Boycott From Within, an organization of Israelis supporting the Palestinian BDS call, has sent an open letter to Bryan Adams asking him to heed the Palestinian call for BDS and cancel his upcoming performances in Israel. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Nov. 2, 2017
Canadian BDS Coalition Declares Partial Victory in #AirCanadaComplicity Campaign
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On November 1, 2017, we were informed in writing by Air Canada management that the 5-year contract with Israel Aerospace Industries Bedek Group for heavy maintenance on its B767 jets had been terminated early. That contract, reported to be worth tens of millions of dollars, was set to run until March 2019.
Air Canada offered no reason for dropping the contract other than to say it was due to a practice of reviewing such “arrangements on a regular basis” with all service providers. Air Canada also claimed in its letter that this process happened in “early 2017” and that the contract was transferred to “another provider in North America”.
The Canadian BDS Coalition has just released this important open letter to Air Canada regarding its partnering with Israel Aerospace Industries. Civil society groups in Canada and around the world have signed on to say “Halt this Complicity with Israeli War Crimes”! #AirCanadaComplicity
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OPEN LETTER TO AIR CANADA CEO
Oct. 16, 2017
Mr. Calin Rovinescu
President and CEO
P.O. Box 14000, Station Airport
Dorval, QC H4Y 1H4
Dear Mr. Rovinescu:
We wish to bring to your attention our concerns about Air Canada’s partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries for maintenance on the Air Canada fleet of Boeing 787 and 767 jets.
Israel Aerospace Industries [IAI] is the subject of boycotts across Europe for its deadly drone technology and production. Corporate Watch from the UK says “IAI was one of the earliest developers of drone technology and launched its first surveillance drone in 1979. IAI’s website boasts that its drones have an “unsurpassed track record of over 1,200,000 operational flight hours for over 50 users on five continents.”
Air Canada’s complicity with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been matched by its silence.
By Marion Kawas
Friday, October 06, 2017
Two weeks ago, it was revealed that a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Elta North America, would be involved in building the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The immediate connection between the “builders” of oppressive and apartheid walls was not lost on those concerned about social justice, but a look at the history of IAI is even more enlightening. It is just one of many Israeli military defense companies that have intensified their global marketing in the last two decades, but it is also wholly owned by the Israeli government and is part of the historical foundation and fabric of the whole Zionist enterprise.
On November 2, 2017, it will be a century since the road for colonization of Palestine was set.
Recognizing a century since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years since the Partition Plan and approaching 70 years since the Nakba, 50 years of occupation of the territory taken in the 1967 set-back, and 10 years seize on Gaza, we are pleased that Alexandre Boulerice, MP to Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, NDP, Quebec has sponsored the following petition to the government of Canada.
Approaching 90 days and there has been no response to the following letter send to Air Canada CEO, Calin Rovinescu. Seems the silence of Rovinescu and his senior team support are not prepared to talk about the export of Canadian jobs to the Israeli government owned military company Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI).
The BNC (BDS National Committee) is putting more focus on Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI )with their statement on IAI’s involvement in militarizing the US-Mexico border.
We are still waiting Mr. Rovinescu to hear from you, and you can expect you will be hearing more the majority of Canadians who support sanctions against Israel war crimes (EKOS 2017).\
Letter sent to Bryan Adams by the Canadian BDS Coalition.
September 23, 2017
Dear Bryan Adams,
“the Israeli blockade of #Gaza just entered its 8th year, leaving its 1.7 million inhabitants destitute” and “I say the war against Gaza was a crime against humanity.”
Your own brave words in 2014 and things in Gaza have not gotten any better – far worse in fact. That’s why we can’t quite understand why you would want to play and share your music in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in December.
Sign and share the Canadian BDS Coalition petition to tell Bryan Adams to Unplug from Israeli Apartheid!
Bryan remember your words. CANCEL your performances in Tel Aviv December 4 and Jerusalem December 6.
Canada heard you in 2014. Palestine heard you in 2014. The world heard you in 2014, as you gave hope to the people of Gaza and all people who stand against war crimes and mass genocide.
You stood against the Israeli military bombardment on Gaza saying: “the Israeli blockade of #Gaza just entered its 8th year, leaving its 1.7 million inhabitants destitute” and “I say the war against Gaza was a crime against humanity.”
Lest you think things in Gaza no longer a concern, Amnesty International and the United Nations independent human rights experts remind you this is not the case. Over two million people are in their eleventh year in an outdoor prison, that has experienced three horrendous military attacks. Electricity is only available a few hours a day, water is scarce and sewage is polluting the Mediterranean. This is a completely human-made humanitarian crisis.
Bryan, we remind you that “Most Canadians Say Sanctions and Boycott are Reasonable Measures to Defend Palestinian Rights” (the 2017 EKOS poll )
In 2016 the world cheered when you cancelled your Mississippi tour date in protest over the state’s anti-LGBT law.
Let the world cheer again, when you CANCEL your Tel Aviv and Jerusalem performances Bryan.
Letter Sent to Bryan Adams from the Canadian BDS Coalition. Bryan you only have one Canadian concert before you play Apartheid Israel. We are looking for you to show your leadership on human rights by announcing you are cancelling your shows in Israel.
Tweet @bryadams to say #UnplugFromIsraeliApartheidBryan
Did you know that Air Canada is outsourcing maintenance work for its B787 and B767 jets to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)? And that IAI, a leader in drone production, is wholly owned by the government of Israel? And that Gaza and its civilian population are mercilessly used as a human laboratory for developing and thereby advancing the marketing of such drones?
IAI brags on its website that its “scope has expanded to include technologically sophisticated solutions for battle in the air, at sea or on land” and that it has “contributed significantly” to the “strategic superiority” of the Israeli military.
You can read more about IAI in this Corporate Watch report.
The Canadian BDS coalition is launching a major campaign to tell Air Canada we are not on board with this blatant complicity with Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people. The Palestinian-led BDS movement recently called for immediate international action towards implementing a comprehensive military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed against apartheid South Africa in the past.
What you can do
Telling Air Canada to immediately end this contract with IAI is one thing you can do right now to contribute. Here’s how you can help:
Please make your union, church, and community or political groups aware of this boycott and encourage them to show solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as workers here in Canada. You can download a fact sheet on the issue from Canada Palestine Association website.
Check all other possible options before finalizing your travel plans and boycott Air Canada whenever possible. Send the message to Air Canada that Israeli government abuses of international law will not be rewarded with your travel dollars!
Join a local BDS group and stay tuned for other campaigns to help further the military embargo on Israel.
Read the 2015 Mondoweiss article on the call for a boycott of Air Canada.
For more background on the issue, visit the Canada Palestine Association website.