Catholic teachers:stuck at charity?

I will be attending the AGM of Ontario’s Catholic teachers in Windsor, handing out leaflets to the assembly.
My hope is that we may evolve  to more than a teacher welfare organization,
more than a charity” cup of water” grouping to one that takes a stand on the side
of the oppressed…here the Palestinians

 Here is my hand out:

In an interconnected world Catholic teachers are automatically involved. We owe a “double solidarity” first  to the preservation and safety of Israel as a modern state but also to the humiliated face of the Palestinian people suffering a 5 decades long illegal occupation of their ancestral land. Catholic teacher unions must not be silent on this major issue of our time. To be silent for whatever reason is to side with the oppressor.

The Impact of the Conflict
on Children

125 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,471 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000.

“The majority of these [Palestinian] children were killed and injured while going about normal daily activities, such as going to school, playing, shopping, or simply being in their homes. Sixty-four percent of children killed during the first six months of 2003 died as a result of Israeli air and ground attacks, or from indiscriminate fire from Israeli soldiers.” Catherine Cook

Source: Remember These Children, a coalition of groups calling for an end to the killing of children and a fair resolution of the conflict. (View the complete list of the victims, which was last updated on September 17, 2011.)

Remember These Children has not yet documented a number of the Palestinian children killed during Israel’s Dec 27, 2008 – Jan 18, 2009 assault on Gaza.). B’Tselem has documented that Israel killed 318 Palestinian children in Gaza during this time. We do not doubt the validity of this higher number as they are extremely careful in their documentation.

Must reading:  Judaism doe not Equal Israel by Marc H. Ellis
Israel and Palestine  by Avi Shlaim     Fatal Embrace by Mark Braverman
An Israeli in Palestine by Jeff Halper
Intellectual slovenliness ill behooves educators.
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
See for yourself! In July join Fr.Bob Holmes on his Peace and Justice Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine
Read for ongoing coverage from a Gospel perspective

1 Comment »

  1. 1
    Phil Little Says:

    good luck Ted – never giving up even when you know that you are dealing with those who elect to be deaf

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