FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2017
Canadian Labour Congress’ solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers welcomed by progressive Jewish organization
Toronto, ON – Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is thrilled to support the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) for supporting Palestinian political prisoners on a mass hunger strike. The CLC passed an emergency solidarity resolution at its national convention.
“IJV is grateful to Canadian labour for coming out in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers,” stated Dylan Penner, IJV member and CLC convention delegate. “In fact, several IJV members attended the CLC convention, actively supporting the emergency solidarity resolution.”
Over 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails have been on a hunger strike since April 17. Their families and their communities have called out to the world to recognize the strikers’ humanity, and show their support against their capture by an occupying regime.
B’nai Brith Canada, an organization that supports Israel’s far-right government unconditionally, condemned the CLC, denying the Palestinians had anything to complain about.
The CLC resolution included: “Because key demands of the Palestinian hunger strikers include: end to the denial of family visits, right to appropriate health care, the right to education in prison, and an end to solitary confinement and “administrative detention”.”
The CLC did not take the status quo for granted. The resolution stated: “The CLC supports the right of the Palestinian people to national self determination and an end to the illegal Israeli occupation as the basis for a just peace in the region.”
“The CLC convention’s overwhelming support for taking this stand in solidarity with the Palestinian community is something I will never forget,” concluded Penner.
For more info contact:
Tyler Levitan, Campaigns Coordinator
Independent Jewish Voices Canada
Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. There are currently ten chapters of IJV in cities across the country, in addition to a growing number of student chapters on major university campuses. IJV supports the right of Canadians to criticize and challenge the current laws and policies of the State of Israel, including through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.