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YouTube - Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto - Day 4 Highlights

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Highlights from the opening day of the sixth annual Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, filmed on 4 March 2010. Speakers include Trish Salah, John Greyson and Jenny Peto


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. (0)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 3:53 am
I'm extremely glad to see that people are speaking out about Arab-Israeli citizens in Israel who are forced to ride on the back of the bus. Who are forbidden to intermarry with Jews. Who are denied the right to vote. Who are forced to live in separate ghettos. Who are forbidden to eat at Jewish restaurants. Who cannot shop in Jewish-owned stores. Who must send their children to Arab-only schools. Who are forbidden to live in Jewish neighborhoods. Who cannot....

Oh, wait. Arab-Israeli citizens aren't restricted in those ways. Gee, I thought we were talking about anti-Arab/Muslim apartheid here. Guess I was wrong.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 12:17 pm
It didn't mention any of that: It mentioned how Elton John: should not show up and have some lesbian talking about gay rights in Canada. Yeah, I was expecting someone to say something like, "10,000 Palestinians were killed today when one of them called an Israeli a derogatory name. The US says it will continue to back Israel. Lebanon has declared war on Israel and has attempted to take back the land of which Israel first stole from them. But Israel has purchased a nuke from the US for $2 and has nuked all of the land around it."

Cheryl B (375)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 3:20 pm
watch the other 3, these are only highlights and from Toronto not world wide and focus on the BDS movement.

Elainna Crowell (174)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 2:00 am
I really enjoyed the first person's poem!

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 7:11 am
End U.S. support for the Israeli colonial apartheid state, Israel's occupation of the land of millions of Indigenous Palestinians, and Israel's oppression of those millions of Indigenous Palestinians!!!

Only Israel and the USA reject the 2-state solution, while the rest of the world, including Hamas, Fatah and the people of Palestine, support it!!!

. (0)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 7:17 am
It's the "three-state solution", Simon, not the "two-state solution." Why everyone keeps forgetting Jordan I don't know. Unless you feel that Jordan should be given back to the Palestinians and not allowed to continue as a nation, of course.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 9:35 am
I enjoyed the comments of the 2nd and 3rd speakers, who made some good points.
Good to know that Santana have cancelled their Israeli concert.

I don't know what BDS is.

Btw, it IS true that non-Jews cannot marry Jews in Israel. I first read about this in Hannah Arendt's coverage of the Eichman trial in Jerusalem - I believe what Arendt reported, but since the trial did take place in the early 60s, I checked to see if this was still true, and I came across a November, 2009 article on the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) site - Orthodox Jewish groups decry US State Dept. report on religious freedom in Israel: "The report takes issue with Israel’s treatment of non-Jews and non-Orthodox Jews," including "the Israeli government’s recognition only of Orthodox authorities in certain civil matters," and "its refusal to allow interfaith marriages."

Cheryl B (375)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 10:56 am
What is the Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)?
Posted by StopTheWall on Mon, 06/15/2009 - 11:47

(by: Palestinian Academic and Cultural boycott Initiative -

On July 9, 2005, one year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which found Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal, a clear majority of Palestinian civil society called upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel, similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era, until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law. BDS has been endorsed by over 170 Palestinian parties, organizations, trade unions and movements representing the Palestinian people in the 1967 and 1948 territories and in the diaspora. On July 13, 2005 the UN International Civil Society Conference adopted the Palestinian Call for BDS.

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Thursday March 11, 2010, 5:29 am
Thanks for the correction, PeasantDiva. I wasn't aware of Israel's restrictions concerning marriage before. Seems they accept interfaith marriages entered into elsewhere as legal within Israel but the religious establishment in Israel itself refuses to actually perform interfaith marriages.

Hopefully this kind of theocratic law can be overturned eventually since marriage should be a civil right and shouldn't depend upon whether religious authorities choose to solemnize marriages or not.
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