Occupation – Ocupario http://ocupario.org/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 01:46:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ocupario.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-3-150x150.png Occupation – Ocupario http://ocupario.org/ 32 32 2 states even better anchored in the Middle East https://ocupario.org/2-states-even-better-anchored-in-the-middle-east/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 01:46:04 +0000 https://ocupario.org/2-states-even-better-anchored-in-the-middle-east/ The most rational way out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to experts On Sunday, outside the Israeli security fence, a boy plays near the site where a Palestinian was shot dead in the West Bank. JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP A two-state solution, with the cooperation of the international community, remains the most rational path for Israelis and […]]]>

The most rational way out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to experts

On Sunday, outside the Israeli security fence, a boy plays near the site where a Palestinian was shot dead in the West Bank. JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP

A two-state solution, with the cooperation of the international community, remains the most rational path for Israelis and Palestinians, experts say, after a United Nations-backed investigation blamed Israel for the protracted conflict.

Haydar Oruc, a former researcher at the Center for Middle East Studies in Turkey, said establishing a two-state solution is more difficult now, but not impossible.

“The first condition to revive this solution is to end the occupation and give their land to the Palestinians to establish their sovereign and independent state,” Oruc said, adding that the international community should unite so that both parties make peace on equal and just terms.

The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry into the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, said in a report released June 7 that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory and discrimination against Palestinians are the main root causes of the recurring tensions. and instability in the region. Oruc said no state can ignore international law.

“There is no rational plan other than a two-state solution. Because the alternative plan called the one-state solution is full of contradictions,” Oruc said, adding that the two-state solution remains “a unique rational formula”.

The commission’s report was presented at the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 13.

Ayman Yousef, a professor of international relations at the Arab-American University of Jenin in the West Bank, said the findings of the UN-backed investigation might not matter for the peace process.

He said that “many reports, many decisions and many statements” have already been issued by the UN Security Council or in UN general assemblies, but “they have not been put into effect”. work in the field”.

The findings indicate that past recommendations have “not been implemented in the vast majority of cases”, he said.

Yousef notes that Israel is now “building a new strategy to deal with the Palestinians and the Palestinian issue”, and that this strategy is based on “putting more emphasis on the economic component, economic factors and normalization with Arab countries”.

“Therefore, I believe that economic peace and normalization (of relations with) Arab countries…could be the alternative project to any political solution to the Palestinian issue,” Yousef said.

‘Insufficient’

The commission recognized that “ending the occupation alone will not be enough” and that other measures must be taken to ensure that all peoples in Palestine and Israel can enjoy all their human rights equally and fully.

Nagapushpa Devendra, a West Asia analyst and researcher at the University of Erfurt in Germany, said it was imperative for Israelis and Palestinians to be prepared to resolve internal discord and commit to discussing challenges that stand in the way of the two-state solution.

“For example, he faces major opposition within the Israeli and Palestinian communities. Attempts must be made to address their main concerns and defeat existing opponents in government and public spheres,” Devendra said.

In addition, she said, the two-state solution poses several problems – such as the conditions for the formation of two states, the border, the settlements and the refugee crisis, the visions of the political, military and economic structure new States and the distribution of resources – which “are still unclear”.

She said it is crucial for the two sides to reach a common understanding in order to coexist peacefully, but this cannot happen without a push from the international community.

It is important that “international actors, including Europe, the United States and the UN, play a major role in bringing the two sides together under the same roof to negotiate, however long and difficult the road may be. “, said Devendra.

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2 injured as electric scooter smashes into Tel Aviv ’55 Years of Occupation’ protest https://ocupario.org/2-injured-as-electric-scooter-smashes-into-tel-aviv-55-years-of-occupation-protest/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 08:04:20 +0000 https://ocupario.org/2-injured-as-electric-scooter-smashes-into-tel-aviv-55-years-of-occupation-protest/ Two women were slightly injured on Saturday evening when an electric scooter driver crashed into a “55 years of occupation” demonstration in Tel Aviv. The injured protesters were taken to the city’s Ichilov Medical Center for treatment. The demonstration took place in Habima Square, in the center of the city. It was not immediately clear […]]]>

Two women were slightly injured on Saturday evening when an electric scooter driver crashed into a “55 years of occupation” demonstration in Tel Aviv.

