Tag: BDS

  • Palestinian Striking Workers Triumph

    After 19 days of an open-ended strike demanding their human and labour rights, Palestinian workers at Yamit have suspended their strike on January 20. The workers’ committee has reached this decision following an agreement with the company to meet their demands. The agreement, which still needs to go through legal procedures in Israeli courts, states … Keep reading »

  • We Urge International Support to Palestinian Striking Workers

    On January 1st, 2021, when the world was celebrating the new year, 75 Palestinian workers at the Israeli settlement factory of Yamit Sinoun started an open strike demanding the company to respect their rights. The company produces water filtration systems for the global market and the striking workers demand human-like working conditions, better wages, paid … Keep reading »

  • Racism, Palestine and the IHRA: Letter to Barrie City Council

    Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) applauds Barrie, Ontario, Mayor Jeff Lehman for withdrawing a motion to adopt the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism on August 10, 2020. Motion 8.2, Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism was due to be voted on by Barrie City Council … Keep reading »

  • Systemic Racism in the US and Israel: Analogies and Differences

    A most relevant analogy between the US and Israel lies in the principal rationale for the force of their establishment as settler-colonial states. Imperialism, which is the driving force of the settler colonial project, is inherently racist and racializing. With the establishment of the state, racialized capital becomes structural and institutional; it becomes systemic. The … Keep reading »

  • Debating the IHRA and Anti-Semitism: Why the CIJA Lost

    For more than five years, and on numerous occasions, the Jewish anti-racist social justice organization Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) invited the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) – Canada’s pro-Israel advocacy group – to a public debate. But the latter rebuffed each of IJV’s overtures. In recoiling consistently before the prospect of a … Keep reading »

  • The Real Masters of ‘Cancel Culture’ – The Pro-Israel Lobby

    When hockey broadcaster Sportsnet fired Canadian media personality Don Cherry in November 2019 for his bigoted remarks on “Coach’s Corner,” we heard the usual right-wing complaint chorus about the suppression of free speech by the liberal/left. A favoured method of censor/censure nowadays is said to be “de-platforming,” i.e., denying those you disagree with a platform … Keep reading »

  • Justice Is Indivisible

    The UofT’s Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement and CUPE 3902’s Racialized Caucus are deeply honoured to have hosted legendary freedom fighter Dr. Angela Davis, for the opening keynote of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2020. Watch video »

  • The Mass Psychopathy of Shamelessness: From Israel to the UN

    Why write about sadism and shamelessness now? Because it’s worse, it’s complex and its causes and effects need to be better understood. Its physical and psychological manifestations are day-to-day, uninhibited, and public: daily extra-judicial police killings like George Floyd in Minneapolis, the police killing of 32-year-old Iyad el-Hallak in Jerusalem, Muslims in India. Historian J. … Keep reading »

  • Palestinians Demand Sanctions on Israel to Stop Illegal Annexation

    In a statement launched May 21st, tens of Palestinian civil society organizations, professional associations, unions, human rights and advocacy groups, and networks, representing an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society, called on governments to adopt “effective countermeasures, including sanctions” to “stop Israel’s illegal annexation of the Occupied West Bank and grave violations of human rights.” … Keep reading »

  • Palestine and the COVID Crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic is confronting governments around the world with an emergency health situation, requiring self-isolation, population lockdowns of many economic activities and households, mass virus testing, screening and hospitalizations, and much more. In areas of the world that are in the midst of armed conflict or military occupation, or are hosting refugee camps or … Keep reading »

  • Remaking the Politics of Palestine Solidarity in Canada

    It is not surprising that after 13 years of New Labour most of the party’s senior officials were now Blairites. What is most striking about their behaviour is how entitled they felt to act against the wishes of a dramatically expanded membership. Keep reading »

  • Renewing BDS in Canada and the US

    Since 2005, when a coalition of Palestinian groups issued the call for an international campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, the North American public has become significantly more cognizant of the racist atrocities committed daily by the Israeli state – indeed, these are hard to ignore. Since the siege of Gaza began … Keep reading »