Quebec: Minister’s office occupied to demand Quebec end economic ties with Israel

January 16th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    Montreal, January 15th, 2009.

    Photo: Palestinians running with flag along Israel’s apartheid wall.

On the twentieth day of Israel’s attack on Gaza, a group of Montrealers occupied the office of Quebec’s Economic Development Minister Raymond Bachand, calling on the Charest government to immediately end ties with Israel, and specifically withdraw from the Quebec-Israel accord.

“The accord, signed this fall, establishes unconditional economic ties between the two countries,” said Marc-André Faucher, spokesperson for ASSÉ, representing over 40,000 Quebec students. “The accord does not include measures to force Israel to respect international law, but provides economic backing and diplomatic cover for current war crimes in Gaza.”

Montrealers, including dozens of supporters outside of the offices, sent a clear message to the Charest government by shutting down the minister’s office, disrupting its functioning for the day. Demonstrators locked themselves together in the office, chanting “Israël: terroriste! Bachand: complice!” and demanding the Charest government denounce Israel’s war crimes that continue unabated in Gaza.

The protesters, who were eventually removed by police without arrests, demanded that Quebec end all economic ties with Israel as part of the international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid.

“We demand that the Charest government tear up the Quebec-Israel bilateral accord and condemn Israel’s attack on Gaza,” outlined Stefan Christoff, from Tadamon! “Given that Bachand has failed to address our demands, Quebec government institutions should expect future disruptions.”

Recent accounts of Israel’s carnage document over a thousand dead, including 300 children, and more than 5000 wounded in Gaza.

Major protests have ignited worldwide against the ongoing massacre in Gaza, while growing numbers of direct actions against Israeli apartheid have occurred in recent days, including many on the part of the Jewish community who condemn Israel’s attack on Gaza.

for more information:

Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante

photos on-line at: Indymedia Quebec.


Thank you for your relentless efforts.

Comment by carla — January 16th, 2009 @ 9:20 AM

I just wish this action would inspire the Egyptian people to occupy the Egyptian presidential palace and expel the Egyptian president to Israel as Venezuela and Bolivia did to the Israeli ambassadors. Shame on all these traitors.

Comment by Nidal Ahmar — January 16th, 2009 @ 9:26 AM

Too bad Ontario and the other provinces are not following Quebec’s example! CANADA is allowing a province to set an excellent example of foreign policy toward ISRAEL. It should be isolated from the family of nations.

Comment by Gary D'Orazio — January 20th, 2009 @ 1:50 AM

Leave a comment

Upcoming events