The injured protesters were taken to the city’s Ichilov Medical Center for treatment.

The demonstration took place in Habima Square, in the center of the city.

It was not immediately clear if the accident was deliberate and the biker was taken into police custody for questioning, Maariv reported.

Joint List lawmakers denounced the incident as a deliberate attack fueled by recent moves against displaying the Palestinian flag inside Israeli territory.

Palestinian flags were waved during the demonstration in Tel Aviv.

Joint List party leader MK Ayman Odeh and fellow party member MK Aida Touma-Sliman, who were both present at the protest, went to visit the injured women in hospital.

Odeh blamed the incident on “incitement” against the Palestinian flag, and pointed to a bill passed in a preliminary reading by opposition parties in the Knesset earlier this month that aims to ban the flag waving in institutions that receive state funding.

“The vote and incitement against the flag has reached the streets,” Odeh said at the hospital.

“This shocking attack is a direct result of savage incitement against all who oppose occupation and apartheid, and racist laws like the flag law,” Touma-Sliman tweeted, referring to legislation.

Another Joint List member, Ofer Cassif, said, “This is what is caused by the systematic incitement against the Palestinians and the left.

In recent weeks, the Israeli authorities have done everything possible to challenge the hoisting of the Palestinian flag.

At a funeral in East Jerusalem last month, police for prominent Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh snatched Palestinian flags from mourners, reportedly following an order of a district police chief to ensure that Palestinian colors did not fly politically charged event.

Additionally, two Israeli universities have come under fire for allowing the waving of Palestinian flags at campus events.

A group promoting coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis hoisted the Palestinian flag alongside the Israeli flag on a high-rise building outside Tel Aviv, only to have authorities remove the Palestinian flag hours later.

Earlier this month road safety lobby group Or Yarok reported that in 2021 there had been a 34% increase in the number of crashes reported to police involving electric scooters and an increase in 25% of reported injuries.

Last year, 1,364 people were hospitalized for injuries caused by electric scooters or bicycles, according to the Gerner Institute at Sheba Tel-HaShomer Medical Center, Ynet reported.

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The Big Story: The Cathay, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, will close from June 26 https://ocupario.org/the-big-story-the-cathay-one-of-singapores-oldest-cinemas-will-close-from-june-26/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:30:00 +0000 https://ocupario.org/the-big-story-the-cathay-one-of-singapores-oldest-cinemas-will-close-from-june-26/ Watch the latest video reports on The Big Story, the Straits Times’ weekday online news program. The Cathay, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, will cease operations from June 26. In a statement from media company mm2 Asia, which runs the Cathay Cineplexes chain in Singapore, the closure of the iconic Handy Road cinema near Dhoby […]]]>

Watch the latest video reports on The Big Story, the Straits Times’ weekday online news program.

The Cathay, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, will cease operations from June 26.

In a statement from media company mm2 Asia, which runs the Cathay Cineplexes chain in Singapore, the closure of the iconic Handy Road cinema near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station is “part of the process of streamlining the costs of its operations cinematographic”.

Film correspondent John Lui tells more about the significance of this shutdown.

Separately, buyers of Housing Board (HDB) replacement flats under the Selective Block Redevelopment (Sers) scheme will now only be able to sell their homes for five years from the date the keys are handed over.

Previously, they could sell either seven years from the date of selection of the apartment or five years from the date of collection.

The new criteria will start with the four blocks of the Ang Mo Kio Sers site.

Housing correspondent Michelle Ng discusses the changes, as well as what HDB aims to address by presenting them.

In other local news, job vacancies hit a new high as the labor market continues to tighten.

The number of job vacancies rose to 128,100 in March from 117,100 in December. The ratio of vacancies to unemployed also increased to 242 vacancies per 100 unemployed, the highest since 1998.

NTUC Deputy Secretary General Patrick Tay joins the program to discuss the situation.

Separately, several roads near Marina Bay will be closed for hours on Saturday June 18 to facilitate a rehearsal for the upcoming National Day Parade at The Float @ Marina Bay.

