Welcome to the Gentle Season. Spring has indeed sprung here in our green and pleasant land, and what marks change so profoundly as this season of rebirth and growth? It’s no surprise that political movements of liberation invariably make a symbol of this season.
Conversely, what could rival the cruel despair of changelessness; the bone-chilling, soul killing absence of Hope that withers the human soul, rendering life itself into frozen meaninglessness? Even so, in Palestine, where an Arab Spring never blossomed, and the people are caught in the relentless, merciless, implacable onslaught of Israeli atrocity; atrocities visited daily, year in and year out; atrocities sanctioned overtly, or through the omission of censure, by close and powerful allies like America, and to a lesser degree Canada, even so, Hope lives on.
Heidar Abu Ghosh hails from the now disappeared village of Imwas, Palestine and has for more than a quarter century represented his people, those dispossessed by Israel following its victory in the 1967 Six-Day War in every non-violent venue available, including serving a five-year term as President of the Imwas People’s Committee. Mr. Abu Ghosh is currently touring Canada to educate us about ‘Canada Park’, the Canadian-sponsored project that effectively buried his home village; and, he’s scheduled to speak here at the University of Victoria Thursday, April 7 in the David Turpin Building.
Heidar Abu Ghosh in the first half.
And; Michael Parenti is an American educator, lecturer, social justice activist, and author of 23 books, including: ‘The Assassination of Julius Caesar,’ ‘Superpatriotism,’ The Culture Struggle,’ ‘Democracy for the Few,’ ‘ God and His Demons,’ and his latest, ‘The Face of Imperialism.’ Parenti is also recipient of awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the Social Science Research Council and many others organizations, including being awarded the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. He now serves various advisory boards and sits as a judge for Project Censored.
Michael Parenti in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft won’t join us today, but will return with news of local goings on locally and beyond another time. So first up, Heidar Abu Ghosh and ‘Uncovering Canada Park: A Dispossessed Palestinian Speaks Out.’