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Protest at "[email protected]" Concert
Ottawa, CAnada
May 20, 2008

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On May 20, 2008, Jews, Palestinians and other concerned Canadians held a demonstration outside the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada to oppose the "Celebrating [email protected]" concert held on its premises.

"We condemn Israel's actions both on a religious basis and on the basis of human rights." said Rabbi Dovid Feldman, who will be flying in from New York to join the demonstrators. "According to Judaism, the creation of the state of Israel is forbidden as are Israel's oppressive policies against the Palestinians. [email protected] is a catastrophe."

The concert coincided with the 606h anniversary of the Nakba ("the catastrophe"). The Nakba refers to the destruction of Palestinian society in 1948 when more than two-thirds of the Palestinian population was forced into exile. The presence and land ownership as an obstacle to the creation of a Jewish state. In contravention of international law, human rights conventions, and basic principles of morality, Israel continues to deny Palestinian refugees and their descendants the right to return home.

"As we speak, Israel continues to built illegal settlements, annex more Palestinian territory, and collectively punish the children, women and men of Gaza with the unconscionable siege which has brought them to a man-made, humanitarian crisis," said Diana Ralph, coordinator of the Allian of Concerned Jewish Canadians. "We believe that this is nothing to celebrate."

Dressed in black, holding signs and photographs of Palestinian refugees from 1948, Jews and Palestinians united in front of the National Arts Centre at 6:00 PM, to protest the on-going dispossession and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland.

"We are here to mourn the Nakba" said Ralph, "but we are also here to celbrate the 60th Anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights. We will celebrate it by joining with others who demand that Israel fully comply with international law."

The past sixty years have shown us that we must break through the walls of fear, ignorance and xenophobic interests and -- just as in South Africa -- recognize our joint responsibility for a future in justice and peace."

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