Picket Chapters/Indigo! Cut the Ties with Israeli Apartheid

Posted by admin on Jun 9th, 2007


Saturday June 9 from 1-5 pm @ multiple locations:
Chapters – Robson & Howe 788 Robson Street
Chapters – Broadway and Granville 2505 Granville Street

We are also confirming pickets in Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, Langley, and North Vancouver. Please contact us for more details if you can join us in these locations. Email boycottapartheid at gmail.com or call 604-220-0451

This June, Palestinians will mark the 40-year anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan heights. This anniversary comes 59 years after the Palestinian Nakba (“catastrophe” in Arabic) that saw the displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians and the creation of the colonial state of Israel
in historic Palestine. In response to a call from the Active Steering Committee of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, cities across Canada and around the world are holding actions against Israeli occupation and apartheid.

In Vancouver, one of the various actions includes a picket of Chapters/Indigo stores across the GVRD that is being organized by the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign. A national boycott of Chapters/Indigo bookstore was launched in December 2006, demanding an end the financial ties between the majority owners of Indigo Books & Music Inc.and the Israeli Military.Majority owners Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, who own or control 68% of the shares of Chapters and Indigo bookstores, are the founders of the “Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers,” which provides scholarships and other financial support to soldiers in the Israeli Military on the basis of need and military “achievement”. At its peak, the foundation will distribute up to $3,000,000 annually to former ‘Lone Soldiers’ -individuals without family in Israel who have chosen to join the Israeli military and remain in the country permanently. As Israeli soldiers, they participate in a military that enforces the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, and has a well-documented history of human-rights violations and war crimes.

To mark the anniversary in Vancouver, join the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign on this National Day of Action in front of Indigo Books and Music Inc. in locations throughout the city on June 9 to demand an end to the financial support of majority shareholders Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz for Israeli apartheid.

Boycott Indigo-Chapters, Boycott Israeli Apartheid!

Information: boycottapartheid at gmail.com or call 604-220-0451. This boycott is endorsed by the Palestine Community Centre, Canada Palestine Association, International Solidarity Movement – Vancouver, Trade Union Committee for Justice in the Middle East, Jews for a Just Peace, No One Is Illegal – Vancouver, Canada-Palestine Support Network, and Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians.


* Join us for the picket on Saturday June 9th.

* Tell friends and relatives not to shop at Chapters/Indigo. Encourage them to support independent book retailers!

* Write/fax/phone the board of Indigo/Chapters demanding a public renunciation of Reisman and Schwartz’s financial support to the Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers:

Indigo Board of Directors
500-468 King St W Toronto ON, MSV 1L8
Tel: (416) 364-4499
Fax: (416) 364-0355

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