The Student Christian Movement of Canada was one of over seventy organisations that signed an open letter to demand that the Ontario Government refrain from condemnation of activists working in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The goals of the nonviolent BDS movement

Read the letter here

In recent years there has been a backlash against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which seeks to oppose Israeli corporations that profit from occupation and normalise injustice. This backlash has been seen on campuses, against churches and community groups, and recently in the Ontario Legislature with the defeated Bill 202 that would have described BDS as an anti-Semitic movement.

The letter comments on the legitimacy of BDS as a tactic in supporting human rights, and calls for continued peaceful advocacy within the Legislature. Individuals wishing to sign the associated petition can do so here: The Ontario government must end its intimidation of Palestinian rights advocacy.

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