On September 15, you are invited to come to Montreal to rally for
Montreal - Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), a non-profit,
student association based in Montreal with the aim of educating the
Canadian public about the human rights status of the Palestinian people,
is organizing a mass rally for Palestine to be held in Montreal, on
September 15th, 2001. The theme of this rally will be "End Israeli
colonialism- Unite for Justice." The rally will be held in the memory of
Sabra and Shatila massacre. It is hoped that this event will achieve its
goals of being one of the largest pro- Palestinian events in North
America, and between 15-20,000 people are expected to attend.
Support from all groups from all around North America is needed to make
this rally a real success, and it is hoped that people outside of Montreal
and Quebec will make an effort to come to this rally, especially from
Toronto and Ottawa.
Details of the event:
The rally will begin with an information bazaar, to be held at the corner
of DeMaisonneuve and Guy in downtown Montreal (close to Concordia
University) at 10:00 AM of the 15th, in which all participating
organizations will take part, and they can set up their own information
tables. A big tent has been rented to house the bazaar. From there, the
demonstrators will make their way to the American Consulate, and then back
to the corner of Guy and DeMaisonneuve, passing by the Israeli Consulate
on the corner of Peel and Rene Levesque Blvd. The bazaar will continue
throughout the day.
How can you participate?
Organizations can help by doing one or all of the following:
- Endorsing the rally. To endorse send an e-mail to: demo@...
- Participating in the bazaar. To reserve a table e-mail:
- Mobilizing people to attend in your area. The posters and the
flyers of the rally are ready and are also available at the SPHR
- Advertise for the rally in all possible ways, including word of
The detailed proposal of the event is available at the SPHR website
(www.sphr.org) in both English and French.
Purpose of the event:
The main purpose of this demonstration is:
1) Bring attention to the plight of the Palestinian people by uniting
all active organisations in speaking out for the Palestinian people,
2) Inform the Canadian public and attract media attention concerning
the continued human rights abuses perpetrated by the Israeli occupation
force on Palestinians.
3) To inform the Canadian public of the discrimination against
Palestinians living under Israeli law.
4) To pressure the Canadian government to support the Palestinians
right to self-determination.
5) To pressure the Canadian government to recognize the right of
return of all Palestinians to their homeland.
6) To provide a forum for activists to facilitate the communication
of their ideas to one another and to the public.
Some of the demands the demonstrators will be making is that the Canadian
government put economic and diplomatic pressure on Israel until it stops
its continuous violation of International Law, the end of all human rights
abuses against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and in the refugee
camps, the full implementation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and of all
the UN resolutions pertaining to Palestine and to Palestinians, and that
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon be brought before an International
tribunal to be tried for war crimes against the Palestinian and Lebanese
Your feedback is always appreciated. It is imperative that those who are
concerned for the cause of Human Rights and Justice support this effort
and, in addition, let the general Canadian public know the real truth of
what is taking place in Palestine.
For More Information:
Please phone or email Sami Nazzal for details and if your organization
would like to sponsor this event - Phone: (514) 909-6084. E-mail:
Please visit the SPHR
website at www.sphr.org
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