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Citizens head to court against city of Montreal

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Citizens head to court against city of Montreal

Montreal, January 18, 2018

Members of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) and the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) are suing the City of Montreal for compensatory and punitive damages for the city’s actions which occurred during the 2015 federal election campaign. The 5-day trial will begin January 22, 2018.

During the 2015 federal election campaign, the BDS movement and the CPC, both duly registered with Elections Canada, joined forces to denounce the pro-Israel policies of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party during the electoral campaign. BDS was registered as a third party and the CPC is a registered party which ran four candidates in Montreal. The election posters portrayed a Palestinian child murdered on a beach in Gaza during the 2014 bombings. Their aim was to raise the awareness of Montrealers concerning the cause of the Palestinian people.

These posters, identified as election posters in accordance with the Canada Elections Act, were nevertheless systematically removed by the City of Montreal, undermining the fundamental right to freedom of expression of BDS members and reducing the visibility of candidates of the CPC in the midst of an election campaign.

Following complaints to the Chief Electoral Officer, the City of Montreal has admitted to violating the law.

Today, although it recognizes this fact, the City refuses to acknowledge its fault in this case, forcing the continuation of the trial next week.

A joint release from the Communist Party of Canada and BDS Québec

New Orleans passes boycott and divestment resolution!

First victory of its kind in the South! Is Houston next?

 

As you may have read in The Intercept, the New Orleans City Council made history last week by unanimously passing a resolution calling for a process to avoid contracting with or investing in companies that profit from abuses of human rights, civil rights, labor rights, and other violations.

The resolution was spearheaded by USCPR member group New Orleans Palestine Solidarity Committee (NOPSC). It is an important step toward implementing boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) in New Orleans to hold Israel accountable for its violations of Palestinian rights, and to stand with other communities struggling for their rights. 

The resolution was introduced by the New Orleans Mayor-elect and Councilmember, Latoya Cantrell, following an inspiring, year-long campaign by NOPSC. This is among the strongest municipal wins to date, encompassing both boycotts and divestment, and is the first of its kind in the South. We celebrate this victory today, on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, remembering the critical role of boycotts used in the Civil Rights Movement in protest of apartheid policies in the Jim Crow South.

This type of support – municipal BDS campaigns – is critical for putting pressure on Israel. Only two weeks into 2018, Israel has killed three 16-year old Palestinian boys, arrested scores of Palestinian men and boys in night raids, announced the construction of over 1,000 new housing units in the illegal settlements, extended the detention of teenage activist Ahed Tamimi, and issued a blacklist of organizations supporting BDS.

Israel has to know that its impunity will not continue. BDS wins, like the one in New Orleans last week, show that the tide is turning and Israeli apartheid’s time is running out.

Municipal campaigns similar to the one in New Orleans are underway nationwide, and this is just the beginning of what’s to come in 2018. Be a part of it: start a municipal campaign in your community! Click here for more information, including a webinar and toolkits on implementing municipal campaigns.

Make the change you want to see in your community, and know that standing up for Palestinian rights also involves standing up for other marginalized communities. As NOPSC organizer Tabitha Mustafa explained, “New Orleans is a city that has a tragic history with human rights. Whether in Honduras or Palestine or Vietnam, companies that profit from the misery of New Orleanians and our families abroad should not do business with the City of New Orleans.”

From North Carolina to Oregon, from Missouri to Colorado to, now, New Orleans, municipal campaigns are a powerful tool to expose oppression and hold the perpetrators accountable. Learn how you can bring a municipal campaign to your community!

