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On November 9, 2023, I delivered a speech to anti-apartheid protesters at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) about the humanitarian catastrophe that Israel has created in Gaza. I argued that the suggestion of a “humanitarian pause” is inhumane, and that even a ceasefire would not be adequate to address the unimaginable suffering of the people of Gaza. What is necessary, in reality, is a permanent prohibition on the bombardment of the Gaza concentration camp.

On the following day, at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Montreal, Yves Engler and I asked Canadian MP Anthony Housefather, the Chairman of the Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary Group, to respond to genocidal statements made recently by Israel’s leaders. Housefather acted as if it was inappropriate for Canadians to remember 4,400 dead Palestinian children on Remembrance Day.

You can watch and listen to my speech at UQAM and our intervention at the Remembrance Day ceremony below.



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  • Gregory Gillis

    Once again great work Dimitri, so well said! Thank you for being a voice for the oppressed in a sea of Canadian political hypocrisy!

  • Terry Lawrence

    Jenin – David Rovics music and video

    Child, what will you remember
    When you recall your sixteenth year
    The horrid sound of helicopter gunships
    The rumble of the tanks as they drew near
    As the world went about it’s business
    And I burned another tank of gasoline
    The Dow Jones lost a couple points that day
    While you were crying in the City of Jenin

    Did they even give your parents warning
    Before they blew the windows out with shells
    While you hid inside the high school basement
    Amidst the ringing of church bells
    As you watched your teacher crumble by the doorway
    And in England they were toasting to the Queen
    You were so far from the thoughts of so many
    Huddled in the City of Jenin

    Were you thinking of the taunting of the soldiers
    Or of the shit they smeared upon the walls
    Were you thinking of your cousin after torture
    Or Tel Aviv and it’s glittering shopping malls
    When the fat men in their mansions say that you don’t want peace
    Did you wonder what they mean
    As you sat amidst the stench inside the darkness
    In the shattered City of Jenin

    What went through your mind on that day
    At the site of your mother’s vacant eyes
    As she lay still among the rubble
    Beneath the blue Middle Eastern skies
    As you stood upon this bulldozed building
    Beside the settlements and their hills so green
    As your tears gave way to grim determination
    Among the ruins of the City of Jenin

    And why should anybody wonder
    As you stepped on board
    The crowded bus across the Green Line
    And you reached inside your jacket for the cord
    Were you thinking of your neighbors buried bodies
    As you made the stage for this scene
    As you set off the explosives that were strapped around your waist
    Were you thinking of the City of Jenin?

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