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Message From Israeli citizens to the Toronto Raptors – Please do not help Israel whitewash its occupation and apartheid crimes

Learn more & sign in solidarity the statement from Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (aka Boycott from Within)

Please sign and share the petition that has now over 6 K signatures. Tell the #RaptorsDontGo.

The statement below can be found on the the Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within website.

July 2019

Dear Raptors,

We are Israeli citizens, active against the occupation, apartheid, and colonialism policies of successive Israeli governments towards the Palestinian people [1]. Many of us are basketball and NBA fans. We note that some of you have already spoken out in favor of turning down an invitation to the White House under the racist President Donald Trump. We congratulate you for making the right decision.

However, we are alarmed by reports about your team’s visit to Israel. We believe such a visit would serve the Israeli government in its attempts to whitewash its racist policies. We therefore call on you not to take part in it. 

The Palestinian people have been facing Israel’s colonial brutality for decades. Hundreds of thousands of them were violently driven out of their homes in Palestine in 1948, in a catastrophe known as the Nakba [2]. As of now, millions of Palestinians are living under Israel’s military occupation or siege in the Gaza strip and the West Bank. Gaza is the world’s largest open-air prison, with appalling human rights conditions. Israel has inflicted death or horrific injuries on tens of thousands of civilian protesters in the past 15 months [3]. The West Bank is home to hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers living at the expense of millions of Palestinians whose land is being robbed [4]. Inside Israel, Palestinian citizens are facing growing explicit racism, as manifested recently by the enactment of the so-called “Nation-State law”, which denies them equality and legitimizes discrimination against them in everyday life. 

We note that numerous athletes have said no to invitations to propaganda junkets in Israel. One example occurred in February 2017, when over half of a delegation of NFL players pulled out of an all-expense paid trip to Israel, following comments by the Israeli tourism minister claiming they would become “ambassadors of goodwill for Israel”. Michael Bennett, the first player to withdraw, noted in a public statement:

I will not be used in such a matter…I want to be a ‘voice for the voiceless,’ and I cannot do that by going on this kind of trip to Israel.” [6]

We call on Raptors players to stand with the oppressed, from North America to Palestine. Please join millions of people worldwide in the struggle for justice and equality for the Palestinian people. Please say no to Donald Trump and his racist policies, and to Benjamin Netanyahu and his racist policies. Please say no to a Raptors junket to Israel!

We will gladly address any questions or comments you may have

Sincerely,

Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (aka Boycott from Within)

[1] http://www.boycottisrael.info

[2] https://zochrot.org/ 

[3] https://www.btselem.org/press_release/20190318_gaza_demonstrations_investigations_charade

[4] https://www.btselem.org/topic/freedom_of_movement 

[5] https://www.adalah.org/en/tag/index/1456

[6] https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/15/nfl-players-israel-trip-michael-bennett

Winnipeg Commemorates Nakba71 as part of cross-Canada call

Note: the change of date and time

The film 1948: Creation and Catastrophe will screen SATURDAY, MAY 18 at Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St, Winnipeg at 11:30 am.

See the Trailer HERE

Image result for creation and catastrophe

Endorsed by: Independent Jewish Voices-Winnipeg, Peace Alliance Winnipeg, Canadian Palestine Support Network Manitoba, Winnipeg  Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Mennonite Central Committee-Manitoba, Mennonite Church Manitoba Working Group on Palestine/Israel, United Church Manitoba-Region 5

Cross-Canada Day of Action–Toronto, May 18

Join us in Toronto to show solidarity for the Palestinian people. In remembrance of the Nakba, let us gather in a show of strength and solidarity.

End the occupation, end apartheid and realize right of return.

See FACEBOOK EVENT

The Nakba was a day of catastrophe which marked the beginning of the violent ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestine in 1948, which rested on the racist belief that Jews alone belong in Palestine.

The Israeli army and government has continued – even until now, 71 years since the Nakba – to steal land, murder and displace Palestinians, occupy Palestinian territory, and implement an apartheid regime.

Come out on the 18th of May to honour the ENERGY and STRENGTH of the Palestinian people who have never stopped resisting the oppressive Israeli state and its colonial violence.

Join us in our support for the RIGHT of RETURN for Palestinian refugees and for BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENTS, and SANCTIONS of the state of Israel