- What ceasefire? End Israeli Apartheid!
- SUNDAY JANUARY 25th
13h00 carré Cabot
corner St. Catherine | Atwater
Around the world, major demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine are taking place, from Europe, to the Middle East, to Latin America. In response to the Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip, the grassroots movement in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation has been reignited.
Israeli military actions have consistently targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure throughout Gaza, a war crime under international law; from U.N. schools, to apartment buildings, nowhere in Gaza is now safe from Israeli military aggression. Since December 27th, an estimated 1300 Palestinians have been killed and approximately 5000 injured, the majority civilians, sparking international outrage against Israeli apartheid. Although Israel has called for a unilateral ceasefire, the siege of Gaza continues; as Israel continues to deny Palestinian civilians freedom of movement, access to food, medical care, and employment.
Today it is clear that Israel’s policies towards the Palestinian people amount to apartheid, as Israel continues to colonize Palestine, separating Palestinians into controlled territories reminiscent of the bantustans of apartheid South Africa. An apartheid analysis towards Israeli policies has been articulated by an ever-growing chorus around the world, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and veterans of the South African anti-apartheid struggle, such as South African archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandala and Ronnie Kasrils, a South African Jew and minister in South African between 2004 and 2008.
Join us for a major demonstration building on previous protests, which have united tens of thousands in Montreal, building a movement in solidarity with Palestine and against Israeli apartheid.
Join us to denounce the ongoing Israeli occupation in Palestine, which constitutes a violation of U.N. Resolution 242.
Join us to call for an immediate end to the Israeli siege on Gaza.
Join us to denounce the direct complicity of the U.S. and Canadian governments towards Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
Complicity from Canada and Quebec
Canada’s government stands complicit towards Israeli military actions, outlined in statements from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, who have consistently defended Israel’s war crimes, whether against civilians in Lebanon in 2006 or in Palestine in 2008.
Both the governments of Canada and Québec stand in direct complicity with the Israeli apartheid system, which systematically discriminates against the indigenous Palestinian population. Recently both the governments of Canada and Québec deepened their relations with Israel, increasing bilateral economic, military, political, cultural, educational and scientific links. This fall, Jean Charest’s Liberal government inked a bilateral trade deal with Israel, an action which stands in stark contrast to the growing international calls for an economic boycott of the Israeli government in light of ongoing Israeli war crimes and systematic discrimination in Palestine.
At this moment, we must instead reaffirm our commitment to continue mobilizing friends and allies from social movements in Quebec and Canada to respond to the 2005 call by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations for a comprehensive international campaign of boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS). This is a strategy inspired by the international movement against South African apartheid, which in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s played a major role in bringing an end to that racist regime.
Join us on the streets in Montreal in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and to call for an end to Israeli apartheid!
this demonstration is organized by:
Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)
Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ)
Société Bolivarienne du Québec – Bolivarian Society of Quebec
Canadian Muslim Forum, le Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF)
Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec (CPFQ)
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-STTP)
Collectif d’abord solidaires
Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ)
Muslim Students Association, Concordia University
Palestinian and Jewish Unity – Palestiniens et Juifs Unis (PAJU)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR-SDHP)
this demonstration is endorsed by:
Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP)