Seriously Free Speech
- Other Campaigns
New Honourary MembersNaomi Klein, writer
Avi Lewis, film maker
Chandler Davis, American-Canadian mathematician, writer and educator...
Chris Ferguson, Global Mission Personnel, United Church of Canada*...
Joey Hartman, President, Vancouver and District Labour Council*...
Donald Grayston, former Director, Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University*...
Saul Landau, filmmaker, Professor Emeritus at California State University* ...
- SFSC Event April 7: Palestine Today and in the Future
- SFSC Event March 9: Israel’s War on African Asylum-Seekers
- SFSC Event Video: Historical Context of the Palestinian Maps – Fact and Fiction with Dr Hani Faris
- Discredited definition of anti-Semitism no longer in use, says BBC
- StopFBI: Solidarity with Palestinian American Activist Rasmea Odeh
- Toronto Star: TTC rejects controversial Middle East ad campaign
- MondoWeiss: ‘Disappearing Palestine’ ads in Vancouver provoke vicious and hysterical response
- SFSC Letter: Re: Professor David Klein hosting BDS website
- SFSC/Palestine Awareness Coalition: Targeted For A Third Time: “Disappearing Palestine” Ad Disappears Again
- Electronic Intifada: Zionist group renews attacks on California professor David Klein
- SFSC: Statement of Support for Edward Snowden
- SFSC/rabble: Who’s afraid of a map? Palestine bus ads spark debate in Vancouver
- SFSC Letter: Denouncing Vancouver Sun’s and Courier’s Attacks on Palestine Awareness Coalition Spokesperson
- Vancouver Sun: Disappearing Palestine transit ads defended
- Jewish Independent: Please don’t censor
- Vancouver Courier: TransLink ads spark controversy
- Vancouver Sun: Rosh Hashannah greeted with rising hate against Jews
- RCI: “Disappearing Palestine” ads launched in Canada
- Now Toronto: Fight brewing over TTC Palestine ads
- Vancouver Sun: Disappearing Palestine ads on public transit: offensive to Jewish faith or freedom of expression?
- bclaifc: disappearing palestine translink ads
- Globe and Mail: Outrage over pro-Palestinian ads a case of shooting the messenger
- National Post: Bashing Israel on Vancouver buses isn’t a form of hate speech
- National Post: If Vancouver’s Jewish groups don’t like pro-Palestinian bus ads, they should make their own
- National Post: In transit ads, anything goes after top court ruled bus riders must ‘put up with controversy’
Over the last decade more and more people have started questioning the policies and actions of the State of Israel. In response, some of Israel’s supporters have increasingly tried to suppress open political debate of Palestine/Israel. This campaign to vilify, intimidate and harass Israel’s critics has intensified since December 2009 when live video showed Israel’s treatment of Palestinians during its military assault on Gaza.
by Ben White, Electronic Intifada, 10/30/2013
The reputation of a discredited definition of anti-Semitism has suffered a further blow with the news that the BBC’s governing body amended a ruling to reflect the abandonment of the text by a European Union body.
A 2005 “discussion paper” definition of anti-Semitism was drafted on the initiative of the European Union’s Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (which has subsequently been renamed the Fundamental Rights Agency — FRA). It claimed that describing Israel’s establishment as a “racist endeavor” is an example of “anti-Semitism.”
The definition has been pushed by Israel advocates since its publication, and used in efforts to undermine Palestine solidarity work (see The Electronic Intifada report “Israel lobby uses discredited anti-Semitism definition to muzzle debate”).
In a BBC Trust ruling earlier this year, a complaint relating to the broadcaster’s coverage on comments about Israel by a British member of Parliament, David Ward, was partially upheld. The complaint had cited the EU agency’s “working definition.”
However, in correspondence with blogger Mark Elf of Jews sans frontieres, the BBC Trust first investigated, then changed its ruling (available online) to note that the definition has now “been removed” from the FRA’s website. Continue reading
Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Oct 22, 2013
A Palestinian woman, Rasmieh Odeh, was arrested at her home this morning, Oct. 22, by agents of the Department of Homeland Security.
She is charged with immigration fraud. Allegedly, in her application for citizenship, she didn’t mention that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago by an Israeli military court that detains Palestinians without charge – a court that has over 200 children in prison today and does not recognize the rights of Palestinians to due process.
The arrest today appears to be related to the case of the 23 anti-war activists subpoenaed to a grand jury in 2010. Well-known labor, community and international solidarity activists around the Midwest had their homes raided by the FBI when the U.S. attorney alleged that they had provided material support to foreign terrorist organizations in Palestine and Colombia. Continue reading
Dear Professor Klein,
I write on behalf of the Seriously Free Speech Committee-Vancouver (SFSC) to support your work in defense of Palestinian human and political rights. We are cheered to see that you have won every challenge from the ultra-zionists so far, and congratulate you on having been so well supported and well defended.
Electronic Intifada, Sept 27, 2013
A Zionist group based in California has renewed its vicious campaign against a mathematics professor at the California State University at Northridge (CSUN), claiming that he is violating the law by using university resources to express his personal and political views.
The professor, David Klein, an outspoken and unapologetic supporter of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, has told The Electronic Intifada that the renewed “harassment” has been disruptive.
But Klein says he is heartened by the broad and solid support he has received for his exercise of his free speech rights.