IN DEFENCE OF CANADIAN FREEDOM

Poster by Carlos Latuff

Some Canadians still retain the humility and decency that is an integral part of their very being. Despite the attempts of the Harper administration to Americanise the thinking of the Canadian population, letters such as the following will prove him to be a failure. The letter was sent as a comment to THIS post, it can serve as an example for others to follow. Thank you Barbara!


Please take the following actions:

  1. Immediately email the Carleton University President, Roseanne Runte, at presidents_office@carleton.ca demanding that she immediately restore the Charter rights of Carleton students and send a copy of your message of support to Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA Carleton) at saia.carleton@gmail.com
2. Call or fax Carleton University President, Roseanne Runte, at 613 520-3801(phone) or 613 520-4474 (fax) demanding that she immediately restore the Charter rights of Carleton students.
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Crafted Letter to Carleton, In the interest of diplomacy and success, I was almost too mild. I took a look at the image of this woman. A blonde bland type with thin blue blood was my estimation, and a bony cold handshake.

My Dear Dr. Roseanne Runte!

On Feb 9, 100 posters put up around the Carleton campus by Students Against Israeli Apartheid to announce an internationally connected series of lectures and public events. They were removed according to the LUDICROUS rationale they “could be seen to incite others to infringe rights protected in the Ontario Human Rights code” and might be “insensitive to the norms of civil discourse in a free and democratic society”. This goes beyond idiotic. Yes, Carlos Latuff’s fine art is forceful and gets the message across, a fine testament to the power of art. But what you have done is downright embarrassing, a rotten egg in the face of Canada’s international image.

I would have thought this sort of repression might occur in China, North Korea, Egypt, or even perhaps parts of the States, but here in CANADA? A country in which free speech is supposed to be a given right? This stance you support makes a mockery of our country and the ideals we are supposed to protect and represent. Free speech is one of the very ideals your grandparents pehaps fought to protect, (as the war was sold back then). It is appalling enough that you do not have humanity to take a stand against perpetrators of injustice and the vilest of war crimes, but to also forbid students, who probably also pay a nice hefty student fee for access to facilities, from the right to advertise events in which there will be SPEAKING and DISCUSSING these criminal actions? For shame! Unless of course you condone what has been going on in Palestine as nothing much to worry about. In that instance, we have a serious problem.

Carlos image shows a white-washed image of a child watching an IDF bomber, an incident that took place many thousands of times in the past months.The picture is to promote dialogue and help people learn about humanity, to tear down walls, not build them, perhaps help prevent such things happening again. What is your university afraid of that there are fears of violations and perhaps incitement? Has Canada suddenly become North Korea while I was out walking the dog? Or, have Bn’ai Brith and/or AIPAC taken over? I fear the latter is more likely the case.

We all know that it is through educational institutions that young minds are prepared for their roles as the next generation in our society. They are shaped and trained by teachers and examples given them but those around them. As they are bent, so is society. Do Canadian Universities, and in this instance Carleton, think that if denied, human rights issues are ignored these young people will go away? Will students who care about what is not “politically correct” in our society just disapppear? Does Carleton intend to teach that “politically correct” can support war crimes and hush voices that dare speak out? To double this crime by threatening students with expulsion for CARING about their fellow humans rather than just grow up to be well-trained consumers focused on self or government-sanctioned “charitable works”, is just too reminiscent of Nazi Germany for this Canadian. Sorry, Ms. Runte, but Carlton just got a failing grade from this citizen.

Do you have any idea how fast news of this foolishness has traveled around the globe and how it has blackened Canada’s eyes in the international community? I heard of this issue from offended friends in Cairo and Kuwait before Canada! If it is being discussed in a coffee house in Cairo (not Starbucks), you can bet it is not just a small thing. That you do not allow debate on the academic boycott is bad enough. It would make Canadians proud to have a university with the gumption to take such a stance! Perhaps it is not the support of the ordinary people you pander to?

Internationally, the movements against Isreali’s WAREHOUSING (forget apartheid, the day for that is past) has been endorsed by hundreds of groups, educational facitilies, religious groups, everyone. These people are not racist, they are anti-racist,antisemitic as well as anti-Islamic. They are PRO HUMAN. Is this not what integration is about? But for some reason, as I write, I am beginning to smell a rat that has nothing to do with the “freedom of speech”that is being doubly insulted by Carleton.

