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Rally in support of all the Palestinian Political Prisoners: Friday, April 17, 2015

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As of February 2015, there were 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 454 administrative detainees, 23 women and 163 children.

Join the rally this coming Friday in support of all the Palestinian Political Prisoners!

Time: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Where: Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Invite your Friends on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/966250920051880/

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Take action: Free Khalida Jarrar and all other Palestinian political prisoners!

On April 2 at approximately 1:30 a.m., dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers kicked down the door and raided the home of Khalida Jarrar, a prominent humankhalidacampaign rights advocate, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and board member of Addameer, a prisoners’ rights organization. Jarrar was taken to an undisclosed location and arrested without charge.

According to Suha Jarrar, Khalida Jarrar’s daughter, “my mother is an influential leader, feminist and activist. She speaks strongly and loudly against colonization and oppression. Her arrest is a reflection of Israel’s ongoing tactics to attack freedom of speech and silence those who speak freely against occupation and apartheid.”

Israel is currently holding 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners in detention, including 163 children under the age of 16. Jarrar’s arrest now brings the number of Palestinian Legislative Council members held in Israeli detention to 17, many of whom are being held without charge or trial. Palestinian political prisoners face systematic torture and persecution during their arrest and detention at the hands of the Israeli military.

The imprisonment of Palestinians, including Jarrar, is part of Israel’s system of occupation, colonization and apartheid. This is the same system that attacked Gaza this past summer, when Israel killed over 2,000 Palestinians and wounded thousands of others.

In response to Israel’s denial of Palestinian prisoners rights, Palestinian human rights organizations have called for the intensification of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. BDS targets corporations such as G4S, which maintains and profits from Israel’s prison system, and SodaStream, which is manufactured on an illegal Israeli settlement, further entrenching the occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank.

In response to Jarrar’s imprisonment, we vow to strengthen our BDS efforts to pressure Israel to free Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners, and to respect international law. We urge our allies to join our efforts until Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners are free.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Sign and share the petition (click here).
  2. Click here to send a message to the Israeli Occupation Forces demanding Jarra’s immediate release, and to show them that the world is watching.
  3. Contact your Member of Parliament (MP). Feel free to copy and paste the text below into an email. To find your MP and their contact information, please visit this link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseofCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
  4. Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS)! Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. Learn more at http://www.bdsmovement.net.

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Eleventh annual Israeli Apartheid Week – Toronto begins March 24th

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Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

IAW – Toronto will take place from March 24 – 28, 2015. Below is the Toronto program. For more information, please visit http://apartheidweek.org/toronto/.

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Confronting Apartheids, Challenging Racisms, Building Solidarity: Palestine, Ferguson, Canada, South Africa

Sunday, December 14, 2014 |United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto | 3 – 6 pm
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As 2014 draws to a close, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid invites you to join us for a public forum to mark annual International Human Rights DaDec 14 HR Dayy where we will critically address key issues of injustice that have prevailed over the past year. Through a film screening and speakers panel, the year will be examined through the lens of confronting apartheids and racisms while also connecting across forms of popular resistance and global solidarity movements. From the Israeli state massacre in Gaza last summer, to the resurgence of Islamophobia and “anti-terrorism” laws after the October shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to the non-indictment of the police officer responsible for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson it is increasingly urgent to share analysis, make connections across these events, understand the histories they are located in, and to build effective and collective ties for solidarity and change.

Save the date! Details on film and speakers panel t.b.a.

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Bed Bath & Beyond Canada: Drop SodaStream!

On August 10, 2014 Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid activists protested at the Bed Bath and Beyond store in downtown Toronto because they carry SodaStream products manufactured in the illegal Israel settlement of Ma’al Adumim. This action was part of the larger march and rally to protest Israel’s latest assault on Gaza.

To find out more about the SodaStream campaign, please visit:

Bed Bath & Beyond Drop SodaStream! from Cathy Gulkin on Vimeo.

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Solidarity With Gaza: City-wide Protest & March | July 30th, 6pm | Yonge-Dundas

End the assault on Gaza! Break the siege! Boycott Israel! Free Palestine!

Israeli forces have now killed more than 1,000 Palestinians (including over 170 children), wounded over 6,000 and displaced over 200,000 people in Gaza. Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to Israeli war crimes and to call for an immediate military embargo on Israel.

As they did during Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2008-09 that killed over 1400 Palestinians, the Canadian government is once again giving its full, uncritical support to Israel. Canada has supported Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza since it began over 7 years ago – never calling on Israel to end the blockage to allow food, medicine, building supplies and other necessities into Gaza. Canada continues to engage in free trade, particularly arms deals, with Israel. Canada is deeply complicit in the crimes being committed in Palestine.

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid is calling on all people of conscience to take action against Israel’s war crimes and Canadian support for these massacres.

Join us on the streets! Bring flags, banners, noisemakers and your voices!

Date: Wednesday, July 30th
Time: 6 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
(The nearest accessible TTC station is Yonge-Dundas and we will have accessibility marshals)
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1448799872073952/?ref=notif¬if_t=plan_user_invited
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End the assault on Gaza! Break the siege! Free Palestine!

Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to the ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians. Since the July 7th, Israeli forces have killed more than 237 Palestinians (including 53 children) and wounded 1,770, destroyed 1,660 homes and displaced over 22,000 people. On Thursday, Israel significantly escalated their military offensive against the people of Gaza by launching a ground invasion.

In Toronto, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), together with Palestine House, are calling on all supporters of Palestinian human rights to join us at a rally in front of the Israeli consulate.

Date: Saturday, July 19th
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Location: 180 Bloor St W, across from the Israeli Consulate, in front of ROM (corner of Bloor and Avenue)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/588961491213095/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

July 19 rally

Bring Palestinian flags, banners, and your voices!

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Take action: Protest the assault on Palestinians!

Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to the ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians. Since the June 12 disappearance and killing of 3 Israeli settlers, Israeli forces and civilians have killed more than 10 Palestinian civilians and wounded 90 (including the brutal murder of 16 year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir), carried out 60 airstrikes on Gaza, arrested over 500 people, as well as invaded more than 1000 homes.

In Toronto, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), together with Palestine House, are calling on all supporters of Palestinian human rights to join us at a rally in front of the Israeli consulate.

When: Friday, July 11th @ 6 pm
Where: In front of the ROM, across from the Israeli Consulate (corner of Bloor & Avenue)
Share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/594819810634425/

Bring Palestinian flags, banners, and your voices!

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