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UPDATE: Council supports tour opposing blockade of Gaza

The Council of Canadians is supporting a cross-country speaking tour that is calling for an end to the blockade of Gaza.

At its annual general meeting on October 25, 2011, the Council of Canadians passed a resolution resolving that the Council of Canadians: support the Canadian Boat to Gaza to end the illegal blockade of Gaza; call on the Government of Canada, the United Nations and the international community to do everything in their power to ensure the safe passage of the Canadian Boat to Gaza and the safety of all those aboard; call for an end to the blockade of Gaza, in accordance with international law.

Days later, on November 4, David Heap, Peace and Social Justice chair for the London chapter of the Council of Canadians, was taken from the Gaza-bound vessel he was on, arrested by Israeli authorities and held in prison. He was later released, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=11839.

In 2010, United Nations officials stated, “We are shocked by reports of killings and injuries of people on board boats carrying supplies for Gaza, apparently in international waters. We condemn the violence and call for it to stop. Such tragedies are entirely avoidable if Israel heeds the repeated calls of the international community to end its counterproductive and unacceptable blockade of Gaza.”


Halifax, NS
Wednesday, 15 February, 2012 – 17:00 – 18:30
Location: Just Us Café 2nd floor, 5896 Spring Garden Road
Speaker: David Heap

Sackville, NB
Thursday, 16 February 2012 – 13:00 – 14:00
Bennett G 03 Lecture Hall Sackville University
Speaker: David Heap

Fredericton, NB
Thursday, 16 February, 2012 – 19:30
Carleton Hall, Room 139, UNB, Fredericton
Speaker: David Heap

Moncton, NB
le 17 février, 12-13h15 Présentation au local 328 de l’édifice Taillon, Université de Moncton.
19h00 Présentation au 2 du Centre Aberdeen
Speaker: David Heap

Saint John, NB
Saturday, 18 February, 2012 – 13:00, 1 Bayard Drive
Speaker: David Heap

Vancouver, BC
Saturday, 18 February 2012, 19:00
Alice McKay room, Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia
Speaker: Ehab Lotayef – Intro by Libby Davies

Nanaimo, BC
Sunday, 19 February 2012, 13:30 – 15:00
Bowen Park Complex, 500 Bowen Rd.
Speaker: Ehab Lotayef

Victoria, BC
Sunday, 19 February 2012, 19:30
Room 105 in the Harry Hickman Building at the University of Victoria
Speaker: Ehab Lotayef

St. John’s, NL
Monday, February 20 2012, 19:00-21:00
E.B. Foran Room, St. John’s City Hall, 10 New Gower Street
Speaker: David Heap

More on the work we have done to call for an end to the blockade can be read at http://canadians.org/blog/?p=11458. More on the demand for the right to water in Gaza, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=12674.

For more on the tour, please go to http://www.tahrir.ca/speaking-tour-2012.