February 28, 2007

The enemy within: Balad MK to speak at Israel Apartheid Week in Canada

Propaganda posing as scholarship. From Ha'aretz:

MK Jamal Zakhalka (Balad) intends to participate in aninternational conference in Montreal entitled IsraeliApartheid Week, Army Radio reported on Tuesday. The Israeli Arab parliamentarian is currently making his way to Canada from Britain.

Jewish students will hold a counter-demonstration at Montreal campuses wearing blue-and-white shirts and will hold support rallies for Israel. Israeli Apartheid Week is a week-long series of eventsheld for the third year concurrently across various North American and European campuses. The event is organized by the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights.

Event organizers describe Israel as a"settler-colonial state" in the mold of pre-reformed South Africa, arguing "that Israel is in fact an apartheid state, not just a belligerent occupying power."

The group's Web site describes its aim as pushing "forward the analysis of Israel as an apartheid state and to bolster support for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign ... [demanding] full equalityfor Arab citizens of Israel, an end to the occupationand colonization of the West Bank and Gaza, and the implementation of the right of return and compensation for Palestinian refugees."