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Home arrow Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions arrow Canadian Action Party Support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Canadian Action Party Support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions PDF Print E-mail
Mar 15, 2007 at 07:09 PM

PRESS RELEASE March 2007

CANADIAN ACTION PARTY FIRST CANADIAN POLITICAL PARTY TO OFFICIALLY SUPPORT AN INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL APARTHEID-LIKE PRACTICES

Canadian Action Party/Parti action canadienne members endorse a call to boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel's apartheid-like practices against the Palestinian people. The July, 2005 call to boycott has gained worldwide momentum from trade unions, political parties, cultural, academic and church groups, Jewish peace and human rights groups, businesses, and individuals. A motion in respect of this support was tabled at the party's convention in September, 2006 in order to become more familiar with the issue. With an extremely high percentage of positive feedback received, it has now been officially approved.

Canadian Action Party/Parti action canadienne supports international and humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CAP/PAC believes that Israel must demolish the separation or "Apartheid" wall which is encroaching Palestinian land and making daily life impossible for Palestinians. Israel must compensate those injured by the wall to date, must cease its brutal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and must comply with the precepts of international law, including the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194. Further, Palestinian Arabs living within Israel's borders are treated worse than second-class citizens. CAP/PAC believes the peace that Israel so desires will never be possible until there is justice for Palestine and Palestinian refugees.

CAP/PAC also recognizes the parallels between Israel and Canada in that a pre-existing population has been pushed aside. We also support an honest look at Canada's own human rights record regarding our First Nations. CAP/PAC acknowledges Canadian participation in the occupation through the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement and the Ontario-Israel Memorandum of Understanding and commits to abrogate these agreements until Israel ceases its apartheid-like practices against Palestinians.

The Canadian government has added to Palestinian suffering by being one of the first countries to cut off critical aid to Palestine to punish it for democratically electing a Hamas government one year ago. An article in The Jerusalem Post, February 4, 2007, reported that the Canadian government announced that it would establish an "Israel Allies Caucus" to "mobilize support for the State of Israel and promote Judeo-Christian values amid a groundswell of Christian support for Israel around the world." An almost identical caucus was established in the U.S. approximately 6 months ago. However, there was no trace of this announcement in the mainstream media in Canada. In response The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians commented: "This move is just another sign of the Harper government's complete contempt for the Canadian public." It is not in the interest of most Canadians, and certainly not in the interest of most Jews."

Contact Wendy Forrest , chair of policy forrwen@gmail.comVersion

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Vancouver panel says: "Enough!"
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

It is the conviction of Canpalnet that there are many and varied pathways that can and do bring Canadians to a simple conclusion; namely, that Israel's occupation must be ended, for elementary justice, and to salvage the humanity of all.

To illustrate this, a diverse and distinguished panel of speakers assembled in Vancouver at a press conference on June 6th to express their opposition to Israel’s 40 year occupation of Palestinian lands, and to call for the government of Canada to take action against that occupation and in support of human rights and international law. The conference took place in the Bank of Nova Scotia Room at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver.

Dr. Naseer Aruri, noted Palestinian intellectual and prolific author, was a special guest. Born in Jerusalem, now Emeritus Chancellor Professor at the University of Massachussetts, he has been a member of the international board of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (USA), and Palestinian human rights groups. His most recent work is Dishonest Broker: The U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine.

A statement of support was sent by the all-party parliamentary group in Ottawa, the Canada Palestine Parliamentary Association.

That message and the statements of the panelists (listed below) are posted on this site.  

  • Svend Robinson, long time member of Parliament.
  • Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.
  • Murray Dobbin, journalist, broadcaster, and author of books on Canadian politics.
  • David Diamond, founder and artistic director of Headlines Theatre and recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Harmony Award.
  • Lee Lakeman, organizer of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and a representative for the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers.
  • Carl Rosenberg, editor of Canadian Jewish Outlook Magazine.
  • Terry Greenberg, recently retired member of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Reverend Brenda Faust, Minister of Port Coquitlam Trinity United Church.
  • Henry Krause, pastor of Langley Mennonite Fellowship.
  • Cynthia Flood, prize-winning Canadian short-story writer.
  • Dr. Ivar Ekeland, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics at UBC and former President of the University of Paris-9.
  • Ken Davidson, head of the International Solidarity Committee of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).
  • Thekla Lit, founder and president of BC ALPHA (Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War 2 in Asia).

To see podcast of press conference:

40 Years of Occupation(Part 1) Press Conf. WM video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

40 Years of Occupation(Part 2) Press Conf. video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

 

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