Palestine solidarity organizations from communities and movements across Quebec and elsewhere in Canada will be meeting in Montreal for a historic conference this weekend, Friday October 22 to Sunday October 24.
Carrying Forward the Moment Against Isreali Apartheid will map the future of the growing anti-Israeli apartheid movement by bringing together activists from across the country, as well as from the U.K., France, the U.S., and, most significantly, South Africa and Palestine. The intention is to assess and advance the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of the Israeli State until there is full justice, equality, and dignity for all Palestinians.
This international campaign is based on the July 2005 call put forth by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations, which demands that Israel respect the right of return for all Palestinian refugees, that Israel dismantle the wall and put an end to its colonization of East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, and that Israel grant full equality to Palestinian citizens of Israel. The aim is to assess and advance a comprehensive global campaign for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions until there is full justice, equality and dignity for all Palestinians.
On Tuesday February 17th, a coalition of student groups, palestine solidarity organizations and faculty launched Israeli Apatheid Week in Montreal.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) marks its fifth anniversary in the wake of Israel’s horrific attacks and continued siege on Gaza. IAW is an annual international series of educational and cultural events held in cities and campuses across the globe. Its aim is to broaden public awareness about the nature of Israel as an apartheid state and to build a worldwide movement of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli regime, similar to those undertaken against Apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.
In the context of historical political events occurring in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East, photojournalist Stefan Christoff is currently touring a photo exhibition entitled Lebanon: Open Skies of Struggle. Christoff, who is a regular contributor to The Electronic Intifada, was interviewed by Montreal-based independent journalist Mostafa Heneway on the current Lebanon exhibition traveling across Canadian galleries.