Solidarity with Gaza – Emergency Demonstration in Toronto

Nearly four years after Operation Cast Lead, which killed 1400 Palestinians and left the infrastructure of Gaza in ruins, Israel is once again attacking Gaza. The latest operation, Operation Pillar of Defense, has seen the Israeli Defense Forces conduct upwards of 50 airstrikes causing numerous casualties, including children.

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Canadian Arab Federation, Palestine House and Canadian Peace Alliance strongly condemn these attacks and urge you to stand in solidarity with Gaza. Together, we have organized a solidarity demonstration for this Thursday, Nov 15th, in front of the Israeli Consulate. Please look for Palestinian flags and be sure to bring friends, family, allies and your banners and voices!

Thursday, November 15th
6 pm @ the Israeli Consulate
180 Bloor Street (east of St. George TTC)
Facebook event page

This demonstration has been endorsed so far by:
Faculty for Palestine, International Solidarity Committee – Greater Toronto Workers Assembly, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine, Canadian Muslim Union, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network – Canada, Women in Solidarity with Palestine, Students Against Israeli Apartheid UTM, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Gaza’s Ark, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – UofT, Ontario Public Interest Research Group – York U, Labour for Palestine, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – York U, Not In Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism, MESA – UTM, MESA – York U, SPHR – McMaster, McMaster Muslims for Peace & Justice, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto, Socialist Action, Afghans for Peace, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity, Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War, CASMO, Arab Students Association – UofT, BAYAN-Canada, Anakbayan-Toronto, Students for Palestinian Rights University of Waterloo, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Palestine Action Group-The University of Guelph, Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Fredericton Peace Coalition, Arab Palestine Association, Students for Justice in Palestine – Ryerson.

* To add your organization to the list of endorsers, please send an email to endapartheid@riseup.net.

Solidarity with Gaza – Emergency Demonstration

Nearly four years after Operation Cast Lead, which killed 1400 Palestinians and left the infrastructure of Gaza in ruins, Israel is once again attacking Gaza. The latest operation, Operation Pillar of Defense, has seen the Israeli Defense Forces conduct upwards of 50 airstrikes causing numerous casualties, including children.

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Canadian Arab Federation, Palestine House and Canadian Peace Alliance strongly condemn these attacks and urge you to stand in solidarity with Gaza. Together, we have organized a solidarity demonstration for this Thursday, Nov 15th, in front of the Israeli Consulate. Please look for Palestinian flags and be sure to bring friends, family, allies and your banners and voices!

Thursday, November 15th
6 pm @ the Israeli Consulate
180 Bloor Street (east of St. George TTC)
Facebook event page

This demonstration has been endorsed so far by:
Faculty for Palestine, International Solidarity Committee – Greater Toronto Workers Assembly, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine, Canadian Muslim Union, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network – Canada, Women in Solidarity with Palestine, Students Against Israeli Apartheid UTM, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Gaza’s Ark, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – UofT, Ontario Public Interest Research Group – York U, Labour for Palestine, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – York U, Not In Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism, MESA – UTM, MESA – York U, SPHR – McMaster, McMaster Muslims for Peace & Justice, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto, Socialist Action, Afghans for Peace, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity, Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War, CASMO, Arab Students Association – UofT, BAYAN-Canada, Anakbayan-Toronto, Students for Palestinian Rights University of Waterloo, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Palestine Action Group-The University of Guelph, Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Fredericton Peace Coalition, Arab Palestine Association, Students for Justice in Palestine – Ryerson.

* To add your organization to the list of endorsers, please send an email to endapartheid@riseup.net.

Film Screening: Lacan Palestine

Fresh from screenings in Vienna, Jihlava, Montreal and Paris, Pleasure Dome presents the Toronto premiere of Mike Hoolboom’s new feature length essay Lacan Palestine.

Mining a wealth of material from TV news, documentary, fiction,and fantasy film, Lacan Palestine is a visual rollercoaster, with Hoolboom using cinema to suggest Palestine as a place of recurring colonial/psychological projection a space whose conquest is here spectacularly relived in celluloid waves of armed crusaders, legionnaires, Mongol horsemen, biplanes, and machine guns.

But as the film’s title suggests, this is far more than mere collage. Layered, often deeply personal, and frequently challenging, the film intersperses its newsreels, desert fantasias, and historic encounters with oneiric ruminations on subjects from patricide to John Coltrane, and from the elusive nature of joy to what Hoolboom calls the “loveless love story” starring Moses, Abraham, and Jacques Lacan. Dizzying in its technical and conceptual density, Lacan Palestine is incomparable cinema.

