Toronto Solidarity Protest With African Migrants in Israel!


Join us at 4pm on January 22nd outside the Israeli Consulate in Toronto (180 Bloor Street West) in solidarity with African refugees in Israel fighting for justice and freedom. As thousands of African migrants and asylum seekers take to the streets, and strike actions escalate in Israel, we are being called to take on solidarity actions around the world. Join us to insist that Israel meet the demands outlined by African Asylum Seeker Community in Israel.

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Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University expresses its solidarity with the African migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Israel that have been struggling against state repression and fighting for justice and freedom. SAIA York supports the demands outlined by African Asylum Seeker Community in Israel, which calls on the Israeli government to:

1. Cancel the new amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law; stop all arrests; and release all asylum seekers and refugees from prisons.

2. Start respecting the rights of refugees, including social rights, health and welfare benefits.

3. Check individual asylum claims in a fair and transparent way.

Further, that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees:

1. Hold Israel accountable to adhere to the refugee commission.

2. Monitor asylum request processes from start to finish, in a transparent and fair way adhering to international standards.

We condemn the ongoing racism and oppression against African migrants being carried out by Apartheid Israel. We recognize this as another crime that Israel has been committing since its inception. The marginalization of African migrants and Palestinians is inherently linked in the struggle for emancipation. Palestinians remember too well how refugees attempting to return home after the 1948 Nakba, or "Catastrophe", were deemed "infiltrators" and shot on sight.

Indeed, Israel has been a racist state since its establishment by political Zionism through mass ethnic cleansing in favour of a Jewish-majority state in a land inhabited by indigenous Palestinians.

Today, Palestinians are referred to as a "demographic time bomb" in fear of their population growth. It is in this context that African migrants are facing such brutal repression.

We refuse to be complicit in the oppression of African migrants and Palestinians by Israel. That is why we have taken up the BDS call by Palestinian civil society. BDS should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law.

We therefore stand behind the demands of African migrants to fair treatment and the fulfillment of their refugee rights.