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Home arrow Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions arrow IJVY Condemns Lobby Group’s Bullying Tactics, Supports York University Faculty Association
IJVY Condemns Lobby Group’s Bullying Tactics, Supports York University Faculty Association PDF Print E-mail
Feb 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Independent Jewish Voices York (IJVY) strongly condemns the interference and bullying tactics that the pro-Israel organization Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) has employed at York University. FSWC CEO Avi Benlolo has been aggressively pressuring the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) to oppose a student- and alumni-led initiative calling on the Board of Governors to remove its investments from weapons manufacturers.

In this case, FSWC has become so desperate that Benlolo has also accused YUFA of anti-Semitism simply for raising the question of whether York would be honouring its own commitment to social justice by continuing to invest in weapons.

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Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy

Final Statement of the Palestinian Civil Society Conference,
Cyprus, 16–18 October 2007

As part of the effort by the Palestinian civil society organizations to overcome the state of forced Palestinian fragmentation and consolidate the national role of the Palestinian NGOs in all their places of residence, a conference titled "Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy" was held in Agros, Cyprus, between 16 and 18 October 2007 at the initiative of Ittijah-The Union of Arab Community Based Associations. Forty-four participants representing a broad sector of Palestinian civil society networks, coalitions, and associations in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait, in addition to a number of international partner organizations supporting Palestinian rights, attended the conference. The Israeli occupation authorities banned the travel of a delegation representing civil society organizations in Gaza.

The conference discussed a number of issues, notably: The Palestinian situation and Palestinian, regional, and international developments, including the Annapolis conference; the collective Palestinian strategy against the forced fragmentation; the endeavors to rebuild terms of reference and assert the constant Palestinian principles; the strategy of collective Palestinian advocacy; Palestinian media strategies; and local and international coordination on the Palestinian question.

The participants in the conference set bases that would help strengthen the overall Palestinian struggle for liberation in all its contexts: the occupation, the displacement and uprooting, and the assault on Palestinian existence in the 1948 areas.

A draft of a collective organizational structure and an action plan were also devised, and a follow-up committee to implement this plan and lead the agreed process was set up.

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