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Dead Sea Scrolls stir storm at Royal Ontario Museum

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, Jerusalem, Palestine and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

In letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and top executives at the ROM, senior Palestinian officials argue the scrolls – widely regarded as among the great archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – were acquired illegally by Israel when the Jewish state annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.

“The exhibition would entail exhibiting or displaying artifacts removed from the Palestinian territories,” said Hamdan Taha, director-general of the archaeological department in the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

“I think it is important that Canadian institutions would be responsible and act in accordance with Canada’s obligations.”

The Palestinians say the planned ROM exhibit violates at least four international conventions or protocols on the treatment of cultural goods that were illegally obtained.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

For full article, visit http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/616059

To protest ROM’s decision to display the artifacts, fill the form at http://www.rom.on.ca/about/contact.php.

Canadian Jews seek ban for Palestinian clerics

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

The two clerics are scheduled to speak at an April 5 event sponsored by Palestine House, an educational, cultural and social centre for the Toronto-area Palestinian community.

The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal says “these Jerusalem-based clerics will likely offer a divisive message of hate, racism and radicalization to Canadian audiences; one that incites violence over dialogue.”

For full article, visit http://jta.org/news/article/2009/03/27/1004051/canadian-jews-seek-ban-for-palestinian-clerics

Harper reaffirms support for Israel

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

Donning a blue skullcap, Harper reaffirmed his government’s support for the state of Israel at a grand opening ceremony for a new Chabad Lubavitch centre, an organization dedicated to the welfare of Jewish people worldwide.

“Of the dangers that confront us in the world, anti-Semitism should be confronted in its own right for the moral evil that it is,” Harper said as the crowd rose to a standing ovation.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during the grand opening of the Ernest Manson Lubavitch Centre in Thornhill, Ontario on Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during the grand opening of the Ernest Manson Lubavitch Centre in Thornhill, Ontario on Thursday, March 26, 2009.

For full article, visit http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2009/03/26/pf-8899446.html

George Galloway debates JDL Spokesperson on Canada ban

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 22, 2009

Talk about Freedom of Speech!