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Syrian parliament denounces Turkish aggression plan as occupation: Peoples Dispatch https://ocupario.org/syrian-parliament-denounces-turkish-aggression-plan-as-occupation-peoples-dispatch/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 10:40:03 +0000 https://ocupario.org/syrian-parliament-denounces-turkish-aggression-plan-as-occupation-peoples-dispatch/ The Syrian parliament meets on June 9, 2022 (Photo: People’s Assembly/Facebook) Syria’s parliament, the People’s Assembly, passed a resolution on Monday, June 13, denouncing Turkey’s planned invasion of the country, calling it an attempted occupation of Syrian lands that will threaten regional and international peace. The resolution affirmed that “Syria will have full rights to […]]]>

The Syrian parliament meets on June 9, 2022 (Photo: People’s Assembly/Facebook)

Syria’s parliament, the People’s Assembly, passed a resolution on Monday, June 13, denouncing Turkey’s planned invasion of the country, calling it an attempted occupation of Syrian lands that will threaten regional and international peace.

The resolution affirmed that “Syria will have full rights to resist the illegitimate presence of the occupation forces as well as its affiliated terrorist mercenaries”, adding that the Syrian forces will defend their sovereignty and their people against “the American, Turkish and Israeli”.

The resolution blamed Turkey for not respecting the agreements reached in Astana and Sochi under international mediation. He also condemned the Turkish bombardment of the villages and towns of Tal Tamr and Manbij, which caused the large-scale destruction of civilian properties and the displacement of hundreds of people earlier this month.

In May, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announcement that Turkish forces will resume the operation to create a 30 kilometer “safe zone” in northern Syria. Although he did not mention a specific date, Erdogan said the operation will start “suddenly” once preparations are complete.

Turkey invaded northern Syria in October 2019 to create the so-called “safe zone”, allegedly to prevent attacks by the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) forces. Turkey has alleged that the YPG is affiliated with the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK, formed in 1984, fights for the rights of Kurdish minorities in Turkey and seeks to establish an autonomous Kurdish region. Turkey declared the PKK a terrorist organization and accused it of carrying out numerous terrorist attacks inside the country. In northern Syria, the YPG is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which controls most of the Kurdish-dominated territory.

During the 2019 invasion, Turkish forces had captured two major cities of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain after days of fighting. Turkey later agreed to halt the aggression, following a ceasefire deal with Russia that included joint border surveillance.

Earlier, the Syrian government had called the Turkish plan to invade the country in the name of creating a so-called safe zone inside its territory a “colonial project”, which helps to “carry out plans terrorists against the Syrian people”.

On May 30, a Syrian official released a statement calling the Turkish plan a “shameful invasion plan” and an attempt to ethnically cleanse Syria’s northern territories by making demographic changes, Press TV rreported.

Most countries, including Russia and the United States, have urged Turkey to drop its plan to attack Syrian territories, saying such a move would further complicate the situation in the region.

Syria has been at war since 2011, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced more than half of Syria’s pre-war population of 20 million. The war led to the division of the country between the different warring parties. Much of northern Syria is still controlled by Turkish-backed opposition forces, where Turkey has carried out large-scale illegal construction in an attempt to resettle some of the Syrian refugees it hosts. The proposed invasion will pave the way for more such constructions, Erdogan claims.

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The occupation of Ottawa by the “Freedom Convoy” has soiled the Canadian flag https://ocupario.org/the-occupation-of-ottawa-by-the-freedom-convoy-has-soiled-the-canadian-flag/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 10:00:05 +0000 https://ocupario.org/the-occupation-of-ottawa-by-the-freedom-convoy-has-soiled-the-canadian-flag/ A friend in Ottawa was driving downtown the other day when he was passed by a car with two small Canadian flags tied to the roof. He found himself wondering who was behind the wheel: a proud ordinary Canadian? Or a die-hard supporter of the so-called Freedom Convoy? This is one of the legacies of […]]]>

A friend in Ottawa was driving downtown the other day when he was passed by a car with two small Canadian flags tied to the roof. He found himself wondering who was behind the wheel: a proud ordinary Canadian? Or a die-hard supporter of the so-called Freedom Convoy?

This is one of the legacies of the occupation of our nation’s capital this winter. Our flag — which has always represented the best Canadian values ​​and achievements — is now associated with the belligerent antics of a hostile group that laid siege to Ottawa with no regard for the rights of residents or the laws of the land.

