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Boycott Calls Against Israel
Toronto, Canada: ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK Monday, February 13 2006: Professor Uri Davis (Founder of Movement Against Israeli Apartheid in Palestine)

On the 30th Anniversary of the International Convention on the
Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid

During Black History Month and Aboriginal Awareness Week

The Arab Students’ Collective at the University of Toronto presents:

ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK

Monday, February 13 2006
7pm FitzGerald Building (150 College Street) Rm.103
Apartheid: North America, South Africa and the Israeli Connection

Zainab Amadahy (Writer & Indigenous Solidarity activist)
Canada & the Development of the Reservation System
Zahir Kolia (Arab Students’ Collective)
South Africa & Israel: the Apartheid Connection
Jaggi Singh (Solidarity Across Borders – Montreal)
The Globalization of Apartheid

Tuesday, February 14
7pm FitzGerald Building (150 College Street) Rm.103
Palestinian Refugees and Apartheid in 1948 Occupied Palestine

Rafeef Ziadah (Al-Awda Toronto)
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and the Right of Return
Professor Uri Davis (Founder of Movement Against Israeli Apartheid in
Palestine)
Apartheid in 1948 Occupied Palestine: An Overview
Film Screening of 500 Dunams on the Moon
Ayeda Ayed / Hilani(Al-Awda Toronto)
The Myth of Israeli Democracy: The case of Unrecognized Palestinian
Villages

Wednesday, February 15
8pm FitzGerald Building (150 College Street) Rm.103
Apartheid in 1967 Occupied Palestine

Adam Hanieh (Al-Awda Toronto)
Apartheid in 1967 Occupied Palestine: An Overview
Nathan Bender (Christian Peacemaker Teams)
Al-Khalil: The Effects of Apartheid on a West Bank City
Jon Elmer (Journalist, The NewStandard)
The Gaza “Disengagement”: Apartheid Entrenched

Thursday. February 16
7pm FitzGerald Building (150 College Street) Rm.103
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: Building an Anti-Apartheid Movement in Canada

Ahmad Motiar (African National Congress)
The Movement against South African Apartheid
Rachel Gorman (Jewish Women’s Committee to End the Occupation)
Canadian Political Support for Israeli Apartheid
Film Screening: Canada Park
Justin Podur (International Solidarity Movement)
Canadian Economic Support for Israeli Apartheid

Friday. February 17
7pm Earth Sciences Centre (33 Willcocks Street- South of Bloor off of
Spadina) Rm.1050
Resisting Apartheid: A Global Struggle

Professor Ward Churchill (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Professor As’ad Abu Khalil (California State University, Stanislaus;
http://www.angryarab.blogspot.com)

Admission to all of the above forums is free (donations appreciated)

Saturday February 18

DEMONSTRATION AGAINST CANADA’S SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI APARTHEID
1pm Dundas Square (Yonge and Dundas)
(Details Below)


Nicolas Rossier’s “ARISTIDE AND THE ENDLESS REVOLUTION”
6:30pm Earth Sciences Building
Tickets are available for $5.00 and can be purchased at:
The Toronto Women’s Bookstore: 73 Harbord St.
OPIRG U of T: 563 Spadina Ave, Room 101 (416) 978-7770
OPIRG York: C449 Student Centre (4th floor) (416) 736-5724
Poetry Slam for a Global Intifada (Uprising)!!
Celebrate the Palestinian struggle against Israeli Apartheid!
Featuring some of the best poets in town
9:30pm at Cervejaria, 842 College Street (at Ossington)
$10 admission or pay what you can
DEMONSTRATION AGAINST CANADA’S SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI APARTHEID
———————————————————-
Saturday February the 18th
1 PM March and Rally
Dundas and Yonge (Dundas Square) ————————————————————

The Arab Students’ collective is holding its second Israeli Apartheid Week
from February 12th 18th in order to develop the understanding of Israel as an
apartheid state and to build a boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement
against Israeli apartheid. The Israeli apartheid regime continues to deny
Palestinian refugees to return to their stolen lands; continues to
systematically discri minate against its Palestinian citizens, continues to
entrench the walls dividing the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza into
open air prison Bantustans, and continues to imprison over 8000 Palestinians
at any time. The Palestinian people have continued to resist apartheid, and it
is time for people in Canada and all over the world to stand with them.

In the spirit of the South African anti-Apartheid movement, over 170
Palestinian civil society organizations issued a call to the rest of the world
last July, to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. The Palestinian
demands were that these non-violent punitive measures should be maintained
until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s
inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts
of international law by:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and Dismantling
the Wall;

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of
Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to
return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, and by the unity
of the Palestinian people behind these demands, and in the spirit of
international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and
oppression, campaigns to isolate the Israeli apartheid regime have spread
world-wide. The movement has spread across US universities and faith groups;
Norwegian political parties and Italian companies. In Canada we see the
movement for solidarity with Palestine based upon the call to divest being
taken in Quebec by trade Unions and women’s organizations and teachers unions
under the banner of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine. The time
to do the same in the rest of Canada is now.

Canada, regardless what party has holds power, is among the largest supporters
of the Israeli apartheid regime. The Canadian Israeli Free Trade Agreement has
grossed over 10 billion dollars since 1997 with contracts by Nortel of 70
million dollars to improve the Israeli Air Force telecommunications, the
Canadian Highways Infrastructure Corporation which has a contract with Israel
to build the Cross-Israel highway which completes the Israeli matrix of
control in order to link settler-only roads in the west bank to the rest of
Israel. Israeli wines are being carried and sold in government controlled
liquor stores across Canada, and Israeli corporations like Amdocs and El Al
area allowed free
reign to operate in Canada. This can only be done with the political support
of the Canadian government this is why we are calling for a movement that will
target such institutions, and demand that the Canadian government follow its
obligations under internationa l law, and institute policies for divestment
and sanctions against Israeli apartheid at the Federal, Provincial and
Municicpal levels.

It is in light of all of this that the Arab Students’ Collective, a member
group of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid have called for a day of
action on February 18 to launch such a campaign for boycott, divestment and
sanctions

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