[evoz] Yves Engler meetings Nov 1 and 3

Subject: Yves Engler meetings Nov 1 and 3

See below for information about two upcoming meeting featuring author/activist Yves Engler. With luck you’ll be able to attend one of the two events. The November 3 meeting will focus on action to convince local NDP MPs to take the right stand and leave the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.

Yves Engler

Book launch and presentation

Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada

(Black Rose Books, 2018)

Left, Right details the Left’s failure over many decades to confront Canada’s support of empire and promotion of corporate interests abroad

Thursday, November 1, 2018

UVic, Hickman Building (HHB) 105


Co-Sponsors: UVic Social Justice Studies, The Council of Canadians, Central America Support Committee, Victoria Peace Coalition, Chile-Mapuche Solidarity, Women in Black, Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid Victoria

Overcoming the NDP’s anti-Palestinian history

A talk by Yves Engler

Before Israel’s creation, Canada’s social democratic party took a sensible, humanist position towards Zionism, but soon it began echoing Israel’s justification for ethnically cleansing Palestinians and invasions of neighbouring countries in 1956 and 1967. Through the 1970s and ’80s NDP luminaries Tommy Douglas, Ed Broadbent and Stephen Lewis made stridently anti-Palestinian statements.

In recent years, NDP MPs have participated in the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs trips to Israel, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conferences and Jewish National Fund events.

At their convention in February 2018, the NDP leadership nakedly suppressed debate on a widely endorsed “Palestine Resolution”. That incident highlighted the party hierarchy’s anti-Palestinianism as well as growing support for Palestinian rights among the membership.

Yves Engler will offer a roadmap for those who oppose racism and colonialism to push the NDP into supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people. Discussion on action will follow.

UVic, Cornett B111

Saturday, Nov. 3, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Sponsored by Social Justice Studies, UVic, The Olive Tree Group, UVic and the Young Communist League

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