On Tuesday, 7 December, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra organized a Palestine Stand in the center of downtown Toulouse, outside the Capitole metro station. The theme of the stand focused on the international campaign to boycott Israel and companies that profit from Israeli apartheid, especially as people do their Christmas and winter holiday shopping. The Collectif Palestine Vaincra is a member organization of the Samidoun Network.
For over two hours, organizers displayed several banners, including one with the slogan: “Against colonialism, racism and apartheid: Boycott Israel!” with detailed information at the information booth. One large banner explained the history of Zionist colonization in Palestine while the other highlighted the importance of the boycott of Israel, targeted products and corporations, and the legality of the campaign.
Participants played Palestinian music and spoke to passers-by, raising awareness about the need to support Palestinian resistance and promote the boycott of Israel. Participants distributed hundreds of leaflets with information about the different products and brands to boycott, especially Puma athletic goods and Teva pharmaceuticals. Many people visited the booth to pick up free flyers and stickers, and organizers had many conversations with people who wanted to know more about how they can concretely support the Palestinian people in their struggle for liberation.
Dozens of people took photos with a sign reading, “For Christmas, I want a free Palestine,” highlighting their commitment to fight colonialism and racism this holiday season.
Every month, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra organizes stands in different parts of the city to support campaigns for the Palestinian people and their resistance for the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea. Contact the Collectif to get involved, or reach out to Samidoun Network to get involved in your local area outside of France.