5 Signs The BDS Movement Is Serious About Canadian Apartheid

March 17, 2011

Courtesy of Backspin, HR.com’s weblog: You know the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement is stretching when activists like Chadni Desai make such stupid comments in Toronto:

“We as the organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto believe that we cannot speak meaningfully about Israeli apartheid without speaking first about the realities of apartheid here in Canada.”

“In crucial ways, the Canadian state’s treatment of indigenous peoples, historically and currently, can be described as an apartheid system.”

If you are with us in opposition to Israeli Apartheid, we encourage your consistent opposition to apartheid right here in Canada . . . From Palestine to Turtle Island there is no justice on stolen land.”

Here are five signs the BDS movement is serious about Canadian apartheid.

1. Nick Day, rector of Ontario’s Queens U. puts his money where his mouth is and divests the school of all Canadian funding.

2. George Galloway launches a Free Nunavut flotilla.

3. A more careful reading of petitions leads Jane Fonda to boycott the 2011 Toronto Film Festival — regardless of whether any Israeli films are featured or not.

4. Roger Waters, the newest BDS celebrity, donates to charity his profits from three Toronto concerts last year.

5. Non-political sporting groups like Hockey Palestine are pressured to shun tournaments featuring Canadian teams.

Care to hold your breath waiting.


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