All posts in category 'Boycott'

McGill and Concordia must boycott Technion

May 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine
    May 23, 2011, by Elliott Frayheyt.

    Photo Israeli soldiers arrest crying Palestinian youth.

In the wake of successful/ongoing divestment campaigns at Hampshire College, UC Berkeley, Carleton University, and the University of Johannesburg, a group of students, faculty and community members in Montreal have started to organize a campaign to sever the links between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and Concordia and McGill university. Several months ago, this group published a report entitled “Structures of Oppression” that outlines the ‘strong bilateral student exchange programs, joint research projects, and collaborative scholarships’ that Concordia/McGill share with Technion in Haifa.


Photos: Salim Vally on Palestine solidarity in South Africa

May 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    photo essay via Ion Etxebarria


    Photo: South African activist Salim Vally speaking at McGill University.

In May 2011 South African academic and activist Salim Vally gave a lecture at McGill University in Montreal entitled ‘Reading Edward Said in South Africa‘, the presentation focused on the growing Palestine solidarity movement in South Africa and specifically the recent move at the University of Johannesburg to sever links with Ben Gurion university. Salim highlighted the recent step toward the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign in South Africa within a history of struggle in South Africa for liberation and in opposition to apartheid. Photographer Ion Etxebarria captured the event in photographs at McGill University.


Artists Against Apartheid XVI

May 20th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Tadamon!, Events
    featuring Palestinian artist Shadia Mansour. photo via Tamara Abdul Hadi


    Thursday June 9, 2011
    doors 8pm, $12-14
    Sala Rossa
    4848 St. Laurent
    metro Laurier or bus 55
    facebook event


Building Solidarity from South Africa to Palestine

April 27th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

A speaking tour with trade union representatives from South Africa & Palestine
May 22 – June 2, 2011


    Photo: Palestinian flag at Gaza solidarity protest.

featuring representatives from
The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors & Employees (PFUUPE)
The South African Union of Municipal Workers (SAMWU)

Cross-Canada tour stops include: Montreal + Ottawa + Toronto + Hamilton + London + Windsor + Regina + Vancouver. see below for more detailed information on events in different cities


UQÀM students voice opposition to Israeli apartheid

April 21st, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    report prepared by Coalition pour la justice en Palestine UQAM, April 2011.


    Photo: Tyseer Barakat, Palestinian artist.

Download report by the UQÀM Coalition pour la justice on Palestine PDF format

On March 30th, Palestinian Land Day, Emanuel Navon presented at UQAM. Resident of a West Bank settlement (Efrat), part-time professor in Tel Aviv, Navon is also associate researcher at Ariel University, the target of a major boycott initiated by Israeli academics due to the fact that the institution was built in an illegal Israeli settlement, deemed illegal under the Geneva Conventions.

Emmanuel Navon also works as a consultant for the Israeli military and is a registered candidate for the right-wing Israeli political party, Likud. Additionally Navon is a lobbyist for the Israeli government, currently lead-by Likud, which announced Navon’s talk on the Montreal Israeli consulate website.


Report: 7th Israeli Apartheid Week

April 10th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 ends as another success in Montreal!


    Photo: Painting on Israeli apartheid wall.

The annual Israeli Apartheid Week ran from March 8 to 15th in Montreal, and organizers are happy to announce that once again it was a huge success! Hundreds of people attended a wide range of events at McGill, Concordia, UQAM, and other cultural venues around the city. Some of the highlights included the keynote lecture at McGill from author Ali Abunimah, and the closing panel at Concordia entitled “Decolonization Begins At Home” featuring three powerful aboriginal activists. Many students left the events eager to find out more about getting involved in Palestine solidarity work.


Photos: Artists Against Apartheid

April 9th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    photography via Omar.


Photo: Omar. IamBlackGirl & Meryem Saci perform for Palestine in Montreal.

Photography via Omar from the fifteenth edition of Artists Against Apartheid in Montreal within Israeli Apartheid Week 2011, featuring groundbreaking Montreal poets, hip-hop artists, musicians and artists. An inspiring concert series occurring in Montreal within the context of the growing international solidarity movement with Palestine and for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli government.


Demonstration: Freedom for Palestine

March 21st, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Events

commemorate Palestinian Land Day & Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions global action


    A call to end 62 years of Israeli occupation, colonization, & apartheid.
    Saturday April 2nd, 12h00
    metro Mont-Royal
    Montreal, Quebec

Freedom for Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Oman, Algeria & occupied Palestine!

BDS Quebec, a coalition of several trade unions, community organizations, and solidarity groups, is calling people in Quebec to commemorate Palestinian land day in joining a global day of action for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in support of the Palestinian peoples right to self-determination, freedom and dignity.

Palestinian Land Day commemorates March 30th, 1976 when Israeli military forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel. These brave youth were among thousands protesting the Israeli government’s expropriation of Palestinian land to build new Jewish-only colonies and expand existing ones. Today, Land Day symbolizes Palestinian resistance to Israel’s ongoing land expropriation, colonization, occupation and apartheid.


Photos: Artists Against Apartheid XV

March 18th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    photo essay via Mariel Rosenbluth, Alain Mercier & Mickey Boston


Photo: Mickey Boston. IamBlackGirl, Waahli & Meryem Saci via Nomadic Massive.

Montreal’s ongoing Artists Against Apartheid concert series in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation continued for Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 on Sunday, March 13th at O Patro Vys in the Plateau district of Montreal.

Celebrated poets, musicians & hip-hop artists performed to a capacity crowd in Montreal gathering for an concert series taking place as part of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting the Israeli state due to the systematic human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.


Tadamon! Open letter to Hudson’s Bay Company on Ahava statement

March 11th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

Tadamon letter: Hudson’s Bay Company/Canada Israel Committee AHAVA release


    Photo: Israeli apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian territories.

Bonnie Brooks
President and CEO, the Bay
Hudson’s Bay Company
11 March 2011

Dear Ms. Brooks,

The purpose of this letter is to take issue with the content of a statement that you issued on 13 January 2011 referring to the decision of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) to withdraw AHAVA brand skincare products temporarily from its store shelves. Available documentation indicates that the statement was “jointly issued” by you, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Canada Israel Committee (CIC). [1]

We are a grassroots collective based in Montreal working to advance social justice and improved conditions (economic, social, political) for the peoples of the Middle East. We give particular attention to the condition of Palestinians living in Israel/Palestine. In supporting Palestinians in their struggle for liberation and justice, we also support the call from Palestinian civil society organizations to advance a strategy of boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel until it complies with international law. We take issue with your “jointly issued” statement because it indicates that on the matter in question – the sale of AHAVA brand products at Bay stores – HBC chose to act with disregard for international law and principles of human rights. Further, in openly aligning itself with two organizations that engage in political advocacy in the interests of Israel, HBC is being blatantly one-sided on the Palestine-Israel question and, troublingly, choosing the side of apologetics for apartheid. We urge HBC to issue a retraction.


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