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American academic Judith Butler will be one of the keynote speakers at the 7th annual Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, set to take place from March 7-11.
Butler is renowned for her contributions to critical theory, ethics, women and gender studies, queer theory, comparative literature, and post-structuralism.
Perhaps most recognized for her work on gender, Butler argues that gender is performative -- an act that is much more about "doing" than it is about "being." Her work encourages non-conformity and the opening-up of alternative ways of perceiving identity that do not necessarily abide by dominant group and societal norms.
Just a week after being proclaimed the most popular politician in Quebec, Amir Khadir, the only MNA from Quebec solidaire, was out in public again to support a controversial issue knowing it would prompt rabid attacks from his opponents.
Khadir took to the street on Dec. 18 to picket a Montreal shoe store that sells Israeli-made products, as a part of a consumer boycott campaign initiated by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction group, a Palestinian solidarity organization. While the effectiveness of this tactic for the Palestinian cause is debatable, one ought to commend Amir's courage to stand up for his principle without fearing what it will do to his popularity.
This month, the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) have discontinued sales of Ahava cosmetic products. Ahava is an Israeli company that has been a target of the Palestinian campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
HBC was the main retailer in Canada that carries Ahava's line, and has been targeted by a number of Palestine solidarity group over the past 18 months. Many participated in the campaign across the country, including Tadamon in Montreal, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto, with Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East being the latest group to join in.
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Faculty for Palestine, Coalition Against Israeli Aparthied and and other Toronto organizations recently protested an award gala where actor Morgan Freeman was given the 'Key of Knowledge.' They have now released this follow-up statement.
Earlier this month, the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) awarded Morgan Freeman the 'Key of Knowledge.' Emceed by popular Canadian broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, the gala celebration has become the subject of powerful international criticism, with Desmond Tutu and anti-apartheid icon Ahmed 'Kathy' Kathrada adding their voices to those opposed to Freeman's and Ghomeshi's participation.
Best-of-the-Net video: On May 6 CAIA protested outside the venue where Morgan Freeman accepted an award from Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, ignoring the cultural and academic boycott of Israel launched by Palestinian civil society in 2005. Radio host Jian Ghomeshi was emcee of the event.
The Road to Palestine is a new series of personal talks programmed by and hosted at Beit Zatoun. Guest speakers are Canadians who have taken a public stand on Israel/Palestine. Speakers come from a variety backgrounds and careers. They share a recognition that a resolution to the question of peace and conflict in Israel / Palestine is essential to global justice, international law and to peace in the world.
An appeal to Morgan Freeman and Jian Ghomeshi not to participate in an event aimed at legitimizing Israeli occupation and apartheid. This video is by filmmaker John Greyson, whose films include Proteus, The Law of Enclosures, the AIDS musical Zero Patience, and Lilies, which won four Genies including Best Film.