Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights University of Ottawa (SPHR) is a student run, non-profit organization that advocates on a strong social justice platform to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people in the face of human rights violations and all forms of racism, discrimination, misinformation and misrepresentation.

February 24, 2008


NION and CanPalNet-Ottawa would like to call on all those passionate about peace and justice in Israel/Palestine to join us on Saturday March 1st to picket Chapters/Indigo for the support its majority shareholders give to the Israeli occupation (please see below for more details).

Let us join together in solidarity to oppose occupation and apartheid and take a stand for justice, peace and human rights!

To help us organize, please email to confirm your attendance.


1PM, SATURDAY, March 1, 2008
At the Chapters at Rideau and Sussex

As the Israeli Occupation passes its 40th year with continuing brutality and the unflinching support of the Canadian government, it's integral for all Canadians who believe in justice and peace in the Middle East to take a stand. The boycott campaign against Chapters has picked up steam across Canada and has become a regular event in many cities. NION (Not in Our Name - Jews Opposed to Israel's Wars) hopes to make this a regular event in Ottawa as well – holding a two-hour boycott every other Saturday outside the Chapters/Indigo on Rideau.

On October 20, 2007 NION Ottawa and Canpalnet began pickets of Chapters every other week. The next action is planned for March 1, 2008. We call on all individuals and groups who oppose Israeli occupation to join us to picket outside Chapters/Indigo at Rideau.

We will meet at Chapters on Rideau from 1 to 3PM.


On July 9, 2005, a call endorsed by 170 Palestinian civil society organizations was announced. It appealed to the people of the world to impose boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it recognizes the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law. We came together to form NION during the summer of 2006, in solidarity with the people of Lebanon and Palestine, and against Israel's wars. We stand in opposition to the complicity of the Canadian government with Israel's criminal actions.


Starting in the summer of 2006, NION and the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto began a boycott campaign against Chapters-Indigo. The key reason for this boycott is that Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, the majority shareholders of Chapters/Indigo, started and contribute over $3 million/year to the Heseg Foundation, a charity which supports 'lone soldiers' who come from others countries to fight Israel's wars. On the Heseg board are army and air force chiefs of staff, the former head of Israeli intelligence (Mossad), and Maj. General Doren Almog who has been accused of war crimes by Britain for his role in bombing civilians.

This concern for young mercenaries from around the world is in marked contrast to the lack of support that Heseg gives to the hundreds of Palestinian child prisoners languishing in Israeli military prisons.

For more information about the boycott campaign see:
1)"Why Do We Ask the Indigo CEO to Support Peace, Not War?" at


As a group of Jews who are vehemently opposed to the atrocities being carried out in our name, we urge you to join us in standing in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters. We urge you to join NION Ottawa in opposing Chapters' support of the occupation through the Heseg Foundation.

To help us organize, please reply stating if you will be able to participate in this picket. Hope to see you all there!

Organized by Not In Our Name – Jewish Voices Against Israel's Wars

Supported by Canada Palestine Support Network - Ottawa (

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