How on EARTH can a meeting or lectures or sharing of information constitute racial or religious intolerance? I smell AIPAC or the ADL or Bn’ai Brith or some other paranoid and supremely racist scent in the air. In fact, this entire situation REEKS of their style of scare tactics. These folks flex their muscles and prefer to let people such as yourelf do their work for them. Most of us who can think are not hoodwinked into prejudice against the Jewish people. Because of course that is where this attitude of Carleton’s denial originates. Those of us who care about the human species have the brains and common sense to know the difference between religion and political action disguised as religion! For of course, that is the difference between Jews and Zionists, is it not? But, for some reason, Latuff’s posters are removed and students threatened with expulsion. This over-reaction and paranoid behaviour is to be expected if that is the mindset you are operating under.

Along with many other Canadians, I ask, nay demand, that the ban on the posters be lifted. A public apology would be wonderful, but I am not expecting miracles here, just human decency. It would also be expected that there will be an HONEST and instructional explanation of just how this poster offended so that such a thing does not happen again. Just what rules were broken, not just the party line please. Some guidelines that can be worked with would do so that everyone is happy. Yes, inclusionism is MUCH better than the other route, Ms. Runte.

I know there are other demands and retributions being demanded of you for this abominable stance, BUT I do believe, if you are a decent human being, and you look like you might be once you let your hair down, you would throw open the proposed institutional boycott of Israeli academic institutions out there and let your intelligent and competent staff and students decide the course of events to be followed. Then HONOR THE RESULTS of said actions and debates. Even an election on the issue would be better than a downright shutdown.

I know, and YOU know, we have feisty strong young people in this coming generation. I, for one, am proud of my own with their academic accomplishments and attitudes towards the earth and those of us upon it. For several years I worked as a phone poll taker for educational and government institutions. One of the things I remember asking students, HUNDREDS of them, in a polls was “Do you feel that — University/College encouraged/allowed you the freedom to express yourself, grow… etc”. THOUSANDS of students are asked this question during various polls taken regularly. Not ONE I ever spoke to said.. “well, noooo.” Do you want Carlton to go on record as being the first?

You cannot suppress free speech! The right to speak and debate is what makes young minds the great things they are and give us hope for the future. This attempt to repress free expression will ultimately fail. Carleton University administration should understand that debates on campuses on some of the most important human rights questions of our times cannot be silenced by administrative rulings.

Please, if you are a true Canadian, YOU WILL RESTORE TO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THEIR STUDENT RIGHTS ACCORDING TO THEIR CARTER RIGHTS. Do the right thing here and let the posters go up, let the students hold their week of education, let the staff and students take a vote or whatever regarding the boycott. Just do the right thing for them, for Canada ~ and ultimately your own conscience.

Sincerely

21 Comments

  1. Billy said,

    February 23, 2009 at 18:02

    ALL politicans, and not just our own here in Canada, all seem to think that in public relations warfare, the one who frames the terms of the debate always wins. The foot they think they’ve got in the door that opens up the New World Order, is gonna end up either in their asses or mouths (both are reasonably interchangeable). It’s not about rights as much as it is about redefining censorship.

    If they think this one little difference will finally be accepted, they are very wrong. Free Speech is a God given right. And once you take that away – you can start dragging in other types of Bolshevik-style laws until one by one the brainwashing is done and life is lost in living.

    Instead of giving the American battle against corruption (absolute), an endless shrug of the shoulders’, take a long hard look at what had happend to those countries that chose to become humble servants. Many have decided that limited global power is what mostly keeps people civilized.

  2. Dave said,

    February 23, 2009 at 18:18

    Yup- we have a lot of cowardly chickenshits up here in Canukistan, too!
    (Good for You, Barbara- we aren’t all brain-dead, yet!)

  3. Dave R. said,

    February 23, 2009 at 19:09

    I sent that email to Mrs. Runte. I amended it so as not to appear spammy. I hope every visitor to this blog sends that email to Mrs. Runte.

