The Block the Boat actions in Oakland, Los Angeles, Tacoma/Seattle and Vancouver are yet another sign of the growing strength and success of the BDS movement against Israel. Led by Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) with participation from over 60 organizations, including IJAN, 3,000-4,000 marched on the Port of Oakland on August 16. The resulting picket line stopped dock workers from entering the port and unloading the ship. With the support of rank and file members of the local longshoreman union (ILWU Local 10), activists and community members prevented the Zim Piraeus from unloading for a historic four days. This is the longest blockade of an Israeli ship in history. Click here for more details on the picket.
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The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network in Canada has members in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. IJAN Canada members work closely with other local Palestine Solidarity organizations. IJAN Canada works to expose Canada’s role in supporting the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and how it relates to the Canadian state’s ongoing genocide against the Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island.
Continuous Protest at the Israeli Consulate in Toronto
180 Bloor Street West
Across from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Stop the Bombardment of Gaza
Boycott Israeli Apartheid
On 24 July 2014, starting at 9 am, people of conscience, including Muslims, Jews, and Christians, are coming together at the Israeli consulate in Toronto for a three day continuous vigil to call attention to the frightening slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza and condemn both the Israeli government and the complicity of Canada. We demand that the Canadian government and the international community call for an immediate cessation of Israel’s assault against Palestinians in Gaza.
Below is an Open letter from Independent Jewish Voices, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network–Canada, and the United Jewish People’s Order, Toronto to the members of the Ja’ffari Mosque condemning the defacing of the mosque and the hateful targeting of Arabs and Muslims:
To the members of the Ja’ffari Mosque:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the threats and hateful graffiti targeting Muslims and Arabs that were left on the Ja’ffari Mosque in Thornhill. These racist attacks echo the ongoing violence and assaults in Gaza, the West Bank, and in Israel against Palestinians and those Israeli Jews who dare to criticise the policies of the Israeli state. Independent Jewish Voices Canada, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Canada, and the United Jewish People’s Order, Toronto wish to express our solidarity with our Muslim and Arab brothers and sisters and call for restraint and respect from Jewish communities at this difficult moment. These acts are abhorrent and do not represent all Jews. Moreover, they go against the Jewish teachings most of us grew up with which urged us to “love thy neighbor as thyself”. Our own histories of oppression should be what guides us: Never again for anyone!
On 23 April and 28 May, 2013, a member of IJAN-Canada gave deputations to the Executive Committee of the Toronto City Council, in support of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA)’s right to march in the Queer Pride parade and in support of the City Manager’s recommendations regarding the anti-discrimination policy. For more information on… Read more »
Palestinians, both at home and abroad, have found an unlikely partner in the struggle against colonization: First Nations, the indigenous peoples of Canada. By Hadani Ditmars Native peoples from all over the world joined together on Monday as part of an international day of solidarity with Idle No More, an indigenous uprising that has supporters… Read more »
This year, several large community Seders (a ritual meal in observance of the Passover holiday) were held using the IJAN Liberation Haggadah (a program for Seder). Many other people held smaller gatherings in their homes using this resource. Passover is traditionallya celebration of the Exodus story, and the IJAN Liberation Haggadah draws on themes that grapple with the concept of liberation as presentedin religious text as well as secular traditions that celebrate the human commitment to liberating ourselves.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, approximately 200 people attended a Seder which raised money for IJAN and the Stop the JNF Campaign. Hamilton, Ontario, had two Seders, with a total of about 90 people in attendance. In Atlanta, about a dozen people attended a Seder in an IJAN member’s home.
These Seders were a part of the cultural work of de-linking Zionism and Judaism/Jewish identity. Consistent with the project of rejecting Jewish isolationism, all Seders were well attended by people who are not Jewish. Said one participant in the Hamilton Seder, "Theenvironment, the mix of people and the atmosphere were moving and inspiring." A participant in the Atlanta Seder reported, "It was an intimate space, and people really opened up. We talked about how to confront power. We laughed and sang and studied together. We parted witha prayer and a challenge, "Next year, may Palestine be free."
"There is no mystery why Canada acts almost blindly without critique or question in support of the State of Israel’s colonial policies in Palestine: Canada and Israel’s policies are marching in lock step because both Canada and Israel are colonial states."
-Robert Lovelace Address to Amnesty International, Toronto, November 01, 2011
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) supports Idle No More in its struggle for indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection. IJAN is an international network of Jews who reject the premise that our own histories of forced displacement and ethnic cleansing justify the forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. We are uncompromisingly committed to struggles for human emancipation, of which the liberation of all colonized people and land is an indispensable part. We understand the destruction of indigenous people, land and ways of life as a threat to the survival of all people, living things and the planet. We extend solidarity and continue our fight against colonization in the lands that we live and in Palestine.
Please also see the excellent statement: "Palestinians in Solidarity with Idle No More and Indigenous Rights"
InNovember, 2012, social movements from around the globe will gather in Porto Alegre, Brazil to demand and organize for a free Palestine. The World Social Forum (WSF) Free Palestine is an expression of global social movements’ opposition to capitalism, colonialism, war, occupation and racism.
The delegation, initiated by the US Social Forum, includesProject South, the Palestinian Youth Movement, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and the Muslim Defense Project among other leaders at the forefront of grassroots movements. Click here to see the growing list of endorsing organizations.
Our aim is to promote joint strugglefor Palestinian liberation, indigenous self-determination, the rights of refugees and migrants, economic justice and labor rights, queer liberation and gender justice, the sustainability of the land and natural resources and the creation of a people’s economy.
Comingtogether in Brazil will provide an opportunity to organize for Palestinian liberation in ways that strengthen all our struggles for justice. Donate now to support the Joint Struggle Delegation’s travel expenses to Porto Alegre.
Formore information on why confronting Israel and Zionism is so central toour struggles for justice, freedom from repression and war, ecological preservation and indigenous sovereignty, watch a presentationby members of IJAN, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Center for Constitutional Rights (all members of the Joint Struggle Delegation).
Several PSM activists from Canadawent to the First National Jewish anti-Zionist gathering in Detroit, June19-22, 2010. One of the many excellent workshops we attended offeredopportunities to learn more about the Jewish National Fund and possible organizingstrategies. IJAN-Canada will be working to build on the research being done inboth the U.S. and Canada. There is a good deal of information regardingthe JNF and CanadaPark available and welook forward to collaborating with others here to put together an effectiveeducation campaign.