Canadian BDS Coalition
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Bryan unplug from Apartheid Israel
Don't play Tel Aviv and Jerusalem! Bryan remember your brave words in 2014: "the Israeli blockade of #Gaza just entered its 8th year, leaving its 1.7 million inhabitants destitute" and "I say the war against Gaza was a crime against humanity." CANCEL your performances in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in December. If you think life in Gaza is better in 2017, let see what Amnesty International has to say: Israel’s military blockade of the Gaza Strip entered its 10th year, continuing the collective punishment of Gaza’s entire population. Israeli controls on the movement of people and goods into and from Gaza, combined with Egypt’s almost total closure of the Rafah border crossing and funding shortages, damaged Gaza’s economy and hindered post-conflict reconstruction. Some 51,000 people were still displaced from the 2014 war, and unexploded ordnance from that conflict continued to cause civilian deaths and injuries. And in July 2017, the United Nations warned: Longstanding power shortages in Gaza have deepened the humanitarian crisis with hospitals in precarious conditions, water shortages growing, and untreated sewage being dumped into the Mediterranean, United Nations independent human rights experts warned. “The two million residents of Gaza are suffering through a humanitarian crisis that is entirely human-made.” Bryan, as a Canadian, you should know that "Most Canadians Say Sanctions and Boycott are Reasonable Measures to Defend Palestinian Rights" The 2017 EKOS poll indicated that: Canadians believe overwhelmingly that sanctions are a reasonable way for Canada to censure countries violating international law and human rights, Given the UN Security Council's condemnation of illegal Israeli settlements, a strong majority of Canadians believe that government sanctions on Israel would be reasonable. In the context of Israel's ongoing violations of international law, a very strong majority of Canadians believe that the Palestinians' call for a boycott of Israel is reasonable. Let the world cheer again when you CANCEL your Tel Aviv and Jerusalem performances as it did In 2016 when you cancelled your Mississippi tour date in protest over the state's anti-LGBT law. Bryan tell the world again that you do not support apartheid or war crimes. Add your name to other renowned and principled performers like Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and Elvis Costello who have already declared that they will not perform in Israel. For the sake of justice and peace in the world, please take a principled stand for human rights and international law, and start by not playing in Israel.
Tell Air Canada to end its Complicity in Israel's War Crimes
Why would Air Canada, one of the "best airlines in the world" engage in this? Why would Air Canada, who was awarded "best airline in North America" (Skytrax 2017), have outsourced maintenance work for its Boeing 787 and 767 jets to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the largest state-owned military and weapon producer in Israel? IAI is the subject of boycotts across Europe for its deadly drone technology and production. Corporate Watch from the UK says that “IAI was one of the earliest developers of drone technology and launched its first surveillance drone in 1979. IAI's website boasts that its drones have an "unsurpassed track record of over 1,200,000 operational flight hours for over 50 users on five continents." A 2014 study entitled Sleepless in Gaza by Dr. Atef Abu Saif details the terrifying impact of drone attacks on the Gaza Strip, especially on children, “Since their first use in 2000, drones have led to the death of hundreds of Palestinians and have injured thousands more. In addition, they have directly impacted Palestinian psychological and social life, as well as causing a grossly negative impact on education.” The Palestinian-led BDS movement has recently called for international efforts to focus on Israel’s war-making industry and to work towards a comprehensive military embargo of Israel. It is high time that corporations like Air Canada are held accountable for complicity in Israel’s war crimes. Tell Air Canada CEO, Calin Rovinescu, that you will boycott Air Canada and that you are calling on him to end Air Canada’s contracts with IAI along with any other contracts which violate the Fourth Geneva Convention (aka war crimes) and to bring skilled jobs back to Canada. Incidentally, outsourcing its airline maintenance was illegal for Air Canada until June 2016, when the current government changed the law to allow it more “labour flexibility.” It is truly shameful that Air Canada is outsourcing maintenance work to an Israeli arms producer which is directly responsible for thousands of deaths of Palestinian civilians, including women and children. Results of an EKOS poll (February 2017) showed that almost 80 percent of Canadians agree with the Palestinian call to boycott corporations which profit from Occupation and to pressure the Israeli government to abide by international and humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Join the Canadian majority, speak out against Air Canada's complicity in war crimes. For more information: Canadian BDS Coalition #AirCanadaComplicity Note: A global call to join Canadians in this petition. Air Canada flies to 1300 airports in 200+ cities on six continents. En français Pourquoi Air Canada, une des « meilleures compagnies aériennes du monde » s’engagerait-elle dans une telle affaire? Pourquoi Air Canada, qui a été décerné « la meilleure compagnie aérienne en Amérique du Nord » (Skytrax 2017), a-t-il externalisé les travaux d’entretien de ses avions Boeing 787 et 767 vers Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), le plus important producteur d’armes militaires appartenant à l’État d’Israël? IAI fait l’objet de boycottage en Europe pour sa technologie et production de drones mortels. Corporate Watch du Royaume-Uni déclare que « IAI a été l’un des premiers développeurs de la technologie des drones et a lancé son premier drone de surveillance en 1979. » Le site Web de l’IAI se vante que ses drones ont un « bilan inégalé de plus de 1 200 000 heures de vol opérationnelles par plus de 50 utilisateurs sur cinq continents. » Une