Challenging Power (Free Film Screening)

Join the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) as we host Filmmaker Johan Genberg for a screening of his documentary Challenging Power and a discussion about the film.

Friday, September 23
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Palmerston Library Theatre

560 Palmerston Avenue
Toronto, Ontario

On July 15, 2010, the Olympia Food Co-op became the first grocery store in the United States to boycott Israeli products. Challenging Power is a series of reflections on the decision to boycott, its significance, and the role it plays in the process of social change. Olympia, Washington-based documentary filmmaker, Johan Genberg, will be in Toronto to discuss the film, the boycott campaign and what it has meant in Olympia.

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Labour Day Parade: March with Labour for Palestine

Monday, September 5
9:00am – 12:00pm
Southbound lane of University Ave just north of Armoury St. (one street south of Dundas)

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) call from Palestine. Around the world labour unions are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people, many have passed resolutions in support of BDS and continue to work to end the siege on Gaza. In the last year the Trades Union Congress (TUC) of Britain, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour and the PEI Federation of labour all passed resolutions in support of BDS.

In May of this year the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS) was established representing nearly all Palestinian workers’ and professionals’ unions,. Dr Amjad Barham of PTUC-BDS spoke to unions and the public across Canada about the situation of Palestinian workers on a speaking tour organised by Labour for Palestine.

We are marching in the context of an attack on public services and austerity measures against communities in Toronto and across Ontario. We will march with CUPE against austerity measures and cutbacks to public services.

Join us in celebrating the successes of BDS in the labour movement and working towards more!

See you at the Labour for Palestine contingent on Labour Day. Bring noise makers, Palestinian flags and your union flags.


Labour for Palestine is a network of activists involved in promoting and strengthening the BDS campaign across a variety of Canadian unions as a sub-committee of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA). For information about Labour for Palestine or to get involved please email

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Omar Barghouti talk on Rabble tv

BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti launches new book
By Anita Krajnc
July 14, 2011

On July 4, 2011, as part of a North America book tour, Omar Barghouti spoke in Toronto about his newly released BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions… The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, published by Haymarket Books.

The forum was organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA); OPIRG (U of T); Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) (Toronto); Faculty4Palestine; Palestine House Educational and Cultural Centre; and the Canadian Arab Federation. The event was moderated by Kat Lapointe. Video production by Anita Krajnc.

Irish Congress of Trade Unions Maintains Commitment to BDS

Campaigning in solidarity with the Palestinian people
July 8, 2011

At its Biennial Delegate Conference this week in Killarney the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, representing the entirety of the Irish trade union movement across the Island, demonstrated its continued commitment to Palestinian solidarity and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

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A Call to Action from Indigenous and Women of Color Feminists

Between June 14 and June 23, 2011, a delegation of 11 scholars, activists, and artists visited occupied Palestine. As indigenous and women of color feminists involved in multiple social justice struggles, we sought to affirm our association with the growing international movement for a free Palestine. We wanted to see for ourselves the conditions under which Palestinian people live and struggle against what we can now confidently name as the Israeli project of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Each and every one of us-including those members of our delegation who grew up in the Jim Crow South, in apartheid South Africa, and on Indian reservations in the U.S.-was shocked by what we saw. In this statement we describe some of our experiences and issue an urgent call to others who share our commitment to racial justice, equality, and freedom.

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