Protesters in Iqaluit march for a Gaza ceasefire

About 30 people gathered at Iqaluit’s Four Corners on Nov. 4 to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. Protesters marched from Four Corners to the legislature, then back to Four Corners. Jennifer Lane said she organized the protest because as a mother and person with a lineage of oppressed people, she had to do something. “We are watching a real-time genocide of an oppressed people take place … if we stay silent, we lose our humanity,” said Lane, who is Barbadian and Metis. On Oct. 7, Hamas, a Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, carried out a surprise attack on Israel, killing approximately 1,400 people. In response, the Israeli government launched a military bombardment of Gaza. More than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed since Oct. 7, including more than 4,000 children, according to Gaza’s health ministry. The heads of several United Nations bodies have called for an immediate ceasefire. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for “humanitarian pauses” in the conflict, but not a ceasefire. (Photo by David Lochead)

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  1. Posted by Radical Chic on

    Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization that doesn’t work for the betterment of Palestinians but is devoted to the destruction of Israel and the killing of all Jews.
    All that the “ceasefire” proposed by these privileged useful idiots will achieve is to give Hamas the reprieve it needs to rearm and reorganize to kill more Jews. We’ve been here before. Many times.
    “Ceasefire is just a polite word for Jew hating. These people never have anything negative to say about Hamas and barely ever mention the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the middle east killed by other Muslims. If this were really about peace, they would openly and clearly condemn Hamas and propose solutions for Israel to destroy those dedicated to killing them without the collateral damage.

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    • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

      Hamas is a terrorist organization, that is correct. Are the thousands of children killed in indiscriminate bombings part of Hamas? Were the doctors, patients and sick children killed in hospital bombings part of Hamas? Were the hundreds of Palestinians hiding in refugee camps from bombs part of Hamas?

      Israel is committing war crimes daily and it’s not “jew hating” to claim this, nor is it anti-Semitic to call for a cessation of the murder of innocent people. Israel has killed more Palestinians than Hamas has killed Israelis, so who is acting like the terrorist at the moment?

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      • Posted by Oppression Olympics on

        Actually, in a way Hamas is responsible for this. You are excusing them for the effects of their actions. The people of Palestine are indeed oppressed, but they are oppressed by Hamas, not Israel.

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        • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

          Hamas didn’t kill 10,000 Palestinians, Israel did. Hamas didn’t stop Palestinians from leaving Gaza, Israel did. Hamas didn’t disappear Palestinians and look the other way while settlers killed and displaced Palestinians, Israel did. Palestinians deserve to be free, and their freedom is at the discretion of Israel.

          Hamas is the result of an oppressed population looking for a way to fight back. Their actions are reprehensible but their existence is the result of ongoing oppression.

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          • Posted by Jews are indigenous on

            Jews are indigenous to area we call Israel.

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          • Posted by Today in Misrepresentations on

            More misrepresentations- there are no ‘settlers’ in Gaza. It has been a self-governing enclave for nearly 20 years.

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            • Posted by For Consideration on

              Palestine is more than the Gaza strip. Settlers have taken Palestinian land in the West Bank for years with the Government of Israel’s support. This undermines the possibility of a two state solution. The commenter was pulling context from Israel-Palestine history to provide evidence of a pattern of oppression. It was not misrepresentation as you have suggested.

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      • Posted by John K on

        You know who REALLY loves this fight you guys are having?

        Iran.

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      • Posted by hermann kliest on

        You Can’t Excuse genocide: Compare that to Jewish children that were killed during WWll, about two million children, if we’re going to point fingers, just remember some part of the world will do anything to hate and kill Jews. Long live Israel.

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      • Posted by Think About It on

        You need to stop drinking the left-wing Kool-Aid and realize that you are part of the Hamas dis information chain. “Were the doctors, patients and sick children killed in hospital bombings part of Hamas?” The hospital wasn’t bombed a Hamas rocket misfired and landed in the parking lot causing a fire. “Were the hundreds of Palestinians hiding in refugee camps from bombs part of Hamas?” No. Hamas leadership had commanders located in the camp. Hamas has no regard for human life and hides in camps, schools, hospitals, etc. All these calls for a ceasefire, where are the calls for release of the hostages, none of whom were asked to be kidnapped on Oct 7th.
        If this happened to any other country, would you still be so outraged?

