The following call to action comes from Canadian BDS Coalition member group Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) in Montréal, campaigning to stop the participation of the “Israel Premier Tech” team (previously known as “Israel Start-Up Nation“) in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, in Québec on 9 September 2022 and in Montréal on 11 September 2022. Read the call below and click here to sign on at PAJU’s website.
PALESTINIAN AND JEWISH UNITY (PAJU)
AGAINST THE PARTICIPATION OF ISRAEL PREMIER TECH IN THE GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE DE MONTRÉAL ET QUÉBEC
NO TO THE PROMOTION OF ISRAELI APARTHEID AT THE GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE DE MONTRÉAL
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) invites you to join the Quebec and Canadian campaign to exclude Israel Premier Tech, self-proclaimed ambassador of Israel, from the Grand Prix Cycliste Montréal and Québec
Québec : September 9 2022
Montréal : September 11 2022
According to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B’Tslem and the former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, Israel is an Apartheid state. Apartheid is an international crime against humanity.
Facing such serious crimes, silence means approval. The argument that we should not mix politics and sports is false. Government financing of sports is clearly political when a participant has the aim of promoting Israeli Apartheid.
The Union Cycliste International (UCI) has banned Russian and Belarus teams from its international calendar including the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal and Québec. Most Russian and Belarus athletes have not taken a position on the war in Ukraine.
The Israel Premier Tech (Israel Start-up Nation) has proclaimed itself an ambassador of Israel to the world and requires that all its racers also be ambassadors for Israel. The Grand Prix must not be used to promote Israeli Apartheid.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We ask you to :
- Join the campaign to encourage the organizers of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal and the city of Montreal to reject the participation of Israel Premier Tech in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal and Québec,
- To encourage your members and friends to participate in the campaign.
- If the organizing committee and the city of Montreal allow Israel Premier Tech to take part in the race, we ask you to join our non-violent activities to stop the normal functioning of the race.
Join the campaign: https://paju.org/grand-prix-cycliste-montreal/