Friday, October 19, 2007

Israeli Apartheid Week 2007:

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Israeli Apartheid Week 2007.

Held in the following cities:


About Israeli Apartheid Week

Israeli Apartheid Week will be taking place for the third consecutive year from February 12-17 2007. It will be a week-long series of events held concurrently across various North American and European campuses and will include lectures, informational booths, cultural events, film screenings and demonstrations.

The past few years have seen an explosion of literature and analysis that has placed Israel alongside other settler-colonial states like South Africa, arguing that Israel is in fact an apartheid state, not just a belligerent occupying power. Prominent Palestinians, Israeli anti-Zionists, and South Africans have been at the forefront of these efforts. At the same time, an international divestment campaign against the Israeli state has gained momentum in response to a statement issued in July 2005 by over 170 Palestinian grassroots and civil society organizations calling for boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel. Important gains have recently been made in this campaign in countries like South Africa, the UK, Canada, and the US.

The aim of Israeli Apartheid Week is to push forward the analysis of Israel as an apartheid state and to bolster support for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign in accordance with the demands outlined in the July 2005 Statement: full equality for Arab citizens of Israel, an end to the occupation and colonization of the West Bank and Gaza, and the implementation of the right of return and compensation for Palestinian refugees pursuant to UN resolution 194.

Israeli Apartheid Week began with these objectives in Toronto, Canada two years ago. It was a big success that received the attention of media worldwide. Last year, several other university campuses across Canada and the UK joined together and organized a coordinated Israeli Apartheid Week. This year, still more campuses have pledged to participate.

The analysis of apartheid put forward during Israeli Apartheid Week in previous years has played an important role in raising awareness and disseminating information about Zionism, the Palestinian liberation struggle, and its similarities with the indigenous sovereignty struggle in North America and the South African anti-Apartheid movement. The success of Israeli Apartheid Week is marked by the fact that it will be taking place this year in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Oxford, Cambridge and London.

As Israel and its global backers in Canada, the US and Europe tighten the economic stranglehold on the Palestinian people and while the Israeli military continues its daily assault on Palestinian life, our collective responsibility in isolating the Israeli apartheid regime is becoming ever more crucial.