Apartheid-Free Zones are businesses, organizations, labour unions, community centres and spaces that are committed to active solidarity with Palestine. For businesses, this means committing to the boycott of Israeli and complicit products in solidarity with Palestine. For organizations, this means upholding the principles of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, namely that Israel must meet its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully comply with the precepts of international law by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
Apartheid-Free Zones are spaces of active solidarity with Palestine, and we invite your business, organization or space to officially become apartheid-free and commit to these principles!
- Click here to nominate an Apartheid-Free Zone (Business, organization, labour union, commnity centre)
List of Apartheid-Free Businesses, Organizations and Spaces
This is a new project, so we know our list is not complete! Use our nominations form to ensure you are registered here as an Apartheid-Free Zone!
BC Market – 930 Twelfth St New Westminster, BC, Canada V3M 4K6
In May, 1986, Hanna and Marion Kawas first opened a grocery/convenience store in New Westminster called BC Market. Initially, it was a modest affair; decades later, it is still in the same location but has developed dramatically. It is now a dynamic extended family operation that offers a wide selection of Arabic food stuffs, frozen, bulk and packaged. BC Market managed to establish some firsts in its history – it was the first commercial spot in the Lower Mainland to proudly highlight the Palestinian flag on its logo and over its front door, and was also the first to openly incorporate the term “Arabic food” into its advertising. Additionally, BC Market has a long history of supporting Palestinian and progressive events in the community, through publicity, food donations for receptions, and gift certificates and prizes for raffles; it was the first store to bring Palestinian olive oil to the Vancouver market and still carries many Palestinian food and non-food products (including keffieyehs).
OPIRG Carleton – 326 University Center, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa ON . K1S 5B6
OPIRG-Carleton is an #ApartheidFreeZone
We recognize that all our struggles for social, racial, gender, and economic justice and for self-determination are deeply interconnected and can only gain strength and power from mutual support and transnational solidarity.
Acknowledging OPIRG-Carleton as an Apartheid Free Zone allows us to take a step further in the fight for decolonisation in this world and stand on the right side of history.
We urge all groups and organizations on and off campus to declare themselves an AFZ by committing to meaningful supports and actions for Palestinian liberation.
Please read our full statement at opirgcarleton.org/afz
ReImagine Co – 206 Piccadilly St, London, ON
From the ReImagine Co Statement: “Reimagine Co has previously declared our support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. At this time of renewed attacks on the Palestinian people on an unprecedented scale, we urge London businesses, institutions and community groups to join Reimagine Co in declaring themselves Apartheid Free Zones and committing not to sell products from the illegal Israeli settlements or from any company that profits from violations of Palestinian human rights.”
Visit the ReImagine website: https://reimagineco.ca/