call for court solidarity surrounding the historic lawsuit launched by Bil’in village.
- JUNE 2009: Montreal, Quebec
Tuesday, June 23, 9h30 – 16h00
Thursday, June 25, 9h30 – 16h00
Quebec superior court
1 Notre Dame east
- for information on the ongoing court hearings contact:
514 664 1036 or email info(at)tadamon.ca
Bil’in’s historic lawsuit in the Quebec Superior Court began today in Montreal, the lawsuit was launched by the village against Green Park International and Green Mount International, two companies registered in Quebec who are constructing illegal Israeli settlements on Bil’in lands.
In solidarity with the ongoing popular struggle in Bil’in village we are calling on people to attend the key court hearings taking place at the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal over the next couple days. A strong presence in the court room will illustrate the strong popular support that Bil’in maintains within the Palestinian solidarity movement in Canada, your presence in court is critical please come-out to show your solidarity over the next days, if even for a couple hours your presence at court will make a big difference.
In June 2009, Mohamed Khatib of Bil’in’s Popular Committee Against the Wall and Emily Schaeffer, an Israeli lawyer representing the village of Bil’in, have recently toured 11 Canadian cities to speak on Bil’in and the historic court case that begun in Montreal on Monday June 22.
Across Canada hundreds of people have gathered in multiple cities, from Halifax to Vancouver to express their solidarity with Bil’in struggle and to learn more about this historic lawsuit in Montreal.
Since 2005, villagers have led weekly protests, with the active participation from both Israeli and international solidarity activists, in opposition to illegal Israeli colonization and annexation of Palestinian land.
Bil’in’s lawsuit village in Quebec Superior Court against Green Park International and Green Mount International, two companies registered in Quebec. The companies are accused of illegally constructing residential and other buildings on the village’s lands. According to the lawsuit, the lands of Bil’in are subject to the rules and obligations of international law because the West Bank is currently under Israeli military occupation.
Bil’in’s case against the construction of settlements on their land is based on the provisions of the Geneva Convention, which prohibit an occupying power from transferring its civilian population into territory that it has occupied as a result of war. The case against Green Park and Green Mount seeks an immediate order from the Canadian court that it end its illegal activities.
for more information on Bil’in village visit:
Bil’in national tour in Canada has been sponsored by the following:
Solidarity for Human Rights (SPHR)
Young Jews for Social Justice
Canadian Friends of Sabeel
Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Adala – Canadian Arab Justice Committee, Vancouver
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Vancouver
Canadian Arab Federation
Canadian Friends Service Committee
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Christian Peacemaker Teams, Canada
CKUT Radio, Montreal
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria
Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine, Quebec
Collectif anarchiste La Nuit (UCL)
Concerned Transit Operators, B.C.
Co-op Radio, Vancouver
Fredericton Palestine Solidarity
Fredericton Islamic Association
Halifax Peace Coalition
Human Rights Committee, Vancouver
Independent Jewish Voices Canada
Jews for Just Peace, Vancouver
Lawyers Against the War
Masjid Al-Salaam, Vancouver
No One Is Illegal, Vancouver
Pakistan Action Network, Vancouver
Palestine Solidarity Society, Halifax
Palestine Solidarity Network, Edmonton
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU), Montreal
Public Service Alliance of Canada, B.C. region
Regroupement autonome des jeunes (RAJ)
Science for Peace, Canada
Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver
UBC Colour Connected
United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO)
Vancouver District Labour Council
Vancouver Quaker Meeting
Vancouver Socialist Forum
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Canadian Section
World Peace Forum