Campaigns

There are a number of active international boycott and divestment campaigns that you can learn more about and support.

At Ramadan and all year support #BDS, don’t buy Israeli medjoul dates

Learn more about what to consider when purchasing Medjoul Dates in Canada to ensure they are not from Israeli companies, and to ensure you are purchasing Palestinian product. Steps you can take, and tools to assist you in letting retailers know that you expect them to not carry Israeli Medjoul dates or any Israeli products.

Ramadan 2020: Be sure you know where your Medjoul dates are from!

This year we know that there is a good supply of fresh 2019 Medjoul harvest from importers/suppliers bringing product from trusted Palestinian sources. Please do your due dilligence to be sure that you do not buy product that comes from the Israeli company Hadiklaim via NBF or other sources, or from any other Israeli provider. […]

From Israeli citizens to Celine Dion – please cancel your performance in Tel Aviv

Message from Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (aka Boycott from Within). Also see below. Check out the letter sent in November 2019 by over 50 artitsts to Celine Dion coordianted by the Canadian BDS Coalition. Artists who wish to join in adding their name can do so HERE. Individuals wishing to write […]

Courage Céline, Fellow Artists ask you to say NO to Apartheid

The following message has been send to Céline Dion today from almost 50 fellow artists to Céline Dion on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Céline , the Canadian BDS Coalition would welcome your response, which we would be pleased to convey to your fellow artists. We would also welcome the opportunity to […]

#BoycottPuma Round Two

Last June, the Canada BDS Coalition joined groups in more than 20 countries joined the first Global #BoycottPuma Day of Action, with protests at Puma shops and offices and at Puma-sponsored teams. On social media, #BoycottPuma was THE most tweeted Puma-related hashtag that day.

#IVotePalestine

In the upcoming Canadian general election scheduled for October 21, 2019 #IVotePalestine. Check out the details, and be ready to ask the candidates in your riding where they stand.

HP Free Zone

Declare your organization, workplace, union, faith group or your home HP Free. Join the movement to create HP Free Zones across Canada

Canadian Coalition Joins with AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Call to Trip Advisor to pull out of the Israeli illegal settlements

The Canadian BDS Coalition stands in solidarity with Amnesty International TripAdvisor campaign to Ask Stephen Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor Inc. to stop listing or promoting properties, activities and attractions located in illegal Israeli settlements or run by settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Listen Up: Mary Anne Yule, President & CEO, HP Canada

Mary Anne Yule, President/CEO

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We write as to you Ms. Yule as the CEO and President of HP Canada asking you to take leadership. We ask HP Canada to Listen Up. We remind you that:

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion fifteen years ago on July 9, 2004 ruled that Israel’s building of a barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory is illegal and said construction must stop immediately and Israel should make reparations for any damage caused.

See the attached letter and our call to you Ms. Yule to take leadership within HP Canada; leadership to speak out against violations of International Humanitarian Law and abuses of human rights associated with HP technology infrastructure that Israel uses to maintain its system of apartheid and settler colonization over the Palestinian people.

Take the Pledge: Give PUMA the Boot Until It Ends Support for Illegal Israeli Settlements

Puma sponsors the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams in illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law.
 
Puma’s endorsement of the IFA gives legitimacy to Israel’s illegal settlements pushing Palestinian families off their land.
 
As long as Puma sponsors teams in illegal Israeli settlements, I will respect the call from Palestinian athletes to boycott Puma.

Pledge to deactivate your Airbnb account & Let MaRS know their partnership is an Embarassment

#deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day The Canadian BDS Coalition joins the call from the  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)& other organizations in Palestine and internationally. After initially committing to stop listing rentals in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, Airbnb did a complete reversal, and will now continue to allow rentals on stolen Palestinian land. Send a clear […]

Ramadan 2019: Be sure you know where your dates are from!

Fruit and vegetables are one of Israel’s biggest exports and all Israeli agricultural exporters are complicit in Israel’s violations of international law as they operate on stolen Palestinian land.
In case of Medjoul the products are from the Jordan Valley in occupied Palestine, and therefore from an illegal settlement on stolen land. These are not from Israel, these are from illegal settlements. Look and Act.

Victory: The Current is cut Between Hydro-Québec and Israel Electric

The cooperation agreement was signed as part of the May 2017 economic mission to Israel and Palestine by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, in his presence. Hydro-Québec refuses to disclose the content of its partnership agreement with IEC in contravention of the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information to which it is subject.

Accessibility Washing of Israeli War Crimes

Israel is responsible for disabling and murdering countless Palestinians. Holland-Bloorview (Canada’s leading children hospital for rehabilitation), March of Dimes, Ontario government accessibility leadership none the less went to Israel learn about accessibility. SHAME.

Nakba 71: Cross-Canada Day of Action

Across Canada there is a new majority……against Israeli war crimes…against the Occupation…for the Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees…for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions…to End Canadian Complicity with Israeli Apartheid…for Self-determination for the Palestinian people Events Planned Victoria Vancouver Winnipeg Toronto Montreal Saint John St. John’s Endorsements: Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice Canada Palestine Association Barnard-Boecker […]

Open Letter from Canadian BDS Coalition to Government of Canada, Cities of Vancouver and Montreal

Over 5,000 signatures to date on this call: Don’t Dance on the Ruins of Palestinian Childhood.  Add your signature by clicking HERE. December 18, 2018. The following letter has been sent to: Pablo Rodriquez, Federal Minister of Heritage Ambassador Deborah Lyons, Canadian Ambassador to Israel Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of Vancouver Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal ————————— Open […]

Ballet BC, don’t dance on the ruins of Palestinian childhood

See article in Mondoweiss by Marion Kawas on October 31, 2018   Campaign organizers are calling on Ballet BC (and now the 2 other dance companies as well) to take a stand and not perform in Israel, which would be a permanent stain on their records. They are also calling on solidarity activists, both locally and around […]

BC Attorney General Stonewalls on Israeli Wines in BC Liquor Store

17 OCTOBER 2018 Canada Palestine Association BC Attorney General David Eby finally responded to two of the initiating groups on an Open Letter, regarding BC government liquor stores carrying Israeli wines in violation of international humanitarian laws. Mr. Eby refused to meet with representatives of the 30 groups who sponsored and endorsed the letter, and […]

Open letter to Ballet BC on performances in Israel

You can add your name in support of the open letter below by signing the petition on change.org. October 2, 2018 John Clark, Executive Director executivedirector@balletbc.com Dear Mr. Clark: As a young child, my mother took me to see The Nutcracker; when I became a mother, I did the same with my daughter and took […]

Canadian BDS Coalition joins Palestinian Call for Boycott of Meteor Music Festival in Israel and Calls the Canadian-Danish Music Group to Withdraw

Palestinians Call for Boycott of Meteor Music Festival in Israel Palestinians urge participating artists to withdraw from the festival as a meaningful contribution to our struggle for freedom, justice and equality.   We, Palestinian cultural organizations, municipalities and human rights campaigns, call for the boycott of Meteor Festival in Israel, scheduled for September 6-8, 2018. We urge […]

Israeli Law passed which effectively declares itself an apartheid colonial-settler state

The Canadian government is called to condemn this law and uphold its own Special Economic Sanctions Act. “The Canadian government is called upon to immediately condemn Israel’s apartheid law by putting sanctions in place as is required under Canada’s own domestic law.  The Canadian BDS Coalition joins with the Palestinian people and the Palestinian BDS […]

Let’s cut the current between

Hydro-Québec and Israel Electric Sign petition at: The partnership between Hydro-Québec and Israel Electric is revealed by BDS-Québec https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/HQ_IEC_partnership_agreement_en/ Sign the petition to demand that Hydro-Québec terminate its agreement to cooperate on cyber security with Israel Electric Corporation concluded on May 22, 2017. This memorandum of understanding is in fact a contract between two states: Quebec and […]

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Other Campaigns of the Canadian BDS Coalition

Bombardier Risks Aiding and Betting the Commission of War Crimes.

Canadian Financial Institutions: Complicit with Violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention

Israeli Illegal Settlement . Photo: Montecruz Foto via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Four Canadian Financial Institutions, BMO, RBC, Scotiabank and Manulife have been listed on Bank Track as owning and managing shares in two Israeli Banks, Bank Leumi and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank. Both these Israeli banks are active in and profiting from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.  Follow campaign HERE.

The Canadian BDS Coalition has contacted the CEO/Presidents of each of the four institutions in regard to their complicity. Based on responses received in early 2019, a grassroots campaign will begin.

Accessibility Washing of Israeli War Crimes

Accessibility Tour to a State that Inflicts Disability and Violates International Law

Join in sending a letter to Holland-Bloorview, March of Dimes, and AODA saying SHAME on ACCESSIBILITY WASHING.

