Crackdown on BDS: Criminalization of Dissent?

Toronto — 26 April 2016. On February 18, 2016 Canadian parliament passed a motion condemning “any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS [Boycott Divestment Sanctions against Israeli apartheid] movement, both here at home and abroad.” What are the legal implications of this motion? Is BDS being criminalized? What … Watch video »

Toronto — 26 April 2016.

On February 18, 2016 Canadian parliament passed a motion condemning “any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS [Boycott Divestment Sanctions against Israeli apartheid] movement, both here at home and abroad.”

  • What are the legal implications of this motion? Is BDS being criminalized?
  • What is the political and transnational context?
  • How have activists and university campuses been affected by the vilification of BDS?
  • What does this mean for the BDS movement?

This forum and discussion addresses the recent anti-BDS offensive including legal, campus-based, labour, and social movement reflections and analysis.

Moderated by Vannina Sztainbok. Presentations in this video include:

  • Alan Sears: Faculty for Palestine (F4P).
  • Issam Yamani: Palestinian activist.
  • Faisal Bhabha: Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, and founding member of Arab Canadian Lawyers Association (ACLA).
  • Dania Majid: Founder, Executive Member Arab Canadian Lawyers Association (ACLA).
  • David McNally: Professor, York University and York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Steward.

Organized by Faculty for Palestine. Endorsed by: Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) and U of T Divest.