[Imc-beirut] Montreal | Demonstration: Sunday! Solidarity with Gaza
tadamon at resist.ca
Tue Dec 30 20:25:25 PST 2008
* Demonstration: Stand with Gaza!
End Israeli apartheid!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4th 12h30
carré Cabot: 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.
Protesters in Montreal will also gather at the Egyptian Consulate to deliver a
letter to Egyptian President Mubarak denouncing the Egyptian government's
collusion with Israeli authorities in maintaining a complete closure on Gaza
throughout the past year. As Israel bombards Gaza the Egyptian government
refuses to open the Gaza border crossing into Egypt to allow for humanitarian
aid to enter the besieged Gaza Strip.
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
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
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
tel: 514 664 1036
Tadamon! [« Solidarité! » en arabe], est un collectif d'activistes montréalais,
solidaire des luttes pour l'autodétermination, l'égalité et la justice au
Moyen-Orient et dans les communautés de la diaspora à Montréal et ailleurs.
Tadamon! participe activement à plusieurs campagnes politiques au Canada, dont
la campagne de Boycott, sanctions et désinvestissement (BDS) contre l'État
d'apartheid israélien. Tadamon! est un groupe de travail du GRIPQ-Concordia et
du GRIPQ-McGill. http://www.tadamon.ca/
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/
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