. Thank you for your continuing support.
In solidarity and with much appreciation,
Cindy & Craig Corrie
The American peace activist Rachel Corrie, left, stands between an Israeli buldozer and a Palestinian physician’s house moments before she was run over March 16, 2003. International Solidarity Movement / Getty Images
She didn't expect to die that day.