Saima Jamal, Calgary activist, shocked after YMCA rescinds peace award

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to brother Joshua Blakeney for bringing this to my attention. Moral of the story here is simple: Activists must de-Zionize the Palestine solidarity discourse — and the movement itself as a whole — and stop giving a damn about the Jewish oppressors’ sensitivities. Because even if you liberalize  — i.e. Judaize — the discourse to the point where everyone is obsessively preaching “nonviolence” and opposition to “anti-Semitism”, which is *exactly* where we’re at now, in the end, as this incident with Calgary activist Saima Jamal shows, the Jewish Power Configuration will still burn you. Since Palestine itself is a taboo in the Zionist-occupied West, the Palestine solidarity movement should be a space where taboos are discussed openly, vigorously and ultimately shattered, be it Mossad’s 9/11 false flag operation, the dubiousness of the Holocaust, the “Israeli” attack on the USS Liberty, Jewish power in general or the backwardness and supremacy embedded within the core of the Jewish religion and culture. Palestine solidarity activists shouldn’t be running away from these topics out of fear of upsetting Jewry and its communal organizations, they should be confronting them head-on, as every one of these matters are inextricably linked to liberating Palestine from the River to the Sea and freeing humanity from the yoke of World Zionism. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)

A Calgary activist says she wants answers after the YMCA rescinded an award.

Saima Jamal was notified several weeks ago that she had won one of the Calgary YMCA’s Peace Medals, which honour people who work to advance peace in their communities and the world.

Jamal, who formerly worked at the University of Calgary’s Consortium for Peace Studies, organized several pro-Palestinian rallies in downtown Calgary this summer — one of which turned violent after several pro-Israeli supporters showed up at the demonstration.

She says she is shocked at the decision and wants to know why the YMCA reversed its decision.

“That displays complete lack of respect for my work,” she said. “I feel, to tell you the truth, lost. How can someone do this to me, an institution as respectable as the Y?”

Jamal says she feels bullied and discriminated against by the YMCA.

However, a representative from the Calgary Jewish Federation says they approached the YMCA with their concerns about Jamal when they found out it wanted to give her the award.

Calgary Jewish Federation raised concerns

Jeffrey Smith is chair of the community relations committee for the federation and says they were worried about how people would interpret the decision to give the award to Jamal.

“We believe that giving a peace award to Ms. Jamal would send the wrong message because that rally turned violent and because the general tone of the rally was, I would say, the demonization of the state of Israel, vilification of Israel — not a tone of peace, not asking for reconciliation,” he said.

Smith wouldn’t say whether the federation would have had the same concerns about Jamal receiving the award if the rally had not turned violent.

The YMCA is scheduled to meet with Jamal on Monday, Nov. 17, to explain its decision.

“Earlier this week, after careful and fulsome consideration, YMCA Calgary made the decision not to award a 2014 Peace Medal in the Community Peace Initiatives [in the] individual category,” said YMCA spokesperson Ken Lima-Coelho in a statement Friday.

He said the YMCA would not make further comment about the decision until after the meeting with Jamal.

Source: CBC News

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