Date: 09 / 02 / 2007 Time: 15:04
Students at eight prestigious universities in the UK, USA and Canada are
gearing up to simultaneously hold 'Israeli Apartheid Week' from Saturday
10 February to Friday 16 February in order to raise awareness about
Israel's increasingly apartheid-like policies in the occupied Palestinian
territories and in Israel.
Recalling the UN International Convention on the Suppression and
Punishment of the crime of Apartheid, students at the Universities of
Oxford, Cambridge, London (SOAS), New York, Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton
and Ottawa, will be holding lectures, cultural events, film screenings,
teach-ins and demonstrations on their campuses over the next seven days in
order to advance the analysis of Israel as an apartheid state.
Students, academics, economists and activists will also be calling for a
wider campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel in
order to put pressure on Israel to reverse its discriminatory policies.
Oxford University Arab Cultural Society member Abdel Razzaq Takriti states
in a press release that "an international campaign of boycott, divestment
and sanctions is the only way to get an apartheid regime like Israel to
adjust its policies towards the Palestinian people and to pursue peace."
The organisers state that their aims are "full equality for Arab citizens
of Israel, an end to the occupation and colonization of the West Bank and
Gaza, and the implementation of the right of return and compensation for
Palestinian refugees pursuant to UN resolution 194."
This is the third consecutive year that Israeli Apartheid Week is taking
place in university campuses.
At the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies
(SOAS), speakers will include Israeli writer and poet Yitzhak Laor,
British writer and journalist Jonathan Cook, Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan,
and academics Nadim Rouhana and Toufic Haddad.
Avi Shlaim, an Israeli author and academic; Salim Vally, a social justice
activist and educationalist from South Africa; and Palestinian academic
Karma Nabulsi, will be among the speakers at Oxford University.
Dr. Jamal Zahalka, a Palestinian-Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, will
also be speaking in Oxford University in the UK, in addition to Toronto,
Montreal and Ottawa universities in Canada. Professor Norman Finkelstein
will be speaking at Hamilton University.
Zahalka said in a press release: "Israel is implementing apartheid
policies in Palestine by building the apartheid separation wall, bypass
roads for Jews only in the West Bank, restrictions on movement of
Palestinians, hundreds of checkpoints, in addition to the siege and daily
violation of basic human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and
Gaza. He adds, "Even Palestinian citizens of Israel are in fact second
degree citizens that suffer systematic discrimination in all aspects of
Cambridge University Palestine Society member Sirine Rached recalls in a
press release that "now as ever, peace in the Middle East can only be
achieved through putting an end to the Israeli occupation, the return of
Palestinian refugees to their homes and equality for Palestinian citizens
This week of events, being held in New York for the first time, adds to
the growing international chorus of opposition to Israeli apartheid that
includes voices of Palestinians, Israelis, South Africans, and many others
who stand for justice, says Ryvka Bar Zohar, an organizer of the New York
Israeli Apartheid Week.
More information is available on the website: www.endisraeliapartheid.net