• The Israel Advocacy Push to “Reclaim” York University

    Putting Current Events in Context Toronto’s York University, the third-largest university in Canada, is a politically contradictory place. On the one hand, what can in broad terms be described as left or progressive currents are prominent – in many cases, predominant – in its social science departments. The academy being the academy, critical intellectual inquiry does … Keep reading »

  • Why We Should All Support Israeli Apartheid Week

    This is the fifth consecutive year of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Launched in Toronto, this week-long initiative hosts a string of lectures, film screenings, panels, demonstrations, cultural performances and other events across campuses and community centers around the world to inform the public about the continuing violations of one of the longest and devastating occupations … Keep reading »

  • Exposed: University of Toronto Suppresses Pro-Palestinian Activism

    The last few months have seen a global surge in support for the movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli Apartheid. Important solidarity actions have occurred across the globe, including: a wave of student occupations across the UK; union resolutions in Europe, New Zealand and Australia; and, most recently, the historic action of … Keep reading »

  • Watered-Down Resolution Stands on the Backs of the People of Gaza

    There is no safe place in Gaza. A statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reads: “This war is unique in the way that the civilians have no place to go and no place to hide.” On Saturday evening, one week after the launch of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s ground … Keep reading »

  • Israel’s Historical Mistake

    No matter how the current war plays out, it is certain that Israel has made a big historical mistake in entering Gaza. On Saturday night, one week after the start of Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli ground operation began. Israeli Forces began deploying combat units to surround Hamas’ main power base, … Keep reading »

  • No anti-Semitism at Durban II

    Canada should end its boycott of Durban II In October, I attended the U.N. Second Substantive Session of the Preparatory Committee for the Durban Review Conference, a Preparatory Committee for the Review of the UN World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), popularly called “Durban II”, scheduled for April 2009 in Geneva. As a Jew, I went to … Keep reading »

  • Building Labour Solidarity with Palestine

    In July 2005, over 170 Palestinian organizations urged the world to adopt a campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel in the manner of South Africa Apartheid. This call was signed by all the main Palestinian trade union federations, as well as refugee, women and student organizations from across Palestine and the Arab … Keep reading »

  • Race and Policing: Inquiry into Police Killing of Frank Paul Shows Power of Protest

    On December 5, 1998 a Vancouver police officer dragged Frank Paul, a 47-year-old Mik’maq man, soaking wet and unconscious, from the downtown holding cells and dumped him in an alley across town. He was drunk and could not stand or speak clearly. His body was found at 2:30 am in the same alley by a … Keep reading »

  • The Ontario Mining Act, Political Prisoners and the Right to Say “NO”

    In February 2008, the leadership of the Ardoch Algonquins were sentenced for contempt because of their unwavering opposition to uranium exploration on their traditional territory in eastern Ontario. Bob Lovelace, a university professor from Queen’s University and an Ardoch spokesperson, was sentenced to six months detention and fined $25,000 (with further costs against himself and … Keep reading »

  • Interview with KI Political Prisoner Cecilia Begg

    Cecilia Begg is the Head Councillor of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is the lone female community leader in what has come to be known as the KI6, a group serving six months for contempt after blockading a mining company from its licensed operations on disputed land near their community (See … Keep reading »

  • A Great Success: The Third Annual Israeli Apartheid Week

    The week of February 12-17, 2007 saw various North American and British campuses take part in the third annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). This year’s week of events included a series of critical lectures, film screenings, a host of cultural events, and in some cities, demonstrations. A keynote speaker in several cities was Jamal Zahalka … Keep reading »