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        • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

          Israel has a history of lying about their actions while the death tolls and information being released by the Gaza Ministry of Health have been upheld by the UN and other impartial bodies. Israel warned the hospital to evacuate, claimed responsibility in deleted social media posts once public attention was turned to their war crime.

          Hamas leadership hiding among civilians does not justify the indiscriminate murder of those civilians. There is a reason that Israel has been relying on bombing campaigns rather than boots on the ground, because if soldiers had to look at the consequences of their actions they may just stop listening to orders. International law is clear on the matter, bombing hospitals and refugees is always, ALWAYS wrong. It shouldn’t take strangers on the internet telling you this. Stop dehumanizing Palestinians, if this was happening anywhere else, YOU would be the one up in arms. It’s only because you Arab people as lesser that you’re willing to justify Israel’s atrocities.

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      • Posted by Not Pretty on

        Normandy 1944 was not pretty. Dresden was not pretty. Children died. At least the Germans weren’t actively trying to increase the civilian death toll by locating military installations together with hospitals and apartment buildings.

        Israel has the right to prevent a repeat of October 7, and dislodging Hamas is the only way to do it. No one else is going to do it.

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        • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

          To compare Dresden and Normandy to the slaughter of Palestinians is gross. Those were armed conflicts between warring parties, not a constant, decades long oppression of a people. Israel is slaughtering Palestinians including thousands of children, it’s not only “not pretty”, but they’re war crimes. By all means Israel should defend itself, but indiscriminate bombing is not a defensive action. Bombing hospitals, schools and refugee camps is indefensible, no matter what.

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          • Posted by Kellit on

            “Those were armed conflicts between warring parties”

            Yes, that’s exactly what this is..

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  2. Posted by Mit on

    Hamas problem in middle east is not our problem.

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    • Posted by Northerner on

      Never ending wars in the middle east, all related to the “THE SOME GUY IN THE SKY”

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    • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

      We’re all part of the same international community and our government is helping to excuse and justify this bloodshed. We should all be ashamed and protesting. Good on these marchers for making their voice heard.

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  3. Posted by Victimhood on

    The organizer is a “person with a lineage of oppressed people”. What, like every other single person on planet earth?

    Seems if Hamas committed fewer murders, tortures, and kidnappings of civilians, they might feel a little less “oppressed” by the consequences of their heinous crimes. But the woke unionists don’t really care about the full story, just their victimhood narrative.

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    • Posted by look at me! on

      They care most about the public spectacle that advertises their victimhood and the subsequent virtue it imbues.

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    • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

      I think my name says it all. Hamas hasn’t been the aggressor in this for weeks. Israel is using that one day of violence to eradicate everyone they can in Gaza so they can claim it for themselves. It’s classic genocide/ ethnic cleansing.

      Hamas’s bad actions can’t be used to commit daily war crimes against children and civilians. Israel is wiping entire blood lines off the map and killing entire families. Palestinians are not Hamas.

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      • Posted by Hyperbolic activists are counter productive on

        Genocide and ethnic cleansing are not the same thing. Ps, this is not a genocide.

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        • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

          The term ethnic cleansing was created as a way to classify slaughters such as the Rawandan killings as something other than Genocide so the UN didn’t need to step in.

          In addition to killing 10 thousand people, Israel has also cut off water, targeted food stores, and bombed hospitals and other critical infrastructure. Their goal is the elimination of all Palestinians. That is genocide.

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          • Posted by Oppression Olympics on

            Ethnic cleansing means removing people from their land, what the Inuit did to the Tuniit. It may or may not involve killing, but it is not synonymous with genocide.

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      • Posted by anon on

        >I think my name says it all. Hamas hasn’t been the aggressor in this for weeks.

        Except for the part where Hamas still refuses to release nearly 200 hostages kidnapped from Israel when it started the conflict, so no, they’re still the aggressor.

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      • Posted by Hamas are terrorists on

        Only a low information activist would suggest there is something redeeming in Hamas not being an aggressor for weeks, whatever that means.

