Friday, July 9, 2010
12pm – 5:30pm
1500 McGill College, corner Ste-Catherine
Join us at Palestinian and Jewish Unity”s weekly picket of Indigo bookstore to celebrate the successes of the first 5 years of the global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid!
This Friday marks the 5th anniversary of the Palestinian call for BDS, issued on July 9, 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organisations including unions, women”s groups, refugee organisations, and cultural groups. We will be celebrating the successes of the first 5 years of the BDS movement and declaring our commitment to maintaining the momentum for BDS until Israel complies with international law and respects Palestinian human rights.
The BDS movement has 3 basic demands: that Israel end its violent and illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza; that Israel respect the right of return of the Palestinian refugees as stipulated in UN Resolution 194 (1948); and that Israel respect the human rights of the Palestinian citizens of the state of Israel, who make up 20% of its population.
This Friday, a wide range of Québec civil society groups will join PAJU”s weekly demonstration to jointly announce a pan-Canadian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Conference which will be held in Montréal from October 22 to 24, 2010.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), the Conseil Central du Montréal Métropolitain – CSN (CCMM-CSN), the Fédération des Femmes du Québec (FFQ), and Québec solidaire are among the groups collaborating on this historic conference which aims to move forward the Québec and Canadian movements for BDS against Israeli apartheid. The other groups organizing the BDS 2010 Conference have created the Québec BDS Committee and include the Coalition for Justice in Palestine – UQí€M (CJP), the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP), Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU), Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), and Tadamon! Montreal.
Free Palestine! Boycott Israeli Apartheid!