But not for long.

In just over two weeks, we will be celebrating Canada Day. This is the perfect opportunity for true patriots to reclaim the flag from those who used it to protect their illogical and illegal activities.

True patriots know the truth: Canada consistently ranks among the best countries in the world. It is also one of the freest. Based on political rights and civil liberties, Freedom House recently gave Canada one of its highest rankings – fourth overall and first among G7 countries, including the United States.

In other words, we already have the freedoms this vocal crowd claimed they wanted.

As an immigrant, I have always held the Canadian flag in high esteem. I keep one in my office and make sure it’s visible on my Zoom calls. I treat the flag with care and respect, as it is a small way to express my affection and appreciation for Canada.

The flag does not only serve as an emblem of our country. It is a symbol of who we are and who we aspire to be. In our country and in the world, it represents something: for peace and prosperity; for diversity and inclusion. It represents a respect both for freedom and for the laws that protect it.

We can’t let the aggressive misconduct of a few far-right fanatics change that.

Canadians generally don’t feel obligated to wave the flag and call attention to their love of country. Former prime minister Paul Martin called ours “quiet patriotism.”

But not this year.

Canada Day 2022 calls for a thunderous display of pride and a collective raising of the maple leaf. Let’s take back our flag from those who sullied its reputation and perverted its meaning. Let’s remind the world – and ourselves – what it truly stands for.

Get your flag now. Display it prominently outside your home. Place it in a window. Mount it on your car. Raise it by the lake. Over the next few weeks, we’ll see more and more flags every day – culminating in our nationwide celebration on July 1st.

Together, let us rally under our flag and rejoice in the country we share.

Mohamad Fakih is founder and president of Paramount Fine Foods.

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A month later, still no justice in sight for our beloved Shireen | Israelo-Palestinian conflict https://ocupario.org/a-month-later-still-no-justice-in-sight-for-our-beloved-shireen-israelo-palestinian-conflict/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 08:29:36 +0000 https://ocupario.org/a-month-later-still-no-justice-in-sight-for-our-beloved-shireen-israelo-palestinian-conflict/ A month has passed since the assassination of beloved Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by the Israeli army in Jenin. A whole month has passed, but many of us in Palestine are still struggling to accept that Shireen is no longer with us, that she is no longer there to give voice to our struggle, […]]]>

A month has passed since the assassination of beloved Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by the Israeli army in Jenin.

A whole month has passed, but many of us in Palestine are still struggling to accept that Shireen is no longer with us, that she is no longer there to give voice to our struggle, that we will not hear never his iconic signature – “Shireen Abu Akleh, Aljazeeeera, Filasteen” – ever again.

As I try to process this immense loss, as I count the days since I received that initial notification of his death, I repeatedly ask myself: are we any closer to justice for Shireen?

Unfortunately, a month later, the answer to that question is a resounding “no”.

Indeed, justice for Shireen is still as far away as it always has been – as far away as it still is for each of the Palestinian victims of Israel’s systematic and murderous violence for decades.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope.

There are.

Shireen’s murder mobilized the Palestinian streets in a way I had never seen before.

His funeral was one of the longest and most attended in recent Palestinian history – it lasted three days and about 100 km (62 miles). People from all corners of our occupied and violated homeland stood up to pay their respects and demand justice for Shireen.

Shireen’s coffin was first carried through the Jenin refugee camp, where she was murdered, before heading to al-Najah National University in Nablus for a military funeral ceremony.

In Ramallah, mourners took to the streets to bid him farewell well before the start of the official ceremony at Al-Muqata’a, the presidential headquarters. In Jerusalem, the streets were filled with thousands of people carrying Palestinian flags in his honor. Despite the brutal violence inflicted on mourners by the Israeli occupying forces, the people of Jerusalem persevered and locked themselves together for hours to ensure that the city Shireen loved most showed her the respect she loved. deserved.

Shireen was the daughter of Jerusalem, the daughter of Palestine. She has spent her life telling the true story of this land to the world. And even in her death, she managed to bring us all together and increase our commitment to our fight for freedom, dignity and justice.

