The meagre Western media coverage afforded The Great March of Return’s beginnings in March has now all but disappeared, so those in Canada relying on the CBC and other corporate-interested news sources may be surprised to learn, the Great March trudges on; just as does the wanton murder of its defenseless, civilian participants.
Over the weekend, Israel’s military killed seven more Palestinians, while injuring hundreds; at least 90 of those being wounded by live-bullet fire.
Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry says, 163 Gazans have died, with more than 20,000 being treated for injuries in Gaza’s threadbare hospitals.
But, it’s not only the Canadian media derelict in its duty; when it comes to Gaza, Canada’s government, including opposition parties in the House of Commons, remains almost entirely silent.
Jonathan Kuttab is a human rights lawyer practicing in East Jerusalem. He is the co-founder of the organizations: Al Haq, the first international human rights legal organization in Palestine; The Palestinian Center for the Study of Non-Violence (now Non-Violence International); and The Mandela Institute for Prisoners. He is also a founding director of Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement pour une Paix Juste, a Canadian-based international law/human rights not-for-profit organization.
Jonathan is currently on a cross-Canada speaking tour. He spoke last night in Comox, and will be in Victoria tonight at 7pm presenting, ‘The future of Jerusalem in the time of Trump’ at UVic’s David Turpin Building.
Jonathan Kuttab in the first half.
And; though Canada daily abrogates its international treaty-mandated duty to protect the human rights of Gazans, it has not exited the World stage altogether. The country boasting, “a consistently strong voice for the protection of human rights and the advancement of democratic values…” has adopted, along with its trade partners, the modern siege method, imposing economic sanctions against the democratically elected government of Venezuela.
Most Canadians would doubtless blanch at the hypocrisy of their nation’s position, if only they knew the depth of its profundity. But, there again is where the CBC and its corporate media cohorts come in – or fail to do so.
Alison Bodine is Coordinator of the Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice’s Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. The long-time antiwar and social justice activist is too a researcher and writer for the Fire This Time! monthly newspaper.
Alison Bodine and Canada as democracy’s arsonist in Venezuela in the second half.
And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin for some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Jonathan Kuttab and the future of Palestine at a crossroads.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/