My name is Ghalia Elkerdi I am a fourth year Electrical Engineering student at McGill. This past year I’ve taken two of your courses: Control Systems (ECSE 404) and Numerical Methods (ECSE 443).
This is the first time I email a professor for a purpose other than begging for a deadline extension or a curve. I am actually merely writing to thank you for your outstanding research efforts!
As I was walking in the street yesterday, a man handed me a flyer telling me “If you know someone who attends McGill University, give them this so they can act on it.” I took the paper and read the first paragraph and it said: “Canada is complicit in Israeli apartheid, and its elite research universities are no exception. In Montreal, McGill University collaborates with the army and with weapon manufacturers to develop some of the technologies that are essential to Israel’s murderous incursions in Gaza.”
I continued reading: “[…] McGill’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering collaborated with Lockheed Martin, the Canadian military, and military researchers in Haifa, Israel, to improve missile guidance systems used by Israel, the US, and their allies”
Being in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of McGill for the past 4 years, my natural reaction was to refute what I had just read. I hastily went home to do my own research on the matter and came across all your publications on missile guidance systems, I recalled you bragging about your work during some of the Control Systems lectures, all the dots suddenly connected.
This morning I’ve decided to share with you a piece of my mind.
I figured, your publications are great! But they’re missing something… perhaps a “Results” section. So I am volunteering my Sunday morning to help you write it. Please find attached just a few pictures & videos showing the results of “improved guided missiles” on innocent civilians in Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison.
I figured you and your colleagues and PhD students worked so hard on these projects, but you might be too busy and consumed with your productive & prosperous lives to catch today’s headline. After all, it’s only fair for you to see the fruits of your labor and impeccably “guided missiles”.
Take time to watch the videos and photos, watch them more than once and take a close look at what has been targeted. Humanity.
Today more than ever we are reminded of the atrocities of Nazi Germany, as Israel unleashes hell on innocent human beings and crushes their daily lives with “improved guided missiles”, surely we must ask what has become of “lest we forget”…
What most people don’t know is that back then Germans were the best educated people on Earth. Perhaps they had “elite” research institutions like McGill, but still, their education did not serve as a barrier to barbarity. Why is that? Because, quoting Wiesel, a brilliant professor, activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner: “it emphasized theories instead of values, concepts rather than human beings, abstraction rather than consciousness, answers instead of questions, ideology and efficiency rather than conscience.” I believe that the foundation of everything that’s wrong with education and research nowadays is laid in those honest words he spoke. When education just doesn’t guarantee a bright future anymore… When we get lectured about “academic integrity” by professors who fail to respect human integrity in the first place…
I’d like to know what standards is the worth of your “research” measured against in the eyes of McGill and your own eyes. Violations of international law? Crimes against humanity?
Here is a link to the Engineering Code of Ethics, I invite you to read it with your colleagues, http://www.engr.usask.ca/classes/GE/449/notes/Codes_of_Ethics_various_orgs.pdf
I refer you to Article 2.01 on page 12, which you’ve particularly paved hell with:
2.01 In all aspects of his work, the engineer must respect his obligations towards man and take into account the consequences of the performance of his work on the environment and on the life, health and property of every person.
As we watch humanity crumble to dust and feel hopeless in the face of obscene massacres we have directly and indirectly contributed to, an “elite” institution like McGill, and a “respectable” professor like yourself, should be investing in a peaceful world that we can all be proud of. Before it claims international ranking and prestige, McGill should be a shelter that promotes a holistic, humane view of the world where people, starting from its own professors and students, aspire to the highest standards of what it means to be a human being. Yes we are top-notch, and we have the brains and the funding to develop earth-shattering technologies (literally), but that does not give us the right to do so, or to even collaborate with terrorists and criminals.
Everybody around here knows how “things” work. So many professors who cannot even deliver a proper, comprehensible and coherent lecture are still hired and kept for the research they do, and apparently, in some cases, the agenda they serve.
As a student, I expect change. I expect change to emanate from this corner of the world, I expect professors to be messengers to mankind.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend as “improved guided missiles” rain down on innocent children in Gaza.
Cross-border projects are materializing, but not between Arab countries – as Arabs would have hoped – but between Israel and Jordan. A joint industrial park is to be established along the Israeli-Jordanian border, giving Israeli companies the ability to tap into Arab markets, as their products will bear the misleading label “Made in Jordan.”
The Israeli press reports that the industrial zone – the brainchild of Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Silvan Shalom – will be submitted to the Israeli government for approval next week. The industrial park will consist of a section near Kibbutz Tirat Zvi on the Israeli side, which will be linked via bridge over the Jordan River to the Jordanian section.
