Rally Round Israeli Apartheid Week!
Two days into Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, the event is proceeding well, with a total audience of more than 600 at the first two downtown events.
Organizers and participants show no signs of intimidation by the concerted efforts of Stephen Harper's government to discredit the event and its supporters.
An organized Zionist disruption at this evening's event was easily parried, but it serves to remind us of the high stakes involved this year's event.
This is the first time in memory that the Canadian government has openly attacked a solidarity movement's right to exist. Harper has mobilized university administrations and rightist, Zionist organizations in a concerted bid to deny freedom of speech to Palestinian rights advocates.To add insult to injury, Canada's embassy in Venezuela has just assumed the task of diplomatic representation of Israel, whose ambassador and staff were expelled from the country during the murderous assault on Gaza.
Beating back the attack on Israel Apartheid Week is now the overriding task for progressive activists in Toronto. We need to build and participate in the Israeli Apartheid Week events planned for Wednesday through Saturday. Events in the Toronto area are listed below.
We hope to see you there!
WEDNESDAY March 4, 7 p.m.: Gaza: Breaking the Siege. University of Toronto, Walberg Building #116, 200 College St. at St. George.
THURSDAY, March 5, 7 p.m.: Globalization, Labour, and Poverty. University of Toronto, Kofler Institute Rm 108, 569 Spadina Road.
FRIDAY, March 6, 7 p.m.: From South Africa to Palestine, the Struggle Continues. Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management, Room 1067, 55 Dundas St. W.
SATURDAY, March 7, 12:45 p.m. Join the Israeli Apartheid Week contingent in International Women's Day March, Bloor St. and Bedford Road.
Events are also taking place at York University, Wednesday and Thursday, at 12:30 p.m. For details, see http://toronto.apartheidweek.org/node/147.
For information on events in 40 other cities around the world, see www.apartheidweek.org.