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G8/G20 Rant


Fuck the moronic thugs who decided that setting police cars on fire and smashing store windows was an appropriate Saturday afternoon activity.

Fuck Stephen Harper and the Conservative government for thinking that hosting this summit in a major urban centre was an appropriate use of over a billion dollars of taxpayer money.

Okay, rant over.

The Toronto Star has a photo essay from this weekend. Sometimes, pictures really do say a thousand words.


Today was one of the deadliest for Israel so far in this war. Two rockets that crashed into buildings in Haifa, killing three and injuring dozens, have prompted this response from Shadi Mzawin, an Israeli Arab whose sister and grandparents was injured by the attacks:

“I hope Nasrallah gets a rocket between the legs for what he is doing to me here, for harming grandma and grandpa.”

Meanwhile in downtown Montreal, fifteen thousand people turned out to protest and spew the usual rhetoric:

A demonstration billed as a protest for peace assumed a distinctly anti-Israeli flavour Sunday as protesters denounced the Jewish state for killing hundreds of Lebanese.

[ . . . ]

While many participants claimed they weren’t singling out either side in the bloody conflict, some carried placards that linked Israel to Nazi atrocities during the Second World War.

“Israel learned from Hitler and the student has surpassed the master,” read one sign.

If those fifteen thousand people truly desired peace, they’d be out there echoing Shadi Mzawin’s calls to put an end to Nasrallah, once and for all.


Evacuation efforts in Lebanon


Lebanese Montrealers are demonstrating, blaming Israel for the civilian deaths in Lebanon and pointing a finger at the Harper government for what they see as its pro-Israel stance and for failing to do enough to help Canadian civilians evacuate. It was the first of four planned demonstrations against Israel being held this week in Montreal. […]

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The company we keep


IDFDave has photos of the protesters idiotarians against Bush (via Damian Penny). As I scrolled the online album of swastika posters, antisemitic and racist statements, and just plain idiocies, it occurred to me that anyone both reasonable and against Bush’s policies had two choices yesterday: To join forces with the wingnuts, or to stay home. […]

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Pro-Palestinian protest a bust


What if you held a protest and nobody came? The first demonstration — of Palestinians and sympathisers of the Palestinian cause opposed to Washington’s support of Israel — attracted less than 40 demonstrators. According to a quick head count by journalists, the protest attracted 39 demonstrators, 42 journalists and television crew members and three police […]

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“Silent majority” speak out


Muslims marched against terrorism in Cologne, Germany today, in a heartening display of the so-called silent majority’s opposition to Islamist extremism: About 20,000 people marched through the western German city of Cologne Sunday in a demonstration against Islamic terrorism that was organized by a Muslim group. Carrying placards proclaiming that “religion doesn’t produce terror” and […]

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“Peaceful protest” at Concordia


The Gazette reports that today’s Hillel rally outside Concordia was “peaceful”: Almost two years after a violent demonstration outside Montreal’s Concordia University against former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there was another protest. Only this time, it was more vocal than violent. About two hundred people staged a peaceful demonstration outside the university’s downtown campus […]

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Why does the Left support the Palestinians?


That’s one of those questions that people have stopped even trying to answer. But I wonder… why does nobody notice how senseless the marriage is between self-defined “liberals” and the “Palestinian cause”? Why, when the Left claims to be for democracy, does it support an autocratic dictatorship over a free and democratic state? Why, when […]

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Antisemitic vandalism in Toronto


Toronto has been hit with a wave of antisemitic vandalism… at exactly the same time as the massive one-year anniversary protests of the war in Iraq. Coincidence?

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WTO in Cancun


I can just hear those anti-globalisation protesters now: “Yo, dude, it’s awesome! Not only do we get to break stuff and make asses of ourselves . . . but we get to go to Cancun! Party time! (Oh, and capitalism is evil and it’s all a Zionist conspiracy and let’s smash some windows).”

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