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(en) Canada, MONTREAL: Wednesday! Lebanon: FIRES of WAR & VOICES of RESISTANCE

Date Tue, 26 Sep 2006 17:45:13 +0300

Strategies for Solidarity with Lebanon in Montreal. WEDNESDAY, September
27th, 8pm Frank Dawson Adams Auditorium 2nd Floor, 3450 University St.
[Corner: Milton & University; McGill metro]
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.


-> Iftar:

Iftar will take place with the Association des jeunes libanais musulmans:
Cafeteria, ground floor, McConnell Engineering Building (building just north of
and connected to the Frank Dawson Adams building) 3480 University Street
(corner of Milton, McGill metro) Buffet from 7:15pm to 8:00pm

-> 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 strategy for the coming months.

-> Organized by: Tadamon! Montreal (http://tadamon.resist.ca /
tadamon[at]resist.ca / 514 690 8499) & Association des jeunes libanais
musulmans (info.ajlm[at]gmail.com)

-> Endorsed by: Al Hidaya Association, Block the Empire Montreal, Canadians
for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, International Solidarity
Movement-Montreal, No One Is Illegal-Montreal, QPIRG-Concordia, QPIRG-McGill,
RAME, Solidarity Across Borders

-> 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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