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  • BDS victory in Mennonite Church Canada

    The BDS Movement celebrated a victory at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly this weekend in Saskatoon, with an  overwhelming majority of delegates supporting a resolution on that encourages BDS. With 350 delegates in attendance only one person opposed the resolution.

    This resolution is in part a response to the 2009 Kairos Document that was prepared by Palestinian Christians in Palestine asking their global Christian brothers and sisters to show their solidarity with them through Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. The Mennonite resolution laments the violence in Israel and Palestine and repents its complicity in anti-Semitism and structures of colonialism that oppress Indigenous people in Canada. The resolution commits the Mennonite Church to further education on what is happening in Israel and Palestine, in addition its concluding demands are:

  • In Canada, BDS loses in the House of Commons but wins on university campuses

    So the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement had a big day on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 in Canada, both in the House of Commons and on university campuses. Students voting for BDS at Students voting for BDS at McGill University-Noah Sutton- McGill Tribune

    Within a few hours of each other, Canadian politicians voted 229-51 to condemn BDS and even individuals who promote it; then the Students Society at McGill, a leading university in Montreal, voted to support BDS. An interesting irony here is that the new Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau is an alum of McGill and even personally condemned the efforts to support BDS at McGill when it was first introduced a year ago.



    Organizations that have endorsed BDS (updated June 13, 2015)

  • Most Canadians Say Sanctions and Boycott are Reasonable Measures to Defend Palestinian Rights

  • Ontario activists push back against new anti-BDS measure

    Last May, lawmakers in Canada’s most populous province soundly rejected a bill that would have created a government blacklist ofOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne, pictured with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem last May, says her government opposes BDS-Via Facebook) supporters of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

  • Ontario law would blacklist BDS activists

    Ali Abunimah
    (This article has been updated with comments from the office of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.) Source: https://twitter.com/Kathleen_Wynne/status/732911234127933440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    Lawmakers in Canada’s most populous province are voting this week on a bill to blacklist supporters of the Palestinian-led grassroots campaign for human rights, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
    Tim Hudak, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the right-wing Progressive Conservative opposition, introduced the so-called Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario Act on Tuesday. 

    The bill, co-sponsored by veteran Liberal lawmaker Mike Colle, passed its first reading.
    Using language characteristic of the Israeli government’s attacks on the movement, Hudak claimed that the goal of BDS is “to sponsor the de-legitimization of the state of Israel as well as to foster hatred and animosity against those of Jewish faith in support of Israel.”
    The bill is scheduled for debate and another vote on Thursday.

  • Ottawa cites hate crime laws when asked about its 'zero tolerance' for Israel boycotters

    Neil MacdonaldPublic Safety Minister Steven Blaney and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson appear together at a House of Commons committee last week. Has the minister directed the RCMP to pursue hate crimes against BDS advocates? (The Canadian Press)

    The Harper government is signalling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel. 


    Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union with more than 310,000 members across the country, adopted a motion in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movementat its recent convention. Unifor voted to support the BDS movement against Israel recently. FACEBOOK PHOTO

  • York University Faculty Boycotts Israeli Academic Institution

    Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University (SAIA York) is proud to announce that the Faculty of  Environmental Studies (FES) at the third largest university in Canada has boycotted the Israeli academic institution, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES). This move is a major win for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, as FES has become the first faculty in Canada to honor Palestinian civil society's call for "an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions".

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