June 9 2007: National Day of Action to Boycott Chapters/Indigo

CUT THE TIES WITH ISRAELI APARTHEID!

Saturday June 9 from 1-5 pm @ multiple locations:
Chapters – Robson & Howe 788 Robson Street
Chapters – Broadway and Granville 2505 Granville Street

We will also be holding pickets in Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, Langley, and North Vancouver. Please contact us at boycottapartheid[at]gmail.com for more details if you can join us at any of these locations.

This June, Palestinians will mark the 40 year anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan heights. This anniversary comes 59 years after the Palestinian Nakba (”catastrophe” in Arabic) that saw the displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians and the creation of the colonial state of Israel in historic Palestine. In response to a call from the Active Steering Committee of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, cities across Canada and around the world are holding actions against Israeli occupation and apartheid.

June 9th will be a National Day of Action against Chapters/Indigo, with pickets at store locations from Vancouver to Halifax. The boycott of Chapters/Indigo was launched in December 2006, demanding an end to the financial ties between the majority owners of Chapters/Indigo and the Israeli Military.

Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, who own or control 68% of the shares of Chapters and Indigo bookstores, are the founders of the “Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers,” which provides scholarships and other financial support to soldiers in the Israeli Military on the basis of need and military ‘achievement’. At its peak, the foundation will distribute up to $3,000,000 annually to former ‘Lone Soldiers’ – individuals without family in Israel who have chosen to join the Israeli military and remain in the country permanently. As Israeli soldiers, they participate in a military that enforces the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, and has a well-documented history of human-rights violations and war crimes.

To mark the anniversary in Vancouver, join the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign in front of Indigo Books and Music Inc. locations throughout the city on June 9 to demand an end to the financial support of majority shareholders Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz for Israeli apartheid.

Boycott Indigo-Chapters, Boycott Israeli Apartheid!

This boycott is endorsed by the Palestine Community Centre, Canada, Palestine Association, Canada-Palestine Support Network, International Solidarity Movement – Vancouver, Trade Union Committee for Justice in the Middle East, Jews for a Just Peace, No One Is Illegal – Vancouver, and Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
* Join us for the picket on Saturday June 9th.
* Tell friends and relatives not to shop at Chapters/Indigo. Encourage them to support independent book retailers!
* Write/fax/phone the board of Indigo/Chapters demanding a public renunciation of Reisman and Schwartz’s financial support to the Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers:

Indigo Board of Directors
500-468 King St W Toronto ON, MSV 1L8
Tel: (416) 364-4499
Fax: (416) 364-0355

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