Since March 9, 18 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by Israeli bombs and weaponry – and Israel threatens more to come. This attack on Gaza is backed up by US arms and money, and full-fledged Canadian diplomatic and political support. While Ehud Barak pledges that “this round in the Strip is still far from over,” the Canadian government has nothing to say, except for Jason Kenney’s condemnation of Palestinian and solidarity activists lifting the cover from Israeli racism through Israeli Apartheid Week events and John Baird’s pledge of friendship with Israel.
1. Call the Israeli Embassy to Canada (613) 567-6450 and demand an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza.
2. Call the Office of the Foreign Minister, John Baird (Tel: 613-990-7720; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and demand that Canada condemn Israeli attacks on Gaza.
3. PROTEST the attacks on Gaza and Israeli apartheid and racism: Join the Palestine Contingent at the Community March Against Racism, Sunday, March 18. Gather at Clark Park in Vancouver (14th and Commercial) at 1:45 PM and join the Palestine contingent with Palestinian flags and banners!
4. Attend all of the “Child’s View from Gaza events in the coming week – at Langara, InterUrban Gallery, SFU and UBC. Visit http://childsviewfromgaza.org
The attack on Gaza is only the most latest manifestation of Israel’s war on the Palestinian people – from the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948, to the ongoing denial of millions of Palestinian refugees’ right to return home, to the institutionalized racism and discrimination practiced against Palestinians in Israel, to the military occupation of the West Bank and its checkpoints, Apartheid Wall, land confiscation and home demolitions, to the mass imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians, to the ongoing siege of Gaza. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is one international tool called for by the Palestinian movement to isolate Israel until it ends its ongoing racism, apartheid and war crimes.
As part of the struggle to confront Israeli apartheid and racism and support Palestinian rights, we also confront Canada’s own settler colonial reality, including racism, oppression, violence against indigenous people, exclusion and targeting of refugees and immigrants, criminalization and incarceration.
The Community March Against Racism in Vancouver commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, which marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa when police opened fire on hundreds of South Africans protesting against Apartheid’s passbook laws. It is an occasion to march against racism in Canada, against Israeli apartheid, and for liberation and justice for Palestine and our communities.
The Arab, Palestinian and Muslim communities in Canada continue to be targets for racism, both here and in Palestine. As Gaza is under attack, as Palestine is under attack, and as communities here are under attack, it is urgent that we join together in solidarity and resistance with No One Is Illegal – Vancouver and numerous communities to stand together to confront and challenge apartheid, racism and oppression.