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IAW 2013 Wrap-up events

Join us Friday, March 15 starting from 8 pm, at Cousins (55 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg) for an Israeli Apartheid Week wrap-up event.

Featuring a LIVE performance by local hiphop artist Lyrical Militant!

No cover charge. Donations gratefully accepted.

On Saturday, March 16, join the weekly SodaStream information picket outside The Bay downtown, 12-1 pm.

SodaStream is a home soda maker made in the massive West Bank settlement Ma’aleh Adumim, established by Israel on illegally expropriated land that used to be the Palestinian towns of Abu Dis, Azarya, A-Tur, Issauya, Han El Akhmar, Anata and Nebbi Mussa. These ever-expanding settlements are a major barrier to peace and justice in Israel and PalestineWRAP-UP-IAW-2013.

IAW 2013 News Release

News Release
March 12, 2013
IAW 2013 to screen award-winning film, Roadmap to Apartheid
Exploring how the Apartheid analogy applies to Israel

WINNIPEG—Israeli Apartheid Week Winnipeg runs on campuses and in the
community, from March 11-16. The week is dedicated to education and debate
on Israel's military occupation of Palestine and violations of
Palestinians' human rights.

"We are pleased to be screening Ana Nogueira and Eron Davidson's
documentary film, Roadmap to Apartheid, this Wednesday evening,” said
Mathieu Paillé, spokesperson for Israeli Apartheid Week 2013. "Roadmap,
narrated by Alice Walker, explores the apartheid analogy for the way the
Israeli government treats Palestinians."

“Participants can expect the film to compare the physical and emotional realities of life under apartheid in South Africa and Israel," added event moderator Bassam Hozaima. "The panel discussion to follow the film will include personal stories and analysis of Israel's policies."

WHO:           Bassam Hozaima (moderator),
               Rana Abdulla, Dianne Baker, Mark Golden (panelists)
WHAT:         Film screening of Roadmap to Apartheid, followed by panel discussion
WHERE:        Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library
WHEN:         Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-9:00 pm
WHY:         This event is part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2013 

Other events scheduled for the week include a debate, "From Gaza to
Attawapiskat", with Idle No More and Arab Spring activists (Wednesday
lunch hour, University of Winnipeg), and a live performance of Daniel
Thau-Eleff's play, Good People, Bad Things (Thursday afternoon, University of Winnipeg), and more.


For information or interviews, please email

Israeli Apartheid Week 2013 – March 11-16

For event listings and details, visit Facebook (Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid) or email


Alternatives to SodaStream

If you thought SodaStream was the only brand of home soda-maker available, think again! GlobalExchange has researched some alternatives:cuisinart

Say No To SodaStream, Say Yes to Human Rights

Please sign the online petition asking Winnipeg retailers to end their relationships with SodaStream and its distributor EcoStream:

Join the SodaStream info picket

SodaStream info pickets continue weekly. Join us for the next one – March 2, 12-2 pm, outside The Bay downtown Winnipeg (Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard).

Email info <at> wcaia <dot> ca to find out more.

SodaStream Leafleting at The Bay continues

Leafletters take a break to sing their Soda Stream song and do an interview

Feb. 23, 2013 – Info picketers stop to sing their Soda Stream song and do an interview (outside The Bay downtown, Winnipeg)

Next SodaStream Picket – Saturday, February 23

Join us for Week 3 of the information picket at The Bay downtown, 12-2 pm.

There are tasks for everyone – leafleting, holding signs. You might even want to sing along to the ukeleles!

Email for further information.

Disputing SodaStream’s Claims


By Thomas Hedges, Center for Study of Responsive Law

A group of 20 or so protesters stood outside of the Columbia Heights Target store in Washington, D.C., on Sunday urging consumers not to buy products from SodaStream, a company that manufactures home carbonation systems at a plant in what the demonstrators consider an illegal Israeli settlement in the Mishor Adumim industrial zone of the West Bank.

SodaStream has marketed itself as being beneficial to the Palestinian economy, but demonstrators have taken issue with that assertion. They argue that the company has built a plant in Mishor Adumim not for philanthropy, but because rent is low, Israel offers it special tax incentives, and the lack of enforcement and labor laws allows it to pay its workers the bare minimum.

“They’re not helping the Palestinian economy,” said Shelley Cohen Fudge, an organizer of the protest from Jewish Voice for Peace, one of the many faith-based organizations that make up Interfaith Boycott Coalition, which has launched a boycott campaign against SodaStream. “They’re helping the settlement economy.”

The coalition escalated its awareness efforts in reaction to the bombings of Gaza in late 2012. It intensified, Fudge says, after SodaStream paid $3.8 million for a Super Bowlad, which didn’t wind up airing during this month’s game.

“[SodaStream’s] profits and expansion have been exponential,” Fudge said. “So we think this is the right time to raise awareness.”

The coalition draws much of its firepower from a January 2011 studyby the organization Who Profits that found that little to none of the revenue coming out of SodaStream is infused into the Palestinian economy.

For example, SodaStream pays taxes to the Israeli government, not the Palestinian Authority, even though its plant is in West Bank territory, the study noted. Municipal taxes were found to be used for roads, education, sewage treatment, gardening and paying municipal employees—services that contribute to the growth of a settlement that is Jewish only.

As outsiders, Palestinians are subject to constant security checks, the study said. They commute to the industrial park and see none of that money back home.

Furthermore, items made at the SodaStream plant do little to serve the local population, according to the study, with 65 percent of production exported.

The manufacturing plant, built in 1996, includes metal and plastics factories, cylinder manufacturing and retest facilities and a CO2 refill line.

SodaStream founder Peter Wiseburgh said in a Globes magazine interview in 2000 that the lease holder offered him the site for free for six months. After that, it asked for 40,000 shekels rent per month, although coupling that deal with an offer of $100,000 cash for the cost of renovating the plant.

“It was a good deal,” he said. “Not a political act.”

Parallel to Wiseburgh’s reasoning was the registration statement from the company, which uses “risk factor” rather than benevolence or charity to determine whether it should place its plant on occupied territory. It was tax incentives and deductions, the Who Profits study suggests, that sold SodaStream on the idea of building its facilities in Mishor Adumim.

“[The plant] was designed to cut the north off from the south and to make it impossible for Palestinians to have freedom of movement,” Fudge said. “It needs to stop.”

This article was made possible by the Center for Study of Responsive Law.

SodaStream's slogan talks of "setting the bubbles free" -- at the expense of Palestinians' freedoms and rights

SodaStream’s slogan talks of “setting the bubbles free” — at the expense of Palestinians’ freedoms and rights


SodaStream Picket off to a good start

The February 2nd, 2013 information picket at The Bay went well. We handed out two hundred leaflets, and heard supportive honks from cars passing by.

CBC covered the story on the late night news on February 10:
(go to approx. minute 5):

The picket continues this **Saturday, February 16**. Please join us – we’ve changed the time to 12-2 pm, at The Bay downtown once again.

Email for further information.