Director Mike Hoolboom will be in attendance at the screening.

Saturday, November 24, 2012
7:00pm – 9:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street
Admission: $8 / $5 Members or Students
The venue is accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible unfortunately.
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) and Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.

This event is sponsored by Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) and Beit Zatoun.

Honouring our communities: March Against Racism

HONOURING OUR COMMUNITIES: MARCH AGAINST RACISM

NO HONOUR IN DEPORTATIONS | NO HONOUR IN APARTHEID | NO HONOUR IN CORPORATE PROFIT
Sunday November 4th @ 4pm
David Pecaut Square (King & John) March to Fairmont Royal York Hotel (100 Front)

Jason Kenney is being awarded an ‘honorary’ degree by Israel’s Haifa University at a fundraiser supported by Stephen Harper, Ezra Levant, Peter Munk, Stockwell Day and others. This event is a celebration of war, racism, corporate profit, displacement, apartheid and anti-migrant xenophobia – all intensified by the Conservative Party of Canada’s agenda. There is nothing honorable about this gathering.We call on our communities to gather in/to honour of our strength and resilience, in opposition to this award and gathering, and against the dishonorable acts of Kenney, Harper and their alliesBACKGROUNDWhy is a major Israeli academic institution honouring Canada’s most infamous and despised Minister, Jason Kenney? And why are people like Stephen Harper, Peter Munk and Ezra Levant supporting this?It is well-known across Canada that Jason Kenney – Minister of Censorship and Deportation – is a key player in advancing the Harper government’s austerity and policing agenda. Their agenda is transparent and their racist, xenophobic, neoliberal policy agenda is clear. It includes:

• Giving unhindered access to corporations while cutting public services, attacking workers, and forcing communities into deeper poverty and greater precarity

• Unquestioned support for wars and colonization in Turtle Island, and globally from Palestine to Iraq to Afghanistan

• Unequivocal support for the Israeli apartheid state and its internationally condemned war crimes and human rights violations against Palestinians and all refugees in Israel

• Expanding an already exclusionary and racist immigration system by increasing temporary work programs, citizenship rejections, detentions and deportations while cutting off refugee status, migrant sex workers, family reunification and access to full services for many, particularly undocumented residents.

• Defunding, criminalizing and censoring dissent and organizing for queer rights, gender justice, Palestinian liberation, migrant justice and beyond

This fundraiser is also meant to establish the “Jason Kenney Holocaust Education Fund”. At the same time that Kenny receives this ‘honour’, the Roma community in Canada is facing intensified discrimination as a direct result of Kenney’s brutal immigration policies. This is a horrifying insult to the memory of the Roma people who were also targets of Nazi genocide. Indeed, Kenney has shown great disregard for the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. At a 2009 event, Kenney praised WWII-era fascist collaborator Cardinal Alozije Stepinac, who was convicted for his role in collaborating with the fascist Ustasha regime in Croatia. This regime was responsible for the deaths of between 250,000 to 750,000 Jews, Roma, Serbs, and anti-fascist Croats. And yet, in Kenney’s words: “[Stepinac] was a kind of martyr for Croatia and the faith, and he for me is one of the great heroes of the 20th century”.

This is the agenda that Kenney represents, and these are just some reasons why he and Harper should not be honoured. Join us on November 4th to honour our communities, and to oppose this agenda.

Organized by: Afghans for Peace, Barrio Nuevo, Caregiver’s Action Centre, Centre for Social Justice, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), Common Cause Toronto, Educators for Peace and Justice, Faculty for Palestine (F4P), Health for All, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada, Independent Jewish Voices – Toronto Chapter, Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity Network, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) Canada, International Socialists, Justice for Mahjoub Network, Justice for Migrant Workers, Law Union of Ontario, Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, M1M, Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, Movement Defence Committee, Munk OUT of UofT, New Socialist Group (NSG), No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Not In Our Name (NION): Jews Opposing Zionism, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), OPIRG York, OPIRG UofT, Protest Barrick, The Public Health Social Justice Collective, The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA), Queers for Social Justice (QFSJ), Social Justice Committee of the United Jewish People’s Order (SJC-UJPO), Socialist Project, Students Against Israeli Apartheid York & UofT, University of Toronto Students Union, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, Toronto Immigration Legal Committee, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, Women in Solidarity with Palestine

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Hot Docs 2012 Israeli delegation – one minute action

HOT DOCS, JUST SAY NO! TO BRAND ISRAEL AND ISRAELI DELEGATION

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is “North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market”. As part of its 2012 Festival, Hot Docs is hosting official delegations from a number of countries and regions including Israel, which has a long history of violating Palestinian human rights and international law.

