Join the Open Shuhada Street Campaign

February 21, 2017

The Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements has launched its 8th Annual Open Shuhada Street Campaign, which runs February 19-27, 2017.

Shuhada Street, once the main thoroughfare in Hebron has been almost entirely closed to Palestinians since 1994 when American-born Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire in the Ibrahimi mosque killing 29 in worship and wounding over 100 more.

While Israeli settlers roam freely on the streets and carry arms, Palestinians homes and shops are sealed shut and families must pass through checkpoints to reach their homes. Roads in Hebron are divided in half, one side for Jews, and one side for Muslims, and Palestinians face physical daily attacks by ideologically extreme and violent settlers and soldiers.

The Open Shuhada Street Campaign takes place in Hebron and around the world annually the week of February 25th in commemoration of the anniversary of the Ibrahimi massacre. In Hebron the campaign consists of a week of events culminating in a march that attempts to go down Shuhada Street. Internationally, the 2017 campaign will focus on stopping global financier Goldman Sachs from funneling money to the Hebron Fund.

What you can do to help Open Shuhada Street

Join the international Thunderclap taking place on Friday, February 24.

Sign and share the petition calling on Goldman Sachs to stop funding settlers in Hebron.

Sign and share the petition calling on UN Secretary General António Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad to pressure Israel to open Shuhada Street.

Like and share posts from the Youth Against Settlements Facebook page to let your social media networks know about what is happening in Hebron.

Follow Youth Against Settlements on Twitter and retweet their posts throughout the campaign using the hashtag #openshuhadast

Share information specifically about the baseless charges against Youth Against Settlements human rights defender Issa Amro. Read about Issa’s case from Amnesty International here and here, and on the Electronic Intifada. Tag @issaamro and use the hashtag #IssaAmro

Plan an action in your city! For campaign materials and additional information, visit the 8th Annual International Open Shuhada Street Campaign page

Additional background information

Read the Mondoweiss article, Why you should join the 8th annual International Open Shuhada Street Campaign

Read the New York Times op-ed, Who’s Afraid of Nonviolence?

Read the Electronic Intifada article, Israel indicts “Palestinian Gandhi” and view the photo essay, Israel’s war on nonviolent resistance in Hebron


Boycott HP Week of Action

November 25, 2016

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The International Boycott HP Network and the Palestinian BDS National Committee are calling for an international week of action against HP over its role in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. The Canadian BDS Coalition has endorsed the week of action, which will take place November 25 – December 3 (which includes the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29).

Why Boycott HP?

In Palestine, Hewlett Packard companies provide imaging for Israel’s apartheid checkpoints and ID cards system; enable Israel’s deadly blockade of the Gaza Strip; provide services to illegal Israeli settlements; and manage people for profit in Israeli prisons where torture is systematic. While claiming to uphold values of social responsibility, HP companies are notorious for involvement in oppressive practices worldwide, like providing technology to enable deportations, mass incarceration, and solitary confinement in the United States.

Listen to the voice of Palestinians on why it’s important to Boycott HP:

For more in-depth background on HP’s involvement in the occupation, visit the Boycott HP page on the BDS Movement website, read Technologies of Control: The Case of Hewlett Packard (HP) on whoprofits.net or the profile of HP on Investigate.

What you can do

Sign the international pledge to boycott HP launched by the BNC and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

Join the November 29 Thunderclap to amplify the on-the-ground actions through your social media networks.

RSVP to the HP Boycott Week of Action Facebook event for more updates.


Rally in Solidarity With Palestine

October 20, 2015

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Rally in Solidarity With Palestine
Sunday, October 25 (1:00 pm)
Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Help us spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

As Palestinians continue to rise up against the occupation, settlersIsraeli military, and mob violence against Palestinians continues across Gaza, the West Bank, and occupied East Jerusalem.

Join us in Edmonton to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against the injustice of occupation, and to let our elected officials know that Canadians want peace and justice for the Palestinian people.

For background, you can read a BDS Movement Q&A on the uprisingread an IMEU Q&A on the current uprising in Palestine, Ramzy Baroud’s “Of Course, It is an Intifada: This is What You Must Know“or Ben White’s “Palestinian youth and the ‘force of disobedience’” and “A new intifada? You’re asking the wrong question.”


Refugees are Welcome in Edmonton!

