Sunday, January 4, 2009
12:30pm - 3:30pm
carré Cabot: metro Atwater
corner St. Catherine and Atwater
Air strikes continue to pound Gaza, as Palestinians in the hundreds are been killed high level Israeli officials have labeled the offensive an “all-out war”, while from Beirut to Cairo major protests have swept across the Middle East and cities internationally in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Around the world a protest movement in opposition to Israeli apartheid is quickly growing and in Montreal we are calling on you to join the movement in solidarity with Gaza.
It is estimated that over 350 Palestinians have been killed in the latest Israeli offensive, the majority civilians, while local hospitals in Gaza are unable to cope with additional casualties or the hundreds who have been critically wounded in the Israeli bombardment.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Israeli strikes on Gaza were launched in order “to cause maximum casualties in the climax of daily activities … [explaining] the high number of victims killed or wounded in a few minutes,” during a military attack that is one of the bloodiest since 1948.
As protests internationally call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to Israel's ongoing military siege on the Gaza Strip, Israel continues to ignore international appeals for calm continuing the assault with support from the U.S. and active complicity from the Conservative government in Canada.
In recent years both the governments in Quebec and Canada have heightened bilateral relations with Israel increasing bilateral economic, military and political links. This fall the Liberal government of Jean Charest inked a bilateral trade deal with Israel, standing in stark contrast to the growing international calls for an economic boycott of the Israeli government in light of ongoing Israeli war crimes in Palestine.
Over the past two years the Gaza Strip has been undergoing the daily violence of a wide-ranging humanitarian catastrophe triggered by severely reduced access to energy, food, and medicines. In effect, Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison.
At this moment, we can only reaffirm our commitment in the strongest possible terms to continue mobilizing friends and allies in other progressive social movements to respond to the call by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations for a comprehensive campaign of boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS).
Join us on the streets in Montreal in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and to call for an end to Israeli apartheid.
* organized by
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) and Tadamon! Montreal
SPHR is a non-profit, student-based organization that advocates on a strong social justice platform to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people in the face of human rights violations and all forms of racism, discrimination, misinformation and misrepresentation. Through awareness raising, advocacy work, non-violent direct actions, solidarity building, and the promotion of Palestinian identity, culture and history, SPHR works to support and protect Palestinian human rights both locally and internationally. http://www.sphr.org/
Tadamon! (Arabic for “solidarity”), is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond. Tadamon! ongoing political campaigns operating in Canada, including the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid state. Tadamon! is a working group of QPIRG-Concordia and QPIRG-McGill. http://www.tadamon.ca/