Jan 5, 2011

#BDS: Teachers in Canada launch divestment campaign

"On the anniversary of Gaza massacre, Teachers for Palestine is launching a website and petition, calling for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to divest from companies supporting Israeli apartheid. 

Teachers for Palestine is a group of elementary and secondary teachers in Toronto who are raising awareness among Canadian educators about apartheid in Palestine and working for divestment of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) from corporations that support Israeli apartheid and occupation within ’48 Palestine and in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Targeted for divestment are companies involved in the theft of Palestinian land and resources. One is Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH), which through its share in an Israeli subsidiary contributes cement to the Wall. Siemens AG has also been included for collaborating with Mekorot, the Israeli national water carrier. Mekorot is responsible not only for cutting off water to Palestinian villages, but also supplies settlements and smaller “outposts” with water."

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