It only takes a minute or two, and you can customize if you wish.

CLICK HERE to send your letter saying NO to accessibility washing!

Israel is responsible for disabling and murdering countless Palestinians. In the past few months alone, Israeli snipers have targeted journalists, paramedics, people with disabilities, women and children with fatal sniper shots during the Great March of Return. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed, and tens of thousands have been injured, often with non-fatal shots to the chest, back, or legs, ending in disability.  

Still that is where Holland-Bloorview (Canada’s leading children hospital for rehabilitation), March of Dimes, Ontario government accessibility leadership went to learn about accessibility. SHAME.

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Canadians Call for OMNI (Rogers) to STOP Artwashing War Crimes and Apartheid

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Is a song contest more important than human rights?

Are advertising dollars worth more than international law?

OMNI broadcasting, a member of the Roger media group has announced they will be broadcasting Eurovision 2019 here in Canada. The following letter has been written to them by the Canadian BDS Coalition. Perhaps you may want to write your own!

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Canadian Dance Companies: Don’t Dance on the Ruins of Palestinian Childhood

Campaign organizers, Canada Palestine Association (CPA), called on Ballet BC to take a stand and not perform in Israel.  Such a performance would be a permanent stain on their records.

When two other organizations indicated participation in the Cana Danse Festival in Israel., they were also included. The Canadian BDS Coalition joined in the call for solidarity activists, both locally and around the world, to support this campaign, and to let these artists know that it is morally wrong for them to trample on the dignity and rights of Palestinians.

Over 10,000 signatures were received in support of this campaign.  See here.  Also see this article in Mondoweiss.

When it became known that the Canadian government, and cities of Vancouver and Montreal were sponsoring the Cana Danse Festival in Israel, an open  letter was sent from the Canadian BDS Coalition to the Government of Canada, Cities of Vancouver and Montreal. Note no responses were received from any of the parties.

Although the groups have already preformed in at that Cana Danse Festival the campaign continues in regard to providing information to these groups and others about Cultural Boycott.

Canadian Court Hands Important Victory to BDS Movement

On December 12th a Canadian Court ruled that Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions activists were denied free speech and campaigning rights when the city of Montreal tore down their posters highlighting an Israeli atrocity during an election campaign in Canada.

The Canadian BDS Coalition congratulated  Quebec BDS, a member of the Canadian BDS Coalition, on its important victory.  Hear more about it in this Real News documentary.

This is a victory of legitimacy of BDS in Canada by the Quebec Supreme Count.  It is applicable in other jurisdiction of Canada.

BC Attorney General Stonewalls on Israeli Wines in BC Liquor Store

The Canadian Palestine Association continued its campaign in regard to Israeli wine.  On October 17, 2018, the CPA finally heard back from British Columbia Attorney General David Eby.  Eby responded to two of the initiating groups on an Open Letter, regarding BC government liquor stores carrying Israeli wines in violation of international humanitarian laws. Mr. Eby refused to meet with representatives of the 30 groups who sponsored and endorsed the letter, and insisted again to focus solely on the “customers’ right to make choices”.

While British Columbia focused this campaign, this campaign is also available for groups across the country to introduce in their own jurisdictions.

Cultural Boycotts

Work continues with ongoing campaign to inform Canadian performers, artists and other cultural and sports organizations about cultural boycott.

The partnership between Hydro-Québec and Israel Electric is revealed by BDS-Québec

Let’s cut the current between Hydro-Québec and Israel Electric!

Quebec BDS and Palestinian Jewish Unity , members of the Canadian BDS Coalition launched a campaign this year to demand that Hydro-Québec terminate its agreement to cooperate on cyber security with Israel Electric Corporation concluded on May 22, 2017. This memorandum of understanding is in fact a contract between two states: Quebec and Israel.

The cooperation agreement was signed as part of the May 2017 economic mission to Israel and the West Bank by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, in his presence. Hydro-Québec refuses to disclose the content of its partnership agreement with IEC in contravention of the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information to which it is subject.  Join the campaign HERE. To learn more about the cooperation of Canada’s energy industry read this IT World Canada article that provides details about Toronto Hydro, IESO (Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator), and the Canadian Electric Association, as well as Canadian energy sector.

This campaign while in Quebec is supported nationally, and other local groups may choose to move forward with a sibling campaign in their own jurisdiction.

