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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

Roger Waters Adds Voice to #RaptorsDontGo

Roger Waters sends a personal message about the proposed trip to Israel for the Toronto Raptors.

Michael Bennett, when he turned down Brand Israel sports washing, quoted 1968 Olympian John Carlos saying “There is no partial commitment to justice, you are either in or you are out.” Michael Bennettt said I am in.

Roger Waters asks the Toronto Raptors players to join the commitment to justice, and say no to going to their co-owners offer of a Brand Israel trip.

Roger Water speaks to Toronto Raptor fans and all people concerned about justice to join him in the call to the Raptors players to say no to sports-washing and say no to the proposed brand Israel trip offer by Raptor co-owner Larry Tanenbaum.

Join with Roger and let the Raptors know you are on the side of justice. Sign the petition.

Join us in #RaptorsDontGo

Thanks to everyone who joined the #RaptorsDontGo twitter storm urging the @raptors not to visit Israel! This is definitely not the end. We will continue to build momentum to ensure they don’t take up a trip to an apartheid state!

Peace and solidarity✌️— Canadian BDS Coalition (@Canadian_BDS) June 22, 2019

BREAKING NEWS

A rain shower before a storm. Initial twitter storm Saturday June 22.

Join an initial twitter storm. The Momentum is building! @Raptors #SkipTheTrip to Israel on Saturday, June 22, Starting at 13:00 ET, 20:00 Palestine, 10:00 PT.  Join us for 1-2 hours

WHAT DO I DO?

GET READY IMMEDIATELY:  

Follow  @Canadian_BDS on twitter

PARTICIPATE on Saturday, June 22 1. Retweet: from @Canadian_BDS

2. Click here  for sample tweets & for twitter accounts of Raptor players and others


Other Ways to Engage:

Like & Follow on Facebook @BDSCoalition 

Watch for more actions & information.


Read More About the Campaign: The Middle East Monitor Please #SkipTheTrip to Israel, Toronto Raptors


Sign the Petition
Be in touch: bdscoalition@gmail.com

Tweet to all the Raptor players and the President Masai an Open Letter to the Raptors.

Open Letter to @Raptors #Champions @HumanRights https://t.co/2cNzN4DUOl @OAnunoby @chrisboucher @MarcGasol @DGreen_14 @sergeibaka @kawhileonard @JLin7 @Klow7 @mrjloyd @PMcCaw0 @Jmeeks20 @MalcMili13 @EricMoreland15 @npowell2404 @pskills43@FredVanVleet @UjiriMasai pic.twitter.com/Oy57PnjPNn(@Canadian_BDS) June 16, 2019

Copy the above messages.

Retweet messages from @Canadian_BDS

Raptors

@Raptors ‘

Details for player Facebook Accounts below

Twitter Accounts for Raptors (list)

@OAnunoby

@chrisboucher

@MarcGasol

@DGreen_14

@sergeibaka

@kawhileonard

@JLin7

@Klow7

@mrjloyd

@PMcCaw0

@Jmeeks20

@MalcMili13

@EricMoreland15

@npowell2404

@pskills43

@FredVanVleet

RAPTOR PLAYERS with their twitter account listed:

O.G. Anunoby

@OAnunoby

Chris Boucher

@chrisboucher

Marc Gasol

@MarcGasol

Danny Green

@DGreen_14

RESPECT is everything, I give what I get

Serge Ibaka

@sergeibaka

Kawhi Leonard

@kawhileonard

Jeremy Lin

@JLin7

Kyle Lowry

@Klow7

A man who plays basketball

Jordan Loyd

@mrjloyd

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given Be grateful. Conceit is selfgiven. Be careful.

Patrick McCaw

@PMcCaw0

Jodie Meeks

@Jmeeks20

Shooting Guard for the Washington Wizards!

Malcolm Miller

@MalcMili13

Toronto Raptors #13 Everyday is a blessed day! Stay Ready, Stay Positive! #WeTheNorth snap:malcman13 IG:mlmili13

Eric Moreland

@EricMoreland15

Houston . Dream big. Work Hard. Let God do the rest!

yellow brick road

norman powell

@npowell2404

pascal siakam

@pskills43

God first. #RipDad #DoingItForYou#NmState #WeTheNorth #43

Fred VanVleet

@FredVanVleet

President of Raptors

Masai Ujiri

@UjiriMasai

Super Fan

Nav Bhatia Superfan

@superfan_nav


Contact Raptors on Facebook

*send messages, include comments on posts:

https://www.facebook.com/TorontoRaptors/

FACEBOOK for individual Players

OG Anunoby

https://www.facebook.com/oanunoby/

Forward3

OG Anunoby

Chris Boucher

https://www.facebook.com/chris.boucher.9678

Forward25

Chris Boucher

Marc Gasol

Center33

https://www.facebook.com/marcgasol/

Marc Gasol

Danny Green

Guard-Forward14

https://www.facebook.com/DannyGreenNBA/

Danny Green

Serge Ibaka

Center-Forward9

https://www.facebook.com/sergeibaka/

Serge Ibaka

Kawhi Leonard

Forward2

https://www.facebook.com/Kawhi-Leonard-847941498551411/

Kawhi Leonard

Jeremy Lin

Guard17

https://www.facebook.com/jeremylin7/

Jeremy Lin

Kyle Lowry

Guard7

https://www.facebook.com/kylelowry07/

Kyle Lowry

Jordan Loyd

Guard8

https://www.facebook.com/jloyd24uindy

Jordan Loyd

Patrick McCaw

Guard1

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPatrickMcCaw/

Patrick McCaw

Jodie Meeks

Guard20

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJodieMeeks/

Jodie Meeks

Malcolm Miller

Forward13

https://www.facebook.com/malcolm.miller.37051

Malcolm Miller

Eric Moreland

Forward-Center15

https://www.facebook.com/eric.e.moreland

Eric Moreland

Norman Powell

Forward-Guard24

https://www.facebook.com/NormanPowell4/

Norman Powell

Pascal Siakam

Forward43

https://www.facebook.com/pskills43/

Pascal Siakam

Fred VanVleet

Guard23

https://www.facebook.com/officialfredvanvleet/

Fred VanVleet

RAPTOR INSTAGRAM

instagram.com/raptors

Cross-Country Day of Action Naming Canadian Complicity in Supporting Israeli War Crimes and Apartheid.

