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DON’T DO IT BRYAN ADAMS: NOTHING ULTIMATE ABOUT IT

Canadian BDS Coalition, December 4, 2017

DEC 2, 2017 — Despite promise to meet with us, Bryan Adams has not been in touch.

This is the last chance to tell Bryan Adam’s do NOT do it!

Say NO to Apartheid Israel, don’t play in Israel.

Roger Waters, Checkpoint 303 and 25 other artists have said NO!

Groups and individuals all around the world have said NO.

Tweet @bryanadams #bryanadamsultimate is NOT ultimate. It is apartheid. UNPLUG.

Contact: Olivia Ootes olivia@feldman-agency.com & let her know that you would have hoped better from Bryan Adams, and to pass along the message.

https://bdscoalition.ca/2017/08/25/bryan-unplug-from-apartheid-israel/

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Austria Tells Bryan: Don’t sing for Israeli Apartheid and Occupation. Solidarity with Palestine!

See full details of campaign and action “Bryan Adams Unplug from Israeli Apartheid.”

 

On Saturday November 18,  Bryan Adams performed in Graz.  Local activists tell Canadian BDS Coalition that they distributed quite a lot of  flyers in front of the Stadthalle Graz.

Translation of banner:  Bryan: Don’t sing for Israeli Apartheid and
Occupation. Solidarity with Palestine!

Many greetings and in solidarity from
Palästina Solidarität Steiermark – Palestine Solidarity Styria

Next Stop Bryan Adams–Apartheid Israel; We URGE you UNPLUG before it is too late

Bryan Adams Finished his European Leg of his Ultimate Tour–but NOTHING ULTIMATE  about it if he supports APARTHEID

 

bryan adams not so ultimate

Palestinian Checkpoint 303

has joined Roger Waters and 30 artists world wide to say DON’T do it Bryan!

Artists sign on HERE

Organizations Around World Urge Bryan Adams to Unplug from Israeli Apartheid NOW

Sign on your organization HERE

LETTER FROM ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Dear Bryan Adams

With just under two weeks until you are scheduled to play three concerts in Israel, we wish to bring to your attention our concerns as we insist that you stand on the right side of history by cancelling your Israeli concerts.

The Government of Israel overtly uses culture as a form of propaganda to whitewash or justify the regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid over the Palestinian people. Just as South African anti-apartheid activists called on international artists, writers, and cultural institutions to culturally boycott South Africa, Palestinians urge international cultural workers and cultural organizations, including unions and associations, to boycott and/or work towards the cancellation of events, activities, agreements, or projects involving Israel, Israeli lobby groups or Israeli cultural institutions. International venues and festivals are asked to reject funding and any form of sponsorship from the Israeli government. Thousands of artists across the world now refuse to perform in Israel, including a host of global superstars such as Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, Lauryn Hill, and Chuck D.

The Canadian BDS Coalition, the Québec BDS Coalition, Boycott from Within Israel, and other groups and individuals from civil society around the world have joined along with fellow artists over the last several months to urge you to cancel these performances, and to observe the international call for a cultural boycott of Israel. Despite this, thus far, you have refused to cancel your concerts on December 4, 5, and 6 in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This request is now supported by those individuals and organizations listed at the bottom of the letter. Please be aware that the displeasure grows with respect to your proposed appearances in Israel.

By performing in Israel, you become complicit in the war crimes of the Government of Israel. This is fundamentally wrong.

We expect you know, or reasonable should know, the brutality of the Israel Occupation Force on the residents of Palestine. In fact you spoke about this during the 2014 attack on Gaza. We remind you that grade schools are routinely invaded by the soldiers to frighten small children; children are arrested in the middle of the night by a large force of armed soldiers invading their homes and beating any who resist; and that Israel is the only state that systemically detains and prosecutes children under Military Law. Israeli Occupation Forces protect the settlers living in the illegal settlements while the settlers destroy Palestinian olive groves and violently evict Palestinians from their homes. Recently, special rapporteur to the UN for the occupied Palestinian territory, Michael Lynk has indicted that Israel is an illegal occupant. Lynk submitted that Israel’s role as occupation has crossed the red line of international law.

The continued support by the Government of Israel to the illegal settlements around Jerusalem and in East Jerusalem is particularly worrisome as basic human rights of the Palestinian population are being trampled. That you would countenance such actions by performing in Israel is morally and ethically bankrupt. To play in Jerusalem even as Israel has passed the Greater Jerusalem legislation shows complete disregard for human rights and international law.

We prevail upon you to listen to the call from artists and civil society around the world to cancel your performances in Israel, and provide the voice of justice we have come to expect from you.

 

Gaza Action Ireland
Palestinian and Jewish Unity
BDS Vancouver
Palestina Solidariteit
Canada Palestine Association, Vancouver
BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish
Canadian BDS Coalition
Committee for Just Peace in the Middle East, Luxenburg
Toronto BDS

Bryan Adams Has Gone Quiet, and not responding to Canadians.

 

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Bryan Adams

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Montréal, 12 Octobre 2017

Dear Bryan Adams,

The BDS Québec Coalition would like to know if you will be performing in Israel on the 4th, 5th & 6th of December 2017.

In 2014, you courageously defended the population of Gaza: at that time, they were suffering simultaneously from a merciless blockade as well as the effect of their second war in fewer than five years, that had killed thousands and injured tens of thousands of civilian people.

Not all Israelis are responsible for the suffering of Palestinians, just as not all Mississippi residents are collectively responsible for the extremely discriminatory and homophobic measures introduced by their governor. In addition, some may think that music has nothing to do with this entire issue…

Nevertheless, boycott has proven to be a respectable, useful and legitimate tactic to oppose illegal and unjust government policies and practices. By refusing to perform in Mississippi, and despite the personal sacrifices involved, you have joined the many artists before you that have taken this symbolic stand. By doing so, you contribute to the enhancement of the situation, whether in Mississippi, Palestine or elsewhere.

This letter is in line with the demands from the Palestinian civil society. Inspired by the South African anti apartheid struggle, Palestinians in 2005 called for a boycott of Israel until it ends its injustices and upholds human rights.

Since 2014, the situation has only further deteriorated. Palestinians live under segregation conditions, with major movement difficulties within the territories occupied by settlers, and with reaching or leaving Gaza completely impossible.

During this time, too, Israel has multiplied its settler population to over 750,000 in the occupied West Bank, while at the same time banishing over 140,000 Palestinians from living in occupied East-Jerusalem, despite their having being born in the city. In 2016 alone, Israel demolished or seized 1,093 Palestinian-owned structures throughout the West Bank, including East-Jerusalem, leaving 1,600 Palestinians homeless, nearly half of whom are children[1].

This year marks a decade since the start of Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza, where two million Palestinians live in dire conditions. And last March, a United Nations report stated that “evidence supports beyond a reasonable doubt the proposition that Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people, which amounts to the commission of a crime against humanity”.

The call to solidarity with the Palestinians has been heard and supported by thousands of artists and celebrated cultural figures from all over the world including Israel. A collective of 500 Montreal artists has committed to answering the call to boycott, including, Lhasa, Gilles Vigneault and Richard Desjardins.

On the international level, supporting the call for boycott are artists such as Annie Lennox, Lauryn Hill, Sinéad O’Connor, Cat Power, Cassandra Wilson, Vanessa Paradis, Natacha Atlas, Aziza Brahim, Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, U2, Massive Attack, Jello Biafra, Jason Moran, Richard Bona, Eddie Palmieri, Salif Keita, the late Gil Scott-Heron and John Berger. We also find Alice Walker, Gillian Slovo, Naomi Klein, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mira Nair, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Danny Glover, Peter Brook or Jean Luc Godard: they are well aware of the injustices suffered by the Palestinian people, and have refused to go to Israel as a symbol of solidarity.

We urge you to listen to this call, and to add your name to the list of artists who, rather than standing on the sidelines of history are actually seeking to making history. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

To perform now in Israel is to ignore the call of Palestinian civil society, and to endorse the Israeli apartheid regime. In the name of solidarity, justice and equality, and in the name of the people of Palestine, we urge you to cancel your concerts!

We look forward to hearing a positive response from you, and we would be happy to answer any of your questions regarding the BDS campaign.

 

Sincerely,

 

Zahia, Lorraine, Bruce and Dror, for the BDS Québec Coalition, and the 40 some organisations it represents : Alternatives ● ASSE ● Bateau pour Gaza ● BDS Concordia ● Centre d’appui aux Philippines ● Centre Justice et Foi ● Comité de solidarité avec la Palestine de Québec ● Comité de solidarité avec la Palestine de Trois-Rivières ● Conseil Central Montréal-Métropolitain de la CSN ● CSN ● CSN Construction Laurentides ● College and University Workers United (CUWU) ● Entraide Missionnaire ● Etudiant.e.s de premier cycle de Concordia ● Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ) ● FNEEQ ● Fondation Canado-Palestinienne du Québec ● Forum musulman canadien ● FRAPRU ● Conseil régional FTQ Montréal-Métropolitain ● Graduate Student Association Concordia ● Institut Simone de Beauvoir ● Ligue des Droits et Libertés ● Ligue internationale de lutte des peuples au Canada ● Palestiniens et Juifs Unis (PAJU) ● Présence musulmane ● Regroupement des Algériens et Algériennes du Québec ● Québec Solidaire ● Regards palestiniens ● Réseau québécois des études féministes (RéQEF) ● Revue Relation ● SDHPP UdeM ● SDHPP UQAM ● Société St-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal ● SPHR Concordia ● SPHR McGill ● Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes (STTP) Région du Québec ● Tadamon ● Voix Juives Indépendantes

 

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[1]              https://bdsmovement.net/news/palestinians-nick-cave-heed-our-non-violent-call-justice

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Montréal, le 12 Octobre 2017

 

Cher Bryan Adams,

La Coalition BDS Québec souhaiterait obtenir des précisions sur votre intention de vous produire en Israël, les 4, 5 et 6 décembre prochains.

En 2014 vous avez courageusement défendu la population de Gaza souffrant à la fois d’un blocus implacable et d’une deuxième guerre en moins de cinq ans, laissant des milliers de morts et des dizaines de milliers de blessés, civils pour la plupart.

Bien sûr, tous les israéliens ne sont pas responsables de la souffrance des Palestiniens, de même que tous les habitants du Mississippi ne sont pas responsables des mesures homophobes de leur gouverneur. De plus, certains pensent que la musique n’a rien à voir avec tout ça.

Pourtant, le boycott est reconnu comme une tactique respectable, utile et légitime pour s’opposer aux mesures et aux pratiques illégales ou injustes des gouvernements. En refusant de jouer au Mississippi, et malgré les sacrifices que cela implique, vous avez rejoint les nombreux artistes qui, avant vous, avaient accepté de faire ce geste symbolique fort. En le faisant, vous contribuez à faire évoluer une situation tragique, au Mississippi comme en Palestine, ou ailleurs.

Cette lettre relaye un appel de la société civile palestinienne, qui s’inspire de la lutte anti-apartheid d’Afrique du Sud dans les années 1980. En 2005, elle a lancé cet appel international à la solidarité, par le boycott d’Israël, jusqu’à ce que cet Etat mette fin à ses injustices et respecte le droit international et les droits humains.

Depuis 2014, la situation n’a fait que s’aggraver. Les Palestiniens vivent une situation de ségrégation, avec de grandes difficultés de circulation au sein des territoires occupés par les colons, et une impossibilité de se rendre ou de sortir de Gaza.

Entre temps, ce sont maintenant 750.000 colons qui, avec l’aide de l’Etat israélien, occupent la Cisjordanie, tandis que plus de 140.000 Palestiniens ont été bannis de Jérusalem-Est occupée, bien que nés dans cette ville. Rien qu’en 2016, Israël a démoli ou confisqué 1093 bâtiments appartenant à des Palestiniens, en Cisjordanie et à Jérusalem-Est, laissant encore 1.600 Palestiniens sans domicile, près de la moitié d’entre eux étant des enfants[1].

Depuis maintenant plus de 10 ans, Gaza est soumise à un blocus illégal israélien, et deux millions de Palestiniens vivent dans des conditions effroyables. Un rapport des Nations Unies a déclaré en mars dernier que “le poids des preuves confirme, au-delà de tout doute raisonnable, qu’Israël est coupable d’imposer un régime d’apartheid au peuple palestinien, ce qui correspond à la commission de crime contre l’humanité”.

L’appel à la solidarité des Palestiniens a été entendu par des milliers d’artistes et de personnalités du monde culturel dans le monde entier, y compris en Israël. Un collectif de 500 artistes montréalais s’est ainsi engagé à boycotter Israël, dont Lhasa, Gilles Vigneault ou Richard Desjardins.

Au niveau international, parmi celles et ceux qui soutiennent l’appel au boycott, on trouve des artistes comme Annie Lennox, Lauryn Hill, Sinéad O’Connor, Cat Power, Cassandra Wilson, Vanessa Paradis, Natacha Atlas, Aziza Brahim, Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, U2, Massive Attack, Jello Biafra, Jason Moran, Richard Bona, Eddie Palmieri, Salif Keita, les regrettés Gil Scott-Heron et John Berger, mais aussi Alice Walker, Gillian Slovo, Naomi Klein, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mira Nair, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Danny Glover, Peter Brook ou Jean Luc Godard, artistes qui ont été mis au courant de la situation et des terribles injustices subies par les Palestiniens, et qui ont renoncé à se rendre en Israël, par geste de solidarité.

Entendez cet appel et ajoutez votre nom à cette prestigieuse liste d’artistes qui vont dans le sens de l’Histoire. Comme l’a dit l’Archevêque Desmond Tutu : « Si vous pensez être neutres dans des situations d’injustice, alors vous avez choisi le côté de l’oppresseur. »

Aujourd’hui, se produire en Israël c’est mépriser l’appel de la société civile palestinienne et cautionner l’apartheid israélien. Au nom de la solidarité, de la justice et de l’égalité, et au nom du peuple palestinien, nous vous demandons d’annuler vos concerts !

Dans l’attente d’une réponse de votre part, nous nous tenons à votre disposition pour tout renseignement supplémentaire quant à la campagne BDS.

Sincèrement,

 

Zahia, Lorraine, Bruce et Dror, pour la Coalition BDS Québec, et les quelques 40 organisations qu’elle représente : Alternatives ● ASSE ● Bateau pour Gaza ● BDS Concordia ● Centre d’appui aux Philippines ● Centre Justice et Foi ● Comité de solidarité avec la Palestine de Québec ● Comité de solidarité avec la Palestine de Trois-Rivières ● Conseil Central Montréal-Métropolitain de la CSN ● CSN ● CSN Construction Laurentides ● College and University Workers United (CUWU) ● Entraide Missionnaire ● Etudiant.e.s de premier cycle de Concordia ● Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ) ● FNEEQ ● Fondation Canado-Palestinienne du Québec ● Forum musulman canadien ● FRAPRU ● Conseil régional FTQ Montréal-Métropolitain ● Graduate Student Association Concordia ● Institut Simone de Beauvoir ● Ligue des Droits et Libertés ● Ligue internationale de lutte des peuples au Canada ● Palestiniens et Juifs Unis (PAJU) ● Présence musulmane ● Regroupement des Algériens et Algériennes du Québec ● Québec Solidaire ● Regards palestiniens ● Réseau québécois des études féministes (RéQEF) ● Revue Relation ● SDHPP UdeM ● SDHPP UQAM ● Société St-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal ● SPHR Concordia ● SPHR McGill ● Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes (STTP) Région du Québec ● Tadamon ● Voix Juives Indépendantes

 

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[1]      https://bdsmovement.net/news/palestinians-nick-cave-heed-our-non-violent-call-justice

 

 

 

 

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.

Israel Aerospace Industries, according to Israeli media reports, has been identified by the United Nations in the upcoming blacklist of companies violating international law by doing business in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Canada Palestine Association – Vancouver and BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish first identified Air Canada’s association with this Israeli military defense company, wholly owned by the Israeli government, almost 3 years ago. Supported by the Canadian BDS Coalition, opposition to the Air Canada maintenance contract spread world wide to locations served by Air Canada. Unions in Canada representing hundreds of thousands of members (and their families) had signed on to the new Open Letter, as had groups in other countries from the U.S. to Norway, France, Germany, Belgium, and Ireland to Australia.

