Letter to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra: Israeli Apartheid Not Welcome in Canadian Ports #BlocktheBoat

(The following letter was sent to Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra and called on “the Canadian government to stop legitimizing the crimes of apartheid…and suspend all instances of Zim-operated ships docking and unloading in Canadian ports.”. This action is part of the growing demand that Canada must hold Israel accountable, through economic sanctions and a bilateral arms embargo.)
Letter pulished in Mondoweiss.Read more

Block the Boat Vancouver

(#BlockTheBoat Vancouver Action, June 8)
(Marching to the Vancouver Port, June 8)

URGENT UPDATE: New information shows that the Zim-operated ship was delayed and will now dock at the Vancouver harbour port on Tuesday, June 8. So grab your mask and keffiyeh and gather June 8 at 3 pm at Woodland Park.
** We strongly urge everyone to get all updates and news by texting your name to 1-833-590-1987 **

And bravo to Oakland that on Friday held a successful #BlockTheBoat action, forcing the Zim-operated ship to finally leave the harbour without unloading.… Read more

Vancouver comes out for Palestine in massive rally!

Vancouver’s #Nabka73 event started as a rally of one thousand at CBC Plaza and then marched through the downtown core, where some estimates say it swelled to over two thousand. It was a historic event for Vancouver, both in numbers, in diversity and in spirit. Check out our photo highlights below to see how Palestinians everywhere are making history.

Natalie Knight brings the message of indigenous solidarity to the rally.
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Nakba73: Flash Picket for Palestine

May 15, 2 pm, CBC Vancouver Plaza (700 Hamilton St.)

Bring your keffiyeh and mask and join us on May 15 for a physically distanced Nakba73 Flash Picket at the CBC Plaza.
#DefendJerusalem #SaveSheikhJarrah

May 15 marks 73 years of Palestinian dispossession and attempts to erase Palestine from the map of the world. It also marks decades of Palestinian resistance and refusal to accept Israeli settler colonialism and occupation.… Read more

Open Letter : Time to respect NDP Policy, Don’t make B.C. complicit in Israeli war crimes!

The sale of wines from illegal Israeli settlements in BC and Canadian liquor stores has been an ongoing travesty for over a decade; there is no better place for the NDP to implement its new policy to end “all trade and economic cooperation with illegal settlements in Israel-Palestine”.

Today, we sent a letter to the Finance Minister in the BC NDP government, calling for action to finally be taken on this issue.… Read more

#NoIHRA and the Hypocrisy of the Zionist Lobby

The pro-Palestine resolution that passed this weekend at Canada’s New Democratic Party NDP convention was a significant step forward; the struggle now is to make sure it is implemented and followed, not lost in some bureaucratic abyss as happened to other policy items after the 2018 NDP convention.

However, the dust-up over another proposed resolution to reject the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism led to that issue being buried during the prioritization process.… Read more

Tell Canadian Officials: Advocacy for Palestine is not ‘Terrorism’

Send your own letter to let Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair and MPs to let them know that you #SupportPalestineAdvocacy. We cannot stay silent while vague charges and smear campaigns are being levelled against a group that supports the rights of Palestinian prisoners. This attack is an attack on all of us who are advocating for the liberation and dignity of the Palestinian people.… Read more

Boycott TEVA, Defend the Right to Boycott

On March 16, CPA activists joined with BDS Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network to deliver a message to the consulate of France in Vancouver and to show solidarity with Olivia Zémor! Olivia is being sued by the Israeli pharmaceutical giant, TEVA, and is charged with calling for a boycott of the company. The verdict in her trial is expected in mid-May.… Read more

Political Advocacy and National Liberation are not “Terrorism”

(Update: Check out the new list of individual endorsers which includes artists, activists, lawyers, professors and clergy, all joining the call to reject the criminalization of Palestinian advocacy. Our statement was also published in Mondoweiss.)

On February 28, 2021, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz declared that he was adding the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network to Israel’s “terror list”.… Read more

CBC Ombudsman says apology “unwise”, but anti-Palestinian language guide is “reasonable”

Six months after CBC’s show The Current deleted, and apologized for using, the word Palestine, the CBC Ombudsman has finally released his review of the case. His long report concluded “that while The Current did not violate journalistic standards, producers made a poor decision in issuing an apology. Even though the original program was at odds with CBC’s usual practice, it would have been better to leave it as is.”… Read more