The 8th annual International Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 is scheduled to be held in over 40 cities around the world between February-March 2012. As part of the coming event, Boycott, Disvestment and Sanctions (BDS) has launched a new video, entitled ‘Israeli Apartheid Week: Call it as it is’. Watch the video below.
“Palestinians and the defenders of their rights around the world are being effectively muzzled when they are told their legitimate concerns are defamation, and even hate speech. It is a bullying tactic used to avoid dealing with a serious moral issue,” Tyler Levitan, Independent Jewish Voices, Ottawa Chapter, February 6, 2012.
In Toronto, the event will be held from March 5-11 at the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson University. The speakers will include professor Nahia Abdo (Carlton University, Ottawa), Frank Barat from the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (London), Dalit Baum, co-founder of Who Profits website and Dawood Hamoudeh from Stop the Wall campaign in Jerusalem.
To counter Israel Apartheid Week (IAW), BluesStarPR, an affiliated member of the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), has produced a booklet to help Zionist activists demean Palestinians and Islamic regime in Tehran. The booklet bore image on its cover of Nadia Agha-Soltani, the Iranian teenage student shot by a sniper. According to Israel Shamir, professor James Petras and Thierry Meyssan, Nadia was a victim of CIA-Mossad-MI6 plot to discredit Dr. Ahmadinejad’s re-election victory in June 2009. Israel Shamir put Ahmadinejad on par with Castro and Chavez, saying:
“The vast majority of Iranians voted for Ahmadinejad, for he is a modest man devoted to his people, he took care of the poor and had kept Iran free from the imperialist clutches. His work over the nuclear programme appears to be wildly popular, and even his defeated opponent did not dare to utter a single word against it. Ahmadinejad received strong support all over the country, even in the Azeri-populated North-West. He is also popular all over the world as a symbol of the Third World rebellion, on a par with Castro and Chavez. He maintains good relationship with neighbouring Russia and China, even with the US-occupied Iraq and Afghanistan. Ahmadinejad’s lightning visit to Yekaterinburg to the SCO conference in the midst of the upheaval has proved his statesmanship. In his well-received fiery speech he never referred to the crisis back home, and he was congratulated by his peers President Medvedev and President Hu Jintao with his electoral victory. His stalwart anti-Zionist stand endeared him to the Arab neighbours of Iran, even to annoyance of Arab rulers. His weapons saved Lebanon in 2006 from being devoured by Israel. Sometimes he goes too far, but otherwise, how can he find out how far he can go?”
Australian professor Dr. Gideon Polya, in his recent research article after listing ten fields in which the Islamic Republic is far better than the US and its ‘willing allies’ – appealed to all decent people around the world to impose sanctions and boycotts against all avoidable goods and services from apartheid Israel and US alliance countries involved in the worsening Muslim Genocide.