ANNA BALTZER

Director of Organizing and Advocacy

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Question of the KKE in the European Parliament about the prosecution of palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Question of the KKE in the European Parliament about the prosecution of palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2018/01/question-of-kke-in-european-parliament.html
The delegation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) at the European Parliament denounced the provocative prosecution of the 16 year-old palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi by the Israeli authorities and submitted a question to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
 
In his question to F.Mogherini, the KKE MEP Kostas Papadakis mentioned that Israel escalates its aggressiveness, through the recent provocative arrest of the 16 year-old palestinian Ahed Tamimi and the 12 charges filled against her by the Israeli court because she scuffled with Israel soldiers in the West Bank. Papadakis added that before the incident, the occupational israeli forces had shoot Tamimi’s 14 year-old cousin and had invaded her house.
“At the same time”, said the KKE MEP, “the raids of israeli fighter aircrafts continue at the Gaza strip, the expansion of the settlements as well as the injuries and murders against the palestinian people, in the aftermath of the unacceptable decision of the USA to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the transfer of the US embassy there”.
 
“Both the EU and the SYRIZA-ANEL government” Papadakis underlined, “are accomplices to the continuous crime against the Palestinian people, as long as they not only maintain, but also upgrade their relations with the state of Israel with agreements like the one signed for the Eastmed pipeline, in the name of “stability in the region” and for the interests of the monopolies they serve.”
 
Based on the above, the KKE MEP asks the EU’s High Representative:
 
– Whether of not she denounces the arrest of the 16 year-old palestinian girl and the escalation of the aggressiveness by the israeli state?
 
– What actions is she going to undertake in order to ask her immediate release?
 
Source: 902.gr / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
PAME denounces the persecution of palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi by the state of Israel

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

PAME denounces the persecution of palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi by the state of Israel

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2018/01/pame-denounces-state-of-israel-for.html
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, 16.
The Youth Secretariat of the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) denounces the murderer-state of Israel, which, once again revealed its barbarous face by arresting and imprisoning young children simply because they are defending their homes.
The arrest and charging with 12 accusations against 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, from an Israeli military court, is one more proof for all those who, together with the USA and Israel, talk about “Democracy and Freedom,” and imposing their “right” with military courts, imprisonment and murder of young children. 
It is a proof against the SYRIZA-ANEL government, which speaks of Peace and stability in the region, and builds relations with murderer states like Israel, which imprisons and murders young children, while the SYRIZA-ANEL Government continues to refrain from recognizing the Palestinian state.
The imprisonment of 16-year-old Palestinian is an attack against any young person struggling for his right to education, to work. It is an attack on the right of every young person to live in his country without imperialist interventions and wars.
The struggle of the Palestinian people for their children to live freely, in their own state with East Jerusalem as capital, is also a struggle for the young workers of Greece.
We express our solidarity with the Palestinian youth struggling against Israeli occupation and demand the immediate release of the 16-year-old and her family. We are strengthening our Solidarity with the Palestinian people
Youth Secretariat of PAME. 
63 Israeli teens refuse military service: “We won’t take part in the oppression of the Palestinian people”

Sunday, December 31, 2017

63 Israeli teens refuse military service: “We won’t take part in the oppression of the Palestinian people”

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/63-israeli-teens-refuse-military.html
“We won’t take part in the arm of the occupation” —
headline from the Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Ahronot
Source: maki.org.il.
 
Sixty-three draft age youngsters from around Israel sent a letter on Thursday, December 28, to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennet and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, declaring their refusal to be conscripted into the Israeli military because it oppresses the Palestinian people.

“We have decided not to take part in the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people,” they wrote in their letter. “The ‘temporary’ situation has dragged on for 50 years, and we will not continue lending it a hand.”

The high-schoolers criticized the government and the military in the letter. “The army is carrying out the government’s racist policy, which violates basic human rights and executes one law for Israelis and another law for Palestinians in the same territory.”

Citing Defense Minister Liberman’s comments about revoking the citizenship of Araba in Israel, following mass protests there in the wake of US President Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the students also protested, “Intentional institutional incitement against Palestinians on both sides of the 1967 border; we here – draft-age youth from different areas of the country and various socioeconomic backgrounds – refuse to believe in this system of incitement and to participate in the government’s arm of oppression and occupation.”

