Montreal: Commemorating the Nakba

May 11th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

boycott Israeli apartheid | end Canada and Quebec complicity with Israeli apartheid

    SUNDAY MAY 24 13h30
    Demonstration: Norman Bethune Square
    corner Guy and de Maisonneuve Blvd.
    (metro Guy-Concordia)
    Montreal, Quebec.

Join us on the streets for two events organized just months after tens-of-thousands protested in Montreal in solidarity with Gaza.

Events occurring to commemorate the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic), as sixty-one years ago an estimated 750 000 Palestinians were expelled from their lands through the creation of Israel in 1948.

Today an estimated six-million Palestinian refugees remain stateless in the Middle East and around the world. Palestinians make-up one of the biggest displaced populations in the world.

Israel today maintains a colonial policy towards Palestine, as the Palestinian population is subjected to a brutal military occupation throughout the West Bank and Gaza, while Israel continues enforcing an institutionalized discrimination against the Palestinian population maintaining Israeli citizenship within 1948 territories occupied by Israel.

Gaza remains under siege, as Palestinians struggles to recover from the massive Israeli military assault this past winter that killed over 1,400 Palestinians and injured approximately 4,300 others.

1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, the majority of whom are refugees expelled by Israel in 1948, are denied adequate access to basic necessities like fuel, medicine, clean water and food, while the majority of the population relies on U.N. relief.

Desmond Tutu, the South African Nobel laureate, has repeatedly called for an end to the “abominable” Israeli blockade of Gaza and U.N. officials have described Gaza as an “open air prison.”

In the West Bank, Israel continues to construct the apartheid wall, running over six-hundred kilometers long, being built on Palestinian lands that “violates international law”, according to the U.N.

Towering over eight meters high in certain districts, fortified with armed military watchtowers and surrounded by razor wire trenches for many throughout the world, the Israeli “security” wall has become a symbol of Palestinian dispossession and Israeli apartheid.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest legal body in the world, deemed the wall illegal. In addition, the U.N. general assembly voted in 2004, with a strong majority, for a resolution calling on Israel to halt the wall’s construction.

In response to Israel’s apartheid policies, we stand with the growing international movement calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel apartheid. This movement is picking-up momentum around the world and is rooted in the 2005 call from over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations to social movements around the world.

We also take to the streets in Montreal to protest the extreme pro-Israel position expressed by the current Conservative government of Canada, that has expressed unwavering support for Israel’s military actions in Palestine, the Middle East and including support for the massive bombardment against Lebanon in 2006.

Join us for these actions in Montreal to express solidarity with the Palestinian refugees and to support the growing international movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel’s apartheid.

events organized by:

D’abord solidaires
Forum musulman canadien
Independent Jewish Voices
PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity)
Parole Arabe
Présence musulmane Montréal
Québec solidaire
SPHR (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights)
MSA (Muslim Students Association. Concordia and McGill)

endorsed by the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP)

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