    Here’s my (amended) email to Mrs. Runte:

    Dear Dr. Roseanne Runte,

    On Feb 9, 100 posters put up around the Carleton campus by Students
    Against Israeli Apartheid to announce an internationally connected
    series of lectures and public events. They were removed according to the
    LUDICROUS rationale they “could be seen to incite others to infringe
    rights protected in the Ontario Human Rights code” and might be
    “insensitive to the norms of civil discourse in a free and democratic
    society”. This is absurd on its face. Yes, Carlos Latuff’s fine art is
    forceful and gets the message across, a fine testament to the power of
    art. But what you have done is an embarrassment. It’s a black eye for
    Canada’s international image.

    Have you forgotten Mrs. Runte that free speech is not only a birthright
    but is guaranteed all Canadians under the Canadian Charter Of Rights And
    Freedoms? I would have thought this sort of repression might occur in
    China, North Korea, Egypt, or even perhaps parts of the United States,
    but here in CANADA? This censorship position you have taken betrays the
    ideals we celebrate as Canadians. Canadians have died to protect free
    speech, Mrs Runte. Free speech is one of the Canadian ideals your
    grandparents and mine perhaps fought to protect, (as the WWII was sold
    back then). As President of Carleton you are supposed to protect and
    promote our Canadian Freedoms and Ideals. It is dismaying enough that
    you haven’t spoken publicly agaisnt the crimes Israel has perpetrated
    against the people of Palestine but to then forbid students, from the
    right to advertise events in which there will be SPEAKING and DISCUSSING
    these criminal actions is shameful. Given your (in)actions Mrs. Runte,
    one can’t help but wonder whether you actually condone the Israeli
    atrocities.

    Carlos image is based on fact. It shows a white-washed image of a child
    watching an IDF bomber, an incident that took place many thousands of
    times in the past months. Grounded in reality, not hate, the purpose of
    the picture is to promote dialogue and help people learn about humanity,
    to tear down walls, not build them, perhaps help prevent such things
    happening again. What is your university afraid of that there are fears
    of violations and perhaps incitement? I assure you these fears of yours
    are unfounded. As you know, we here in Canada enjoy a culture
    historically of non-violent discussion of ideas and issues. People are
    now wondering, in the absence of any rational explanation for your
    actions, whether your fear of incitement has more to do with pressure
    from Bn’ai Brith and/or AIPAC than quasi legal human rights concerns.

    We all know that it is through educational institutions that young minds
    are prepared for their roles as the next generation in our society. They
    are shaped and trained by teachers and examples given them but those
    around them. As they are bent, so is society. Do Canadian Universities,
    and in this instance Carleton, think that if denied, human rights issues
    are ignored these young people will go away? Will students who care
    about what is not “politically correct” in our society just disappear?
    Does Carleton intend to teach that “politically correct” can support war
    crimes and hush voices that dare speak out? To double this crime by
    threatening students with expulsion for CARING about their fellow humans
    rather than just grow up to be well-trained consumers focused on self or
    government-sanctioned “charitable works”, is just too reminiscent of
    Nazi Germany for this Canadian. Sorry, Ms. Runte, but Carlton just got a
    failing grade from this citizen.

    Along with, and on behalf of, many other Canadians, I ask, nay demand,
    that the ban on the posters be lifted. A public apology would be
    wonderful, but I am not expecting miracles here, just decency. It would
    also be expected that there will be an HONEST explanation as to just how
    this poster offended so that such a thing does not happen again. Just
    what rules were broken? Some guidelines that can be worked with would do
    so that everyone is happy. Inclusionism is MUCH better than
    censorship, Ms. Runte.

    I know there are other pressures on you for your unfortunate stance, BUT
    I do believe,in the interest of freedom and decency, you would throw
    open the proposed institutional boycott of Israeli academic institutions
    out there and let your intelligent and competent staff and students
    decide the course of events. Then HONOR THE RESULTS of those actions
    and debates. Even an election on the issue would be better than a
    shutdown.

    I know, as do you, we have feisty strong young people in this coming
    generation. I, for one, am proud of my own with their academic
    accomplishments and attitudes towards the earth and those of us upon it.
    For several years I worked as a phone poll taker for educational and
    government institutions. One of the things I remember asking students,
    HUNDREDS of them, in a polls was “Do you feel that — University/College
    encouraged/allowed you the freedom to express yourself, grow… etc”.
    THOUSANDS of students are asked this question during various polls taken
    regularly. Not ONE I ever spoke to said no. Do you want Carlton to go on
    record as being the first?

