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CAIA and PAJU join forces

Publication date : 2009-05-01

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid - Montreal (CAIA-Mtl) and Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) have decided to merge their pickets together. Their goal in uniting their efforts is to expose and oppose Indigo's majority owners' support of the Israeli army.

Since December 2006 CAIA-Montreal has been holding a picket every second Saturday in front of the Indigo Bookstore on St. Catherine at the corner of McGill College. Since February 2008 PAJU have been holding a picket in the same location, at first every second Friday and then every Friday.

As of this Friday (May 1st, 2009) the 2 pickets will merge with the goal to have a larger picket every Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in front the store until the majority owners' cut their ties with the Israeli army.

All those who want to support justice and sustainable peace in the Middle East are invited to join us every Friday at noon in front of Indigo, at the corner of Ste. Catherine and McGill College.

The Canada-wide boycott campaign of Indigo, Chapters and their affiliates World's Biggest Bookstore, Smith Books, Coles, The Book Company and Indigospirit has been going on since 2006.

Why? Because the majority shareholders of this chain of bookstores, Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, established the Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers, a program of financial support for former "lone soldiers' in the Israeli military who stay in Israel.

A lone soldier is an individual who has no family in Israel, but nevertheless decides to join the Israeli Army. At any moment, there can be 5000 lone soldiers taking part in all actions of the IDF (the Israeli army), including combat units. These soldiers come from everywhere in the world, including Canada.

The boycott campaign demands that the majority shareholders of Indigo and Chapters Bookstores publicly announce that they will cut all financial ties to Heseg.

Join us in the street, every Friday from noon to 1:00 PM at the corner of Ste. Catherine and McGill College to denounce the Israeli apartheid system that is encouraged by the owners of Indigo and Chapters Bookstores.

Contact:

More information on the boycott of Indigo-Chapters:

http://caiaweb.org/files/indigo_leaflet_revised_june_07.pdf PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

Montreal, April 30, 2009

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