* Demonstration Freedom for Palestine
commemorate Palestinian Land Day & Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions global action
Saturday April 2nd, 12h00
A call to end 62 years of Israeli occupation, colonization, and apartheid.
Freedom for Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Oman,
Algeria and occupied Palestine!
BDS Quebec, a coalition of several trade unions, community
organizations, and solidarity groups, is calling people in Quebec to
commemorate Palestinian land day in joining a global day of action for
Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in support of the
Palestinian peoples right to self-determination, freedom and dignity.
Palestinian Land Day commemorates March 30th, 1976 when Israeli
military forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of
Israel. These brave youth were among thousands protesting the Israeli
government’s expropriation of Palestinian land to build new
Jewish-only colonies and expand existing ones. Today, Land Day
symbolizes Palestinian resistance to Israel’s ongoing land
expropriation, colonization, occupation and apartheid.
Inspired by the ongoing popular revolutions in the Arab world and the
exceptional courage, dignity and determination of people struggling
against violent repression we express our solidarity with these
struggles for self-determination, freedom, democracy, justice and
equality all around the world.
We appeal to people in Quebec to intensify their support for Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions against the Israeli government, a global
campaign driven-by Palestinian popular organizations who have declared
BDS as the primary means for international solidarity activists to
support the Palestinian struggle for freedom and to force Israel to
respect international law.
Today there can be no true liberation in the nations of North Africa
or the Middle East without the liberation of Palestine. There can be
no claim by governments to an “international community” without full
and honest efforts to enforce international law in regards to the
Palestinian people and the ongoing Israeli military occupation.
On Saturday, April 2nd we will gather in Montreal in response to the
appeal launched in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society
organizations to demand:
1: The right of return and the right to reparations for Palestinians
forced from their homes and the lands that they have been displaced
from in accordance with U.N. resolution 194, passed December 11, 1948
by the United Nations General Assembly.
2: The ending of Israel’s military occupation in accordance with U.N.
resolution 242, which urges Israel to withdraw from the occupied
territories since 1967, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and including East
Jerusalem as well as the Syrian Golan Heights; The ending of
colonialism via Israeli ‘settlements’ in accordance with Article 49 of
the Fourth Geneva Convention which prohibits an occupying power to
deport or transfer parts of its own population in the territories
occupied by it. Further the ending of Israels illegal blockade of the
Gaza Strip which violates the Fourth Geneva Convention, which clearly
forbids any form of collective punishment. Israel also remains in
violation of the Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, and on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that prohibit “deprive a people
of its own means of subsistence” and Universal Declaration of Human
Rights (Article 13) which prohibits violate freedom of movement.
3: Equal rights for Palestinians citizens of Israel, the dismantling
of apartheid faced by Palestinians inside Israel, a system of
institutionalized racial discrimination that prevails in Israel
against its non-Jewish population, which is a violation of the
International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the
Crime of Apartheid (1973).
* On April 2nd we will gather united in Montreal to intensify the BDS
campaign in Quebec by inviting people not to purchase Israeli products
and to ask retailers to remove these products from their shelves,
inviting unions, investment funds, foundations, churches, to no longer
invest in companies or funds that support Israeli Apartheid; asking
institutions in Quebec to sever their links with Israeli academic
institutions, and by asking the National Assembly to freeze the Québec
Cooperation Agreement with Israel, until the Israeli government
complies with international law and respects the rights of
Palestinians under international law.
* On April 2nd we will protest against the unilateral pro-Israeli
positions of the Canadian government to demand a foreign policies that
respect international law, specifically in relation to the Palestinian
organized by the BDS Quebec Committee
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN)
Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain-CSN
Ligue des droits et libertés
Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ)
Artistes for Peace
Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSE)
Centre Justice et Foi
Independent Jewish Voices
Collectif D’Abord Solidaires
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)
Groupe Rezeq-Faraj/One State group
College and University Workers United (CUWU)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR)
Canadian-Muslim Forum, Quebec section
Comité pour la paix en Palestine-UQAM