On the Jordanian side, industrial facilities will be built by Israeli and Jordanian firms, and are expected to employ up to 2,000 Jordanian workers, while administration, logistics, and marketing facilities will operate on the Israeli side.
The estimated cost of the project, dubbed Sha’ar Hayarden, meaning Jordan Gate, will be around 180 million shekels (about $50 million).
The estimated cost of the project, dubbed Sha’ar Hayarden, meaning Jordan Gate, will be around 180 million shekels (about $50 million).According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Jordan will benefit from the increased job opportunities while Israel will stand to benefit from huge savings in labor costs by paying workers relatively low wages (no more than $500 per month on the Jordanian side).
In addition, the factories will be “close to home,” helping Israeli companies save on logistical costs and have more effective control over the production process. But more importantly, the products manufactured in this zone will be stamped with the label “Made in Jordan,” allowing Israeli companies to market their products in Arab countries.
Yedioth Ahronoth also noted that the project, which is considered a historic move between Israel and Jordan, will be overseen by a government agency attached to the Ministry of Regional Cooperation, which will collaborate with the ministries of economy, foreign affairs, defense and transportation.
The newspaper quoted Silvan Shalom as saying, “Sha’ar Hayarden represents a real breakthrough. The project will help strengthen relations between Israel and Jordan, and boost economic growth in the region through the establishment of new factories and joint ventures and job creation. We will continue to take the initiative and press forward with such projects.”"
— Mohamad Bdeir "Israel Seeks to Tap Arab Markets With Made-in-Jordan Label" (via fala7idreams)
Yehouda Shenhav, Spineless bookkeeping: The use of Mizrahi Jews as pawns against Palestinian refugees via 972 Magazine
Out of a desire to find a magic solution to the question of the refugees, the state readopted the formula, and is now promoting it with great enthusiasm all over the world. It will be interesting to hear the position of the Minister of Education regarding the narrative that the Jewish organizations present as part of the campaign. Will he immediately establish a ministerial committee to change the history textbooks so that they match the new post-Zionist genre? Every honest person, whether Zionist or not, must admit that the analogy between the Palestinians and the Mizrahi Jews is baseless. The Palestinian refugees did not ask to leave Palestine. In 1948, many Palestinian villages were destroyed, and nearly 750,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled from the borders of historic Palestine. Those who fled did not leave out of their own free will.
On the other hand, Jews from Arab countries arrived here through the initiative of the State of Israel, as well as Jewish organizations. Some of them arrived out of free will, some against their will. Some of them lived comfortably in Arab countries, and some lived in fear and under oppression. The history of the Mizrahi immigration is complex and cannot be resigned to one simplistic explanation. Many lost a great deal of property, and there is no doubt that they should be allowed to submit individual property claims against Arab countries, something Israel and WOJAC have rejected until today. For instance, the peace agreement with Egypt does not allow individual property claims against the Egyptian government. Jewish property is seen as the property of the State of Israel, and as important leverage to offset the future claims of Palestinian refugees.
Israel has tried assassinating Palestinian leaders for decades but the resistance persists. Israel launched a devastating and brutal war on Gaza from 2008 to 2009 killing 1,400 people, mostly civilians, but the resistance persists.
Go read this.
If you just read one article today, etc etc.
Against the rise of the Shas party and the ongoing desire on the part of Ashkenazi intellectuals to conflate Mizrahi political agency with the extreme Right, I believe it is crucial that Arab Jews begin to excavate the history and possibility of a radical Mizrahi identity, one that both rescues and protects the cultural legacies of those whose ancestors and families lives in Arab countries while simultaneously opposing the ongoing oppression of Palestinian peoples.
However much we can learn from this history we cannot ignore the past six decades in which Mizrahim have not only paid an enormous cost, culturally and spiritually, but also participated in the survival of the Israeli state. Without indulging in nostalgia or denial, it seems necessary to find spaces (critical, geographic, cultural and spiritual) where new Mizrahi identities (Israeli, European, in the Americas and elsewhere) may be allowed to flourish, both locally and transnationally, that is, in conversation with each other across national borders."
— “History’s Traces” by Kyla Wazana Tompkins in Arab and Arab American Feminisms.
— Nada Elia on the US’ withdrawal from the Durban racism conference in 2001 on the grounds that Israeli racism was unfairly targeted when it was mentioned at all out of hundreds of other issues discussed at the conference, a move that Obama repeated at Durban II. From “The Burden of Representation: When Palestinians Speak Out” in Arab and Arab American Feminisms.