Students Against Israeli Apartheid Launch Divestment Campaign

On Monday March 7th, the first night of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2011,the  Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), at the University of Toronto and York University officially launched a campaign demanding that their respective universities divest from four companies involved in violations of Palestinian human rights and Israeli Apartheid. Investments in BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Hewlett Packard have been found in the University of Toronto’s Pension Master Trust, Long Term Capital Appreciation Pool, and Expendable Funds Investment Pool, as well as in York University’s Pension and Endowment Funds. The complicit companies create military technologies used in the murder of civilians, the destruction of infrastructure and the daily humiliation of Palestinians. Just under two decades ago York University was one of the first to divest from South African Apartheid; U of T was shamefully one of the last.

The entire week of IAW events, including guest lectures from Judith Butler, Ali Abunimah, Judy Rebick and Riham Barghouti, focussed on institutional complicity and the importance of the campus as a site of resistance. All of the week’s speakers have signed on to our divestment campaign in the spirit of holding our universities accountable to their purported commitment to the “vigilant protection of human rights”.

Join these renowned intellectuals and social justice activists, in addition to over 100 faculty members who have already signed on, to demand that our universities do the right thing and take action to divest now!  Please sign our petition below and encourage your organization, union or club to stand with us against our universities’ complicity in human right’s violations against Palestinians.

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International Women’s Day 2011: Support Women in Palestine

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) takes the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) to press our call to lift the siege on Gaza. The urgent goal is to bring aid to the women of Gaza who suffer with their families and children imprisoned there by the Israeli government. They endure malnutrition and poisoned water, and they lack medical care, sufficient shelter, and quality of life.

We will march this Saturday, March 11th, angered by the Israeli apartheid system that attacks Palestinian women by means of land confiscation, impoverishment, daily harassment, imprisonment, and indirect and direct violence.  We call on the Israeli authorities to immediately release all Palestinian female political prisoners and detainees from Israeli jails, including women in administrative detention. Palestinian female prisoners and detainees are subjected to cruel and discriminatory treatment during their arrest, interrogation, and in prison, including sexual harassment, psychological and physical punishment and humiliation, and deprivation of gender-sensitive healthcare.  The repression of Palestinian women’s resistance must end!

Join the CAIA contingent on International Women’s Day to call for an end to the siege of Gaza, an end to violence against Palestinian women, and the immediate release of Palestinian women prisoners.  You may also with to sign the petition on Palestinian Female Political Prisoners.  For more information on the CAIA Contingent at the IWD March, please click here.

CAIA Contingent at the International Women’s Day March

Support women in Palestine: March with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) this International Women’s Day (IWD)!

DETAILS:
We will assemble in front of Tim Horton’s at the corner of Bloor Street West and Bedford Rd. (St. George subway station has an exit on Bedford Rd.) at 12:45 p.m. Please join us with your banners! We will then march with the larger group to Ryerson University, where the International Women’s Day fair… is being held. We will have a display table with informational materials.

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This year, women have been in the lead in Egypt and across the Arab world in an inspiring uprising for freedom and democracy. This gives us hope that justice may be within reach, even for Palestinians.

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid takes the occasion of International Women’s Day to press our call to lift the siege on Gaza. The urgent goal is to bring aid to the women of Gaza who suffer with their families and children imprisoned there by the Israeli government. They endure malnutrition and poisoned water, and they lack medical care, sufficient shelter, and quality of life.

We will march this Saturday, angered by the Israeli apartheid system that attacks Palestinian women by means of land confiscation, impoverishment, daily harassment, imprisonment, and indirect and direct violence.

We call on the Israeli authorities to immediately release all Palestinian female political prisoners and detainees from Israeli jails, including women in administrative detention. Palestinian female prisoners and detainees are subjected to cruel and discriminatory treatment during their arrest, interrogation, and in prison, including sexual harassment, psychological and physical punishment and humiliation, and deprivation of gender-sensitive healthcare. The repression of Palestinian women’s resistance must end!

We also condemn the murder of 36-year-old Palestinian activist Jawaher Abu Rahmah. On January 1 of this year, she died from inhaling tear gas that the Israeli Occupation Forces had used against anti-wall demonstrators in Bil’in. As we march on Saturday we will not forget that the Israeli state is murdering Palestinian women.

Join the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid contingent on International Women’s Day to call for an end to the siege of Gaza, an end to violence against Palestinian women, and the immediate release of Palestinian women prisoners. Support Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid, as a means to isolate Israel’s criminal policies against the Palestinian peoples. Freedom for Palestine!

Sign the petition on Palestinian Female Political Prisoners, by Addameer:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/6/free-Palestinian-women-political-prisoners