Friday, December 22, 2006

Anti-Apartheid Boycott Campaign Against Chapters and Indigo


On Thursday 21 December, activists in Toronto and Montreal officially announced the launch of a boycott campaign against Chapters and Indigo Bookstores. The campaign demands an end to the financial support offered by the majority owners of Chapters and Indigo to Heseg ­ the Foundation for Lone Soldiers. This is a program of financial support for former 'lone soldiers' in the Israeli military.

WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION FOR LONE SOLDIERS? Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, majority owners of Chapters and Indigo bookstores, founded an organisation called Heseg the Foundation for Lone Soldiers. At its peak, it will distribute up to $3M per year to provide scholarships and other support to former 'Lone Soldiers' in the Israeli military. 'Lone Soldiers' are individuals who have no family in Israel but decide to join the Israeli military. As Israeli soldiers, they participate in a military that operates checkpoints that restrict Palestinian freedom of movement, enforces the occupation of Palestinian land, and has a documented history of human rights violations.

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