On March 17th a fundraising event for the Global March to Jerusalem was held in Hamilton, Ontario, featuring Eva Bartlett and Khawla Ibrahim.
Eva Bartlett is an International Solidarity Movement activist who was deported from Israel and disqualified from re-entry for ten years in early 2008 due to her not being in possession of a valid visa.
According to her blog (where, in her latest post, she perpetuates the myth that Israel was responsible for the death of Nayif Qarmout and writes of “25 martyrs” – most of whom were members of terrorist groups), Bartlett apparently intends to join the Global March to Jerusalem in Lebanon.
“I will be joining the Global March to Jerusalem in Lebanon and staying on for some weeks after to write from Palestinian refugee camps and historically important places in Lebanon related to the Palestinian struggle.”
Khawla Ibrahim is an executive member of Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War and a member of the Palestinian Association of Hamilton, both of which are endorsers of the Global March to Jerusalem. According to this petition which Ibrahim signed in 2010, she rejects negotiations as part of the peace process.
The fundraising event was organised by Wael Ghuneim – another member (and president) of the Palestinian Association of Hamilton. Ghuneim is one of the GMJ organisers in Canada, together with Ali Mallah and Ken Stone, who put out this document on behalf of the three of them.
Ghuneim, Ibrahim and Stone were all involved in the ‘Canadian Boat to Gaza‘ flotilla project in 2011, along with their associated organisations; the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, the Palestinian Association of Hamilton and Independent Jewish Voices (also a GMJ endorser), of which Stone is a member.
Unsurprisingly, the apparently not defunct ‘Canadian Boat to Gaza’ website is now promoting the Global March to Jerusalem.
In addition to having acted as treasurer for the flotilla project, Ken Stone is also a member of the steering committee for the Canadian Peace Alliance (an organisation which campaigns to have Hamas and Hizballah removed from the list of terrorist organisations in Canada and is yet another endorser of the GMJ) and in that capacity will be speaking at a conference in the United States on March 23rd-25th, where he will lecture on Iran, apparently representing the non-intervention viewpoint at a workshop entitled “Targeting Iran: The Truth Behind the Hype”.
A branch of the Canadian Peace Alliance previously promoted Eva Bartlett on a 2011 tour:
“Through her photographs and videos Eva argues that Israel’s bombardment and incursions into Gaza are not against Hamas, stopping rockets from entering Israel, or achieving peace, but are part of a longer historical process of the destructive discrimination against Palestinians.”