Israeli Apartheid Week Gets Underway in Montreal

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Israeli Apartheid Week Gets Underway in Montreal
Despite Politicians' Condemnation
by IAW - Montreal
Despite condemnation from top Canadian politicians, the sixth annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) gets underway in Montreal tonight with an event at McGill University. IAW organizers fully denounce the motion being put forward at the House of Commons by Conservative MP Tim Uppal to condemn the week of activities, as well as the similar motion which was passed recently in the Ontario legislature, and decry them as being serious attacks on free speech at Canadian universities.
 
Organizers also assert that the claim that IAW events promote anti-semitism or hatred on university campuses is a baseless smear tactic.

"What we are seeing is a grave threat on freedom of speech coming from the highest levels of government, aimed at social justice movements working towards the protection of Palestinian human rights," says IAW Montreal organizer Aaron Lakoff. "It is ironic that Michael Ignatieff has issued a statement denouncing the characterization of Israel as an apartheid state, when he himself came to the same conclusions just eight years ago."

In an article published in the British newspaper The Guardian in 2002, Ignatieff wrote the following about a recent trip of his to the Occupied Palestinian Territories: "When I looked down at the West Bank, at the settlements like Crusader forts occupying the high ground, at the Israeli security cordon along the Jordan river closing off the Palestinian lands from Jordan, I knew I was not looking down at a state or the beginnings of one, but at a Bantustan, one of those pseudo-states created in the dying years of apartheid to keep the African population under control."
 
This year’s IAW will feature a variety of activists, professors and artists across the world who worked in solidarity with the Palestinian plight for justice. Amongst them, Jamal Zahalka, Palestinian-Israeli member of the Knesset; Noura Erakat, human rights attorney and founder of the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights; Shadi Rohana, coordinator at the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem; and Naeem Jeenah, Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre in South Africa.

 
-For Immediate Release-
 
For more information, contact:
Mostafa Haneway - 514-659-0106
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For interviews with the featured speakers, artists or IAW organizers please contact:


Kawtare Bihya (French): 514-291-7665

Samer Sefian (English/French/Arabic): 514-949-6243

Aaron Lakoff (English): 514-831-2844

Nina Amrov (English/French/Arabic): 514-817-0583


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