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Watch the video of Dr Norman Finkelstein's talk in Halifax on 4 November 2014
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Israel and Palestine: What Has Changed after Gaza 2014?

was the title of the free public lecture presented by Dr Norman Finkelstein on 4 November 2014 to a standing room only crowd in the McNally Theatre Auditorium at St Mary's University.

The son of Jewish survivors of the Nazi genocide, Finkelstein is author of nine books, including

  • Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End
  • What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage
  • This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the [2009] Gaza Invasion
  • Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Watch a video of his presentation (best viewed using either the Firefox or Chrome web browser. These can both be downloaded for free on the internet.)

How Israel Spins Gaza to You and to the World

On 9 October 2014 Tyler Levitan was in Halifax to give this talk at the University of King's College, Alumni Hall, New Academic Building.

Tyler Taking Questions

Tyler is the Campaign Co-ordinator for Independent Jewish Voices, Canada. Born and raised in a Zionist family in Ottawa, he attended an all-Jewish elementary school there. He was a committed Zionist until his early undergraduate years at Queen's University. In his first year at Queen's he discovered the only way he could get to Israel on the cheap was to accept a “Hasbara Fellowship". “Hasbara” (which means “explanation” in Hebrew) has come to mean Israeli propaganda. His experience in Israel had the opposite effect to what was intended. Tyler has since become a strong critic of Israeli policy and its occupation of Palestine.

In Israel’s recent attack on Gaza, Hasbara was very much in evidence as Israel again attempted to “spin” the story to its advantage.

But let Tyler's presentation speak for him.

Negev Dinner Protest - 22 May 2014

On 22 May 2014, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) held a$250 per plate "Negev Dinner" as a fundraiser at the Cunard Centre in Halifax. The JNF is a registered charity in Canada. It is also a racialist organization. Its stated purpose is to acquire land in Israel which can only ever be sold or leased to Jews. The Canada Revenue Agency's rules prohibit racialism. Independent Jewish Voices Canada is conducting a campaign to have JNF's charitable status revoked because of this racialism.

More about the JNF.

In support of this campaign, the Dalhousie University chapter of Students Against Israeli Apartheid, the Halifax chapter of Independent Jewish Voices and Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace organized a protest on the evening of the Halifax "Negev Dinner".

A video was made of this protest.

Here is a picture of the protestors,

picture of the protestors

taken from Judy Haiven's article about the protest in the Halifax Media Co-op.

Chants and sign slogans were the order of the day.

More protest pictures

Nakba Day in Halifax - 15 May 2014

Before, during, and after the 1948 war between Israel and several neighbouring states, Israel drove over 700,000 Palestinians out of the farms, villages and cities where they had lived for thousands of generation. In fact, it was the resulting flood of refugees into neoghbouring states that precipated that war. This is known as the Nakba, an Arabic word meaning catastrophe. Just as November 11 is Canada's Remembrance Day, May 15 is Nakba Remembrance Day.

Palestinian Refugees

Palestinian Refugees, October-November 1948
Source: Front cover of The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem by Benny Morris

Two events were held on 15 May 2014 to commemorate Nakba Day.

1. A rally at 5:00pm in Victoria Park, sponsored by Dalhousie Students Against Israeli Apartheid

Disappearing Palestine

More rally pictures

2. Evening Snacks, Video and Speeches

In the evening, we had a reception at a community hall with great food and speeches, and watched the 20 year old CBC Fifth Estate film about the creation of Canada Park in the West Bank.

Three villages in the West Bank were destroyed by the Israeli Defense Forces during and after the 1967 war. Later, the Jewish National Fund raised tax-deductible funds in Canada to create Canada Park on the site of those destroyed villages.

Dr. Ismail Zayid, an 81-year-old Halifax pathologist, retired after 27 years at Dalhousie University Medical School and Capital Health who was born and grew up in one of those villages, was featured in the film.

More about Canada Park and Dr Zayid.

UNJPPI Demonstration - 3 December 2013

The United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI) is a United Church of Canada group promoting a just peace in Palestine/Israel.

On 3 December 2013 UNJPPI organized a Canada-wide day of action. In Halifax, this consisted of a demonstration in front of Saint Andrew's United Church in downtown Halifax. Several members of CAJJP participated.

Here is one picture from the demonstration.

more pictures

From the Mid-West to the Middle East - 25 September 2013

In 2002, Pamela Olson, a small town girl from eastern Oklahoma, had achieved what she had always wanted - a physics degree from Stanford University - only to realize that she had no interest in spending any more of her young years in a basement lab doing problem sets.

So she spent a year as a bartender near the Stanford University campus "because it had the best dollars-to-stress ratio of any job she could think of". With her savings from this job she embarked on a holiday in the middle east, and while in Jordan met some people with whom she decided to visit the West Bank ... ...

What she discovered during the next few years is detailed in her book, Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland. During her fall 2013 tour promoting her book, she gave a talk and slide-show in Halifax.

Eva Bartlett in Halifax - 4 September 2013

Eva Bartlett is a very brave young Canadian woman who has spent much of the last six years in Palestine, volunteering for the International Solidarity Movement. In mid 2007 she arrived in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank where she stayed for 8 months. In late 2008, she sailed to the Gaza Strip with "Free Gaza", one of five successful sailings to Gaza. Every boat since has been stopped, often brutally, by the Israeli navy.

In summer 2013, during a speaking tour in Canada, Eva gave a talk and slide-show in Halifax explaining her experiences there.

See  more  for a full report on this event