All posts for March 2011

Demonstration: Freedom for Palestine

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

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

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

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.

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Photos: Artists Against Apartheid XV

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

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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.

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Palestinian political prisoner Abdallah Abu Rahmah released from Israeli prison

March 14th, 2011 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners

March 14, 2011, Palestinian activist Abdallah Abu Rahmah released from Israeli prison.

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Photo: Iyas Abu Rahmah. Palestinian community activist Abdallah Abu Rahmah upon release from Israeli prison.

Palestinian community activist Abdallah Abu Rahmah, from Bil’in, Palestine, has been released from Israeli prison after being jailed for sixteen month as a political prisoner. Abu Rahmah visited Canada in 2009 to speak in Montreal on a lawsuit launched by Bil’in village against two companies registered in Quebec, Green Mount International and Green Park International, due their involvement in constructing Israeli settlements on agricultural lands belonging to Bil’in, which had been confiscated previously by the Israeli state.

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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

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    Photo: Israeli apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian territories.

Bonnie Brooks
President and CEO, the Bay
Hudson’s Bay Company
hbc.communications@hbc.com
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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Dexia excluded for involvement in Israel

March 10th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Economy
    08-03-2011 | Dexia in Israel announcement via Triodos Bank

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Photo Israeli occupation soldiers arrest Palestinian youth at protest in West Bank.

Belgian bank Dexia has been excluded from the Triodos sustainable investment universe because of its ongoing financing of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Dexia Israel Bank (DIB), a subsidiary of Dexia, has financed Israeli settlements in the past. In response to shareholder and stakeholder pressure, DIB stopped new loans to Israeli settlements in June 2008. There are also indications that current loans are being withdrawn, although the longest maturity loan in the portfolio will not end until 2017. DIB’s actions have caused uproar in Israel and a regional council major in southern Israel called for a DIB boycott.

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Engaging with opposition

March 10th, 2011 | Posted in Canada, Palestine
    McGill Daily by Jon Booth, March 10, 2011

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    Photo: Palestine solidarity protest in San Francisco.

This year, Israeli Apartheid Week is taking place in more than forty cities around the world, from Ottawa to Johannesburg. Even after seven years, the event remains controversial, not least because of its name. This controversy makes Israeli Apartheid Week even more important because it focuses attention on Israel’s actions and policies. With this in mind, we have put together a week of powerful, informative, and even fun events, to educate people about Palestine, and hopefully stir them into action.

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Artists Against Apartheid XV

March 6th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

evening of spoken-word & poetry during Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 in Montreal.

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    Sunday March 13th, 2011
    doors 20h, $8-10
    O Patro Vys
    356 Mont-Royal east
    (métro Mount Royal)
    Montreal, Quebec
    facebook event page

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Don’t ‘No-Fly’ Libya

March 5th, 2011 | Posted in Libya, Imperialism
    March 4, 2011 – by Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

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Photo: A member of the opposition prayed for safety as he stood guard near the Mediterranean Sea in Benghazi. He held a surface-to-air missile launcher to protect the rebels from incoming planes.

What would a no-fly zone in Libya mean? A bit of history may provide some perspective.

Today in Libya, civilians are being killed by a besieged and isolated dictator. Libyan warplanes have been used to attack civilians, although the vast majority of the violence has come from ground attacks. The Libyan opposition’s provisional national council, meeting in Benghazi, is debating whether they should request military support from the international community, maybe the UN or NATO, starting with a no-fly zone. The Arab League announced that it was also considering establishing a no-fly zone, perhaps with the African Union.

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Bil’in marches against US veto in the United Nations

March 4th, 2011 | Posted in Palestine, Politics
    25 February 2011 | Popular Committee Against the Wall

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Photo: ActiveStills Palestinian activist Mohammed Khatib at protest in Bil’in, Palestine.

Dozens were injured in the weekly demonstration against the Occupation and settlements. The demonstration was held against the United State’s veto of a UN resolution which condemned Israel’s illegal settlements. The demonstration was attacked with tear gas by Israeli soldiers who wanted to crush the nonviolent demonstration. Hundreds from Palestine, Israel and the international community attended the demonstration. The demonstration was also in solidarity with the Libyan people.

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7th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week Comes Back to Montreal

March 4th, 2011 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    press release Montreal, March 3, 2011

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Photo Palestinian girl plays under Palestinian flag in protest against Israeli occupation.

Montreal will join over 50 other cities around the world in kicking off the 7th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which runs from March 8th until March 15th, 2011. Events will be taking place at UQAM, Concordia, and McGill universities, as well as other locations. This year, organizers of this international week of events are celebrating the inspiring revolutions happening throughout the Arab world as a sign that justice may be within reach, even for the Palestinians.

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