        Are you saying they’ve released all their hostages? Did you know that Article 147 of the Geneva Convention IV calls hostage-taking as a “grave breach”?

        If Hamas has been neutralized great, that is a good thing and good for Israel.

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  4. Posted by Israel Is real on

    The Israeli government and the Israeli military cares more for the Palestinians far more than Hamas ever will.
    Anger and protest must be directed towards Hamas at all levels. Remove Hamas and Hezbollah, you will have stability in that particular region.

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    • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

      They care so much about Palestinians? That’s why they’re killing them by the thousand? Bombing hospitals and necessary infrastructure? Bombing Cancer wards for sick children? It’s genocide and no amount of blaming things on Hamas will change that.

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    • Posted by Srebrenica on

      “The Israeli government and the Israeli military cares more for the Palestinians far more than Hamas ever will.”
      Thank you for the laugh. As a survivor of Srebrenica in July 1995, your statement is the same as saying Serbian government and Serbian forces cared far more about 8732 ( and still counting ) perished Bosnians than our own people ( Bosnians ) ever will. As Srebrenica was ” protected” enclave and surrounded by Serb forces controlling anything and everything going in and out of Srebrenica, seem awfully familiar with what Gaza has been experiencing for years. A war, any war is a terrible, terrible thing with no winners at the end. Let the ideologists, war mongers on both sides, all the governments in the world supporting either side collectively go out on a meadow large enough to accommodate all of them and settle their disagreements themselves without the involvement of innocent civilians, men, women and especially children caught in this senseless conflict.
      Live and let live.

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  5. Posted by Northern Exposure Mike on

    Anyone who marches for a cease fire is ignorant of the facts and the history. Israel has to do the dirty work and fight these murderers and kidnappers without the support of the UN which is shameful.

    Every UN funded school or facility is located on top of a Hamas Bunker (the construction of which probably took place with stolen UN funds), and the UN officials know it and certainly didn’t stop it.

    If the Arab countries cared about their Palestinian brothers and sisters they would let them immigrate to their countries. (They don’t want them). If they wanted to promote peace in the middle east they would offer to staff and fund a multi national force to police Gaza after Israel is finished their military clean up. What is the likelihood of that? No it’s just easier to blame Jews and the State of Israel for the slaughter of their own people.

    Where are the critics of Iran which actively promotes and funds Hamas and other terror groups. Obviously not at the UN. Just shameful ignorant people

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    • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

      Fun fact, Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of civilians has killed more hostages than Hamas has.

      Israel claims there are bunkers under schools and churches and hospitals, because the international community then has just enough of an excuse to look away. The existence of these bunkers would still not justify the killing of thousands of people and the murder of entire families. Full stop. This shouldn’t be a conversation but because the west has spent so long dehumanizing Arab people, it’s somehow justified in some people’s minds.

      Killing civilians is wrong. Bombing hospitals is a war crime. Bombing refugees is a war crime. Israel is in the wrong and a ceasefire is the only way to ensure that the genocide is interrupted.

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      • Posted by Hyperbolic activists are counter productive on

        Except the bombed hospital narrative has been proven false. It was in reality Hamas propaganda. In reality one of their own missiles misfired and hit a parking lot. The western media completely botched that story. I see some people still believe it.

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        • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

          The Israeli government has tried to debunk it, but their story conflicts with most of the evidence on the ground and there is no way the smaller payload of the Hamas rockets could have caused that level of damage. They were openly taking credit for it on social media for a short time before they changed their tune and started denying it.

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  6. Posted by Useful Idiots on

    Jennifer Lane and her type would once have been known as ‘useful idiots’.

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    • Posted by How it looks from here on

      Let us not forget Nunatsiaq News, the useful idiots who amplified this vain spectacle.

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  7. Posted by EverHeardoftheHolocaust on

    “We are watching a real-time genocide of an oppressed people take place … if we stay silent, we lose our humanity”: Have you heard of the Holocaust and the longstanding oppression of Jews? The killing of civilians in Israel and in Palestine are both horrible. The situation and history of both peoples is tragic. Staying silent about either makes us loose our humanity.

