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(en) Canada, Montreal, Lebanon: FIRES of WAR & VOICES of RESISTANCE: Wednesday, September 27th.

Date Sun, 17 Sep 2006 08:08:07 +0300

From Tadamon!* <tadamon-A-resist.ca> Strategies for Solidarity with Lebanon in Montreal.
WEDNESDAY, September 27th, 8pm Frank Dawson Adams Auditorium
2nd Floor, 3450 University St. [Corner: Milton & University]
Presentations * Community Iftar Dinner * Poetry * Films * Free Child-care
-> A Panel Discussion Including Presentations from:
* HASSAN EL AKHRAS: Surviving member of the El Akhras family, 11 of whom were
killed on July 16th, 2006 in an Israeli air strike in Aitaroun in southern Lebanon.
Addressing Israeli war crimes & strategies to challenge international impunity.
* RAFEEF ZIADAH: Political activist from Toronto involved with the Coalition Against
Israeli Apartheid & Sumoud. 'Making the Cut: Mobilizing an effective boycott of Israel'
in North America.

* SAWSAN KALACHE: Member of Tadamon! Montreal & participant in the 2006
delegation to Lebanon who witnessed the first weeks of the Israeli military
assault on the country & will address Israeli war crimes committed during the
2006 war.

* STEFAN CHRISTOFF: Member of Tadamon! Montreal's 2006 delegation to Lebanon
who witnessed & reported on the Israeli military attack on Lebanon for the
Daily Star, the Middle East's largest English daily, & the Electronic Intifada.

Whisper translation into English, French & Arabic provided.

-> Including Film Screenings:

* Solidarity with Lebanon: 5 short films by independent film-maker, SANTIAGO
BERTOLINO who produced short films in Montreal on 2006 Lebanon solidarity
actions for the Citizenshift Project of the National Film Board of Canada....


* Video Report from Southern Lebanon: Produced by ANA NOGUERIA for Democracy
Now!, which examines the realities of thousands of cluster bombs rained down on
at least 170 villages in southern Lebanon during Israel's month-long war
against Hezbollah. The bomblets that failed to explode are now a deadly trap
for civilians.


-> Community Iftar Dinner:

A community Iftar just prior to the event will be hosted with Association des
jeunes libanais musulmans at McGill campus. Details on Iftar will provided by
Tadamon! soon....

-> Background Information on Event:

On July 12th, 2006, already in the midst of a major military offensive against
Gaza, Israel launched a massive attack on Lebanon. Montreal responded with
spontaneous mobilizations and emergency actions ranging from petitions,
letter-writing campaigns, lobbying and public education to street protests,
popular delegations & other actions.

With a U.N. brokered "ceasefire" in place, Israeli military & political leaders
are not being brought to justice for their war crimes, nor are they paying
reparations for their massive destruction of Lebanon. Israeli military bases
once again dot southern Lebanon, while Israeli forces have conducted frequent
breaches of the ceasefire. The siege of the Gaza Strip continues. Today it is
clear that the U.N. "ceasefire" has not halted the war on the people of
Palestine & Lebanon.

How to transform the emergency mobilizations in Montreal into strategic
resistance to further aggression and destabilization of Lebanon and the region,
through addressing some of the core issues: the occupation of Palestine, the
Palestinians' right of return, the use of Israel as a vehicle for North
American economic interests in the region?

How to effectively challenge the Canadian government's open alliance with
Israeli terrorism?

This panel is being organised to discuss concrete strategies and to launch
Tadamon's four-point strategy for the coming months.

Organized by:
Tadamon! Montreal & Association des jeunes libanais musulmans
http://tadamon.resist.ca / tadamon[at]resist.ca / 514 690 8499

-> Tadamon! Basis of Unity:

Tadamon! [Solidarity!, in Arabic] is a Montreal-based collective of
social-justice organizers & media activists, working to build relationships of
solidarity with grassroots political movements for social and economic justice
between Beirut & Montreal.

In the context of historic political changes taking place in Lebanon, Tadamon!,
through its political work, aims to support struggles for social justice and
human rights of ALL people living in Lebanon, through direct coordination and
organization between activists in Beirut & Montreal.

In Montreal, Tadamon! aims to organize within the Lebanese Diaspora, through
popular education, cultural work and political action, which address struggles
facing the Lebanese community, such as immigration, racism, poverty and labour

Through organizing work both locally and internationally, Tadamon! aligns
itself with social justice movements in Lebanon, Canada and internationally
which are anti-capitalist & anti-authoritarian in nature.
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