CPA 2021 Year in Review

2021 was a busy year for both Canada Palestine Association and BDS Vancouver, as the solidarity movement with Palestine grew in both depth and reach. The diverse base of support and unity for Palestinian rights was evidenced by the thousands of people who took to the streets in Vancouver in May/June to demand accountability from Israel and an end to Canadian complicity in Israeli war crimes. The theme of Canadian complicity ran through many of our 2021 campaigns, from demanding No Criminalization of Palestinian Advocacy by the Canadian government to exposing CBC’s outrageous “language guide” that censors the word Palestine to participating in the #IVotePalestine campaign holding Canadian politicians to account. Prisoner support and Boycott Israel actions were also a big part of our activities; boycott campaigns included Block the Boat rallies against the Israeli Zim shipping line, #BoycottPuma pickets and our signature Boycott Israeli Wines-Don’t Drink with Apartheid that has been calling out the BC government for over a decade on its war crimes profiteering.

We are strong believers in the principles of grassroots organizing and international solidarity, and 2021 showed that groups relying on activism are the heart and soul of the Palestinian solidarity movement. Together we march towards return and liberation!

Events and Campaigns:

  1. Free Mohammed El-Halabi!
    February 28, 2021 Twitter Storm
    #Justice4ElHalabi Social media action day #2 March 14, 2021
  2. Boycott TEVA, Defend the Right to Boycott
    March 25, 2021
  3. Tell Canadian Officials: Advocacy for Palestine is not ‘Terrorism’
    April 5, 2021
  4. Nakba73: Flash Picket for Palestine
    May 15, 2021
    Vancouver comes out for Palestine in massive rally!
    May 16, 2021
  5. Join us again to Stand with Palestine
    Vigil/Rally to be followed by March
    May 22, 2021
  6. Join us again to Stand with Palestine
    Car Rally
    May 24, 2021
  7. Block the Boat Vancouver
    June 8, 2021
  8. Vancouver Day of Rage: Defend Jerusalem
    June 15, 2021
    July 3, 2021
  10. Boycott Tour, July 18, Vancouver
    July 18, 2021
  11. Palestine Solidarity: An Inter-Generational Dialogue
    August 3, 2021
  12. Aug. 14 Webinar: Canada’s Complicity in Palestinian Dispossession
    Canada’s Complicity in Palestinian Dispossession
    August 16, 2021
  13. #IVotePalestine
    August 28, 2021
  14. #BoycottPuma Picket in Vancouver
    September 17, 2021
  15. Write letter: Canadians calling on Puma to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association
    September 18, 2021
  16. Palestine Action Week in Vancouver
    Boycott Tour and March
    October, 6, 2021
  17. Free Georges Abdallah! Free Palestine Protest in Vancouver!
    October 16, 2021
  18. Boycott Israeli Wines: New Article and Video
    November 8, 2021
    Vancouver Calendar of Events: AllOut4Palestine:
  19. New Art Exhibit on Gaza coming to Vancouver
    November 24 – 27, 2021
  20. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
    November 29, 2021
  21. Asian Labour: Local and Global Solidarity Building
    Dec.1, 2021
  22. Film showing of Fedayin: Georges Abdallah, postponed.
    UBC postpones film showing due to Zionist meddling

    December 2nd, 2021
  23. Liberation Cafe: Freedom for our Prisoners
    We Stand Together
    December 5, 2021
  24. International Day for Human Rights Action
    Dec. 10, 2021

CPA Statements:

  1. CBC still mulling over its anti-Palestinian bias
    January 6, 2021
  2. Anti-Arab racism has deep roots in Canada/Le racisme anti-arabe a des racines profondes au Canada
    January 16, 2021
  3. Indigenous activist Lee Maracle on CBC erasure of Palestine
    by: Lee Maracle, January 26
  4. Canada’s Hypocrisy on the ICC and Palestine
    February 9, 2021
  5. Canadian complicity: Is ICC serving justice or Western interests?
    February 16, 2021
  6. CBC Ombudsman says apology “unwise”, but anti-Palestinian language guide is “reasonable”
    March 8, 2021
  7. Political Advocacy and National Liberation are not “Terrorism”
    March 22, 2021
  8. #NoIHRA and the Hypocrisy of the Zionist Lobby
    April 13, 2021
  9. Open Letter : Time to respect NDP Policy, Don’t make B.C. complicit in Israeli war crimes!
    April 19, 2021
  10. Letter to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra: Israeli Apartheid Not Welcome in Canadian Ports #BlocktheBoat
    June 15, 2021
  11. In Memory of Betty Beeching
    August 12, 2021
  12. Canadian company financing Israel-UAE collaboration
    October 3, 2021
  13. In Memory of Lee Maracle
    November 11, 2021
  14. UAE Normalizing with Israeli War Crimes
    November 18, 2021
  15. In Solidarity with Indigenous Land Defenders
    November 20, 2021
  16. Don’t make us complicit in war crimes!
    December 13, 2021


  1. CBC still reviewing why it deleted the word ‘Palestine’
    Mondoweiss, January 8, 2021
  2. Canada’s hypocrisy serves to shield Israeli war crimes
    Mondoweiss, February 11, 2021
  3. Do not refer to Palestine or show a map with Palestine as a country’ — the CBC’s Orwellian rules
    Mondoweiss, March, 9, 2021
  4. Palestinian advocacy is not ‘terrorism’
    Mondoweiss, March, 23, 2021
  5. The fight continues after Israel lobby staves off IHRA debate at NDP convention
    Mondoweiss, April 14, 2021
  6. Continuing Nakba, continuing resistance
    Mondoweiss, May 20, 2021
  7. Message to Trudeau government: Honor human rights — block Zim from Canadian ports
    Mondoweiss, June 18, 2021
  8. UAE company cracks down on ‘Block the Boat’ picket line in Canada
    Mondoweiss, June 28, 2021
  9. Boycott beyond the Settlements!
    Mondoweiss, July 29, 2021
  10. Canadian Complicity in Israeli War Crimes: Electoral Politics
    Al Mayadeen English, September 7, 2021
  11. Canadian company financing Israel-UAE collaboration
    Mondoweiss, October 1, 2021
  12. Don’t Drink with Apartheid: From South Africa to Palestine!
    Al Mayadeen English, November 6, 2021
  13. UAE profiteering off Israeli war crimes
    Mondoweiss, November 17, 2021

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