Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid Victoria
Justice for Palestine
Chose peace not war
www.caiavictoria.ca [email protected]
In solidarity with the UN’s resolutions of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we are picketing Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) stores across Canada and asking shoppers not to purchase Israeli goods.
During its brutal three-week assault on Gaza, the Israeli military killed 1387 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians. A recent report to the UN by Judge Goldstone concluded that Israel’s attack was “designed to punish humiliate and terrorize a civilian population”.
Since its founding 1948, the State of Israel has systematically oppressed the Palestinian people and denied them the fundamental rights of freedom, equality and self-determination. The ongoing illegal occupation of Palestine is defined by racism, dispossession, and brutal violence, as the recent massacre in Gaza has demonstrated.
Since the Gaza massacre, the global Palestinian-led movement calling for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions until Israel complies with International law has accelerated. In Canada members have been asking MEC to end its “partnerships” Israeli factories, including military contractors that produce MEC brand seamless underwear and hydration systems. These partnerships are antithetical to MEC’s promotion of itself as an organization with “rigorous ethical sourcing requirements”, and its professed belief that “business can advance human rights.”
MEC’s house brand “partner” for hydration systems is Source Vagabond, an Israeli military designer and supplier that boasts on its website (www.source-military.com) “[Founder] Yoki and most of the members of our R&D team are experienced ex officers of elite IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) Units.”
As Naomi Klein said in January 2009, “The best strategy to end the increasingly boldly occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.”
Until MECC reverses its position on sourcing from Israel we re asking MEC members to take action!
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
* Do not buy products made in Israel at MEC
ISRAELI PRODUCTS TO BOYCOTT AT MEC
CADILLAC Nylon Hiking Brush