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Friday, March 29, 2013

Local groups wrap up picket at The Bay, plan further actions
Winnipeg—On March 30, Palestinian Land Day, several Winnipeg groups that joined together to protest a new product at The Bay are marking the occasion with the last of their 8-week info-picketing sessions.
The groups, united as the Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, focussed their efforts on the SodaStream home carbonation system because it is manufactured in Mishor Adumim, an illegally-established Israeli industrial area, part of the illegal Ma’aleh Adumim settlement. The settlement was built on land that used to be the Palestinian towns of Abu Dis, Azarya, A-Tur, Issauya, Han El Akhmar, Anata and Nebbi Mussa.

The groups organizing the initiative point out that the Fourth Geneva Convention, which Israel signed, prohibits colonization of any occupied territory. As one of the largest settlements in the occupied West Bank, the scale and location of Ma’aleh Adumim make it an obstacle to peace.

As it concludes the 8-week information picket, the Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (WCAIA) vows to continuing putting pressure on retailers to stop selling SodaStream.

“We handed out leaflets to more than 1000 people,” said Bassam Hozaima, a member of WCAIA. “There is a growing movement around the world that opposes the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, and we will continue to encourage people to boycott Israeli settlement products like SodaStream.”

WCAIA notes that several large retailers now carry SodaStream, including The Bay, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Sears, and Wal-Mart.

Added Hozaima, who was born in Gaza: “It is fitting that we are wrapping up our picket on March 30, Palestinian Land Day. This day marks the 1976 Palestinian resistance to land theft by the Israeli military regime. We will continue to put pressure on retailers to take SodaStream off their shelves. Selling SodaStream supports a system that oppresses of Palestinians.”

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SodaStream Picket continues today – 12-1pm at The Bay Downtown Winnipeg. Join us!

Thanks to everyone who supported Israeli Apartheid Week WInnipeg 2013!

Thanks to Lyrical Militant and Cousins Deli & Lounge for making the wrap-up event special!

Thanks to Lyrical Militant and Cousins for making the wrap-up event special!

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.