- Apr 14, 2017
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Let's Bring Bissan Home!
For over four months, Bissan Eid, a 24 year old Concordia graduate student has been prevented from leaving the Palestinian territory of Gaza. She is in urgent need of support from the Canadian government to secure an exit visa from the Israeli government.In June 2016, Bissan, a Canadian citizen since 2005, travelled to Gaza to get married and to visit her aging grandparents. When she tried to travel back to Canada, she was prevented from leaving due to the slow processing of her exit visa by the Israeli authorities, who seldom prioritize the applications of Palestinians from Gaza who hold other passports
Beyond the difficulties of living in Gaza, her inability to return to Canada is detrimental for two reasons. First, she is pregnant and expected to give birth in May. She is having a difficult pregnancy and is in need of medical attention in Canada. Further, she wants to be surrounded by friends and family for her child’s birth. Second, after successfully completing a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering from Concordia in 2015, Bissan is pursuing a masters in civil engineering at the same university. She has already completed one year of studies in her program but was unable to enrol in the Winter semester as she is blocked from leaving Gaza.(Tadamon)
What can I do?
- Sign the Concordia community letter.
- Sign and share this petition
- Write to your provincial and federal MPs, and City Councillors, for them to pressure the Canadian government to take action
- Contact Concordia University, to ensure that it takes a strong position and actively works to bring Bissan home
- Alan Shepard, Concordia University President, firstname.lastname@example.org - 514-848-2424 ext. 4849
- Contact your professors, for them to share the information, and pressure the University
- Make this your profile picture, share the #BringBissanHome hashtag, tell your friends about, and stay tuned!
Pregnant Concordia student blocked from leaving Gaza
(Montreal, April 14, 2017) A Concordia graduate student pursuing a master's degree in civil engineering is currently prevented from leaving the Palestinian Territory of Gaza. Bissan Eid is a 24-year-old Palestinian-Canadian student who traveled to Gaza in June 2016 to visit her family and to get married. Bissan has been continuously trying to leave the Palestinian territories in order to get medical attention as she is having a high-risk pregnancy. If she cannot return to Canada within the next two weeks, she faces a life-or-death situation.
The Concordia Student Union calls on all relevant parties, specifically the governments of Canada and Israel, to work collaboratively to ensure that Bissan’s medical needs are met in Canada. We also ask that Concordia University takes a strong stance and devotes its resources to advocate for Bissan’s safe and quick right to return. A member of our community needs urgent help, and her institution needs to be a strong voice for her advocacy.
This is a stark reminder of the illegal blockade of Gaza, which has put strong restrictions on Palestinian importations of medical supplies, construction materials and certain food, and of the ongoing occupation of Palestine. Considering this, the CSU reiterates its calls on the state of Israel to comply with international law, ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands, ends the blockade of Gaza, dismantles the Wall, recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and respects, protects, and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
We hope that with your help, Bissan will be able to come back to the medical attention she needs, her family, and her loved ones.
- The CSU Executive team
Campagne pour l’étudiante Bissan Eid - Quartier Libre