The Canadian BDS Coalition joins in offering congratulations to d the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York on their historic Canadian first!
Note: at the subsequent FES meeting the minutes from the October 26, 2017 minutes were approved, and a subsequent vote was called to overturn this action. This vote did not succeed, so the motion stands. There was denouncing of this decision by the York University President, and indication by the FES Dean that the vote was only a recommendation.
The Canadian BDS Coalition congratulates the graduate student, her supporters and the FES faculty for this partial victory, and calls on the Dean of FES and the University of York President to do the right thing, and notify that this contract will NOT be renewed. 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 Toronto Sun published a pro-BDS op-ed by Stephen Ellis on Sunday, October 22 but has since removed the op-ed from its website.
Did the Toronto Sun cave to pressure from apartheid apologists like B’Nai Brith Canada?
At around the time that the pro-BDS op-ed was removed, the Sun published a denunciation of the op-ed by the CEO of B’Nai Brith, Michael Mostyn. Mostyn’s rant, which is replete with falsehoods, is still on the Sun website even though the op-ed Mostyn attacked has been removed. See: http://torontosun.com/op…/columnists/bds-is-a-dismal-failure?
Comments adapted from Dimitri Lascaris’ post.
Over the last two weeks, people have joined in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City to say #Shukran2Roger4TearingDownWalls. Most recently, a group gathered in Montreal.
Watch for more pictures, and news.
16 octobre 2017
Bonjour. Nous étions environ 35 personnes devant le Centre Bell à Montréal le 16 octobre 2017 au spectacle de Roger Waters pour remercier Roger Waters pour son appui à la cause palestinienne ainsi que son appui publique de la campagne BDS contre l’État d’Israël. La Ligue de défense juive qui menaçait d’être présente pour dénoncer Roger, ne s’est pas présentée. Voici quelques photos en attachement. Action organisée par BDS-Québec, Palestiniens et Juifs Unis et Voix Juives Indépendantes.
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.
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
Congratulations to the Unifor’s Canadian Council on easily passing a pro-Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion at their recent convention in Winnipeg, between August 18-20.
Submitted by Unifor Local 222 (Oshawa), Unifor Resolution No. 5 is titled “Palestinian Self-Determination and the Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” and reads in part:
“… BE IT RESOLVED that Unifor supports the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (“BDS”) that are targeted to those sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the OPT; and […] BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Unifor will support such a form of BDS until such time as Israel implements a permanent ban on further settlement construction in the OPT, and enters into good faith negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people for the purpose of establishing a viable, contiguous and truly sovereign Palestinian state ; and THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Unifor opposes all efforts to prohibit, punish or otherwise deter expressions of support for BDS.”
During the summer 2014 bombing of civilians in Gaza, the Palestinian trade union movement, with support from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and its affiliates, unanimously called on international trade unions to take immediate action to stop the Israeli massacre in Gaza and hold Israel to account for its crimes against the Palestinian people.
They wrote: “… civil society solidarity is the only force that can help stop the ongoing slaughter of our people and send them a message that they are not alone, exactly as effective international solidarity had done in supporting the struggle for freedom in apartheid South Africa […] In the face of this international inaction, we, the Palestinian trade unions, call on trade unions around the world to take urgent measures, and in particular to intensify Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with international law.”
The entire resolution as passed can be downloaded here:
See the complete list of Unifor resolutions: http://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/news/canadian-council-resolutions
Our heartiest congratulations to members of Unifor Local 222 who crafted, submitted and argued in favour of the successful motion supporting BDS tactics.
On the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) released the following statement:
BDS: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba
The BNC Commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba
It is possible…
It is possible at least sometimes…
It is possible especially now
To ride a horse
Inside a prison cell
And run away…
It is possible for prison walls
For the cell to become a distant land
– Mahmoud Darwish
May 15, 2017 marks the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, made 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians into refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine.