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
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.
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).\