Yesterday the World Social Forum started with a march of 10-20,000 people which I suspect was illegal for Montreal because it left on time. 🙂
IJV has a table getting plenty of attention and encouragement from attendees, and 2 workshops tomorrow (see below). We are meeting a lot of great people, and old friends.
The world social Forum in Montreal is a logistical problem for the organizers — almost all volunteers and most I suspect not familiar with putting on such a monster event. Imagine organizing space and time for 1000 OTHER groups and individuals to present their workshops, conferences, shows, etc. in 7+ different venues…..
The mainstream media has boycotted the WSF in the last month, saying nothing about the environmental and economic justice organizing, the indigenous rights and feminist presence. Zero about the global South, anti-war, anti-imperialism, sustainable energy and economics, etc..
Only ONE thing got the media’s attention — no, it wasn’t an anti-Semitic cartoon used on the website to illustrate a minor workshop — it was the screeching of the Zionists against the Palestinian solidarity presence.
The pro occupation Israel Lobby is using a playbook to repeatedly slander any who support Palestinian human rights.
It appears that an individual put up for a workshop that Saudi wahhabi sponsorship of terrorism is aided by Zionist capitalism. I assume some naive volunteer clicked OK to the submission, and it got buried in their massive website of workshops and events.
Young lefty Jews found out about the cartoon link, contacted us, we immediately contacted our contacts at the WSF, the cartoon was immediately removed, and the workshop was removed as well. The guy behind the workshops is unknown to people I spoke with in the Palestinian solidarity movement.
Then we waited for the Israel lobby to scream, and sure enough – they told to the supplicant media that the WSF is a government sponsored anti-Semitic hate-fest, as proven by the cartoon & workshop. Now, all of a sudden, the media IS talking about the World Social Forum – as written by the Israel lobby. Just like they didn’t cover the Green Party convention EXCEPT for the two resolution on BDS and the Jewish National Fund.
On the other hand, what the media SHOULD be reporting is that young Jews instigated a large anti-fascist demo against the van load of Jewish Defense League members who came to intimidate Palestinian rights workshops – isolating them on a side street. Bravo!