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Take Action: Urge your MPP to vote “NO” on the anti-BDS Private Member’s Motion

An Anti-BDS motion will be presented in the Ontario Legislature this Thursday December 1, 2016.

The motion, presented by MPP Gila Martow, asks the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to stand firmly against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and falsely equates it to anti-Semitism and racism.

Please ask your MPP to vote “NO” on the Private Members’ Notice of Motion Number 36. We have provided a sample model letter below for you to cut-and-paste and/or to modify as you wish. It is important that MPPs hear opposition before the vote on Thursday, December 1. If you are able, please send your email tonight (November 29) or tomorrow morning (November 30).

Please also share this Call to Action to your networks as soon as possible.

See below for instructions on contacting your MPP in 5 easy steps:

Step One
Write to your MPP and ask them to vote NO to Private Member’ Notice of Motion Number 36– a short note will do. Or, you can copy/modify the model letter provided below. Make any modifications you want or use as-is. Please make sure you add your MPP’s name on the first line.

Step Two
Write in subject line: Please Vote “NO” to Private Member’ Notice of Motion Number 36.

Step Three
Find your MPP’s email address using this link
Click on the MPP’s name as highlighted on the list (sort by MPP or by riding):
Once located, click Contact Details below their picture to find/copy their email address.
Also copy Premier Kathleen Wynne’s email at premier@ontario.ca

Step Four:
Copy caia.toronto@gmail.com (so we can keep track of how many MPPs are receiving letters)

Step Five
Add your name, city, title and affiliation at the end of the letter – and press send!

Model letter

Dear MPP,

I am writing to you today to register my strong opposition to Private Member’ Notice of Motion Number 36. Ontario PC MPP Gila Martow introduced this bill.

As a constituent in your riding, I am asking that you vote “NO” on this motion on Thursday December 1. I also urge you to oppose any further action on this motion.

The motion aims to shut down the expression of solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation and violates the freedom of expression protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This motion is a blatant attack on freedom of expression and democratic rights, and a further attempt to silence any critique of Israel’s violations of international law.

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement was initiated in 2005 by an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society. It is modeled after the South African anti-apartheid struggle and is based on principles on international law and human rights.

It is outrageous and deeply troubling to prohibit people from supporting BDS. I am not asking you to support BDS, I am asking you to protect my right to support BDS!

BDS is based on basic principles of anti-racism (opposing all forms of racism including anti-Semitism) and anti-oppression, and aims to end the ongoing racism and oppression against the Palestinian people. Far from addressing the racism of anti-Semitism, this motion will institutionalise racism against Palestinians, including Palestinian Canadians, and supporters of Palestinians’ rights under international law. It imposes McCarthyist measures to silence non-violent action in support of Palestinians’ human rights. The Palestinian call for BDS was modelled on the long fight against apartheid in South Africa, which over time was supported by many organizations in Ontario, including universities and colleges.

This motion is part of a coordinated campaign to shut down the increasingly successful BDS movement and silence Palestine solidarity. Earlier this year, Ontario Conservative MPP Tim Hudak and Liberal MPP Mike Colle introduced Bill 202 in an attempt to silence solidarity with Palestinians. The Bill was voted down, and our right to freedom of expression was upheld.

For all the reasons above, I urge you as my MPP to oppose this motion. Whatever your views may be on BDS, I ask you to support my right to support BDS! This motion is an attack on freedom of expression and a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Sincerely,

PROTEST! TRIO OF WAR CRIMINALS COMING TO TORONTO

PROTEST!
TRIO OF WAR CRIMINALS COMING TO TORONTO:
HENRY KISSINGER, SHIMON PERES, AND MICHAEL OREN
MAY 26, 2016
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE
4:30 PM

EVENT PAGE: www.facebook.com/events/219223015127686

If your group would like to endorse this action, please email actions4palestine@gmail.com

On May 26, War Criminals Henry Kissinger, Shimon Peres & Michael Oren will be in Toronto to participate in what is called the “Spirit of Hope,” an event hosted by the “Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre” insidiously focusing on human rights, justice, freedom & democracy, all of which were denied to their victims.

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HENRY KISSINGER: The mastermind of imperialist policies directly causing millions of deaths. He is responsible for massive blood-drenched crimes against humanity that swept across the Global South, from the operations of the Shah of Iran’s secret police, the brutal Pinochet years in Chile, the secret U.S. indiscriminate bombing of Cambodia & Laos, still murdering civilians *to this day,* the U.S.’s villainous Anti-Communist war against Vietnam and the entrenchment  of apartheid in South Africa, amongst many other heinous crimes committed in East Timor and Bangladesh.

SHIMON PERES: Former Prime Minister & President of Apartheid Israel, whose extensive list of atrocities include serving in the Haganah, a Zionist Militia that massacred Palestinians during 1948-1952, the planning and execution of the Qana Massacre in Lebanon; the killing of Palestinians during the Aqsa uprising; involvement in the massacre of Jenin and gave the green light for Israel’s violent incursion against besieged Gaza in February of 2008.

MICHAEL OREN: Former Israeli ambassador to the US and former Israeli Occupation soldier who served during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, served again as the Israeli Occupation Spokesperson during Israel’s barbaric assault on Lebanon in 2006, as well as a stint posturing as “media relations officer” during the massacre of over 1,200 Palestinians in Gaza in 2008-2009, where he disseminated war propaganda and whitewashed Israel’s crimes to major media outlets, globally.

We call on all people of conscience to join together to let them know they are not welcome and demand justice for decades of unimaginable crimes against humanity perpetrated during their reigns of violence, terror and intimidation.

Let’s give them the “welcome” they deserve!

Endorsements include:
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA),
Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) York, and
SAIA UofT
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)-Canada,
Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF)-Canada
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) McMaster,
Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Toronto
If your group would like to endorse this action, please email actions4palestine@gmail.com

What: Protest War Criminals
Where: Toronto Convention Centre

What Day: Thursday, May 26, 2016
What Time: We gather @ 4:30 PM

Faculty for Palestine (Canada) Statement, July 9 2014

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Faculty for Palestine Opposes Canadian University Links with Israeli Institutions
July 9, 2014

1. Israel must be held accountable for its measures of collective punishment of the Palestinian people

2. Attacks on Palestinian academic freedom and their right to education are endemic to Israel’s regime of occupation and oppression.

3. Canadian universities should not foster institutional links with Israel’s academic establishment under these conditions. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Association of University Heads, Israel (AUH) of July 8, 2013 should be rescinded.

On June 12, Israel launched a massive military operation called “Operation Brother’s Keeper.” Since then, the Israeli state has bombed the Gaza Strip, killed a rapidly rising number of Palestinians, arrested more than 500 others, and violently invaded 1,300 Palestinian sites, including three university campuses. The immediate pretext for this brutality against Palestinians was the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis. As the Israeli military’s campaign continues, so too has racist rhetoric and Israeli violence on the ground escalated, including the June 30 kidnapping and murder of sixteen-year old Palestinian Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. On July 8, as this statement goes to press, Israel has increased the level of deadly violence and destruction on Gaza with the launch of its new bombing campaign, “Operation Protective Edge”

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CAIA Sodastream information picket – June 7, 2014

As part of the ongoing “Boycott Soda Stream” CAIA held an information picket in front of the flagship Bed, Bath and Beyond store on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Twenty CAIA activists handing out 2000 postcards and flyers, and discussing the international Soda Stream campaign with passers-by. Photos from the picket may be viewed here. Sign the petition here demanding that Bed Bath and Beyond stop selling Soda Stream products.

CAIA Sodastream information picket from Cathy Gulkin on Vimeo.