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    • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

      No one is forgetting the holocaust. The holocaust is not an excuse to steal land from, oppress and murder innocent people. It is not an excuse to bomb civilian populations indiscriminately.

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    • Posted by Today’s Lesson on

      Ah, another one who doesn’t know what ‘genocide’ means. It has lost its common meaning, much like the word ‘hate’.

      Hamas is openly dedicated to the elimination of all Jews worldwide – that is a genocidal organization. Any questions?

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      • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

        Hamas has actually removed that from their charter. Israeli politicians on the other hand have called on all Palestinians to be removed from Gaza and the Westbank and they’re actively trying to erase “Palestine” as a people and as a nation.

        It’s genocide, and arguing about definitions when 10,000 Palestinians have been killed and 2 million are being starved, displaced, and dying of preventable diseases due to the lack of potable water is reprehensible. A ceasefire is the only way to stop the genocide of the Palestinian people.

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        • Posted by Kellit on

          Hamas needs to be utterly destroyed, do you agree?

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          • Posted by You can’t excuse genocide on

            No, I actually don’t agree. I think that member of Hamas should face justice. The idea that they need to be destroyed at any cost, including at this point several thousand children is evil. The ends do not justify the means when the cost is thousands of innocent people.

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            • Posted by Polique on

              Palestinians will never know peace or prosperity under Hamas. If this terrorist organization had its way the entire population of Israel would be eliminated. It needs to be rooted out and destroyed. That you would argue against that fact shows spectacular naivete.

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  8. Posted by just sayin’ on

    To put things in perspective, the death toll of Israel’s current onslaught on the open air concentration camp that is Gaza has now surpassed the death toll of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia. More than 10,000 civilians have been killed. The Secretary General of the United Nations said yesterday that Gaza is becoming “a graveyard for children.”
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    There are many similarities between the Warsaw ghetto uprising of 1943 and Gaza ghetto breakout of 2023. Both were desperate armed insurgencies by a caged population, both involved civilian casualties, and both were repaid with genocidal violence by the oppressor.
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    Those who reverse the roles and liken Holocaust victims to colonizers and Palestinian freedom fighters to Nazis piss on the graves of all victims, and clearly learned nothing from the Holocaust.

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    • Posted by Deport Them I Say on

      Palestinian freedom fighter = murderous terrorist thug.

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      • Posted by Zionism is racism on

        Sure, deport the indigenous population. If anyone can get away with ethnic cleansing in 2023, it’s would be Israel.

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        • Posted by Jews are indigenous on

          Jews are also an indigenous population. I know you don’t like that framing, but it is the truth.

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          • Posted by With respect on

            No, they’re not.

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            • Posted by Curious? on

              If the Jews are not indigenous the Israel, then were are they from? If they are not ‘indigenous’ who is?

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              • Posted by Devil’s Avocado on

                Semitic peoples are indigenous to the area, and that includes both Jews and Arabs. Some people question the extent to which Ashkenazi Jews, who resided for centuries in various parts of Europe, are truly descendants of the original Jews in a meaningful way. That’s an interesting question, but largely beside the point given that as many Jews in Israel are Misrahi/Sephardic who have resided in the region continuously and would be brutalized if they were made to return to their previous countries of residence.

                The problem is more about the illiberal, intolerant and antisemitic tendencies of countries in the region than it is about Israel’s behaviour towards Palestinians (which I concede, leaves something to be desired).

                • Posted by Semitic People? on

                  There is no such thing as “Semitic people” only semitic languages.

                  Antisemitism is specific to hatred for Jewish people. It was created in 1879 by Wilhelm Marr specifically about hatred for Jews. Wilhelm Marr himself was antisemitic.

    • Posted by John K on

      “Gaza ghetto breakout of 2023”

      Look at this guy openly minimizing a terrorist attack to better suit his preferred narrative.

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      • Posted by International law on

        Oppressed peoples have the right to resist their oppression.

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        • Posted by Hyperbolic activists are counter productive on

          They do not have the right to kill civilians. They do not have the right to take hostages and use rape and the beheading of babies and children as political tools.

          Unbelievable lack of self awareness in your use of the moniker ‘International Law’ in support of terrorism.