The signers of the letter also addressed other youth and asked that the latter reconsider their own military service: “We will refuse to serve in the military out of a commitment to the ideals of peace and with an awareness that we can create another better reality in which to live. We call upon our fellow youth to ask themselves – is military service in fact working towards this reality?”  In the coming weeks, the group intends to visit various locations throughout Israel in order to enlist other youngsters to their cause.

One of the young men who signed the letter, Matan Helman from Kibbutz HaOgen, is already incarcerated in a military prison after refusing to be inducted into the army of occupation.
United Nations: Major diplomatic defeat for the U.S. government – 128 countries rejected Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Friday, December 22, 2017

United Nations: Major diplomatic defeat for the U.S. government – 128 countries rejected Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/united-nations-major-diplomatic-defeat.html
Cartoon: Carlos Latuff.
More than 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. More specifically, in favor of the UNGA resolution voted 128 countries, 9 countries voted against and 35 countries abstained.
“[The resolution] Affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void,” the document said. The document also calls upon UN members to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem”.
Both President Donald Trump, as well as U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, threatened with reprisals against countries backing the measure.  “The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” a defiant Nikki Haley, told the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday’s vote.
“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she said.
The countries which voted against the resolution, except from Israel and the United States, are: Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands. 
The countries which abstained from voting are: Antigua-Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Haiti, Hungary, Jamaica, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu.
On behalf of the Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that “this decision reaffirms once again that the just Palestinian cause enjoys the support of international community, and no decisions made by any side could change the reality, that Jerusalem is an occupied territory under international law”.
From his side, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the UN vote, however expressing his satisfaction at the number of countries that didn’t vote for the measure. “We reject the decision of the UN but we are satisfied by the high number of countries that didn’t vote in favour of this decision,” the Israeli Premier said in a statement.
Palestinian People’s Party – Communist Party of Israel: Joint Call against Trump’s policy on Jerusalem

Friday, December 15, 2017

Palestinian People’s Party – Communist Party of Israel: Joint Call against Trump’s policy on Jerusalem

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/12/palestinian-peoples-party-communist_15.html

The Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) severely condemn US President Donald Trump’s December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a decision which is both a blatant attack on the rights of the Palestinian people and a significant blow to the requirements for a just peace based on UN resolutions adopted by most countries and the overwhelming majority of peoples worldwide.

The US policy supporting Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories since 1967 can only lead to a resurgence of chaos and instability throughout the region and the world. The newly announced American policy regarding Jerusalem assures that the United States will continue to remain part of the problem, rather than serve as a positive factor in achieving a solution. There is no solution to the conflict other than ending the Israeli occupation and fulfilling the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination by establishing an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital and resolving the refugee issue in accord with UN General Assembly resolution 194.
Trump’s decision flies in the face of international law, UN Security Council resolutions, and global unanimity about Jerusalem’s being occupied territory. The newly declared policy of the US administration obliges us to mobilize our efforts to isolate, confront and utterly remove it from the agenda of the International community.
The tripartite alliance between US-led imperialism, illegal Zionist settlements and annexation fostered by the Israeli government, and the forces of reactionary Arab regimes is absolutely antithetical to the inalienable national and historical rights of the Palestinian people. The failure of this alliance’s plans in the region until now – in particular in Syria and Yemen – is spurring it on to play the Palestinian card for all its worth and extort the Palestinian leadership into surrendering to what Trump would have us believe is “the deal of the century.”
To confront this cynical alliance we need to both broaden and strengthen international solidarity with the cause of the Palestinian people and intensify pressure on the Israeli government of occupation. The PPP and CPI call upon all Communist and workers’ parties and all progressive and democratic forces around the world to escalate their struggle against the Israeli occupation, to increase their solidarity with and commitment to the Palestinian people and its legitimate rights, and to support a just and comprehensive peace in the region based on the respect of all peoples’ rights to live in freedom and independence.
Source: maki.org.il.