Fifth Annual International Apartheid Week (IAW)

We would like to inform you about an important week of discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict taking place in Toronto March 1-8, 2009. The government of Venezuela led by Hugo Chavez has repeatedly expressed its strong opposition to Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, including by expelling the Israeli ambassador during the recent Israeli assault on Gaza.

While defending the Jewish community in Venezuela against anti-Semitic attacks, the Chavez government also upholds the rights of the Palestinians against the continuing encroachment of Israel on Palestinian land and the Israeli wars carried out to promote this illegal occupation.

Venezuela We Are With You Coalition is very pleased to be an endorser of the Fifth Annual International Israeli Apartheid Week, March 1-8, 2009. (www.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2009: NEW Video Trailer!
Despite the on-going attempts by university administrations to silence and repress Palestine solidarity activism on campuses, Israeli Apartheid Week 2009 promises to be more successful than ever.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is taking place in more than 40 cities across the globe (the number of cities is growing daily).

This year, IAW happens in the wake of Israel's brutal military assault on the people of Gaza. In Toronto, the birthplace of IAW, a full week of lectures, films, and actions will make the point that these latest massacres further confirm the true nature of Israeli Apartheid.

The theme for IAW 2009 in Toronto is "Standing United with the People of Gaza", events will take place at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University. IAW 2009 will continue to build and strengthen the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement at a global level.

Each evening of IAW 2009 has a specific theme and expert speakers on different topics. Mark your calendars with the different topics for each evening:

ALL EVENING EVENTS BEGIN AT 7 p.m. at Ryerson and the University of Toronto --George Campus -- (
ALL DAY-TIME EVENTS BEGIN AT 12:30pm at York University(

Monday, March 2: Resisting Apartheid: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Our keynote speaker, Omar Barghouti will launch Israeli Apartheid Week 2009Library Building Room: LIB072 Ryerson Univesity 350 Victoria St.

Tuesday, March 3: Education Under Occupation A panel discussion on the challenges faced by students in Palestine and by indigenous students here on Turtle Island as they fight for their right to education while living under occupation. Featuring: Thaer Aliwaiwi, Yafa Jarrar and Karolyn Givogue
Walberg Building, Room 116 University of Toronto 184-200 College StreetHosted by SAIA- UT, a working group of OPIRG - Toronto

Wednesday, March 4: Gaza: Breaking the Siege A panel discussion focused on the recent military assault and on-going Siege on Gaza. Speakers will provide historical background information and commentary on the current situation in Gaza. Featuring: Laila El-Haddad and Jon Elmer Walberg
Building, Room 116 University of Toronto 184-200 College Street
Hosted by SAIA- UT, a working group of OPIRG - Toronto

Thursday, March 5: Globalization, Labour and Poverty in Palestine and First Nations communities in Canada A panel discussion on the economic situation in Palestine and Canada's financial and military ties to Israeli Apartheid. Speakers will also draw links between Apartheid in Israel and the economic exploitation of First Nations communities in Canada. Featuring: Leila Farsakh, Robert Lovelace and David McNally
Koffler Institute Room 108 569 Spadina Avenue
Hosted by SAIA- UT, a working group of OPIRG - Toronto

Friday, March 6: Turtle Island, South Africa to Palestine : The Struggle Continues The final night of Israeli Apartheid Week 2009 will focus on lessons from South African Apartheid and the on-going struggles of the Palestinian people and indigenous people on Turtle Island. Featuring: Mike Krebs and Ronnie Kasrils
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University -- - TRS1067 575 Bay Street

Saturday, March 7: International Women's Day -
Rally and March Rally: 11 a.m
OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. West March:

Join the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and allies as we march under the banner "Standing United with the Women of Gaza". Contingent will meet at 12:45pm at the corner of Bloor St. West and Bedford Rd (next to OISE). Look for banners and Palestinian flags!

Full schedule with speakers' biographies is available at
Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto is organized by: Students Against Israeli Apartheid U of T (a working group of OPIRG), Students Against Israeli Apartheid York, and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights Ryerson.

Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto is endorsed by the following organizations:
Canadian Arab Federation Palestine House Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid Caribbean Studies Student Union (UofT) Equity Studies Student Union (UofT) Health Studies Student Union (UofT) CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee CUPE Local 3907 CUPE Local 3903

CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy Not In Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism Critical Area Studies Collective (UofT)

Centre for Middle Eastern Studies No One Is Illegal Ontario Coalition Against Poverty Always Question (UofT) Canadian Forum for Justice and Peace in Sri Lanka Barrio Nuevo NOCOPS (Newly Organized Coalition Opposing Police in Schools) Women in Solidarity with Palestine Common Cause Faculty for Palestine Palestine House Youth Program Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance-Ontario Toronto Women's Bookstore SPHR National Latin America Solidarity Network, Coalition Venezuela We Are With You (CVEC)

To ENDORSE Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, to make a DONATION or GET INVOLVED with the organizing email

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