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        • Posted by John K on

          What about the rape and torture? Are the terrorists entitled to that too?

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  9. Posted by Houmita on

    Merci les Autochtones pour votre digne position. Respect.

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    • Posted by Lol on

      A few people with flags (Mostly white far-leftists) walking around iqaluit does not represent “les autochtones” as a whole

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  10. Posted by both sides on

    The ‘beheaded babies’ stories was also propaganda – Israeli propaganda,. The crazy thing is that ‘Genocide Joe’ Biden repeated it because… it came from an Israeli source.

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  11. Posted by No justice, no peace on

    Colonial Zionism must end. It’s that simple. Or else there will never be peace, let alone justice and equality for all people of all faiths who live between the river and the sea. Just like Apartheid South Africa ended and the Jim Crow South ended.

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  12. Posted by Master of puppets on

    Left media wants you to wave Palestine flag around, right media wants you to support Israel. Real thinkers support neither because they are both aggressors and violent thugs.

    If you truly support Palestine you must condemn hamas and demand a two state solution. If you truly support Israel you must expect them to respect the original boundaries decided by the UN. This fighting is about some imaginary guy in the sky and not about land or whatever else story the media is pushing in its narrative.

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    • Posted by Just sayin’ on

      The two-state solution is effectively dead. It lives on only the minds of people who would like to see peace in Palestine but who aren’t willing to face the truth about the nature of Zionism. Look at the behaviour of the Israeli government in the West Bank in recent years, and now the fascist settlers. Look at Netanyahu’s actual record, and now his relying on far-right lunatics to keep control. A two-state solution requires two partners, but Netanyahu is not interested in a just peace. He is determined to achieve annexation.

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      • Posted by Also just sayin on

        Hamas is hell-bent on the complete eradication of jews and Israel. They’ve been firing rockets at Israel for decades. If it weren’t for Israel’s iron dome there would be hundreds of dead Israelis every few days.

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      • Posted by Seen It All Before on

        You say the two state solution is effectively dead.
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        But you provide no alternative solution.
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        You are correct when you say that the current Israeli government does not want a two state solution. Neither does Hamas. It’s the one thing they both agree upon.
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        The attack into Isreal was designed to prevent the emergence of support for a two state solution. And it succeeded in doing so. It will be a long time before anyone is ready to look at a two state solution. But no one is proposing anything other than forever war.
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        Prediction. A novel will be written next year. If you want to read it now, the current title is Mila 18. The details will change, but it will read just like that novel about the battle of the Warsaw Ghetto, where so many of my relatives died.

        • Posted by Just sayin’ on

          The alternative is the one-state solution: a single, secular state for both peoples. You know, like the one that apartheid in South Africa transitioned into.
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          The South Africa that today calls out apartheid Israel, and withdrew its diplomats from the country to protest Israel’s slaughter in Gaza.

    • Posted by Sky Tribe on

      If only it were so simple that if there were no religion, there wouldn’t be a conflict in the Middle East. This is a race and power thing above all else my friend, but thanks for your John Lennon inspired thoughts.
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      More people have been murdered in secular regimes. Check out Gulag Archipelago.

  13. Posted by Hunter on

    I do support Palestinians who are having to suffer because of Hamas and Israel War/conflict.

    That being said, protesters for Gaza this is a warning that if in anyway you decide to protest and interrupt Remembrance Day events in Canada you will lose my support and the support of millions of my fellow Canadians.

    This is a sacred day we as Canadians celebrate and remember everyone of the people who have given everything including their lives in the name of our freedom that we enjoy today in Canada. You disrespect them, you disrespect me too.

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  14. Posted by John WP Murphy on

    This discussion??? would be more interesting, if NN would insist on and enforce a non-anonymous policy of commenting.
    Methinks it would shut up a few. As it is, it shows the lack of education and the spreading of lies and misinformation by some.

    “You can’t excuse genocide ” Getting the message?

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    • Posted by The Real John Murphy on

      I disagree entirely and propose a pivot: If you are retired you should not be able to post on NN.

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  15. Posted by H.G. Omger on

    What does the end of “colonial Zionism” look like to you? What are you asking for?

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