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City-wide rally: Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance – Boycott Israel now!

Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 6 pm
Location: Across from the Israeli consulate,180 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/427332634128806/


Another round of escalating Israeli attacks throughout historic Palestine is being met with intensified Palestinian popular resistance. World governments, especially in the west, are calling this a “cycle of violence” where both sides are to blame, ignoring the root cause of the colonial conflict and their own complicity in enabling Israel to violate international law with impunity. But, as long as occupation and apartheid are allowed to continue, we will see neither justice nor peace in Palestine.

We need to hold Israel to account. We need to expose and challenge corporate and governmental complicity, particularly those that enable and profit from occupation and apartheid. Israel’s military machine, including its research arm, must face a comprehensive international military embargo, and all Israeli leaders, officers and soldiers who are involved in the commission of the current and past crimes must be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court as well as national courts that respect international jurisdiction.

Join Palestine House, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and other social justice organizations and people of conscience across Toronto in the streets this Friday, and add your voice to the worldwide condemnation of Israel’s crimes. Join us as we build the global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!

Free Palestine! Boycott Israel now!

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Challenge Harper, Mulcair & Trudeau! #RefugeesWelcome

Monday, September 28th, 5:30PM
Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1FoF79n

On September 28th, Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau will be participating in a televised pre-election Federal Leaders debate, sharing their visions of Canada’s Foreign Policy at Roy Thomson Hall in downtown Toronto. Canada’s foreign policy has destroyed people’s homes and communities abroad and particularly displaced Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people across the Global South. Join us as hundreds of others in a rally as we insist upon a new vision, one that is about flourishing communities, not displacement and profit.
#RefugeesWelcome means:
  • we are in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples who continue to fight ongoing colonialism, displacement and defend the land across Turtle Island and the Global South.
  • we oppose the narrative of “worthy” migrants that is rooted in disablelism, patriarchy, capitalism, and the anti-Black racism that values certain bodies on the move over others.
  • we believe in the freedom to move, return, stay for all peoples.
  • we celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people breaking borders in Europe and elsewhere in their search for freedom.

Canadian ‘foreign’ policy is increasingly built on exploitative trade deals, environmentally devastating resource extraction, the war on terror, militarism and displacement. On September 28th, let’s put forward our own vision of a more accountable and just world and a more collective humanity.

Our vision: #StoptheWar #EndMiningInjustice #BoycottApartheid
#ClimateJusticeNow #NoFreeTrade and racial, gender, economic justice for all.
*We humbly acknowledge that this action is taking place on traditional territories defended by Missisaugas of the New Credit, Haudenausaunee People and the Wendat Nation*

This rally is organized by No One is Illegal – Toronto and endorsed by a number of progressive social justice organizations, including the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.

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Refugees Welcome Rally & Teach-In

September 19, 2015 at 3pm
Bloor & Avenue – Meet outside of Royal Ontario Museum
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067992483235452/ 
More information:


Toddler Alan Kurdi’s tragic death by drowning on September 2nd is a call for urgent action on the global refugee crisis — the largest since World War II. This crisis isn’t inevitable. It is time for Canadian immigration and refugee policies to change. It is time for us to call for an end to the wars and environmental and economic collapse that forces people to become refugees and migrants.
As part of the month of #RefugeesWelcome actions called by 30+ cities across Canada, Toronto will be hosting a rally and teach-in with members from different refugee and migrant communities. Let’s share, learn, resist, and build. #RefugeesWelcome is a call to end all forces of displacement, all fortressed borders, and all migrant deaths – it is a call for the freedom to stay, move, and return.
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GAZA: New Dynamics, Future Prospects with Dr. Sara Roy

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:30pm
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor Street West (by Spadina station)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/713275518805855/
More Information: www.necefsabeel.ca

NECEF Sabeel Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Roy of Harvard University will be speaking in Toronto on her extensive experience in Gaza for the 2015 James Graff Memorial Lecture.Gaza event with Sara Roy

This lecture will examine the unprecedented dynamics that have emerged in Gaza in the aftermath of last summer’s devastating war and its future implications. Dr. Roy will also explore how we can move beyond fear and militarism to envision something different: a world where dissent is mandatory and our capacity to witness is restored.

Sara Roy (Ed.D. Harvard University) is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies specializing in the Palestinian economy, Palestinian Islamism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is the daughter of two holocaust survivors.
Online: $10 regular / $5 student or unwaged
At the Door: $15 regular / $10 student or unwaged
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Commemorate al-Nakba this Friday, May 15th | Vigil Against Israeli Apartheid | Film screening: Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork

Friday, 15 May, 2015 marks the 67th Anniversary of al-Nakba, “the Catastrophe” in Palestine. This day commemorates the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their land in 1948 for the creation of the state of Israel. The trauma and memory of al-Nakba is still live as millions of Palestinians living inside and outside of Palestine wait to return to their ancestral lands, while thousands more continue to be expelled from their homes.

Palestine solidarity activists in Toronto will join thousands around the world to commemorate this day. We encourage all CAIA allies, supporters and BDS activists to show their solidarity by attending and participating in these events.

Vigil against against Israeli Apartheid
Friday, May 15th | 5 – 6 pm
Israeli Consulate | 180 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Bring your Palestinian flags and meet us at the northwest corner of Bloor and Avenue Road for a vigil against Israeli Apartheid!

TPFF Nakba Commemoration Film Screening: Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork
Friday, May 15th | 7 pm
Centre for Social Innovation | 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Admission: Free
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/474065599416486/

Join the Toronto Palestine Film Festival in commemorating the 67th year of al Nakba with a special free screening of Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork. This screening will take place May 15th at 7pm at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex, with director Eyal Sivan in attendance via Skype. Continue reading

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

Free all Political prisoners rallyPalestinian political prisoners! Free all Palestinian children! Stop administrative detention!

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



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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