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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

TAKE ACTION: Urge your MPP to vote “NO” on the Private Member’s Bill 202, “Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario”

An anti-BDS bill just passed first reading in the Ontario legislature, and is going to second reading tomorrow (May 19). The bill was drafted by Tim Hudak (Conservative) and Mike Colle (Liberal). For many reasons, including those outlined in our model letter below, we must stop this bill!392425_443465705683571_1952206214_n

Please urge your MPP to vote “NO” on the Private Member’s Bill 202, “Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario.” 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 May 19. If you are able, please send your email before May 19, 2016.

Please also share this call-out for action to your networks as soon as possible.

INSTRUCTIONS ON SENDING IN 5 EASY STEPS

Step One
Write to your  MPP and ask them to vote NO to Bill 202 – a short note will do.  Or, you can copy/modify the model letter provided below. Make any modifications you want or use as-is.  Note:  Make sure you add your MPP’s name on the first line

Step Two
Write in Subject Line: Please Vote “NO” to PMB 202 “Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario Act”

Step Three
Find your MPP’s email address using this link: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_current.do?locale=en&ord=Member&dir=ASC&list_type=all_mpps

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 add Premier Kathleen Wynne’s email at premier@ontario.ca

Step Four
CC fac4pal@gmail.com (so we can keep track of how many MPPs are receiving letters)

Step Five
Add your name, city, title and affilliation at the end of the letter – and press Send!
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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/

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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!

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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