Sixth International Campaign Against Israeli Apartheid Begins

2010 Poster as designed by Nidal El Khairy, winner of the first international Israeli Apartheid Week poster competition

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 1°C] The little known international campaign to promote the cultural, academic and economic divestment in the state of Israel is set to begin around the world on March 1, 2010. The growing campaign is modelled after the success of the global efforts that successfully dismantles Apartheid in South Africa. In its sixth year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), has become an important rallying event against Palestinian oppression with events organized in more than 50 cities worldwide.

The Montréal IAW activities were announced this morning in a press conference that included the publication of an open letter signed by more than 500 Montréal artists who support the Palestinian-initiated campaign to boycott, divest and encourage sanctions against Israel. Although the international IAW is from March 1 – 7, 2010, Montréal organizers set their own schedule with the week’s events beginning on March 4 with a conference at McGill University entitled: Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: Celebrating the successes and overcoming the challenges of the BDS Movement against Israeli Apartheid.

An event is scheduled nearly every day. On Monday, March 8, a film screening at Concordia University is scheduled at 7:30pm within the Cinema Politica series. Two films will be shown. Checkpoint Rock: Songs from Palestine is a 73-minute Spain/Palestine co-production by Fermin Muguruza about surviving Israeli occupation and challenging it with music. The film will be preceded by the 30-minute documentary: Up Front: Three Palestinian Women to commemorate International Women’s Day. The week ends on Thursday, March 11 with Speak Up for Palestine!, a cultural event featuring a half-dozen of performers.

Human rights videographers will be interested in the Apartheid Video Contest. Short, less-than-five-minute, videos on the theme of “Israeli Apartheid” are wanted. The contest suggests that “videos should reflect the nature, realities, and/or consequences of the apartheid policy in Israel, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza and against Palestinian refugees in the diaspora.” Cash prizes are offered and the winning videos will be submitted to various film festivals around the world.

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Below is a video of a conference presentation by best selling author of No Logo and the Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein, who joined the  Israeli Apartheid Week student-led protest against racial segregation at Ryerson University in in 2009:

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