Monday, March 1, 2010

Israeli Apartheid Week is here--and the world is taking notice!

Today kicks off the 6th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, an international effort to raise awareness of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and to strengthen the global movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli occupation and apartheid. US Campaign member groups and supporters are joining organizations and individuals around the world in events and actions to educate, mobilize, and empower their communities toward a just peace based on international law, human rights, and equality for all. And they are getting noticed. Ilana Giglioli of the University of Toronto writes in Electronic Intifada that despite harassment and institutional repression, "IAW is taking place in more than 40 cities in five continents, and is a key event in the yearly calendar of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement." The Israeli daily Ha'aretz chronicles the participation of Israeli activists and educators in IAW events, while the Jerusalem Post interviews Dax D'Orazio of Students Against Israeli Apartheid at Carleton University, who argues that the attacks on Israeli Apartheid Week are "part of an ongoing campaign to blur the line between the advocacy of Palestinian rights and anti-Semitism.” Attacks? Yes, as you might expect, there are plenty to go around. Alex Kane summarizes much of the media coverage--positive and negative--of Israeli Apartheid Week at Mondoweiss. And is reporting on a resolution passed in the Canadian parliament condemning IAW (you thought the U.S. Congress was bad!). Rabble also has a more detailed response from the students of Carleton University to the official harassment and censorship faced by IAW organizers. But don't just read all this great coverage--take action during Israeli Apartheid Week! Click here for action resources, and here to learn how you can participate in our March 2 Media Day of Action.