As Israel’s illegal military occupation approaches a half-century, it’s long past time for concrete international action to pressure its government to reverse course. The Green Party of Canada’s recent vote to support “the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (BDS) that are targeted at those sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories” represents such a measure.
Without international pressure, Israel will continue to steal Palestinian land, demolish olive groves, build Jewish-only roads, imprison without due process and impose collective punishment on innocent Palestinians. It will continue to violate international law and dominate a defenceless people.
Canadians cannot wash their hands of Palestinians’ plight. Ottawa has long been a close ally of Israel and each year registered Canadian charities channel millions of dollars to projects supporting Israel’s powerful military and illegal settlements.
We urge you not to succumb to political pressure to reverse or weaken the vote to support Palestinian rights. Your position is consistent with – indeed required by – the Fourth Geneva Convention, and reflects the vote of the vast majority of UN member states. It even aligns with official Canadian policy.
And, most importantly, it’s a contribution to the nonviolent campaign to advance Palestinian rights.
Naomi Klein Author, Social Activist and Filmmaker Noam Chomsky Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tariq Ali Writer, Journalist and Filmmaker Bruce Cockburn, OC Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist Christopher Hedges Journalist, Activist, Author and Presbyterian Minister Yann Martel Author Gabor Mate Author and Physician Murray Dobbin Journalist, Broadcaster, Author and Social Activist Martin Duckworth Filmmaker, Prix du Québec 2015 Yves Engler Author and Political Activist Norman Finkelstein Author John Greyson Filmmaker and York University professor Rawi Hage Writer and Photographer Vijay Prashad Historian and Journalist Richard Reed Parry Musician, Arcade Fire Lia Tarachansky Israeli-Canadian Journalist and Filmmaker Clayton Thomas-Muller Stop-it-at-the-source Campaigner, 350.org Nadia Abu-Zehra Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa Bilan Arte University of Manitoba Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan, C.M., O.Ont. Former journalist, civil servant, refugee judge Patricia Balcom Professor (retired), Département d'anglais, Université de Moncton Reverend Steve Berube Co-chair, United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel Martha Lucia Blandon Chair, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network Mohamed Boudjenane Acting President, Canadian Arab Federation Daniel Cayley-Daoust Energy and Climate Campaigner, Council of Canadians Derik Chica Chair, Educators for Peace and Justice Peter Chidiac Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Western Ontario Aziz Choudry Associate Professor, Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University John Clarke Ontario Coalition Against Poverty Chandler Davis Professor, University of Toronto Judith Deutsch Member of Independent Jewish Voices Board member of Centre for Social Justice Gordon Doctorow, Ed.D. Adjunct Faculty, Nova Southeastern University Rachel Engler-Stringer Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan Hammam Farah Alumni Advisor, Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University Hossein Fazeli Filmmaker Mireya Folch-Serra Professor Emerita, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario Ellen Gabriel Mohawk Activist and Artist Sam Gindin Professor of Political Science, York University Cy Gonick Founder, Canadian Dimension Chris Hannah Todd Kowalski Jord Samolesky Musicians, Propagandhi Jens Hanssen Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History, University of Toronto Michelle Hartman Associate Professor, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University Scott Harris Chair, Palestinian Solidarity Network - Edmonton David Heap Associate Professor, French & Linguistics, University of Western Ontario Jake Javanshir Member, Independent Jewish Voices Bruce Katz Co-president, Palestinian and Jewish Unity Michael Keefer Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph Maureen Korp, PhD Author, Lecturer Annette Lengyel Secretary, BDS Action Calgary Kay Ma Coordinator, Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Peterborough Richard Marcuse Social anthropology, University of Victoria, Retired Khaled Mouammar Former President, Canadian Arab Federation Vicki Perkins Spokesperson, Justice for Palestinians Judy Rebick Author Diana Ralph, MSW, Ph.D. Retired Associate Professor Carleton University David Rifat Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto Rev. Karen Rodman Minister in the United Church of Canada Member, Green Party of Canada Marty Roth Professor Emeritus of English, University of Minnesota Member of the Green Party of Canada Reuben Roth, Ph.D. School of Northern and Community Studies, Laurentian University Larry Rousseau Regional Executive Vice-President, National Capital Region, Public Service Alliance of Canada Sid Ryan Former President, Ontario Federation Labour Douglass St. Christian Emeritus Professor, Anthropology, University of Western Ontario Roswitha Shaw Member, Green Party of Canada Sid Shniad National Steering Committee, Independent Jewish Voice Canada Eric Shragge President, Immigrant Workers Centre Pance Stojkovski Secretary, Socialist Project Ken Stone Treasurer, Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War Alex Tyrrell Leader, Green Party of Quebec Maria Paez Victor Spokesperson, The Loui Riel Bolivian Circle (Toronto) Henry Voltmeter Professor of Development Studies, Saint Mary's University Barry Weisleder Secretary, Socialist Action James Winter Professor of Communications, University of Windsor Thomas Woodley President, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Ralph Carl Wushke Minister, Bathurst Street United Church