The Canadian BDS Coalition is pleased that the largest and most significant element of Air Canada’s involvement with Israel Aerospace Industries has been terminated. Air Canada offered no reason for ending the contract; however, the Coalition notes that whatever “public explanations” are proffered, the hard fact remains that a portion of our travel dollars now no longer go to a company directly involved in Israeli military tyranny against the Palestinian population.

This represents a major, but partial, victory for the BDS movement as Air Canada still has one smaller contract for line maintenance on B787 jets with IAI, where “in compliance with international safety regulations that apply to all carriers, Bedek provides a certified aircraft engineer to do a check that is required on aircraft prior to departure of regularly scheduled return flights to Canada”. Air Canada noted if any substantive problems are found during that check then their own employees will be dispatched to conduct the required maintenance.

The Canadian BDS Coalition also continues to request that Air Canada cease serving Sabra Hummus on flights. Sabra is partly owned by an Israeli company, Strauss Group, which “adopted” an elite Israel Defence Forces unit, the Golani Brigade, which is used by the Government of Israel to brutalise Palestinians.

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Contacts:

Karen Rodman, Canadian BDS Coalition, bdscoalition@gmail.com

Hanna Kawas, Canada Palestine Association, cpavancouver@gmail.com

Statement from Canadian BDS Coalition

Letter to Air Canada from organizations across Canada around the world.

 

Communiqué de presse de la Coalition BDS-Canada

Air Canada annule un contrat d’entretien avec Israel Aerospace Industries

Pour diffusion immédiate

La direction d’Air Canada a récemment informé la Coalition BDS-Canada que le contrat de cinq ans de plusieurs millions de dollars conclu avec Israel Aerospace Industries Bedek Group pour la maintenance lourde des avions B767 d’Air Canada a pris fin au début de 2017, avec deux ans restant au contrat. Les travaux d’entretien seront maintenant confiés à un autre fournisseur d’Amérique du Nord qui n’a pas encore été nommé.

Selon des médias israéliens, les industries israéliennes de l’aérospatiale seront identifiées par les Nations Unies dans la prochaine liste noire des entreprises qui violent le droit international en faisant des affaires dans les territoires palestiniens occupés. L’Association Canada Palestine – Vancouver et la BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish ont identifié pour la première fois l’association d’Air Canada avec cette compagnie de défense militaire israélienne, détenue à 100 % par le gouvernement israélien, il y a presque 3 ans. Soutenue par la Coalition BDS-Canada, l’opposition au contrat d’entretien d’Air Canada s’est propagée dans le monde entier aux endroits desservis par Air Canada. Les syndicats du Canada représentant des centaines de milliers de membres (et leurs familles) ont adhéré à une lettre de dénonciation, tout comme d’autres groupes des États-Unis, de Norvège, de France, d’Allemagne, de Belgique et d’Irlande à l’Australie.

La Coalition BDS-Canada  est heureuse que l’élément le plus significatif, c’est-à-dire, la participation d’Air Canada à Israel Aerospace Industries soit du passé. Air Canada n’a offert aucune raison de mettre fin au contrat. Cependant, la Coalition note que quelles que soient les « explications publiques » fournies, il n’en demeure pas moins qu’une partie de nos dollars de voyage ne va plus à une entreprise directement impliquée dans la tyrannie militaire israélienne à l’encontre de la population palestinienne.

Cela représente une victoire majeure, mais partielle, pour le mouvement BDS car Air Canada a encore un contrat moindre pour l’entretien en ligne des avions B787 avec IAI, où « conformément à la réglementation internationale de sécurité applicable à tous les transporteurs, Bedek fournit un ingénieur aéronautique certifié pour effectuer un contrôle sur les avions avant le départ des vols de retour réguliers au Canada ». Air Canada a noté que si des problèmes importants étaient décelés lors de ce contrôle, ses propres employés seraient envoyés pour effectuer l’entretien requis.