None of us expect the Israeli forces who murdered Shireen to admit their crime or seek atonement. None of us are naive enough to believe that his killers – not only those who pulled the trigger, but also those who created the conditions for his murder – will be held accountable for what they did to him, as well as to the Palestinian people.

But the outpouring of love and solidarity sparked by Shireen’s murder in Palestine still gives me hope that despite all the brutality inflicted on us by the Israeli occupation, Palestinians are moving forward together towards building a better and the search for freedom.

As expected, Israel first lied about what happened in Jenin on the morning of May 11, 2022, then even refused to investigate what we all know was a cold-blooded murder of a journalist in service, citing “political complexities”.

We had testimony from several Palestinian journalists and witnesses, lots of video evidence and lots of experts who weighed in. They all agreed that it was Israeli fire that killed Shireen. CNN went even further and after analyzing all available evidence, all possible scenarios, all bullet marks left at the scene, concluded that Shireen was killed in “a targeted attack” by Israeli forces.

But no evidence in the world was enough to stop the Israeli propaganda machine. Israel continued its campaign to muddy the waters and hold the Palestinians in check. He kept claiming that it was not possible to know what had happened, that even if it was an Israeli bullet that had killed Shireen, it was somehow the fault of the Palestinians.

And people believed those lies. Or at least chose to repeat them because it was politically convenient to do so. Even the so-called US “official gazette” recently claimed that “the world still knows very little about who is responsible for [Shireen’s] death”.

This is, of course, a lie. The world knows who is responsible for his death. Israel knows who is responsible for his death. And, more importantly, we Palestinians know who is responsible for his death.

Shireen was killed by Israel. She was killed for doing her job. She was killed because she was a journalist and told the story of Palestine. She was killed because she wanted to give a voice to the people of Jenin and all other Palestinians brutalized by the Israeli occupying forces.

There may be no justice in sight. But even in death, Shireen gives us hope. His legacy strengthens our resolve to continue the fight. His memory encourages budding journalists across Palestine to pursue his mission and expose the ugliness of the Israeli occupation.

Since Shireen’s murder on May 11, Israeli forces have killed another 12 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank alone. This number includes Thaer al-Yazouri, 18, killed in al-Bireh, near Ramallah; Amjad al-Fayed, 17, killed in Jenin refugee camp; Ghaith Yamin, 16, killed in the city of Nablus; Zaid Ghneim, 15, killed in Bethlehem; Odeh Odeh, 17, killed in the village of al-Midya near Ramallah.

I list their names because, like Shireen, those young Palestinian lives lost to senseless Israeli fire also deserve justice.

Israel will continue to do everything in its power to cover its tracks, to try to make the Palestinians believe that it is not Israel that is responsible for the deaths of Shireen, Thaer, Amjad, Ghaith, Zaid, Odeh and countless other innocent Palestinians.

Justice for them may not be in sight, but after witnessing the outpouring of love and solidarity that followed Shireen’s murder, and after seeing how every Israeli bullet that kills a Palestinian strengthens Palestinian determination to resist, to remember and to fight, I am more hopeful for the future today than ever before.

Some media claim that a month after Shireen’s assassination, there is now “relative calm” in Palestine. But there is no “relative calm” for Palestinians living under Israel’s brutal occupation. We are all bound by our duty to Shireen and the others we have lost to Israel’s senseless violence to resist, to speak our truth, to keep fighting.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Al Jazeera.

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The City of Ottawa discusses with the federal government the transfer of ownership of Wellington Street https://ocupario.org/the-city-of-ottawa-discusses-with-the-federal-government-the-transfer-of-ownership-of-wellington-street/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 16:51:08 +0000 https://ocupario.org/the-city-of-ottawa-discusses-with-the-federal-government-the-transfer-of-ownership-of-wellington-street/ The City of Ottawa is holding “fact-finding discussions” with the federal government on the potential transfer of ownership of Wellington Street following the occupation of the “Freedom Convoy” last winter. City Manager Steve Kanellakos appeared before a parliamentary committee studying the future of the Parliamentary Precinct, including whether Wellington Street should be permanently closed to […]]]>

The City of Ottawa is holding “fact-finding discussions” with the federal government on the potential transfer of ownership of Wellington Street following the occupation of the “Freedom Convoy” last winter.

