● In opposition to apartheid and occupation ●
● In solidarity with Palestinian resistance ●
● In support of social justice struggles everywhere ●
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is a week-long series of events, panels, workshops and rallies against the Israeli occupation in Palestine. Israeli Apartheid Week was held for the first time in 2005 in Toronto. Since then, it has grown to become an annual event hosted in over 150 cities worldwide.
IAW has two key aims: to educate the public about the realities of colonisation and apartheid in Palestine, and to connect Palestinian activists with local activists working on related issues. Over the past decade, IAW has served to support and bolster the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and has helped launch local campaigns standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
In holding Israeli Apartheid Week on occupied Kanien’kehá:ka territory, we must acknowledge that this event series is taking place within an ongoing colonial context. Drawing the links between apartheid in Israel and in Canada has been a central focus of past and current event series.
In Montreal, Israeli Apartheid Week is co-organized by students and community organizers. Events are held on the campuses of McGill, Concordia, UQAM, and UdeM, and across the city.