Tag: BDS

  • 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 »

  • The Viral Emergency in Palestine

    Over a dozen states, including Hungary, Ethiopia, Japan, Canada, and Botswana, have recently declared a “state of emergency” giving governments sweeping powers to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Israel did not have to do so, having incorporated emergency regulations into domestic law upon its establishment in 1948. Israel’s radical response to the global pandemic were thus … Keep reading »

  • “Between the rock of the occupation, and the hammer of coronavirus”

    The Coronavirus and the Conditions of Palestinian Workers “Colonialism is not a thinking machine, nor a body endowed with reasoning faculties. It is violence in its natural state…” — Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1963). This past month Israeli soldiers dumped a Palestinian worker at a checkpoint on the border of the West Bank, … Keep reading »

  • COVID-19 in Gaza

    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 in the midst of armed conflict, military occupation, hosting refugee camps, or large pools of migrant workers, … Keep reading »

  • Dispatches From Palestine on COVID-19

    Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) is releasing a series of dispatches from Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists reflecting on life in Gaza and the West Bank under the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world grapples with the outbreak, and as we organize mutual aid and solidarity in many cities, we must keep Palestine in both our minds … Keep reading »