City Manager Steve Kanellakos appeared before a parliamentary committee studying the future of the Parliamentary Precinct, including whether Wellington Street should be permanently closed to vehicles.

Kanellakos told deputies that the council had instructed staff to begin discussions with federal officials regarding the future function of the road, as well as the potential transfer of the road to the federal government.

“(Public Services and Procurement Canada) have in the past expressed a federal interest in reclaiming the street, and potentially other streets for more cohesive management of federal assets within the compound,” Kanellakos said. “It is expected that these investigative discussions will take some time to conclude.”

The city manager says there are many issues to consider in discussions on the future of Wellington Street, including the impact on traffic flow in the city centre, access to infrastructure the city’s existing underground for asset management and “the real estate value” of the street.

National Capital Commission CEO Tobi Nussbaum told the committee that the NCC is in talks with Public Services and Procurement Canada about who will lead discussions with the city on the possible transfer of ownership of Wellington Street.

“We are engaged with PSPC in a discussion to ensure that we have a full scope of all issues that need to be raised and we hope that we can soon engage the City of Ottawa on some of the details that have been discussed so far. present,” Nussbaum said Thursday morning.

Wellington Street has remained closed between Elgin Street and Bank Street since the Freedom Convoy ended in late February.

Nussbaum says the NCC has a “very open mind” about permanently closing Wellington Street to vehicles.

“We see a lot of benefits in focusing this part of Wellington Street on service vehicles for Parliament Hill, transit, active transportation,” Nussbaum said, adding that traffic data still needs to be collected. .

“I think it’s fair to say that we have a very open mind and are positively inclined to rethink how this space can work.”

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15 people arrested after the “occupation” of the office of the Minister of Transport of Quebec https://ocupario.org/15-people-arrested-after-the-occupation-of-the-office-of-the-minister-of-transport-of-quebec/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 00:17:39 +0000 https://ocupario.org/15-people-arrested-after-the-occupation-of-the-office-of-the-minister-of-transport-of-quebec/ Breadcrumb Links Quebec New Local News “No theft, attempted intimidation or vandalism took place”, assures the SFPQ union. Author of the article: Quebec Minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, responds to the opposition during question period, Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the Legislative Assembly of Quebec. Photo by Jacques Boissinot /The Canadian Press Content of the […]]]>

“No theft, attempted intimidation or vandalism took place”, assures the SFPQ union.

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Fifteen people were arrested after “an occupation” of the office of Quebec Transport Minister François Bonnardel in Granby on Tuesday morning.

Bonnardel described the individuals as members of the Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec (SFPQ), and said he scared and intimidated two employees, in addition to stealing and vandalizing things. Granby police did not confirm the information or reveal the motivation behind the incident.

Bonnardel took to social media to express his disapproval.

“I strongly condemn this deplorable and unjustified gesture and we will file a complaint with the police,” he said. “This kind of behavior has no place here or anywhere else and I ask the SFPQ to call its members to order.

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The SFPQ denied Bonnardel’s remarks, saying instead that its members carried out an “occupation of the office” with respect. Some 26,000 union members are due to strike next week.

“No theft, attempted intimidation or vandalism took place,” the union said.

He added that “signs and posters have been placed on the office windows” and are “easily removable”.

The 15 people were released on a promise to appear. The Granby police investigation is continuing.

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Unity, resistance only way to fight the Israeli occupation, foil its plots https://ocupario.org/unity-resistance-only-way-to-fight-the-israeli-occupation-foil-its-plots/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 17:49:00 +0000 https://ocupario.org/unity-resistance-only-way-to-fight-the-israeli-occupation-foil-its-plots/ The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says that only through unity and resilience can Palestinians fight the Israeli occupation and foil its plots. Hamas made the comments in a statement issued on the 55th anniversary of the “Naksa” (retreat), a term used by Palestinians to describe Israel’s occupation of eastern Al-Quds, the West Bank and the […]]]>

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says that only through unity and resilience can Palestinians fight the Israeli occupation and foil its plots.

Hamas made the comments in a statement issued on the 55th anniversary of the “Naksa” (retreat), a term used by Palestinians to describe Israel’s occupation of eastern Al-Quds, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967.

