BDS Reportback from the World Social Forum: Free Palestine

Friday January 11, 2012 7pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. Toronto

In the aftermath of apartheid Israel’s most recent attack on the people of Gaza, over 3000 delegates travelled to Porto Alegre, Brazil to participate in the World Social Forum – Free Palestine. From November 28 to December 1, 2012 this historic gathering brought together Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists from more than 35 countries to discuss, educate, strategize, mobilize and expand networks across organizations and global campaigns. A popular theme of the forum was building joint strategies for advancing the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). BDS was also a primary focus for delegates from across Canada, all of whom are eager to share news of connections made, information gathered and insights gained through participation at the forum. Continue reading

University of Toronto Graduate Students Union Endorses BDS!

In yet another momentous vote that adds to the growing list of student unions in Canada endorsing the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid, the University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Union (GSU) voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution to endorse the campaign. Over 150 graduate students were present at the meeting, of which approximately 97% voted in favour of the motion, with only a few students opposed.

The resolution states “Be it resolved that the Graduate Students Union endorse Palestinian civil society’s 2005 call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions by calling on the University of Toronto to refrain from investing in all companies complicit in violations of international law. This includes any company that: profits from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, directly benefits from the construction of the Wall and Israeli settlements, is economically active in settlements, and profits from the collective punishment of Palestinians. This would include the companies BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard”.

The resolution was adopted in support of Palestinian rights and opposition to Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestine and its violations of international law under the Geneva Conventions, as affirmed by the International Court of Justice in 2004. By divesting, the University of Toronto will fulfill its legal obligation not to invest in companies or organizations that are complicit in human rights violations, and will help force Israel to comply with international law.

The passage of this resolution is a milestone in divestment activities for the University of Toronto and will hopefully pave the way for a broader divestment campaign launched in 2011 by Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA). This campaign addresses the university’s investments in companies that assist in, and profit from Israeli apartheid and the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

In passing this BDS resolution, U of T now joins many universities around the world, who have all passed similar resolutions at their student unions. In Canadian universities, the BDS campaign has had several milestones in the last year at Carleton University, University of Regina and most recently, York University.

For more information, please contact SAIA at the University of Toronto at saia@riseup.net.

Celebrating People’s Resistance: Forging Solidarity in the Struggle for Human Rights

Occupation, Militarization, Political Prisoners, Apartheid: Joint celebration of International Human Rights Day

Join us for a day of celebration, resistance, education, community and culture as we gather to reflect on and participate in the annual International Human Rights Day (December 10). Gather materials and learn about upcoming events at the information tables; meet and speak with community organizers and activists; attend the speakers panel and discussion: and stay around for cultural performances, food and refreshments. All welcome!

3 – 4 pm: Community information tables

4 – 6 pm: Speakers panel and discussion:
* Monira Kitmitto, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA)
* Krishna Saravanamuttu, Coalition for Tamil Rights (CTR)
* Iliam Burbano, Latin American Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN)
* Alex Felipe, Bayan Toronto spokesperson / Philippine Solidarity Network (PSN)

6 – 8 pm: Cultural performances and social
Music, dance, film, art

Snacks and refreshments will be served!
Facebook event page here.

Jointly organized by:
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), Coalition for Tamil Rights (CTR), Latin American Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN) and Philippine Solidarity Network (PSN)

Stop Israel’s War on Gaza: Rally & March

Stop the killing. End the blockade. Free Palestine. Support BDS.

Saturday, November 24, 2012
2-4pm
Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West, Toronto
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The Canadian government has failed to condemn Israel’s latest attack on Gaza. Instead, it provides Israel with the military, economic and diplomatic support necessary to carry out its acts of aggression. We call on all people of conscience to join the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel until it complies with international law.

And on Saturday, please join us for a city-wide rally and march in solidarity with Gaza. Tell Stephen Harper and the Canadian government: end your support for Israel’s war. Show the people of Gaza and all of Palestine that we stand in solidarity with them.

Organized by:
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Canadian Arab Federation, Canadian Peace Alliance, Independent Jewish Voices – Toronto, Muslim Unity, Palestine House.

Demonstration: Standing in Solidarity with Gaza

CAIA urges everyone to attend a demonstration on Sunday, November 18th to protest Israel’s War on Gaza. CAIA, along with our allies, will be gathering across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where the Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Toronto is holding it annual Negev Gala. The JNF recently put out a call for funds to help Israeli children to get “a break from the missiles.” They are an integral part of Israeli Apartheid and this escalating aggression against Palestinians.

Sunday, November 18th
4:30pm
Simcoe Park on Front Street
(Across from Metro Toronto Convention Centre and east of the Glen Gould Studio @ CBC)
Nearest subway stops: St. Andrew or Union Stations
Map here
Facebook page

This demonstration is being organized by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), Canada.
This demonstration has been endorsed by the following organizations* to date: Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Palestine House, Canadian Arab Federation.
*If your organization would like to endorse, please email: canada@ijsn.net