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CanPalNet Statement of support for BDS PDF Print E-mail
Apr 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Canada Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet) statement of support for the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

In its founding statement, Canada Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet) declared it aims to “change the policies and actions of the Canadian government so that these come to support the rights of the Palestinian people”. Specified were the Palestinians' right of return, an end to the Israeli occupation, and upholding the equal worth and dignity of persons regardless of their ethnic or religious identity, which affirms democratic rights and opposes apartheid structures. 

CanPalNet has pursued the achievement of these goals through building a base of popular understanding among Canadians of the real conditions of Palestinian life – in the occupied territories, inside pre-1967 Israel, and in the diaspora. Building this popular understanding by a variety of tactics – educational events, workshops, publications, demonstrations and more – and in a wide range of milieu -- is the foundation for changing Canadian government policy. We also have pursued tactics which bring direct pressure on the Israeli government. This includes, for example, building support for flotillas which have bravely challenged Israel’s outrageous and cruel siege of the women, children and men living in Gaza.

In July 2005 there was a unified call from popular organizations of the Palestinian people to initiate, build, and sustain a campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to help end the injustices, injustices similar to those which CanPalNet too had identified in its founding statement. The statement from 170 Palestinian popular organizations, across a broad sector of their society, called for a BDS campaign to be developed and sustained until Israel:

  • Ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantles the Wall;                                                                                                
  • Recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and                                                                             
  • Respects, protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
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Folk music legend Pete Seeger endorses boycott of Israel PDF Print E-mail
Feb 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM

By The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) &
Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

Press Release: Feb 28, 2011

Folk music legend Pete Seeger has come out in support of the growing Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a program for justice for Palestinians and a route to peace in the Middle East.

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Israeli performers boycott settlements PDF Print E-mail
Aug 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM

UPI                                                                 Aug. 29, 2010

JERUSALEM -- Some of Israel's most prominent actors, artists and directors are refusing to perform in West Bank settlements.

More than 50 artists, actors, directors and playwrights signed a petition last week in response to a report in Haaretz that said some of Israel's leading theatrical groups planned to participate in the opening of a new cultural center in the West Bank city of Ariel in November.

In the petition, the artists said they oppose performing in Israeli settlements located in the West Bank.

At Sunday's cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the last thing the country needs is a boycott from within Israel.

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Opponents of Israeli occupation greet truckers at port of Vancouver PDF Print E-mail
Aug 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM

August 24, 2010

 
Vancouver – Port truck traffic slowed to a crawl along the Deltaport causeway as a group of about 50 protesters approached drivers with leaflets containing information about the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. They also offered the drivers coffee and muffins in a gesture of solidarity. The protesters were there to draw attention to the fact that the Israeli container ship Zim Djibouti had landed in Vancouver to unload its containers.
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Activists tell Zim - Israeli ships not welcome in Vancouver PDF Print E-mail
Aug 24, 2010 at 12:14 PM

http://www.sources.com/Releases/NR959.htm

August 24, 2010

Vancouver – Locally-based activists, called out by the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Coalition (BIAC), are mounting a picket line at the Port of Vancouver's Delta Port facility at Roberts Bank, south of Vancouver, as part of a mounting international campaign to put pressure on the government of Israel.

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Facts and Figures about the Current Darkness in the Gaza Strip

January 23rd 2008

Report from the Palestinian Hydrology Group
  1. Gaza Strip today is facing a very harsh siege which is expected to have severely negative humanitarian impact.
  2. The distribution of drinking water and the collection and treatment of wastewater completely rely on electricity and fuel in Gaza Strip.
  3. For several months now Israel has imposed a cruel siege on the Strip preventing people and goods from free movement. This has immobilized the importing of spare parts, pumps, pipes and other necessary accessories for the water and sanitation providing facilities.
  4. According to different sources the water and sanitation services are expected to be completely paralyzed within a matter of hours due to the lack of fuel reserves.
  5. About 133 water wells are being used for domestic purposes in addition to 33 sewage pump stations and three treatment plants; 10 of these groundwater wells function using fuel while the rest rely on electricity. Diesel powered generators are normally used as backup for the whole system but only for a limited time.
    The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility needs at least 100,000 liters of diesel per month to operate the water system. An additional 100,000 liters of diesel per month are needed for the sewage system to prevent wastewater from flooding the streets and residential areas.
  6. Reducing electricity and fuel supplies are potential causes to trigger an environmental crisis especially in the wastewater pump stations and treatment plants. If wastewater is not treated it will have to be pumped directly to the sea. This will for sure have a direct and negative impact on the groundwater aquifer and marine life.
    During winter time sewage pumps need to operate about 24 hours per day due to rainfall. Therefore, interruptions in fuel and electricity supply would be particularly significant.
  7. The sewage treatment plant in Beit Lahiya is also vulnerable to interruptions in electricity supplies. The treatment lagoons must be pumped regularly, or else the 10,000 people living in the area are in danger.  Six months ago, one of the lagoons over flooded and caused the death of five persons. Proper maintenance could have prevented the disaster.
  8. The water supply in Gaza City, with a total of 600,000 residents, in addition to a major part of the central portion of the Strip is expected to be completely cut-off as a result of ceasing the pumping from the municipal groundwater wells. The City also faces the threat of overflowing wastewater since the pumps (especially Al Samer and Aqoola stations) are expected to stop operating within the next 24 hours.
  9. If the current situation should persist the solid wastes generated in the Strip will accumulate in piles on the streets endangering the health of the locals.

The WaSH Monitoring Program calls on the International Community to push Israel to immediately cease all military operations, reopen the borders to allow the movement of people and goods and provide fuel supply and humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza.

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