“A global resistance is the only way to regain our Palestinian rights and liberate our land and sacred places. The resistance has proven its ability to unite our Palestinian people in all their abodes, curb the occupation and repel enemy aggression,” the resistance movement said.

Hamas also stressed the importance of achieving national unity and true partnership in accordance with a program of resistance to protect and defend national rights and holy sites.

“The crimes of the occupation, its massacres and the continued aggression against our land, our people and our holy places, especially Jerusalem [al-Quds] and the Aqsa Mosque, will not bring them security or purported sovereignty over an inch of our land or succeed in breaking the will and determination of our people to continue their legitimate struggle for their national rights,” the statement continued.

Hamas noted that the Israeli regime, after seven decades of “its brutal occupation of our historic land”, has begun to see it disappear, doubt the future of its existence and the departure of its settlers from the occupied Palestinian territories, in because of its fear of the steadfast Palestinians of al-Quds and the heroism of their youth across the occupied West Bank.

The Gaza-based resistance movement has also called on Arab countries that have already normalized relations with the Tel Aviv regime to reverse the so-called “normalization path”.

Hamas said such a course is “in the wrong direction which only serves the agenda of the occupation by intensifying its terrorism against our Palestinian people, their land and their sanctuaries.”

He concluded that “the duty to liberate Palestine and end the occupation is not only a Palestinian responsibility”, stressing however that it is also the duty of all Muslims around the world.

Hamas called for the formation of an Arab and Islamic front that “supports and strengthens the stability of our people in their land, and supports their steadfastness in their legitimate struggle until the end of the occupation.”

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Iran is ‘frontline defender’ of Palestinian cause, says Hezbollah official https://ocupario.org/iran-is-frontline-defender-of-palestinian-cause-says-hezbollah-official/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 21:41:00 +0000 https://ocupario.org/iran-is-frontline-defender-of-palestinian-cause-says-hezbollah-official/ A senior figure in the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has described Iran as the frontline defender of the Palestinian cause of liberation from Israeli occupation and aggression. Sheikh Hassan al-Baghdadi, a member of Hezbollah’s central council, made the remarks during a ceremony held in Beirut on Friday to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the death […]]]>

A senior figure in the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has described Iran as the frontline defender of the Palestinian cause of liberation from Israeli occupation and aggression.

Sheikh Hassan al-Baghdadi, a member of Hezbollah’s central council, made the remarks during a ceremony held in Beirut on Friday to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini.

“Tehran extends its helping hand to any person of integrity who wants to protect his country or free it from the throes of occupation,” the official said.

He also recalled the Islamic Republic’s unwavering support for Lebanon during the war to liberate the south of the country from Israeli military occupation in the early 2000s.

The Israeli regime waged two wars against Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. On both occasions, the occupation regime was forced into a humiliating retreat thanks to Hezbollah’s fiery resistance and heroic defense of sovereignty. and territorial integrity of the country.

“In Liban [too]the Islamic Republic has taken over by supporting us in [our efforts] to liberate the south and protect it from invasion,” al-Baghdadi noted.

The Life and Legacy of Imam Khomeini

He spoke at length about the life and legacy of Imam Khomeini, hailing the late founder of the Islamic Revolution for laying the foundations for an independent revolution from East and West.

The Revolution has become “a model of reform and defense of Muslim interests”, the Lebanese official said.

Al-Baghdadi was referring to the slogan launched by Imam Khomeini after the glorious triumph of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, rejecting Western and Eastern power blocs.

Imam Khomeini spearheaded the revolution that toppled the US-backed monarchy in Iran and effectively closed the long chapter of Western interference in the country.

Friday marked the 33rd anniversary of the death of the charismatic leader, who died on June 3, 1989.

“Trust in the American Recipe for Failure”

Al-Baghdadi also addressed the people of his country who he said placed their trust in the hands of the United States, referring to anti-revolutionary elements.

“To those who continue to rely on the Americans to pressure those who liberated Lebanon from [scourge of] the Israelis and [the Takfiri terrorist group of] Daesh, we say ‘you should despair’…we assure you that you will not get a positive result,” the official said.

“We will not allow you and your masters to destroy [even] an iota of Lebanese soil and Lebanese reputation in favor of the Israeli enemy,” the Hezbollah official said.

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