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'We stand with Gaza!'
Ceasefire or not - We Demand Justice for Palestine!
Join the Pan-Canadian weekend of action: November 23, 24, 25

While the recently-brokered ceasefire is certainly welcome news, it still does not end the suffering of the people of Palestine. The brutal conditions of Israeli occupation continue, with widespread poverty, mass unemployment, daily violence against civilians and the possibility of further attacks remains.

Ten days of bombing has killed more than 150 people and wounded hundreds more, including many children, and the destruction of infrastructure in Gaza has increased the hardship of the people. These are war crimes and those responsible must be held to account.

We need to send a strong message to the Harper Government and to the world that we will not stand by and allow civilians to be killed with impunity. It remains vital that you join us this weekend and stand with the people of Palestine!

End to the blockade
Open the borders to Gaza
Free Palestine!


Canadian Complicity

Stephen Harper and the Canadian government have given full backing to Israel's most recent attacks, just as they did for the last war on Gaza and Israel's war on Lebanon. Canada has also fully supported Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza, which has restricted food, medicine, and other necessities of life from entering Gaza since 2007. The renewed attacks are making an already dire situation worse.

Canada's position is a violation of international law and numerous United Nations conventions. With none of the main political parties clearly denouncing Israel's aggression, there is even more urgency for the social movements to stand in solidarity with Gaza.

In response, the Canadian Peace Alliance is calling for a pan-Canadian weekend of action and solidarity for Gaza to demand that Stephen Harper and the Canadian government immediately end its support for Israel's war. We are also calling on all opposition parties in Parliament to back the same demand: oppose Israel's war on Gaza.

Please join us and anti-war and Palestine solidarity allies on November 23, 24, or 25 for local solidarity actions across the country. Let us know what you have planned: email event details to cpa@web.ca.


Five steps to support Gaza:

1) Join a solidarity action in your community. If there isn't one, organize one. Distribute information leaflets at a busy intersection; hold a picket in front of your MP's office; host a film screening or discussion group about the situation in Gaza; or organize a demonstration. Every action helps. For tips on what to organize, email cpa@web.ca.

2) Email your MP. You don't have to send a long message. Just explain why you oppose the war in Gaza and why your MP should oppose it, too. You can find your MP's contact details here.

3) Write letters to the editor. Respond to any news articles about the war on Gaza, explaining why you oppose the war. Use the background information below. Remember, every letter makes a difference, even if it doesn't get published.

4) Make a donation to the Canadian Peace Alliance. We need to build a strong and united anti-war network right across the country, and we need your support to do so. Mail cheques or money orders to CPA, 427 Bloor St W, Box 13, Toronto ON M5S 1X7. Or donate online here.

5) Forward this email to everyone you know. Ask them to forward it along to their friends, too. Help us spread the word about how you can stand in solidarity with Gaza, and connect to a pan-Canadian anti-war network.

Organized by the Canadian Peace Alliance

cap@web.ca | www.acp-cpa.ca | 416-588-5555


Event Listings
Solidarity with the People of Gaza

**Please bookmark this page as new events are being posted daily


» Charlotteotwn
The Island Peace Committee will hold a Peace Vigil for Gaza on Friday, November 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in front of Province House, Charlottetown.

» Edmonton
Saturday, November 24, 2012
1:00pm until 2:00pm in UTC-07
South steps of Edmonton City Hall (103A Avenue & 100 Street)

Organized by: Palestine Solidarity Network - Edmonton (PSN) http://psnedmonton.ca/ Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism (ECAWAR) http://www.ecawar.org/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/480704341969143/

» Fredericton
Join people worldwide who are condemning the ongoing seige of Gaza on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 12 noon at Fredericton City Hall, Queen & York.

Hear speeches from representatives of organizations standing up in solidarity with Gaza. Bring signs and banners that show your support for the people of Gaza.

The rally will be followed by a coffee break with Ruth Breen, a postal worker, who has just returned from the occupied territories on a study tour with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. All welcome!

Organized and endorsed by: Fredericton Peace Coalition, Fredericton Palestine Solidarity and Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton. To endorse this rally, contact info-at-frederictonpeace.org

Contact: info-at-frederictonpeace.org

» Guelph
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:00pm

Join us in solidarity with the Palestinian people to protest the violent actions of the Israeli government.

We are demanding that the Canadian government act swiftly and strongly to ensure that, beyond the currently proposed ceasefire, an end is brought to the Israeli system of apartheid.

Join as at the Cannon (across from the University Centre) at 1 pm to make your voice heard – the people demand PEACE.

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/205574349578749/

» Kelowna
Kelowna Peace Group welcomes those who wish to show solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Saturday November 24
Noon 'til 1:00
Hwy 97 overpass near Parkinson Rec. Centre.

For Info e-mail Mark

» Ottawa
A March For Gaza will be held, on Saturday, November 24th, 2012.
We will meet At the University Of Ottawa

THERE HAS BEEN A TIME CHANGE!
WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING THE PREPARATION FOR THE MARCH AT 2:30-3 INSTEAD OF 1-3 ALL ARE WELCOME IF NOT ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! SO PREPARATION/FACE PAINTING WILL BE FROM 2:30- 3PM!

AFTERWARDS WE HAVE THE SPEAKERS AT 3-3:30 AND AT 3:30 WE WILL BE STARTING THE MARCH INSHALLAH INFRONT OF OTTAWA U MORRISET LIBRARY!!

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/170086736469489/

» Quebec City
Manif Action Solidarité Appui à Gaza (QUÉBEC)

Nov. 25, 13:00
Départ de l''Assemblée nationale du Québec / Starts at the Quebec National Assembly
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/133235376828030/ It is organized by an ad-hoc group of known social activists that have nicknamed themselves Résistance citoyenne (Citizen Resistance).

» Toronto
Stop Israel's war on Gaza!
Stop the killing. End the blockade. Free Palestine. Support BDS.

Rally & March
Saturday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West | TTC: St. George or Museum

The Canadian government has failed to condemn Israel's latest attack on Gaza. Instead, it provides Israel with the military, economic and diplomatic support necessary to carry out its acts of aggression. We call on all people of conscience to join the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel until it complies with international law.

And on Saturday, please join us for a city-wide rally and march in solidarity with Gaza. Tell Stephen Harper and the Canadian government: end your support for Israel's war. Show the people of Gaza and all of Palestine that we stand in solidarity with them.
Organized by:
Canadian Arab Federation
Canadian Peace Alliance
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Independent Jewish Voices – Canada
Muslim Unity
Palestine House
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

» Vancouver
GAZA under ATTACK, END the OCCUPATION!

Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:30pm until 1:30pm in PST
Multipurpose Room Liu Institute for Global Issues (6476 North West Marine Drive) UBC – Unceded Musqueam territories

*FREE*

RSVP here! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/444966412230527/

» Windsor
Friday, November 23, 2012
4:00pm
350 City Hall Square West, Windsor, Ontario N9A 6S1

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/450211271691207/


Background

» Mainstream media fails to report on atrocities against Gaza

» Top Ten Myths about Israeli Attack on Gaza

» Counting bodies in Gaza: This is what Israeli 'self-defense' looks like

» As Israel assaults Gaza, BBC reporting assaults the truth

» Gaza situation report, November 19: United Nations Relief and Works Agency

» In photos: Israel attacks Gaza

» Don't expect Obama to take on Israel

CONTACT

Canadian Peace Alliance
427 Bloor Street West, Box 13
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1X7

phone:  416-588-5555
fax:      416-588-5556
email:   cpa@web.ca

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