    Please, do the right thing, the Canadian thing, RESTORE TO THESE YOUNG
    PEOPLE THEIR STUDENT RIGHTS As GUARANTEED BY THE CANADIAN
    CHARTER OF RIGHTS. Let the posters go up, let the students hold their week
    of education, let the staff and students take a vote or the action of their choosing
    about the boycott. Just do the right thing for them, for Canada ~ and ultimately your
    own conscience.

    Sincerely

    David

  4. George Wanker Bush said,

    February 23, 2009 at 19:55

    They are worried that the Jewish community will cut off their funding.

  5. Dave said,

    February 23, 2009 at 20:43

    As Barbara says, Ms. Runte is a scapegoat although a willing one.. We have to remember that Jewish organisations give large sums of money to universities just so they can control them. Any criticizism of Israel and they threaten to stop their funding.. Pure and simple blackmail..We have sat back and done nothing while these groups have taken control of our polititians, our institutions, our press and destroyed our culture. Time to take it back at any cost..We have to be ruthless toward them as they are towards us..

  6. Ger said,

    February 23, 2009 at 21:08

    Dear Dr. Roseanne Runte! February 23/09

    On Feb 9, 100 posters put up around the Carleton campus by Students Against Israeli Apartheid to announce an internationally connected series of lectures and public events. They were removed according to the rationale they “could be seen to incite others to infringe rights protected in the Ontario Human Rights code” and might be “insensitive to the norms of civil discourse in a free and democratic society”.

    Why do Jewish groups, in most western countries seem to get so hot under the collar when there is any criticism of Israel?

    After all, they are not Israeli citizens and will not suffer from any boycott generated by the free thinking people of this country.

    Israel has committed the worst form of anti-Semitism and for decades they have been persecuting Palestinians and murdering as many as they can get away with.

    What this does show is exactly is where their loyalties lie, not with the country in which they live but with the terrorist leaders of a foreign nation. Since when did being Jewish make one an Israeli citizen and spokesperson of that country? So, why is it wrong for the students of Carleton University or the world to protest this longstanding holocaust in the middle east? If you have the answer to this then please direct your response it to that mother or father who has had his precious child starved, killed or maimed in Palestine

  7. February 23, 2009 at 21:48

    We have sent of a ms. to President Runte which was very short and to the point and which expressly mentioned support of SAIA, which we think is more the thing. She will not read every one but let her get a sense of a previously hidden mountain of waiting support, through thousands of clear telegrams.

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  9. February 24, 2009 at 00:02

    Ger, it isn’t that most Jews are involved in any kind of organized conspiracy. It is the fact that many and I believe most Jews, enable the criminals that control Jewish groups and the Jewish state. I maybe wrong and I hope for all our sakes, I am, but when I look around at what is taking place, I’m convinced I’m not. Much of my ancestor is Dutch, but I don’t place the country my ancestors came from ahead of America. I think it is safe to say that most people in America feel that way. Maybe it’s time to call on everyone in America, Canada and the entire western world, if your allegiance is to another state, whether it is to Israel or any other state, move their! No more duel citizenship. Either your an American or Canadian or an Israeli. That includes Mexico!

  10. February 24, 2009 at 00:06

    Ancestry

  11. Zach said,

    February 24, 2009 at 05:41

    There’s no free speech law in Canada.

  12. grettir said,

    February 24, 2009 at 07:45

    Outrageous and shameful. If there is the slightest doubt, I refer to the actions of Barbara Runte.

    Jews should carefully take note that it is incidents like this that promote and worsen “antisemitism” (more accurately dislike and distrust of Jews as a group).

    I am an old man, and it sickens me to see this crap spread. Be sure that my e-mail is on the way.

    ad Zach,
    We don’t need a law. We’re Canadians, and if you can’t skate with us, tough.

  13. Barbara said,

    February 24, 2009 at 10:03

    Gee Dave… you spiff things up real good, man, real good!! LOL. Thanks. Now we get to rewrite the same stuff and send it off to U of Ottawa! First on my “to do” list in the morning.