étude menée en 2014 intitulée Sleepless in Gaza par le Dr Atef Abu Saif détaille l’impact terrifiant des attaques de drone sur la bande de Gaza, en particulier sur les enfants : « Depuis leur première utilisation en 2000, les drones ont entraîné la mort de centaines de Palestiniens et ont blessé des milliers d’autres. De plus, ils ont eu une incidence directe sur la vie psychologique et sociale des Palestiniens, tout en provoquant un impact négatif sur l’éducation. » Le mouvement BDS dirigé par les Palestiniens a récemment appelé à des efforts internationaux visant à se concentrer sur l’industrie israélienne de la guerre et à œuvrer à l’égard d’un embargo militaire complet d’Israël. Il est grand temps que des sociétés comme Air Canada soient tenues pour responsables de la complicité dans les crimes de guerre d’Israël. Dites au président-directeur général d’Air Canada, Calin Rovinescu, que vous boycotterez Air Canada et que vous l’appelez à mettre fin aux contrats d’Air Canada avec IAI avec tous les autres contrats qui violent la quatrième Convention de Genève (en d’autres termes, des crimes de guerre) et de ramener ces emplois qualifiés au Canada. Par ailleurs, la sous-traitance de la maintenance de ses lignes aériennes était illégale pour Air Canada jusqu’en juin 2016, alors que le gouvernement actuel a modifié la loi pour lui donner plus de « flexibilité du travail ». Il est vraiment honteux qu’Air Canada externalise les travaux de maintenance auprès d’un producteur d’armes israélien directement responsable de milliers de morts de civils palestiniens, y compris des femmes et des enfants. Les résultats d’un sondage EKOS (février 2017) ont montré que près de 80 pour cent des Canadiens sont d’accord avec l’appel palestinien à boycotter les entreprises qui profitent de l’Occupation et de faire pression sur le gouvernement israélien pour qu’il respecte le droit international et humanitaire dans les territoires palestiniens occupés. Rejoignez la majorité canadienne et prenez la parole contre la complicité d’Air Canada dans les crimes de guerre. Pour plus d’informations : Canadian BDS Coalition #AirCanadaComplicity Note : Un appel mondial pour rejoindre les Canadiennes et les Canadiens dans cette pétition. Air Canada dessert 1300 aéroports dans plus de 200 villes sur six continents.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Urged to Cancel Concerts in Israel
Palestinian musician made to play at a checkpoint The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will make its first-ever touring appearances in Israel, with performances in Jerusalem on May 11, 2017 and Tel Aviv on May 13, 2017. It is very disturbing that the TSO has chosen to align itself with Israel's grave violations of international law and human rights. Thus, we ask TSO musicians to reflect on the following appeal from Palestinian artists, and reconsider your participation in the TSO’s planned “Arabian Nights” tour of Israel. Palestinian writers, artists and cultural centers are calling on international artists not to perform in Israel until it ceases its grave violations of human rights and international law. They seek freedom from occupation of West Bank and Gaza, equality for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and justice for the refugees. Learn more about the cultural boycott. Israel uses performances by international artists as a stamp of approval for its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. Irrespective of visiting artists’ intentions their performances are used to cover up Israel’s human rights violations. Performing in Tel Aviv today is the equivalent of performing in Sun City in South Africa during the apartheid era. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a leader of the South African anti-apartheid struggle, has repeatedly declared that Israel’s apartheid system is comparable to -- if not worse than -- apartheid in South Africa. In the occupied territories, 6,300 Palestinians – including 300 minors, 500 administrative detainees (held without charge) and 13 members of parliament – are imprisoned. Last year, Israeli forces killed more than 100 Palestinians, including 33 children. Over half a million Israelis live in illegal settlements in the West Bank. More than 6 million Palestinian refugees are denied human rights. This state of affairs is not only unjust; it is unsustainable. Israel weaponizes culture to cover up its violations. When international artists perform at Israeli cultural venues and institutions, they help to create the false impression that Israel is a “normal” country like any other. The visit by world-renowned TSO will be paraded as an endorsement of Israel’s actions. “We support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. … we pledge to accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.” Artists’ Pledge signed by over 1,200 UK artists – including Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, and Richard Ashcroft. In February 2017, more than half of NFL players withdrew from an all-expense-paid PR trip to Israel after the Israeli tourism minister claimed the players would serve as “ambassadors of goodwill for Israel.” Seahawks player Michael Bennett declared: “I was not aware that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an ‘influencer and opinion-former’ who would then be ‘an ambassador of goodwill.’ I will not be used in such a manner.” On this basis, we call on the TSO musicians to join with artists, sports figures and other cultural performers, and say "no" to being used as goodwill ambassadors for colonization, apartheid and occupation. Say "yes" to the freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians and all people. We call on: TSO musicians to say no to being a stamp of approval for Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. TSO to cancel their two shows in Israel, recognizing that the TSO performances are being used to cover up Israel’s human rights violations. Subscribers and members of the TSO to cancel their ties, and for citizens of conscience to not support TSO through donations or attending performance until the TSO cancels its Israel performances. Federal and provincial governments to stop all support of the TSO, recognizing our taxes should not be used to support cultural events for regimes that abuse the human rights of millions of people.