From March 6 to 15, Israeli Apartheid Week is organized in over 150 cities worldwide including Montreal. During IAW panels, workshops, film screenings, demonstrations and cultural events are set up so as to educate the public about the realities of colonisation and apartheid in Palestine, and to connect Palestinian activists with local activists working on related issues.
A brief review of Israeli Apartheid Week history
IAW was first launched in Toronto in 2005 and has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Over the past decade, it has served to bolster the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which is is a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel. First, the movement aims at putting an end to Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and the Golan Heights. Also, the full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel is at stake here. In order to give a voice to the Palestinian people, the BDS movement has helped launch local campaigns standing in solidarity with them.
Israeli Apartheid Week in Montreal
In holding Israeli Apartheid Week on occupied Kanien’kehá:ka territory, we must remember that this event series is taking place within an ongoing colonial context. Indeed, drawing the link between apartheid in Israel and in Canada has been a central focus of past and current event series. In Montreal, Israeli Apartheid Week is co-organized by students and community organizers. Events are held on the campuses of McGill, Concordia, UQAM, and UdeM, and across the city.
” In opposition to apartheid and occupation
In solidarity with Palestinian resistance
In support of social justice struggles everywhere ”
Stay tuned on CKUT 90.3 FM, co-presenting the IAW.