Category: Anti-Racism

  • Remaking the Politics of Palestine Solidarity in Canada

    It is not surprising that after 13 years of New Labour most of the party’s senior officials were now Blairites. What is most striking about their behaviour is how entitled they felt to act against the wishes of a dramatically expanded membership. Keep reading »

  • Renewing BDS in Canada and the US

    Since 2005, when a coalition of Palestinian groups issued the call for an international campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, the North American public has become significantly more cognizant of the racist atrocities committed daily by the Israeli state – indeed, these are hard to ignore. Since the siege of Gaza began … Keep reading »

  • The Viral Emergency in Palestine

    Over a dozen states, including Hungary, Ethiopia, Japan, Canada, and Botswana, have recently declared a “state of emergency” giving governments sweeping powers to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Israel did not have to do so, having incorporated emergency regulations into domestic law upon its establishment in 1948. Israel’s radical response to the global pandemic were thus … Keep reading »

  • “Between the rock of the occupation, and the hammer of coronavirus”

    The Coronavirus and the Conditions of Palestinian Workers “Colonialism is not a thinking machine, nor a body endowed with reasoning faculties. It is violence in its natural state…” — Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1963). This past month Israeli soldiers dumped a Palestinian worker at a checkpoint on the border of the West Bank, … Keep reading »

  • COVID-19 in Gaza

    The Covid-19 pandemic is confronting governments around the world with an emergency health situation, requiring self-isolation, population lockdowns of many economic activities and households, mass virus testing, screening and hospitalizations, and much more. In areas of the world in the midst of armed conflict, military occupation, hosting refugee camps, or large pools of migrant workers, … Keep reading »

  • Dispatches From Palestine on COVID-19

    Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) is releasing a series of dispatches from Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists reflecting on life in Gaza and the West Bank under the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world grapples with the outbreak, and as we organize mutual aid and solidarity in many cities, we must keep Palestine in both our minds … Keep reading »

  • Contesting Bill 168

    Controversial Antisemitism Bill Passes Second Reading in Ontario Independent Jewish Voices Canada is deeply dismayed and concerned with the Ontario Government’s decision to unanimously approve Bill 168, the Combating Antisemitism Act, on its second reading at Queen’s Park yesterday. The Bill seeks to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) flawed and controversial definition of antisemitism. … Keep reading »

  • Neither Cure nor Prevention, but Sheer Punishment

    The IHRA’s Definition of Anti-Semitism Anti-Semitism is a grave matter; its mere utterance conjures unspeakable horrors – atrocities typically tied to the Holocaust, but also to the longstanding racist persecution of Jews in Europe. Widely known in Western culture, invoked with immeasurable awe, whether in common parlance or academic discourse, anti-Semitism has become a household word … Keep reading »

  • Canada, Palestine and the ‘Deal of the Century’: Four Statements

    Reject Trump’s Plan: Exist, Resist, Return Canada Palestine Association The Trump Administration has just unveiled the details of its “Deal Of The Century.” This plan includes, but is not limited to: Giving legitimacy to illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. Annexing parts of the West Bank (including the Jordan Valley). Granting Palestinians a “state” made up of non-contiguous … Keep reading »

  • The Vilification of Jeremy Corbyn

    The vilification of the leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as an antisemite has intensified in the run up to the December 12 election in Britain. What makes this especially troubling, not to say bizarre, is that since he first became a member of parliament in 1983 Corbyn has been the most consistent … Keep reading »

  • The Red Scare and the Death of Stalin

    An excerpt from Holocaust to Resistance: My Journey by Suzanne Berliner Weiss (pp. 45-47). Weiss’s book, released this month by Fernwood Publishers, tells of her eight decades of engagement with the movement for social justice. Her book launch will take place Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m., at Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. (St. George … Keep reading »

  • The Use and Abuse of Identity in Public Life

    The question of identity has become urgent for activism in the West though the issue has been important in many other parts of the world as well. Political identities form in opposition to oppression (or, reactively, as perceived victimization) and demand recognition, rights, and equity (or aggressively promote their denial). They also divide, become separated … Watch video »