Toronto Conference on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign

September 29th, 2006 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Resistance

Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: The Struggle Continues
Conference on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, 6-8 October 2006

Register now. (If you are planning to go to this conference from Montreal, you are welcome to coordinate travel with us at Tadamon.)

Jamal Jum’a – Coordinator, Stop the Wall Campaign (Palestine)
Willie Madisha – Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
Salim Vally – Palestine Solidarity Committee (South Africa)

As the Israeli states works to finalize its apartheid laws, walls, and the bantustanization of the indigenous Palestinian people and prepares to eliminate popular resistance to its aggression in the region, the Palestinian and Lebanese people remain steadfast under increasingly brutal conditions. Meanwhile, the economic and political leaderships of Western governments, with the US and Canada at the forefront, have increased their efforts to normalize international relations with the Israeli apartheid regime.  

Taking strength from the heroic struggle of the South African peoples’ struggle and the global solidarity movement against apartheid, energies are being exerted worldwide to build a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israeli apartheid. With recent victories of this campaign in North America, and the growth of the movement here, it has come time to bring the different anti-apartheid forces together…

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) invites you to join us from October 6-8, 2006 for “Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: The Struggle Continues” a broad-based conference dedicated to promoting the growing anti-apartheid movement in Palestine and abroad through a comprehensive boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israeli apartheid.

The conference will include participants from Palestine, South Africa and Turtle Island; bringing together all those working on BDS as a means of dismantling Zionist racism and opening up new spaces for creative action. The conference aims to develop understandings, strategies and networks that can give impetus to a national BDS campaign.

The weekend will also serve as a showcase of the Palestinian arts, featuring cultural programming and a marketplace of alternative ‘Apartheid Free’ products from Palestine. Furthermore, BDS campaigners from across Canada, representing different community, faith, labour, and student organizations will be on hand to share in this important strategizing, networking and learning experience.

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