  14. MAQAW said,

    February 24, 2009 at 14:33

    The poison of the zionists is everywhere…beware.

  15. hank said,

    February 24, 2009 at 15:04

    Zionism
    A Disease
    Of The
    Mind….We are taught that history happens by accident. However the upper-echelons know that history is planned.

  16. February 24, 2009 at 15:29

    Again if you look around you, it doesn’t appear alot of Jews are even aware of what kind of a fascist system they are supporting.

    Some are, and those are more likely hardline Zionists including those like Avraham Burg who is controlled opposition.

    But I believe the vast majority still do NOT actually know that their money is going to support Zionist ethnocratic organizations, that believe in the ethnic cleansing of all the people of Palestine.
    http://www.ziopedia.org

    For if they did they would be horrified and most likely awaken from their senses, to the fact that these organized Jewish groups are engaging in acts of terrorism and censorship to Academic schools and houses just in order to drown out any criticism of Israel’s apartheid massacres.

    Which is appalling to any rational person. Did the Germans know they were supporting the Nazis with the money they paid every Tax Day, until it was too late?

  17. Northerntruthseeker said,

    February 24, 2009 at 16:21

    Canadian Freedom??? That is such a LAUGH! How quickly people forget that Canada surrendered its freedom to the Zionists back in the 70’s with the passage of their so called “Hate Laws”. Canadians have been sleepwalking ever since believing falsely that Canada is still one of the “free-est” countries on the planet. Our “elected” politicians bend over as much as the American politicians do to groups like the Jewish Defense League, and the B’nai B’rith associations in Canada. Even so-called Prime Minister Stephen Harper bends over for his Zionist masters.

    Canada is Zionist occupied territory, plain and simple. Its time for more Canadians to wake up and be outraged by that fact! It is time to take back our country from those monsters.

  18. Dave R. said,

    February 24, 2009 at 17:05

    @Zach

    Canada does have a free speech law. It’s called the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms
    http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/#libertes

  19. javedahmad said,

    February 24, 2009 at 18:14

    Read “An Islamic View of Gog and Magog in the Modern Age” written by Imran Nazar Hosein – http://www.imranhosein.org/

    “I began my study of Gog and Magog more than fifteen years ago in the early 90’s while resident in New York. My subsequent public lectures on the subject never failed to provoke keen interest from my Muslim audiences in several parts of the world. The evidence and arguments presented in the chapter on Gog and Magog in my book, ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’, succeeded in convincing many who read the book that we now live in a world dominated by Gog and Magog. They were easily convinced that the ‘town’ mentioned in the Qur’ān in Sūrah al-Anbiyāh’ (21:95-6) was Jerusalem and hence, that Gog and Magog (and Dajjāl) explained the ominously unfolding ‘war on Islam’ with slaughter and destruction of Muslims in so many parts of the world. As a consequence, such readers also understood Israel’s mysterious imperial agenda, and many have been making efforts to extricate themselves and their families from the embrace of Gog and Magog – an embrace that will take 999 out of every 1000 of mankind into the hellfire.
    Despite my best efforts, however, I failed miserably, again and again, to convince my learned peers, the scholars of Islam, that Gog and Magog were even released into the world. I earnestly hope and pray that this book might make a difference Insha’ Allah.”

  20. February 25, 2009 at 01:45

    ExcessiveForce, I hope you are right. I don’t think you are. Polls taken in the Jewish state, show the numbers of Jews that want to drive all of the Palestinians off their land has risen sharply. They will keep instigating trouble in Gaza and the West Bank until they have either killed or driven out all of the Palestinians. Then they will set their sites on Lebanon and other Arab countries. They claim a large section of the Middle East. They want the oil too! For the most part, the west has been silent! Can you imagine if Iran was doing what they are doing! Big difference.

  21. Barbara said,

    February 25, 2009 at 04:33

    OMG I did not realize you put it up like this! I am truly honoured. Thank you. I have just spent the day researching true anarchy, and I realize, I have lived the life and walked the walk my whole life. Then to see this here… well. My day is made! Once again, Mr. Desert Peace, thank you.


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