May 12 2007: Launch of Boycott Campaign Against Chapters/Indigo

Saturday, May 12th 2007

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Picket at Chapters Bookstore
788 Robson Street at Howe

On Saturday, May 12st, the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign will launch a boycott of Chapters and Indigo Bookstores with a picket in front of the Chapters at 788 Robson St. The campaign demands and end to the financial ties between the majority owners of Chapters/Indigo and the Israeli Military.

Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz – majority owners 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 after the completion of their military service. 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.

=> Many members of the Heseg Board of Directors are high-ranking Israeli military personnel. Board member Lt. Colonel Mike Hartmen joined the IDF as a lone soldier and is now “head of the marksmanship and sharpshooters section of the IDF.” Board member Major General (Res.) Doron Almog was Commander of the IDF’s Southern Command from 2000-2003. In 2005, a warrant was issued in the UK for his arrest on suspicion of war crimes.
=> Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz own or control over 68% of the shares in Indigo Books and Music Inc. which owns and operates bookstores under the names Indigo, Chapters, World’s Biggest Bookstore, SmithBooks, Coles, The Book Company and Indigospirit. Reisman is chair and CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc.

In launching the Chapters/Indigo boycott in Vancouver, we will be joining Victoria, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax in a nation-wide boycott to demand that Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz publicly announce that they will cut all financial ties to the Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
* Join us for the picket on Saturday May 12th
* 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 Schwartz¹s financial support of 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
*Please contact us at boycottapartheid[at]gmail.com to find out more ways to get involved.

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