Rally in support of all the Palestinian Political Prisoners: Friday, April 17, 2015

Free all Political prisoners rallyPalestinian political prisoners! Free all Palestinian children! Stop administrative detention!

As of February 2015, there were 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 454 administrative detainees, 23 women and 163 children.

Join the rally this coming Friday in support of all the Palestinian Political Prisoners!

Time: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Where: Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Invite your Friends on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/966250920051880/

Take action: Free Khalida Jarrar and all other Palestinian political prisoners!

On April 2 at approximately 1:30 a.m., dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers kicked down the door and raided the home of Khalida Jarrar, a prominent humankhalidacampaign rights advocate, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and board member of Addameer, a prisoners’ rights organization. Jarrar was taken to an undisclosed location and arrested without charge.

According to Suha Jarrar, Khalida Jarrar’s daughter, “my mother is an influential leader, feminist and activist. She speaks strongly and loudly against colonization and oppression. Her arrest is a reflection of Israel’s ongoing tactics to attack freedom of speech and silence those who speak freely against occupation and apartheid.”

Israel is currently holding 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners in detention, including 163 children under the age of 16. Jarrar’s arrest now brings the number of Palestinian Legislative Council members held in Israeli detention to 17, many of whom are being held without charge or trial. Palestinian political prisoners face systematic torture and persecution during their arrest and detention at the hands of the Israeli military.

The imprisonment of Palestinians, including Jarrar, is part of Israel’s system of occupation, colonization and apartheid. This is the same system that attacked Gaza this past summer, when Israel killed over 2,000 Palestinians and wounded thousands of others.

In response to Israel’s denial of Palestinian prisoners rights, Palestinian human rights organizations have called for the intensification of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. BDS targets corporations such as G4S, which maintains and profits from Israel’s prison system, and SodaStream, which is manufactured on an illegal Israeli settlement, further entrenching the occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank.

In response to Jarrar’s imprisonment, we vow to strengthen our BDS efforts to pressure Israel to free Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners, and to respect international law. We urge our allies to join our efforts until Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners are free.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Sign and share the petition (click here).
  2. Click here to send a message to the Israeli Occupation Forces demanding Jarra’s immediate release, and to show them that the world is watching.
  3. Contact your Member of Parliament (MP). Feel free to copy and paste the text below into an email. To find your MP and their contact information, please visit this link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseofCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
  4. Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS)! Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. Learn more at http://www.bdsmovement.net.

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Eleventh annual Israeli Apartheid Week – Toronto begins March 24th



Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

IAW – Toronto will take place from March 24 – 28, 2015. Below is the Toronto program. For more information, please visit http://apartheidweek.org/toronto/.

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Confronting Apartheids, Challenging Racisms, Building Solidarity: Palestine, Ferguson, Canada, South Africa

Sunday, December 14, 2014 |United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto | 3 – 6 pm
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As 2014 draws to a close, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid invites you to join us for a public forum to mark annual International Human Rights DaDec 14 HR Dayy where we will critically address key issues of injustice that have prevailed over the past year. Through a film screening and speakers panel, the year will be examined through the lens of confronting apartheids and racisms while also connecting across forms of popular resistance and global solidarity movements. From the Israeli state massacre in Gaza last summer, to the resurgence of Islamophobia and “anti-terrorism” laws after the October shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to the non-indictment of the police officer responsible for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson it is increasingly urgent to share analysis, make connections across these events, understand the histories they are located in, and to build effective and collective ties for solidarity and change.

Save the date! Details on film and speakers panel t.b.a.

Bed Bath & Beyond Canada: Drop SodaStream!

On August 10, 2014 Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid activists protested at the Bed Bath and Beyond store in downtown Toronto because they carry SodaStream products manufactured in the illegal Israel settlement of Ma’al Adumim. This action was part of the larger march and rally to protest Israel’s latest assault on Gaza.

To find out more about the SodaStream campaign, please visit:

Bed Bath & Beyond Drop SodaStream! from Cathy Gulkin on Vimeo.