September 7, 2015

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Refugees Are Welcome in Edmonton!
Vigil and Rally
Tuesday, September 8 (6:30 pm)
Front Steps, Alberta Legislature
(10800 97 Avenue NW)

Help spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

As part of a the national #refugeeswelcome cross-Canada mobilizations,  a memorial candlelight vigil and rally is being held in Edmonton in solidarity with Syrian refugees and to call for accountability from the Canadian government. This event will be held on Treaty 6 Territory.

“There are almost 60 million displaced people around the globe this year, and over 45,000 people have died crossing borders since 2000 yet the Canadian government only assisted 5,790 refugees to resettle in 2013. Meanwhile the Canadian government deported 117,531 people between 2006 and 2014, including to countries with official moratoriums on deportation, the majority refused refugees.”

For more information on Canada’s immigration system, check out Never Home: Legislating Discrimination in Canadian Immigration.


Edmonton’s Fourth Rally and March for Palestine

July 28, 2014

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Edmonton’s Fourth Rally and March for Palestine
Wednesday, July 30 (6:30 pm)
Churchill Square (9930 – 102 Street)
*** LOCATION CHANGE: MEET AT THE STEPS IN CHURCHILL SQUARE ***
(Click here for map)

Due to the warm weather, the fountain area by the Bell Tower is very crowded, so we’ll be rallying on the main steps in Churchill Square (just south of the Bell Tower).

Help spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

With no end in sight for the misery of the Palestinian people, we will continue to march in the streets of Edmonton in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

We call on the Canadian public to pay attention to the massacre of innocent civilians occurring in the Palestinian territories at the hands of the Israeli regime, and support the Palestinian people for the sake of humanity.

We call on the Canadian government to immediately end its unconditional support for the murderous Israeli regime. Being silent about the issue (let alone condoning it), makes us complicit in the genocide that is going on in Palestine.

We call on the Canadian public to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement and pressure the Israeli government to reconsider the root causes of this conflict – namely: the brutal occupation, colonization of Palestinian land and then, segregation, oppression, and humiliation of the Palestinian people for over 50 years.

We believe that Israel’s best bet at self-defense is with ending the siege on Gaza, ending the occupation and withdrawal from Palestinian territories and compliance with International Law.

Organized by the Canada Palestine Cultural Association and Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton.


Action Against the Attack on Gaza

July 23, 2014

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Against the Attack on Gaza
Saturday, July 26 (1:00 pm)
Canada Place
South Side, Jasper Avenue at 97 Street
(Click here for map)

Help us spread the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Please come this Saturday in front of Canada Place to partake in a peaceful action to protest the illegal and horrific attacks on Gaza by Israel and to lament and respect the Palestinians that have been killed.

We will be creating chalked body outlines to represent those that have been killed in these latest attacks and writing their names. The death toll is over 700. To see the most recent list of casualties, visit the International Middle East Media Center.

Please bring chalk if you can (we will also bring some) and tweet #yeg4gaza.

In the event that it rains, we will hold a die-in.

This action is in solidarity for the people of Palestine to their rights to land, livelihood, and life. Join Nobel peace laureates, academics, nation-state governments, and solidarity movements in Palestine and around the world to demand an end to Israel’s illegal war crimes and occupation, and immediately halt the killings and allow medical aid and basic services into Gaza.


Call-in For Gaza

July 21, 2014

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Want to do something to help stop the Israeli attack on Gaza? Take a minute on July 23 or 24 to participate in the cross-Canada Call-in For Gaza to flood the leaders of all four main Canadian political parties with phone calls demanding they call for an immediate arms embargo on Israel and an end to the assault on Gaza.

For updates and more, join the Call-in For Gaza Facebook event.

Call now! (and/or send an email or fax) to:

Stephen Harper: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca
613-992-4211 (Ottawa office)
403-253-7990 (Calgary office)
Fax: 403-253-8203 or 613-941-6900

Justin Trudeau: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
613-995-8872 (Ottawa office)
514-277-6020 (Quebec office)
fax: 613-995-9926 or 514-277-3454

Thomas Mulcair: thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca
613-995-7224 (Ottawa office)
514-736-2727 (Montreal office)
fax: 613-995-4565 or 514-736-2726

Elizabeth May: Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca
613-996-1119 (Ottawa office)
1-800-667-9188 (Sidney office)
fax: 613-996-0850 or 250-657-2004