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50 Years and Counting: Legality of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine | 2017 James Graff Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine
Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 PM
Victoria College Chapel, 2nd Floor Room 213, Victoria College Building, 91 Charles Street, Toronto
Tickets: Regular – $10/$15; Student / Unwaged – $5/$10
Livestream outside the GTA – $5 (Livestream webinar tickets can be purchased through our service provider, United in Learning at: www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/james-graff-memorial-lecture-2017)
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Join us on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29th to hear from Professor Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine.

Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. One of the books Professor Lynk has co-edited is International Law and the Middle East Conflict (Routledge, 2011) with Susan Akram, Michael Dumper and Iain Scobbie.

In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Lynk as the 7th Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967. He recently issued his second report as Special Rapporteur to the United Nations General Assembly.

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Balfour at 100: Cornerstone of the Zionist Settler Colonization of Palestine

Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 PM
OISE – Rm. 5250 – 252 Bloor Street West
This venue is wheelchair accessible
Tickets: $5 or PWYC
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Actions for Palestine will be showing part 1 of a film entitled, al-Nakba, that describes the period before the creation of the state of Israel on the lands of Historic Palestine. Learn about the British practices of collective punishment, the camps they put Palestinians in, and the racism that undergirds and defines this entire colonial enterprise.

On November 16, 2017, join in resisting 100 years of the Zionist Settler Colonialism of Palestine. We will be critically addressing this shameful and ongoing stage of history with a film screening and a talk by Yves Engler.

Toronto Protest for Palestinian Political Prisoners

Saturday, May 13th @ 2pmMay 13th rally
Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West
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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.

Criminalizing Resistance: Panel Discussion on the Joint Struggles of Land Defenders, Human Rights Activists and all who struggle for liberation

April 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm
OISE, Room 4-414,  252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
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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

13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week | Toronto, March 9th-17th, 2017

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.
To endorse Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, or to make a donation, contact: divest@utgsu.ca or saia.opirg.uoft@gmail.com.

The full program is available at www.uoftdivest.com/iaw17 and on Facebook.

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