All posts for October 2010

Oslo mayor joins protest against illegal Israeli wall

October 31st, 2010 | Posted in Agriculture, Palestine
    Oct. 2010 Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements


    Photo Israeli apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian lands.

Today’s demonstration in Bil’in against the Apartheid wall, organized by the Popular Committee of Bil’in, was joined by many local residents, Israeli activists as well as many internationals. As the group moved peacefully towards the Apartheid wall, they chanted to “Freedom to all Palestinian Political Prisoners”. Demonstrators carrying the Palestinian flag crossed through a gate to confront the awaiting soldiers with a simple question, “What are you doing here?”


Photos: Artists Against Apartheid XIV

October 31st, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec
    photos from Artists Against Apartheid by Noé Sardet


Photo Noé Sardet. Detroit-based hip-hop artist Invincible performing in Montreal.

Hundreds gathered in Montreal for the fourteenth edition of Artists Against Apartheid occurring as part of the Quebec/Canada-wide conference on the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting the Israeli government. Artists Against Apartheid XIV was co-presented by Afro Latin Soul and featured Invincible from Detroit, members of Nomadic Massive performing along side with celebrated Cuban hip-hop ensemble Obsesión and a special appearance by Montreal Iraqi hip-hop artist The Narcicyst. Photographer / filmmaker Noé Sardet captured some images from the concert.


Fighting Israeli apartheid by ‘besieging the siege’

October 31st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    by Jooneed Khan | October 29, 2010


    Photo Palestinian flag at demonstration signed in solidarity with Gaza.

The worldwide campaign to boycott Israel as an apartheid state took a giant Canadian leap forward last weekend with a three-day BDS Conference in Montreal (boycott, divestment and sanctions) that saw the coming together of separate and diverse initiatives into what a South African trade union delegate called “an unstoppable movement.”

At a time when the old western-dominated colonialist-militarist world order is in decline, when the loot-and-run, slash-and-burn, bomb-and-rebuild capitalist model is in crisis, when western civil societies are clamoring for a more participative democracy to combat corruption, secrecy and the lies of their security-obsessed states, and mobilizing globally to save the planet, has the Palestinian cause become a symbol of the struggle for human values for a new generation and a new century?


Audio: From Sharpeville to Gaza

October 31st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

Audio recording opening Quebec Boycott Divestment & Sanctions BDS conference


Photo: Paul Di Stefano. Opening panel @ Quebec/Canada wide BDS conference.

This panel will present and assess the achievements and aims of the BDS movement internationally and in Palestine over the past 5 years, and speak to the challenges ahead for the BDS movement in Québec, Canada and around the world.

Featuring Omar Barghouti, Coordinator, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Boycott National Committee (BNC), Palestine Areej Ja’fari, Coordinator of the Palestine Freedom Project, West Bank Stephen Faulkner, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).


Photos: World Education Forum

October 30th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Quebec, Solidarity
    photos from World Education Forum by Wolf Bonpiedbonoeil


Photo: World Education Forum solidarity demonstration at global forum in Ramallah.

Photographs documenting the World Education Forum in Palestine currently taking place in Palestine. Thousands have gathered from around the world to join the World Education Forum and are participating in hundreds of workshops, cultural events and meetings to promote quality accessible education globally, while highlighting specifically the struggle of Palestinians to access education in the face of Israeli apartheid. The World Education Forum, initiated via the World Social Forum process, takes place in occupied Palestine as the international movement for boycott, divestment & sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid grows.


H2Oil: Projections in Palestine

October 28th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine

H2Oil film screening at World Education Forum via Cinema Politica & Tadamon!


    Friday October 29th
    Ramallah Palestine, room T101
    screening 19h-20h30
    World Education Forum
    download conference program


CKUT radio: Popular protests in Palestine

October 28th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    CKUT radio interview with Palestinian writer/author Ali Abunimah


    Photo Jessie Boylan Palestinians demonstrate in Bil’in, West Bank.

Listen to an interview with Palestinian writer/author Ali Abunimah on the growing popular protest movement against Israeli apartheid in Gaza, throughout the West Bank and particularly in the agricultural village of Bil’in.

Popular protests are growing in the West Bank, pointing to an expanding, organized grassroots response to the Israeli military occupation at the community-based level in Palestine, a direct response to the realities of Israeli apartheid beyond the Palestinian Authority politicians walking the halls of political power in D.C. pushing forward a negotiation process that has lead to little results.


Technion: Structures of Oppression

October 26th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

Why McGill & Concordia Universities must sever their links with Technion University


    report updated April 2011download full document
    Photo: window in Palestinian home smashed by Israeli military bullet.

McGill and Concordia universities maintain bi-lateral exchange programs with the Technion University in Israel. What does this mean in the broader context of the denial of justice for Palestinians, the systematic discrimination they face within Israel, and the occupation and forced exile they suffer outside? The following document outlines the various levels of militarization that are created by, and fostered at the Technion, through its complicity in the Israeli military-industrial complex, and perpetuation of systematic discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

In this research, we examine the importance of the Technion University in arms research and technology and the repressive use of this technology by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Through cooperative research programs with Israeli defense companies like Elbit and Rafael, McGill and Concordia are directly participating in the creation and development of technology for Israel’s ‘separation barrier’, parts for battle tanks, and various unmanned aircraft. Palestinian students who are citizens of Israel endure unjust treatment and inequality in all levels of state education, and Technion University is no exception. They are often denied access to programs, housing and funding, and denied the right to publicly demonstrate against these injustices.


Indigenous solidarity: Turtle Island to Palestine

October 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Palestine, Quebec

Quebec/Canada Conference on the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Movement

grassy narrows

    Saturday October 23rd 9h -10h30
    Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)
    Pavillon des Sciences de l’Éducation
    1405 St-Denis (corner René-Lévesque)
    Room N-M140 (pavilion N métro level)
    Montreal, Quebec, metro Berri-UQAM


Artistic Reflections on Palestine

October 20th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine, Quebec

Artistic community workshops @ Quebec/Canada Conference on BDS Movement


    Saturday October 23rd / Sunday October 24th 2010
    Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)
    Pavillon des Sciences de l’Éducation
    1405 St-Denis (corner René-Lévesque)
    room NM 140 (pavilion N métro level)
    Montreal, Quebec, metro Berri-UQAM


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