#Nakba71 #BDS #Rightof Return

Saturday, May 18 people joined together from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland to mark a Cross Country Day of Action to name Canadian complicity in regard to war crimes and apartheid by the state of Israel on the people of Palestine. #Nakba71 #BDS

A few pictures and sharing of events:

Victoria saw a successful rally of about 100 people with massive banners, music, speeches and chants at the BC Legislature. Several cruise ships were in port and visitors had a chance to learn about Palestine and BDS.

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Vancouver Nakba 71 seminar and BDS wine picket with Gaza born journalist and author Ramzy Baroud and Palestinian filmmaker Sobhi Al-Zobaidi. See HERE for more details.

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St. John’s Newfoundland. Remembering # Nakba71. Standing in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Calling for #BDS. Calling for end of Canadian complicity with war crimes and apartheid of the state of Israeli. A reading of the destroyed towns & cities of historic Palestine during Nakba 1948.

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Winnipeg: Film Screening of 1948 Creation & Catastrophe, followed by peaceful action. Winnipeg sumud as they zionists came into the theatre and had counter action.

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Montreal. May 12, in solidarity with the mothers of Palestine. About 300 people joined.

Saint Johns New Brunswick saw a gathering which provided leaflets/information, and speeches at the Old City Market.

Toronto about 400 people joined to commemorate Nakba Day and denounce ongoing Zionist crimes against the Palestinian people. Starting at Dundas/Yonge and moving up Yonge to Israeli consulate where action closed off Yonge/Bloor in front of Israeli consulate for about 30 minutes.

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

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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

Vancouver: Nakba 71-The Palestinian Narrative

Nakba71-The Palestinian Narrative

1. Speakers, Films, Dabke Presentation, Personal Testimonies
#ExistResistReturn
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 2pm
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver Rm. 7000
Facebook Event


Gaza-born Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His latest book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a former Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.

Sobhi Al-Zobaidi is a Palestinian filmmaker, artist and scholar who was born in Jerusalem in 1961 and who grew up in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah. He studied economics at Birzeit University and Cinema at NYU. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at SFU. 
He will be presenting his film, My Very Private Map

Local Palestinians will also present their personal stories of being Nakba survivors or descendants.
(This event is part of a Cross Canada Day of Action marking Nakba71.)

Hosted by Canada Palestine Association and Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies – SFU

2. Boycott Israeli Wines Picket, Mark Nakba71

May 18 – 4:15 pm, BC Liquor Store, SFU Harbour Centre, Gather W. Cordova entrance near Seymour across from Sea Bus

Facebook Event

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SPONSORS

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 Centre Foundation

Canadians Against Israeli Apartheid Victoria

Justice for Palestinians Calgary

Palestinian Solidarity Network Edmonton

Peace Alliance Winnipeg

Canada Peace Congress

Regina Peace Council

Oakville Palestinian Rights Association

Toronto BDS Action

Al Quds Committee Toronto

People for Peace, London

Canadian for Justice and Peace in the Middle East

Independent Jewish Voices

Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste

Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement pour une Paix Juste

United for Palestine-Toronto/GTA

MidIslanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East

NDP Socialist Caucus

Labor for Palestine

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Palestine Solidarity Working GroupSudbury

Canadian Defenders for Human Rights

Saanich Gulf Island Federal NDP-Electoral District Assocation

Alliance  of  Concerned  Jewish  Canadians

Christian Peacemaker Team-Ontario

Solidarity with Palestine-Sudbury

Niagara BDS Coalition

Palestinian and Jewish Unity

BDS Quebec

Guelph: Ontario Public Interest Research Group

Canadian Federation of Students-national

Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario

Palestinian Solidarity Working Group – Sudbury

Canadians for Palestine

Islamic Society of York Region

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

International Socialists

Hugo Chavez People’s Defence Front

Independent Jewish Voices-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

THE CALL

The Canadian BDS Coalition aims to celebrate this new majority by making it visible on the streets of Canada. We appeal to everyone seeing this message, to every working class and progressive organization, to demonstrate on Saturday, May 18 in solidarity with the above demands.

Please plan street actions to occur in your city, in your community on Saturday May 18th. You may wish to initiate actions during the week of May 13th that marks 71 years since the Nakba took place in Palestine–that’s great! And please also undertake to organize powerful, visible manifestations of our national solidarity with the Palestinian people on the common target date, May 18th!

Let us know that you endorse this Call to Action. Tell us what your group, coalition or campaign plans to do. We will post your local actions to our website, and share across social media. Please add your endorsement HERE.

To enter your event please click HERE.

Events will also appear on this page and on our FB page.

Please contact us at: bdscoalition@gmail.com 647-986-1917


By endorsing we ask you to promote the cross-country action as well as individual actions/events across the county as well as local in your community.

You can use the following posters, customizing for your event/s.

Events will be happening across Canada around Nakba71 (May 15), with day of action on May 18, 2019.