Carleton University's Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) continued their Israeli Apartheid Week on Tuesday Feb. 6 with the showing of the acclaimed independent documentary, Budrus. The movie showed aspects of Palestinian nonviolent resistance, and was a part of SAIA's aim to dispel myths on the occupation of Palestine.
“Alongside the misconception that Palestinians resist the occupation by Israel with violence are the myths that women are less involved than men, and that young people in Palestine take a backseat when it comes to speaking out,” Dax D'Orazio, a SAIA member said.
“This film really breaks those myths, and we wanted to show that women and youth are really at the forefront of a lot of nonviolent protests that take place in Palestine, be it against the apartheid wall in the West Bank or in other areas,” he said.
A campaign to write condolence letters to the family of the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens ended on Sept. 24, but its impact is continuing. The campaign initially hoped for 1,000 letters in 10 days. Instead it went viral with over 7,500 letters from 115 countries.
Mr. Stevens was killed this September in Benghazi by an armed mob protesting violently against the release of an obscure anti-Islam film in the United States. In response to the tragedy, Celebrate Mercy, a non-profit organization which tries to promote the values and example of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him, organized a letter-writing campaign.
The Toronto-based charity World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) was revoked of its charitable status this February.
The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) said in the summary of its decision to revoke that the Assembly failed to keep proper books and a distinct charitable purpose. The Agency noted that the Muslim youth group “was established to support the goals and operations of its parent organization located in Saudi Arabia.”
The CRA came to its final conclusions after conducting an audit on the Assembly. The audit said that the Assembly's parent organization in Saudi Arabia had alleged ties to terrorist groups. Details of the allegations were not disclosed.
The Conservatives passed the omnibus crime bill on Mar. 12 as they promised they would within the first 100 days of sitting Parliament. Bill C-10 continues to be a polarizing piece of legislation, and key provinces continue to voice their opposition.
The Safe Streets and Communities Act passed the House by a vote of 154 to 129, and is supposed to be the first of several Tory anti-crime initiatives. The federal government has estimated that implementing this Act will cost the country around $1 billion at least.