As part of the global movement in support of the rights of Palestinian people, we call on Hot Docs to end its collaboration with Israeli state sponsored institutions. The festival’s celebration of this delegation as an achievement for the progressive arts and film community does not erase Israel’s systematic and ongoing violations of human rights and international law. In the last year alone these have included:

* Ethnic Displacement Policies: 222 Palestinian homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem demolished in 2011 by Israel, displacing 1,094 people including 609 children under the age of 18.

* Military killings: 115 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in 2011,a full three years after the Israeli assault on Gaza in 2008-09 when Israeli forces killed 1,390 Palestinians.

* Imprisonment and Collective Punishment: 4,386 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, including 320 held without trial in Administrative Detention, and 473 prisoners and their families currently affected by an absolute ban, in place since 2007, on all visits to prisoners from Gaza.

* Increased Illegal Settlement Activity: Approval for construction of 1,100 settlement homes in September, 2011 and approval of three settlement outposts just yesterday. The Secretary General of the United Nations reiterated yesterday that “all settlement activity is illegal under international law.”.

Hosting Israeli state-supported delegations is an act of whitewashing, not an occasion for cultural celebration. Israel’s state funded rebranding campaign deliberately attempts to “show Israel’s prettier face” as a means to hide these ugly facts. It involves pursuing partners to create venues that shift the focus from six decades of Israel’s deadly violations of international law to Israel’s achievements in medicine, science and culture.

Hot Docs’ 2012 delegation is implicated in Israel’s rebranding campaign, and it represents a troubling continuation of the festival’s institutional cooperation with Israeli state-funded organisations. In 2005 Hot Docs hosted “Spotlight on Israel”, a program which received direct sponsorship from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto. And in 2011 Hot Docs sent an official delegation to Tel Aviv to participate in a co-production forum funded by the Israeli Film Council and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Despite Hot Docs statement that they “cannot endorse or oppose any one political position or cause”, their exchange of official delegations with Israel means they have effectively “taken sides”. Likewise, they have taken sides by ignoring the call to boycott Israeli state funded co-production organizations issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) in 2009 following Israel’s deadly war crimes in Gaza.

This complicity has not gone unnoticed. Members of the Palestinian community, filmmakers and the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid met with Hot Docs last year to ask that the festival respect the cultural boycott of Israel by ceasing to work with institutions supported by the Israeli state. And in a letter to Hot Docs opposing its 2011 delegation to Israel, 51 members of the film and arts community stated that “this trend of promoting Israel puts progressive filmmakers and artists who support Hot Docs in an increasingly compromised position.”

We are not calling for a boycott of Hot Docs, because we believe that Hot Docs can achieve its goal of supporting documentary filmmakers and expanding its co-production relationships without supporting Israel and other oppressive states responsible for human rights violations. As supporters of Hot Docs’ progressive ideals and of Palestinian human rights, we once again call upon the festival to end its collaboration and choose not to work with institutions sponsored by the Israeli state.
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ONE MINUTE ACTION IN FIVE EASY STEPS

STEP 1: Cut and paste into subject line: “Hot Docs, Just Say No! to Israeli delegation

STEP 2: Cut and paste into body of e-mail (modify as you wish):

To the Co-Chairs of Hot Docs Board of Directors,

As a long-standing supporter of Hot Docs and a supporter for Palestinian human rights, I am writing to express my concern about your ongoing partnerships with Israeli state-sponsored institutions.

I understand that Hot Docs has invited an official Israeli delegation as part of this year’s International Co-Production Day, and that you sent an official delegation to Tel Aviv last year to participate in a co-production forum funded by the Israeli Film Council and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Last year 51 members of the film and arts community wrote to you stating their concern that “this trend of promoting Israel puts progressive filmmakers and artists who support Hot Docs in an increasingly compromised position.” As a member of the broader community who supports progressive venues for documentary film-making and cultural production, I share their concerns.

For all of these reasons I am asking that you reconsider your partnerships with Israeli state-sponsored institutions in the future, until Israel stops its violation of Palestinian human rights and conforms to international law.

Sincerely,

Name, Affiliation, City, Country

STEP 3: Cut and paste addresses for Hot Docs Co-Chairs and Chris McDonald, Executive Director into To: line of your e-mail:

cmcdonald@hotdocs.ca

cochairs@hotdocs.ca

info@hotdocs.ca

STEP 4: Cut and paste CAIA into “Bcc” line:

endapartheid@riseup.net

STEP 5: press Send

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