Canada Supports the Global HP Campaign

The Canadian BDS Coalition continued to support the Global HP Campaign with actions in several places.  HP plays a key role in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. It provides technology, equipment and services to the Israeli military, including for the checkpoints and ID card system that underpin Israel’s apartheid policies and its movement restrictions for Palestinians.HP relies on its good image and its contracts with public organisations, civil society bodies and private businesses. Effective grassroots campaigning can push HP to end its role in Israeli apartheid and settler colonialism.

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For actions that can be taken check out the action plan.


 End Air Canada’s Complicity with Israel

Partial Victory.  https://bdscoalition.ca/2017/11/06/air-canada-cancels-maintenance-contract-with-israel-aerospace-industries/

For Immediate Release, Nov. 5, 2017

The Canadian BDS Coalition was recently informed by Air Canada management that the 5-year, multi-million dollar contract with Israel Aerospace Industries Bedek Group [IAI] for heavy maintenance on Air Canada B767 jets was terminated in “early 2017”, with two years remaining. The maintenance work will now be undertaken by another, as yet unnamed, provider in North America.  See HERE

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Air Canada is outsourcing maintenance work for its B787 and B767 jets to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a leader in drone production that is wholly owned by the government of Israel.

Learn more about the call on Air Canada to end its complicity with Israel.

The boycott of Sabra products on Air Canada continues with people being encouraged to contact Air Canada directly about the selling of Sabra products. Sabra hummus is a joint venture between PepsiCo and the Strauss Group, an Israeli food company that provides financial support to the Israel Defense Forces.

See the letter sent to Air Canada  and learn about linkages with Mexico-Canada Border and next steps in regard to the campaign.

NOTE: the boycott of Sabra products on Air Canada continues, and our eye is on whether any future contracts with Israeli Aerospace Industries.

Tell the TSO: Don’t play for Israeli apartheid

The tour, coming just days before the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba and less than a month before the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, ignores the Palestinian-led call for a cultural boycott of Israel, which has been supported by thousands of artists around the world to refuse to play in Israel. This campaign is complete, but the work of Cultural Boycott continues

International Campaigns

Boycott HP

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HP provides on-going support and maintenance to a biometric ID system installed in Israeli checkpoints in the occupied West Bank that deprive Palestinians of the freedom of movement in their own land and allows the Israeli military occupation to grant or deny special privileges to the civilians under its control.

HP is also working with the Israeli government to manufacture and distribute a biometric ID system for all Israeli citizens, which categorizes citizens by their ethnic background and serves to discriminate against Arab citizens. HP manages the IT infrastructure for the Israeli navy and supplies the Israeli army with equipment and services specific to the needs of the military occupation. It is involved in the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the intricate mechanisms of physical separations and restrictions of movement.

HP also supports Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land by providing a computerized storage system to an illegal settlement.

Learn more about HP’s involvement in Israeli’s system of control at whoprofits.org’s Technologies of Control: The Case of Hewlett Packard (HP) page.

Get involved at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the BDS Movement’s Boycott HP campaign or the HP Boycott Campaign. You can also pledge to boycott and support divestment from HP at Jewish Voice for Peace.

Boycott Hyundai

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The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Committee of Palestinian Citizens of Israel (BDS48) calls upon our Palestinian people in the homeland and the Diaspora, the peoples of the Arab world, and people of conscience worldwide to boycott and divest from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), until it ends its involvement in Israel’s violations of our human rights, particularly in Jerusalem and the Naqab (Negev).

Learn more about the campaign and get resources on the BDS Movement website.

#Paypal4Palestine

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Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza are unable to use PayPal services, while Israeli settlers living in the West Bank have full access to the platform.

Not having access to PayPal limits the growth of Palestinian businesses — especially the burgeoning tech sector, which is providing employment and livelihood to Palestinians living under occupation.

A coalition of Palestinian businesses and civil society groups is calling on PayPal to end this discrimination against Palestinians.

Get the latest updates at the PayPal for Palestine Facebook page.

Take action by adding your name to the #PayPal4Palestine petition!

Airbnb Stolen Homes

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There are 13,000 Airbnb listings in Israel, though investigations have revealed that many of the properties are actually located in settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank. By allowing users to list and rent these properties and taking 9-15% from hosts and guests, Airbnb is making money off of Israel’s continued military occupation of Palestinian land and helping facilitate settlement activity.

Get involved at stolenhomes.org or the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.