Faculty for Palestine Opposes Canadian University Links with Israeli Institutions
July 9, 2014
1. Israel must be held accountable for its measures of collective punishment of the Palestinian people
2. Attacks on Palestinian academic freedom and their right to education are endemic to Israel’s regime of occupation and oppression.
3. Canadian universities should not foster institutional links with Israel’s academic establishment under these conditions. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Association of University Heads, Israel (AUH) of July 8, 2013 should be rescinded.
On June 12, Israel launched a massive military operation called “Operation Brother’s Keeper.” Since then, the Israeli state has bombed the Gaza Strip, killed a rapidly rising number of Palestinians, arrested more than 500 others, and violently invaded 1,300 Palestinian sites, including three university campuses. The immediate pretext for this brutality against Palestinians was the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis. As the Israeli military’s campaign continues, so too has racist rhetoric and Israeli violence on the ground escalated, including the June 30 kidnapping and murder of sixteen-year old Palestinian Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. On July 8, as this statement goes to press, Israel has increased the level of deadly violence and destruction on Gaza with the launch of its new bombing campaign, “Operation Protective Edge”
Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to the ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians. Since the June 12 disappearance and killing of 3 Israeli settlers, Israeli forces and civilians have killed more than 10 Palestinian civilians and wounded 90 (including the brutal murder of 16 year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir), carried out 60 airstrikes on Gaza, arrested over 500 people, as well as invaded more than 1000 homes.
In Toronto, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), together with Palestine House, are calling on all supporters of Palestinian human rights to join us at a rally in front of the Israeli consulate.
When: Friday, July 11th @ 6 pm
Where: In front of the ROM, across from the Israeli Consulate (corner of Bloor & Avenue)
Share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/594819810634425/
As part of the ongoing “Boycott Soda Stream” CAIA held an information picket in front of the flagship Bed, Bath and Beyond store on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Twenty CAIA activists handing out 2000 postcards and flyers, and discussing the international Soda Stream campaign with passers-by. Photos from the picket may be viewed here. Sign the petition here demanding that Bed Bath and Beyond stop selling Soda Stream products.
CAIA Sodastream information picket from Cathy Gulkin on Vimeo.
Join us from April 17 – 20, 2014 for a series of events for Palestinian Political Prisoners Day.
Thursday, April 17th | 5 pm – 6 pm
Demonstration in front of Israeli Consulate
(180 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
Friday, April 18th | 5 pm – 6 pm
Vigil dedicated to Palestinian Political Prisoners in front of the Israeli Consulate
(180 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
Saturday, April 19th | 11 am – 2 pm
Panel discussion & film screening
United Steelworkers Hall
(25 Cecil Street, Toronto) Continue reading
Last week, the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), representing over 28,000 students, voted to endorse the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. In voting to join the BDS movement, Ryerson students have now joined growing global movement in solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli Apartheid. Specifically, the vote gives the student union the mandate to discontinue its ties to any products or companies that support Israel’s systemic discrimination and/or colonization, engage its membership in further Palestine solidarity work, and encourage the Ryerson University administration to divest from companies and institutions that are complicit in Israeli Apartheid.
In voting to endorse the BDS campaign, the RSU now joins a host of other student unions in Canada and around the world. Students unions in Canada that have passed a BDS resolution include:
* University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Students Union (April 2013)
* York University Federation of Students (March 2013)
* Trent University Central Students Association (February 2013)
* University of Toronto Mississauga Students Union (February 2013)
* Concordia Graduate Students Association (January 2013)
* University of Toronto Graduate Students Association (December 2012)
* York University Graduate Students Association (November 2012)
* Graduate Students Association at Carleton University (March 2012)
* University of Regina Students Union (February 2012)
* Solidarite Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) (October 2007)
This recent BDS victory at Ryerson comes after a long and sustained educational campaign on Palestine solidarity and Israeli Apartheid, by the Students for Justice in Palestine and other solidarity activists on campus. CAIA honours the years of struggle that these, and previous, students have been engaged in. We encourage everyone to send messages of support to SJP-Ryerson and RSU in getting the BDS motion passed. For more information on contacting these two organizations, please see websites below: