In response to Israel’s ongoing campaign of violence and aggression, a new wave of Palestinian resistance has erupted. We, the undersigned, affirm our solidarity with this mass popular resistance, in all its creativity, vibrancy, and courage. We are inspired by the new generation of fearless Palestinian youth, marching in the footsteps of previous generations, as it asserts its right to self-determination and freedom from settler colonialism and apartheid.
We wish to express our strongest solidarity with Palestinian students and faculty, who struggle against a system of occupation and apartheid that has systematically targeted and disrupted their access to educational institutions. As students and faculty fighting for accessible higher education and better academic working conditions in Canada/Turtle Island, we stand firmly in support of their right to education. We affirm our solidarity by supporting the call for cultural and academic boycotts against Israeli institutions, and for divestment from companies that are complicit in Israel’s violations of international law.
Since October 1st, Israel has killed 74 Palestinians and injured 2000 more. Over 1300 civilians have been arrested during that time. Despite the brutality of Israel’s actions, the Palestinian people continue their struggle for justice and freedom. We are inspired by their unwavering resistance.
People of conscience in Toronto are joining over 100 cities in a global wave of solidarity with the Palestinian people. We are committed to intensifying our support for their popular resistance through the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Toronto, Nov. 17, 2015