Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign

September 25, 2009 06:00 ET

Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign: Breaking the Siege of Gaza

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mairead Maguire Speaks in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2009) - Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign -

Where: UBC Downtown Robson Square Theatre, C300, Vancouver, BC
When: Monday, September 28 at 7:30pm
Cost: Suggested donation $10-20, no one turned away
More info: or
Sponsoring: ISM Vancouver, SPHR-UBC, Canpalnet and Stopwar

As a cofounder of the "Community for Peace People" in 1976, Mairead Maguire played a critical role in the resolution of the British-IRA conflict for which she shared a Nobel Peace Prize.

On Monday, September 28th, Maguire will speak in Vancouver at UBC's Downtown Robson Square about her experience on the Free Gaza Movement ships which broke the Siege of Gaza in 2008. She will also speak about the June 2009 attempt when her boat was hijacked by the Israeli military before imprisonment and deportation. Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, issued a formal statement calling the seizure of the ship "unlawful." Nobel Prize Winner Maguire is a long-time campaigner for non-violent resistance to injustice and a defender of Palestinian human rights. In 2007, she was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet by an Israeli soldier during a non-violent protest.

Since January 2006, Israel has pursued an illegal policy of extreme collective punishment against the 1.5 million residents of Gaza -- more than half of whom are children under the age of 16. The Israeli blockade of humanitarian supplies severely restricted shipments of food, medical supplies, fuel, and aid. In May 2008, former US president Jimmy Carter called the blockade of humanitarian goods to Gaza "one of the greatest human rights crimes on Earth." According UN Special Rapporteur, John Dugard, even before the 2008 assault, Gaza was "a besieged and imprisoned territory as a result of the economic sanctions imposed by Israel and the West... It is a controlled strangulation that seriously violates norms of human rights law and humanitarian law." Child malnutrition in Gaza has reached levels normally seen in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since the Israeli army invaded Gaza in December 2008, it has been almost impossible to deliver humanitarian aid. Israel has maintained a strict blockade of Gaza, allowing only a minimum of food to prevent mass starvation. Little in the way of reconstruction supplies, fuel, seeds or agricultural or industrial materials are allowed in. Gazans cannot replace or repair the thousands of buildings, water and sewage systems damaged by the close to one million tons of explosives dropped by Israel's military over 22 days.

The report this month of the UN Investigation into the Israeli military attacks on Gaza headed by the Jewish South African Judge, Richard Goldstone, concluded there is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.


"Answer Palestine's Call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel" & "Breaking the Siege of Gaza".