Time for Action

[Download PDF] July 9, 2010

Time for Action: A Response to Israeli Violations of International Law, issued on the 5th Anniversary of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign

A Joint Statement of the BDS working group of Faculty for Palestine (F4P, Toronto) and College and University Workers United (CUWU, Montreal)

The Israeli attack on a humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza on May 31, 2010 confirms once again Israel’s pattern of disregard for international law. This pattern was brutally demonstrated during the assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009, which killed over 1400 Palestinians. Other flagrant violations of international law by the Israeli state include: the construction of the Wall, the ongoing occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, the ever-increasing construction of illegal settlements in these occupied territories and the failure, since 1948, to recognize Palestinian refugees’ right of return. Continue reading Time for Action

Submission to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism

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From: Faculty for Palestine
August 31, 2009

This submission is written to express our strong support for committed work by Members of Parliament against discrimination in all its forms, and our recognition of real concerns that anti-Semitism might be on the rise. However we are deeply concerned that the focus of the CPCCA is defined in such a way as to undermine serious equity work in Canada, while also posing a major threat to freedom of expression. Continue reading Submission to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism

Open Letter: Defend Freedom of Speech

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Open Letter to university community regarding Palestinian Rights and Canadian Universities

The last two years have seen increasing efforts to limit advocacy of Palestinian rights on Canadian universities, amounting to a pattern of the suppression of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. These include:

  • Statements from 19 university presidents in the summer of 2007 to foreclose debate on the academic boycott of Israel, citing “academic freedom”.
  • Visits to Israel by eight university presidents in the summer of 2008, with no equivalent outreach to Palestinian institutions.
  • Efforts to ban the use of the term “Israeli Apartheid” at McMaster University in February-March 2008, overturned only through a campaign of protest
  • Discipline against students involved in peaceful protests for Palestinian rights at York University in March in 2008
  • Attempted discipline against a faculty member who addressed a rally against Israeli Apartheid at York University in 2008
  • A pattern of cancellation of room bookings for meetings concerning Palestinian rights at the University of Toronto and York University in 2008
  • The use of security clearance requirements and fees to cover security costs to impede campus meetings about Palestinian rights

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