BOYCOTT CHAPTERS/INDIGO! END ISRAELI APARTHEID!
As part of the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
In the context of a week of action against Israeli occupation and apartheid:
SATURDAY, JUNE 2nd, 1pm-3pm
Indigo Bookstore, downtown Montreal
Ste. Catherine (west of McGill College)
In early June, Palestinians will mark 40 years of Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan heights, and the 59th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba ("great disaster" in Arabic) that saw the creation of the state of Israel through the displacement of over 750 000 indigenous Palestinians and the establishment of an exclusive, colonial state in historic Palestine.
Groups working in solidarity with the people of Palestine living under apartheid, under occupation and in exile - against Israeli Apartheid have responded to a call from the Active Steering Committee of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and are holding actions globally to mark these anniversaries.
In Canada, a campaign to boycott Chapters/Indigo Bookstores has been launched to oppose the material support that Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, the company's majority shareholders, are providing to Israeli Apartheid. Reisman and Schwartz have established a fund called "the HESEG Foundation for Lone Soldiers", a program of financial support for former 'lone soldiers' in the Israeli military. In effect, the fund provides benefits to non-Israelis who go to fight in Israel's wars, in defence of apartheid and occupation. Major human rights organizations have accused the Israeli military of committing war crimes in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Lebanon. The HESEG Foundation contributes up to 3M$ per year to support non-Israeli soldiers fighting in the Israeli military.
Pickets of Chapters/Indigo against Israeli apartheid are taking place regularly in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria and Halifax.
A national week of action has been called to denounce 40 years of Israeli occupation and 59 years of Israeli Apartheid: JOIN US on Saturday 2nd of June at 1pm, in a rally in front of Indigo Bookstore in downtown Montreal.
We will demand that majority shareholders of Chapters/Indigo publicly cut their ties with Israeli Apartheid!
* For information about 2 June:
514 664 1036 / http://tadamon.resist.ca / tadamon[at]resist.ca
* A video clip of Heather Reisman being confronted by activists in Toronto for her support for Heseg:
* For information about June 9th Montreal demonstration to commemorate 40 years of Israeli occupation and 59 years of Israeli Apartheid, organized by Coalition pour la justice et la paix en Palestine http://cjpp.org.
* For Background Information:
** Palestine Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel Campaign: www.bds-palestine.net
** Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto): www.caiaweb.org
** The Electronic Intifada: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6315.shtml
** Tadamon! Montreal: http://tadamon.resist.ca
** Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign: www.stopthewall.org