More than 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike on April 17th for their basic human rights.
Join us at the Israeli Consulate to support their demands and to urge the Canadian government to pressure the Israeli government to stop violating prisoners’ rights!
Demands of the strike include:
* End to denials of family visits
* Access to a public pay telephone to communicate with family members
* Appropriate medical care and treatment for sick prisoners
* Right to access higher education at a distance
* End to solitary confinement
* End to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has unleashed a wave of repressive tactics, including the denial of family visits, the denial of legal visits, confiscation of clothing (even toothbrushes and underwear), conducting violent prison raids and reportedly confiscating salt from the prisoners; the viral #SaltWaterChallenge campaign on social media has highlighted the way strikers have consumed only a mixture of salt and water to prolong their survival.
Since 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders. Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have called on Israel to end “unlawful and cruel” policies towards Palestinian prisoners.
In honour of Palestinian Prisoners Day, Actions4Palestine will host a panel discussion, Criminalizing Resistance: Joint Struggles of Land Defenders, Human Rights Activists and all who struggle for liberation.This is an opportunity for organizations and activists to share their perspectives on this subject, to develop and deepen existing networks of solidarity and to work towards joint struggle. Although this event is being held in recognition of Palestinian Prisoners Day, we are looking to honour and open a space to share and discuss the connected struggles of political prisoners in diverse contexts.
As of January 2017, there are 6500 Palestinians in Israeli jails. Over 300 prisoners are children. At least 530 are being held in Administrative Detention — without charge or trial. Palestinians are not the only people where mass incarceration is used as a tool of repression. In Canada over one quarter of the prison population is comprised of Indigenous peoples and another 10% are Black Canadians. In the U.S., of the 2.3 million people incarcerated over 1 million are Black. The rate of incarceration of Native Americans is 38% higher than the general population. In Sri Lanka, the Sinhalese government continues to target the Tamil community, imprisoning and torturing political dissidents. From Burma to the Philippines to Saudi Arabia to Germany to France to Peru to Australia, imprisonment has been used by the state to stifle dissent and punish resistance.
We invite you to come and share your stories, knowledge, and to talk about how incarceration has been used against your community, particularly imprisonment without charges. We hope that this can build on the work that has been done in the past and to help strengthen ties and build across movements. Continue reading →
100 YEARS OF SETTLER COLONIALISM, 100 YEARS OF POPULAR STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE
First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. This year, IAW will take place in more than 150 cities across the globe. The week aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing practices of apartheid, occupation, and dispossession against the Palestinian people. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This year’s IAW will reflect on 100 years of resistance to settler colonialism across historic Palestine since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917. The Week will also link the history of Palestinian resistance to the struggles of the Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and study, and who are resisting settler colonial violence and dispossession. Our speakers this year will include Vijay Prashad, Lee Maracle, and Hind Awwad, among others.
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The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), together with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP Ryerson), Students Against Israeli Apartheid – UofT St. George, and UofT Divest, invite you to a screening of Gaza Calling, a documentary by Nahed Awwad. Inspired by the director’s own experiences, the film captures the personal costs faced by Palestinian families torn apart by arbitrary Israeli barriers within their own country.
In addition to the film, there will be a brief report back from the June 2016 fact-finding trip to Palestine by a group of Modern Languages Association (MLA) members who travelled to the Occcupied Territories to investigate the conditions for students and faculty under occupation. University of Toronto Professor Rebecca Comay was one of the MLA members on this trip and a co-author of the report. Their eyewitness report documents the difficult and deteriorating conditions that Palestinian academics and students face.
The final segment of the event will be a moderated discussion featuring Issam Alyamani and Jehad Elewiwi, two prominent Palestine solidarity activists based in Toronto.
EVENT DETAILS Gaza Calling: Film Screening and Discussion
Time: Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: University College (University of Toronto) | 15 King’s College Circle, Room 140
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/442805949395489/
The global labour movement has long criticized Israel for human and trade union rights violations and abuse of Palestinian workers, while workers in Palestine are resisting oppression and building a movement we can support. Trade unions and federations of labour in Canada are heeding the call for solidarity made by 170 Palestinian organizations for a Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Let’s discuss how we can continue to build this solidarity.
Natalie Guay, Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)
Mike Palecek, Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
Mary-Jo Nadeau, Faculty for Palestine (F4P)
Hassan Husseini, Ottawa CUPE District Council
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA)
CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee
Faculty for Palestine (F4P)
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI-Canada)