Oct 22 2008

Harsh Words: Debating the Israel-Palestine Conflict on the Streets of Canada

Published by at 9:00 am under Uncategorized

I came across a protest against the Israeli “apartheid regime” and the BC liquor store’s sale of wines produced on the Golan heights in downtown Vancouver on the weekend. The protesters appeared to be the usual mix of starry-eyed but misinformed activists and fellow travelers for regimes and groups that oppose the West. Not all of the bystanders were on board with the small gathering’s message, to say the least. Hilarity ensued.

My video camera came out, used iMovie to put all the unruly shenanigans into an entertaining little four-minute doc, and presto-YouTube, we’ve got Harsh Words: Arguing the Israel-Palestine conflict on the streets of Canada.

One of the reasons I recorded this was to find out why some people get involved in these protests. Clearly, it ain’t just about Israel or Middle East politics. Watch for the older Palestinian dude from Bethlehem calling for the downfall of America. Enjoy.

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4 Responses to “Harsh Words: Debating the Israel-Palestine Conflict on the Streets of Canada”

  1. truepeerson 24 Oct 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Good stuff,

    So where did the counter-protesters come from? in any case, he’s right, I am going to go buy some Israeli wine…



  2. jnarveyon 26 Oct 2008 at 5:38 pm

    The counter-demonstrators were a small and disunited lot of innocent bystanders who took it upon themselves to stand up for justice. Good for them.

  3. Greg S.on 27 Oct 2008 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for the very interesting look at this…

    I also appreciate your posts regarding the white/yellow pages (that’s how I found your blog)

    I’m wondering if a national “bring back your white/yellow pages” to designated areas where recycling trucks would take them and leave (to show just how many are actually recycled, and thus, uselessly produced and transported) could help spread the good ideas you were talking about.

    Regards from Quebec City, Canada

    P.S. Last thing — I kind of find the “snapshot.com” popups to be a bit annoying, don’t you? You can disable this in the WordPress admin, it’s an “almost hidden” option there. Cheers

  4. jnarveyon 27 Oct 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Greg! Thanks for commenting. The national pickup program might work, but the logistics of it could actually work out to generating more carbon than what we’ve got now. Hmmm. Something to think about.

    As for the snapshots, I’m afraid we’ll have to disagree for now. I like ’em. I actually put them in on purpose (I don’t think they came by default with this template, if I remember correctly).

    I’d take a poll and find out what most of my readers think, but I typically get less than one per cent of my readership actually responding to surveys.

    How about this: If I get a few more comments like yours, though, I’ll definitely have to take them down. Done.

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