All posts for January 2011

Tadamon! supports Dru Oja Jay for MEC board candidacy

January 28th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine

Tadamon! supports candidacy of Dru Oja Jay for membership on the Board of Directors of Mountain Equipment Co-op in 2011.

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    Photo: Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank, Palestine.

We agree with the many goals that Dru would like to achieve, not least his desire to strengthen MEC’s commitment to ethical sourcing. In this regard, what is especially important to Tadamon! is Dru’s goal to build on ongoing efforts to convince members of the Co-op to vote to prohibit the sale of products made in Israel at MEC stores in Canada.

This is in keeping with the call from Palestinian civil society in July 2005 for an international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in order to pressure Israel to end its policy of apartheid, its illegal occupation of Palestine, its war crimes and its human rights violations. As Dru puts it: “you can benefit from war and occupation, or you can be considered an ‘ethical supplier’, but not both.”

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Montreal Rally in solidarity with Egypt

January 28th, 2011 | Posted in Egypt, Solidarity

protest against dictatorship, repression & in solidarity with street protests in Egypt.

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    Friday January 28th
    14h-17h30
    1000 rue De La Gauchetiere O.
    (Metro Bonaventure)
    Montreal, QC

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Photos: Mass demonstrations in Egypt

January 28th, 2011 | Posted in Palestine, Egypt
    photography via Hossam el-Hamalawy Cairo, Egypt.

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Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy. Mass protests in Cairo, Egypt against dictatorship.

Independent journalist and social activist Hossam el-Hamalawy has been capturing the mass protests in recent days in Cairo, Egypt, a selection of images from the protests follows, taken from the streets of Cairo.

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Imaging Apartheid: Concert

January 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Culture, Tadamon!, Events
    Jazz benefit in Montreal @ Kaza Maza

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    Monday January 31st
    doors 20h | $6
    Kaza Maza
    4629, avenue du Parc
    Montreal, Quebec

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AMARC: World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Joins BDS Movement

January 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine
    Solidarity Statement From Tadamon! Montreal, January 2011.

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    Photo: Palestinian flag at demonstration signed in solidarity with Gaza.

As the world remembers the Israeli bombardment of Gaza at the turn of 2009, the Palestine solidarity movement continues to build the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli apartheid. Social justice networks globally are moving in unprecedented ways to back the growing BDS campaign, launched in occupied Palestine by civil society organizations in 2005.

Recently in La Plata, Argentina, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) held their 10th international conference and voted to join the global BDS movement.

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The Bay drops Ahava: A victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in Canada

January 21st, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Solidarity
    rabble.ca by Mary-Jo Nadeau | January 20, 2011.

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    Photo Israeli apartheid wall in occupied Palestine.

This month, the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) have discontinued sales of Ahava cosmetic products. Ahava is an Israeli company that has been a target of the Palestinian campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

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“Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel” reaches 200 signatories

January 19th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, press release 13 Jan 2011.

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Photo ActiveStills Israeli military tear gas over the sky in occupied Palestine.

Irish singer-songwriter Dylan Walshe became the landmark 200th signatory to the “Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel”, which commits endorsers to not “avail of any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel, nor to accept any funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights”.

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The anti-PIRG campus conservative conspiracy

January 18th, 2011 | Posted in Canada, Palestine, Tadamon!
    McGill Daily Kristin Li and Niko Block, Jan 13

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    Photo Anna Carastathis. Protest against McGill University administration.

On January 21 2009, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Campus Association (OPCCA) held a series of workshops advising young conservatives on how to dominate campus discourse, take over student government, and attack their campus public interest research group (PIRG). In the following weeks, similar workshops were held at Carleton and Wilfred Laurier University.

Recordings from the Toronto session were released on WikiLeaks in March of that year. The speakers from the recording are Ryan O’Connor and Aaron Lee-Wudrick, both of whom were active in student politics, and their Conservative Party campus chapter, at the University of Waterloo.

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Israeli military court extends jail term for Palestinian anti-wall activist

January 18th, 2011 | Posted in Palestine, Resistance
    Amnesty International 11 January 2011

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    Photo Israeli apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank, Palestine.

Amnesty International has condemned an Israeli military appeal court’s decision to extend the prison sentence of a Palestinian non-violent activist, convicted over his involvement in organizing protests in the occupied West Bank.

Abdallah Abu Rahma, head of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in, had his sentence extended from 12 months to 16 months by the Israeli Military Court of Appeals at Ofer in the West Bank on Tuesday, after the prosecution argued that his initial sentence was too lenient.

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The rebirth of Arab activism

January 18th, 2011 | Posted in Economy, Resistance, Solidarity
    Lamis Andoni Al Jazeera

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    Photo Tunis, Tunisia downtown skyline.

Mohamed Bou’aziz, the young Tunisian who set fire to himself on December 17, is emerging as a symbol of the wider plight of the millions of young Arabs who are struggling to improve their living conditions.

Like many across the Arab world, Bou’aziz, who is now being treated for severe burns, discovered that a university degree was insufficient to secure decent employment. He turned to selling fruit for a living, but when the security forces confiscated his vending cart he torched himself – igniting a series of protests across Tunisia.

The roots of this Tunisian ‘uprising’ are to be found in a lethal combination of poverty, unemployment and political repression: three characteristics of most Arab societies.

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