La Coalition BDS-Canada  continue également de demander qu’Air Canada cesse de desservir Sabra Hummus à bord des vols. Sabra est en partie détenue par une société israélienne, Strauss Group, qui a « adopté » une unité d’élite des Forces de défense israéliennes, la Brigade Golani, qui est utilisée par le gouvernement israélien pour brutaliser les Palestiniens.

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York Faculty Boycotts Israeli Academic Institution–Canadian First

The Canadian BDS Coalition Joins in Offering

Congratulations to SAIA York and the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York on their Canadian first.
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November 6, 2017, Toronto

Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University (SAIA York) is proud to announce that the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at the third largest university in Canada has boycotted the Israeli academic institution, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES). This move is a major win for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, as FES has become the first faculty in Canada to honour Palestinian civil society’s call for “an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions”.

On October 26, 2017, FES boycotted the institution after the FES Faculty Council passed a motion to not renew a long-standing partnership agreement between FES and AIES. The motion, which was presented by SAIA York, garnered 15 votes in favour, seven against, and one abstention. While AIES has branded itself as an institution that promoted peace and environmental cooperation, the motion condemned AIES as an institution that “has a history in greenwashing injustices and environmental harms” perpetuated by the Israeli government.

AIES is funded by the Jewish National Fund (JNF). AIES has also officially partnered with the JNF since 2002. As an Israeli quasi-governmental organization, the JNF has played an instrumental role in advancing Israel’s colonial project for over a 100 years. This project has not only devastated the indigenous Palestinian people, but also the environment. Still, AIES boasts of this partnership on its website, praising the JNF’s “heart and action” and its “green innovations”. Arava conveniently omits the JNF’s colonial legacy from its website, serving to normalize and greenwash the organization and, by extension, Israel’s colonial history.

AIES also opened in 1996 as one of the hundreds of people-to-people (P2P) programs that were established around that time. P2P programs were based on “cooperative activities between Israelis and Palestinians to promote peace”. However, such programs failed to create peace in the last 20 years, because they did not seek to end Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. Rather, they perpetuated Israel’s oppression by encouraging “coexistence” rather than “co-resistance” against Israel. By encouraging coexistence and environmental cooperation, without recognizing Israel’s oppressive role and the need to resist against this oppression, Arava has served to normalize and greenwash Israel’s oppression.

By boycotting AIES, FES has taken a courageous stance on the right side of history to pressure Israel and complicit Israeli organizations to end their injustices against the Palestinian people. It is even more inspiring that FES has taken this historic step in consideration of the recent government crackdowns on BDS in Canada and elsewhere. FES has chosen to stay true to the radical, human rights, and anti-colonial roots of environmentalism and to uphold York University’s commitment to social justice by implementing academic boycott against Israel. We hope that this victory will inspire other York faculties and other academic institutions to implement or endorse the academic boycott against Israel in the struggle for a world free of colonialism, apartheid, occupation, and war, and in the realization of peace, justice, and equality for all.

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Air Canada Terminates their Main Contract with Israel Aerospace Industries

Nov. 2, 2017
Canadian BDS Coalition Declares Partial Victory in #AirCanadaComplicity Campaign
(le français suit)

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”.

However, we need to point out that this new information was only released after our #AirCanadaComplicity campaign was taking off and receiving increasing support both from within Canada and internationally. Unions representing hundreds of thousands of members (and their families) had signed on to the new Open Letter, as had groups in other countries from the U.S. to Norway, France, Germany, Belgium and Ireland to Australia. The Open Letter was a shortened version of a previous official letter to Air Canada, sent 4 months earlier, which received neither an acknowledgement nor an answer.

Air Canada also said in its letter that it still has one smaller contract with IAI, where “in compliance with international safety regulations that apply to all carriers, Bedek provides a certified aircraft engineer to do a check that is required on aircraft prior to departure of regularly scheduled return flights to Canada”. However, they noted that if any substantive problems are found during that check, then Air Canada dispatches its own employees to conduct the work.

They did not address the issue of the Sabra food products being part of the on-board menu on certain flights.

