"Ending occupation in the Middle East is a process that has to begin at home, say the organizers of Montreal’s seventh annual Israeli Apartheid Week taking place this week.
Joining 50 cities worldwide, activists at Concordia, UQAM and McGill are calling for Canadian universities to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel under this year’s theme, “BDS on Campus: From Education to Action.”
“The focus of Israeli Apartheid Week this year will be to examine the ties between our academic institutions here in Montreal and academic institutions in Israel which are complicit in supporting the military occupation of Palestinian lands,” said Rana Salah, a Concordia undergraduate student and one of the organizers of IAW.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Ali Abunimah, the founding journalist behind the online news site Electronic Intifada, whose focus will be the growing international BDS movement. The international campaign began in 2005 and calls for a cultural, economic and academic boycott of Israel modeled after initiatives taken to end South African Apartheid."