On Sunday, March 20th, Independent Jewish Voices Canada launched a campaign to raise awareness of, and urge Canadian action against, Israeli apartheid against Palestinians. CTIP interviewed IJV’s Corey Balsam about the objectives of the campaign and the main activities proposed. Read more and watch the interview….
In the last six months no fewer than four major reports by human rights organizations have declared that Israel practices a regime of “apartheid” against the Palestinian people. Two of them (B’tselem, Lynk) focussed specifically on Israeli practices in the West Bank and Gaza, while the others (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International) also applied the terms “Jewish supremacy” and “apartheid” to Israeli practices inside Israel itself.
There is an emerging international consensus among human rights organizations around the world on how to describe Israel’s system of domination over the Palestinians. But there is still unfortunately little recognition among mainstream Canadians of the reality of Israel’s apartheid regime.
Independent Jewish Voices Canada is trying to correct that situation by launching “Together against Apartheid/Ensemble contre l’apartheid” a nation-wide education campaign. The campaign kick off event was an online “rally” gathering together several hundred people on March 20th.
Campaign activities include:
- the creation of so-called “apartheid free zones” , in which businesses, neighbourhoods or communities can declare them opposed to Israeli apartheid
- a “pledge” inviting signers to not shy away from using what some have called the “A” word when talking about Israel’s policies
- an online educational event on April 12th featuring Professor Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. (In his latest report to the UN, Lynk accused Israel of “pitiless apartheid”.)
OFIP Chair Peter Larson spoke to IJV director Corey Balsam about the campaign.
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