However, the Canadian BDS Coalition is pleased that the largest and most significant element of Air Canada’s involvement with Israel Aerospace Industries has been terminated. Given the recent publicity IAI has received in the international press in the last months, it is not surprising that any company would want to distance themselves from such a partner. First, we heard of a subsidiary of IAI being involved with building the U.S.-Mexico border wall and then just last week, the Israeli press reported that IAI was one of the 190 companies included on the United Nations upcoming blacklist for violating international law by doing business in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Although the issue of maintenance outsourcing is still ongoing and we will continue to pressure Air Canada regarding the carrying of Sabra products and their remaining small contract with IAI, we feel that this is a significant national victory for the #AirCanadaComplicity campaign. The Coalition wishes to thank all our supporters, both here in Canada and abroad, who made the difference in showing that justice for Palestinians can be achieved. The collective will and efforts of our strong movements for social justice cannot be denied!

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Le 1er novembre 2017, nous avons été informés par écrit par la direction d’Air Canada que le contrat de 5 ans avec Israël Aerospace Industries Bedek Group pour la maintenance lourde de ses biréacteurs B767 avait été résilié. Ce contrat, estimé à des dizaines de millions de dollars, devait durer jusqu’en mars 2019.

Air Canada n’a présenté aucune raison pour abandonner le contrat, sauf pour dire que cela était dû à une pratique consistant à examiner ces «arrangements de façon régulière» avec tous les fournisseurs de services. Air Canada a également affirmé dans sa lettre que ce processus s’était déroulé au début de 2017 et que le contrat avait été transféré à «un autre fournisseur en Amérique du Nord».

Cependant, nous devons souligner que cette nouvelle information n’a été publiée qu’après le lancement de notre campagne #AirCanadaComplicity et qu’elle a reçu un soutien croissant tant au Canada qu’à l’étranger. Les syndicats représentant des centaines de milliers de membres (et leurs familles) ont adhéré à la nouvelle lettre ouverte, tout comme des groupes dans d’autres pays, de la Norvège à l’Australie en passant par la France et l’Irlande. La lettre ouverte était une version abrégée d’une lettre officielle antérieure à Air Canada, envoyée quatre mois plus tôt, qui n’avait reçu ni accusé de réception ni réponse.

Air Canada a également déclaré dans sa lettre qu’elle avait encore un contrat plus petit avec IAI où «conformément aux règlements de sécurité internationaux qui s’appliquent à tous les transporteurs, Bedek fournit un ingénieur aéronautique certifié pour effectuer un contrôle qui est requis sur les avions avant le départ de vols de retour réguliers au Canada». Toutefois, ils ont noté que si des problèmes de fond sont décelés lors de ce contrôle, Air Canada envoie ses propres employés pour effectuer le travail.

Ils n’ont pas abordé la question des produits alimentaires Sabra faisant partie du menu à bord de certains vols.

Cependant, la Coalition canadienne BDS est heureuse que l’élément le plus significatif, c’est-à-dire, la participation d’Air Canada à Israel Aerospace Industries soit terminée. Compte tenu de la publicité récente que l’IAI a reçue dans la presse internationale au cours des derniers mois, il n’est pas surprenant que toute entreprise veuille se distancer d’un tel partenaire. Premièrement, nous avons entendu parler d’une filiale d’IAI participer à la construction du mur frontalier américano-mexicain. La semaine dernière, la presse israélienne a indiqué que l’IAI était l’une des 190 entreprises figurant sur la liste noire des Nations Unies pour violation du droit international en commerçant dans les territoires palestiniens occupés.

Même si la question de l’impartition de la maintenance est toujours en cours et que nous continuerons de faire pression sur Air Canada pour le transport des produits Sabra et de leur petit contrat avec IAI, nous estimons qu’il s’agit d’une victoire nationale importante pour la campagne #AirCanadaComplicity. Nous remercions tous nos partisans, ici au Canada et à l’étranger, qui ont fait la différence en montrant que la justice pour les Palestiniens peut être atteinte. La volonté collective et les efforts de nos puissants mouvements pour la justice sociale ne peuvent être niés!