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May 12, 2007 at 09:03 AM

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  • Saturday, May 12th 2007
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Picket at Chapters Bookstore
  • 788 Robson Street at Howe
  • Download leaflet

On Saturday, May 12th, the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign will officially launch a boycott against Chapters and Indigo Bookstores in Vancouver with a picket in front of the downtown Chapters at 788 Robson St. The campaign demands an end to the financial ties between the majority owners of Chapters/Indigo and the Israeli Military.

Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz - majority owners of Chapters and Indigo bookstores - are the founders of the 'Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers', which provides scholarships and other financial support to soldiers in the Israeli Military on the basis of need and military 'achievement'. At its peak, the foundation will distribute up to $3,000,000 annually to former 'Lone Soldiers' - individuals without family in Israel who have chosen to join the Israeli military and remain in the country permanently. As Israeli soldiers, they participate in a military that enforces the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, and has a well-documented history of human-rights violations and war crimes.

==> Many members of the Heseg Board of Directors are high-ranking Israeli military personnel. Board member Lt. Colonel Mike Hartmen joined the IDF as a lone soldier and is now "head of the marksmanship and sharpshooters section of the IDF." Board member Major General

(Res.) Doron Almog was Commander of the IDF's Southern Command from 2000-2003. In 2005, a warrant was issued in the UK for his arrest on suspicion of war crimes.

==> Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz own or control over 68% of the shares in Indigo Books and Music Inc. which owns and operates bookstores under the names Indigo, Chapters, World's Biggest Bookstore, SmithBooks, Coles, The Book Company and Indigospirit.

Reisman is chair and CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc.

In launching the Chapters/Indigo boycott in Vancouver, we will be joining Victoria, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax in a nation-wide boycott to demand that Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz publicly announce that they will cut all financial ties to the Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers.


  • Join us for the picket on Saturday May 12th
  • Tell friends and relatives not to shop at Chapters/Indigo.
  • Encourage them to support independent book retailers!
  • Write/fax/phone the board of Indigo/Chapters demanding a public renunciation of Reisman and Schwartz's financial support of the Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers:
    • Indigo Board of Directors
    • 500-468 King St W Toronto ON, MSV 1L8
    • Tel: (416) 364-4499
    • Fax: (416) 364-0355
  • To endorse this Boycott, please contact us at 604-220-0451 or boycottapartheid@gmail.com
  • Get in touch with the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign at boycottapartheid@gmail.com to find out more ways to support the campaign.

This boycott is endorsed by the Palestine Community Centre, Canada Palestine Association, International Solidarity Movement - Vancouver, Trade Union Committee for Justice in the Middle East, Canada- Palestine Support Network, No One Is Illegal - Vancouver, Jews for a Just Peace, and Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians.

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