Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
The Centre International De Solidarité Ouvrière is a major coalition of 60+ Quebec labour unions and civil society groups, has unanimously passed a motion endorsing BDS and urges the Canadian government to designate Israel as an apartheid state.
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) congratulates the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) for resolving to campaign for Palestinian human rights and endorsing the use of sanctions and divestment against Israel.
Statements in support of Palestinian rights, many advocating for BDS, have been endorsed by more than 350 academic departments, programs, centers, unions and societies and garnered nearly 24,000 signatures from scholars, researchers, students and university staff worldwide.
Faculty union invokes censure against University of Toronto used only in cases of "serious violations of academic freedom" following "politically motivated" interference in hiring of scholar critical of Israel’s abuses of Palestinian human rights.
More than 150 artists and academics and over 20 trade unions, cultural organizations, student groups and indigenous collectives in Montréal are calling on the Canadian government to cancel the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.