Toronto, May 23, 2016
Dear friends of Beit Zatoun
Amazing – what a week it was as Palestinian Solidarity activists battled the clock to defeat the surprise tabling of a private member’s bill at Queen’s Park on Tuesday afternoon, namely, Bill 202, Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario Act, 2016.
Having learned about it only on Wednesday morning and heading for a 2nd reading/vote the very next day there was no time to waste. In a packed 36-hour period of intense communication and immediate action the bill was resoundingly defeated 18 to 39 votes.
Please write or call to thank your local MPP who voted against (see contact list).
CON – 17 FOR; 0 AGAINST (of 28)
LIB – 1 FOR; 34 AGAINST (of 58)
NDP – 0 FOR; 5 AGAINST (of 25)
Congratulations to the many organizations who banded together and self-organized several initiatives including petitions and contacting MPPs under severe timelines to pull off a huge victory. See summary article from Electronic Intifada. Also see article by Ilan Pappe about need to stand up for BDS.