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'Israeli Apartheid Week' on Our Doorstep

23.02.17

The annual 'Israeli Apartheid Week' (IAW) said to be "an annual international series of self-organized events (rallies, protests, lectures, cultural performances, concerts, films and workshops) held in over 250 cities, communities and campuses across the globe," is up and running again.

To create a buzz, the official Facebook page announced a "Call Out," first on 14 December 2016 then again on 2 February 2017, intending to "mark 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration." Iwould take place all around the world between March - April 2017. 

In the United States, the name was changed to Palestine Awareness Week.   As in previous years, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a  key player.  SJP announced it had more than 80 chapters at American universities as of 2010.  While they promise the event to be the biggest ever, in reality, so far, the activism has been somewhat subdued.

In Britain, a number of campuses including Goldsmiths College, Kings College London and University of Manchester are said to hold events between 27th of February to 3rd of March. Israeli advocates have pushed against these events.   Michael McCann, director of Israel-Britain Alliance, was quoted as warning university heads not to use campus facilities to host “false and inflammatory propaganda;” he added that students supporting Israel Apartheid Week on-campus should be regarded as anti-Semites, as per the Working Definition of Anti-Semitism which was adopted by Prime Minister Theresa May.

In South Africa, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is sponsoring IAW. Proponents claim that IAW is endorsed by more than 85 organizations, trade unions, embassies, youth movements and other groups including South Africa’s governing party, the country’s largest student group and SA’s largest trade union federation.  Eager to link the alleged Israeli apartheid to that of South Africa, the organizers proclaim that the "IAW raises awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies towards the indigenous Palestinians. Israel’s discriminatory policies are now also affecting Africans." 

However, at home, some Israeli academics have been describing Israel as an apartheid state.  Following Oren Yiftachel, the architect since 2002 of the comparison between Israel and South Africa's apartheid, Menachem Klein, professor of political science at Bar Ilan University has followed suit in 2003.   And again in a recent article "Israel is Moving Rapidly Towards Apartheid State," Klein was quoted to this effect, asserting that under a one state scenario "Israeli is now moving very rapidly towards an apartheid state."

IAM would follow the Israeli Apartheid Week activities and continue to report.






Palestine Awareness Week is Bigger Than Ever, But Activists Still Want to be Anonymous
POSTED ON: FEB 15, 2017

Palestine Awareness Week is Bigger Than Ever, But Activists Still Want to be Anonymous
Simulation on the Diag at the University of Michigan draws attention during Palestinian Awareness Week.
BY: Nisreen Eadeh/Staff Writer

Students across the United States, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and other countries are in the midst of Palestine Awareness Week 2017. Formerly known as Israeli Apartheid Week, Palestine Awareness Week is an international series of events aimed at informing people of Israel’s apartheid system, colonization of Palestinian land, and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.

Campuses and social justice groups will be hosting events throughout the week. Many of the events are inspired by real-life conditions of Palestinians, such as installations of apartheid walls on campuses.

Other events include lectures by academics and activists, documentary film screenings from people on the ground in Palestine, information sessions on BDS, and cultural celebrations, such as dabke performances, poetry recitals, and Palestinian potlucks.

Last year, more than 225 cities around the world participated in Israeli Apartheid Week. This year’s Palestine Awareness Week is expected to be more popular than ever, with many American chapters targeting President Trump’s policies toward Israel.

One University of Washington participant said, “Trump has shown himself to be very one-sided on this issue, even though there’s only the side of the oppressed and the side of oppressors. He’s very clear in that he’s not going to provide Palestinians with their dignity, their humanity.”

Many students are focusing on universal human rights, international law, and specific policies to get their messages across. Palestinians are systematically denied their rights to travel, live in their homes, access water, fair trials, and much more. What’s more, international community has stated many times that building homes on occupied land is a violation of international law. However, without an international governing body, Israel is allowed to persist its settlement building and deny Palestinians their human rights.

By taking this approach of using universal human values as their weapon, activists are able to educate and appeal to more people.

The students also want to end the myth that criticizing Israel is an anti-Semitic act, but rather, a form of free speech. Opposing the racist policies that keep Palestinians as second-class citizens is no different from opposing Jim Crow laws in the U.S. or apartheid laws in South Africa.

“If you see someone who’s being attacked because they are Jewish or because they are Muslim, make sure you stand up for them,” one University of Washington student said. “Because that’s how you can be an ally to Palestine, that’s how you can be an ally to marginalized folks everywhere.”

While activism for Palestine continues to grow on campuses, as does anonymity. Many students are afraid to attach their names to the cause for fear of being targeted by pro-Israel students or hate groups, such as the Canary Mission, which harasses activists of all backgrounds on social media and urges employers not to hire them.

Pro-Israel student organizations like Hillel have targeted BDS supporters in the past and excluded them from campus activities. Students fear that being involved in the justice for Palestine movement will lessen their chances of finding a job, making friends, or even getting the grades they deserve from professors. While the students should have nothing to fear because they are simply practicing their right to free speech, the stigmatization that comes from sympathizing with Palestinians is damaging. It is normal for activists to face backlash for their beliefs because the pro-Israel agenda is so strong in the U.S.

Yet, it is the dedication of pro-Palestine activists that are slowly diminishing the strength of the Israeli agenda. Anonymous or not, peaceful, grassroots activists continue to be Palestine’s most valuable allies. Since the American media and government cannot be trusted to provide truthful accounts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, activists have become the best source of information and hope for justice.


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University of Washington

WELCOME TO PALESTINE AWARENESS WEEK!!

WE WILL BE HOLDING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13TH TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT PALESTINE AND THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION AND TO CELEBRATE THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL CULTURE!
You'll find details of the events below. More information coming soon!

MONDAY (2/13) - Palestine and Palestinian Refugees Lecture, 5-7pm

TUESDAY (2/14) - Film Screening, 4-6pm

WEDNESDAY (2/15) - Palestinian Cultural Resistance and Solidarity Festival, 5-8pm. Here's the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1708799242784050/

THURSDAY (2/16) - Indigenous People's Panel, 5:30-7:30pm

Keep an eye out for our annual Apartheid Wall, which will resemble the Israeli apartheid wall that illegally cuts in to Palestinian land and separates Palestinian families.
SAVE THE DATE AND MAKE SURE TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!


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UCLA

Join Students for Justice in Palestine for our annual PALESTINE AWARENESS WEEK, happening Week 6 (February 13th-17th)! 

This is a week full of events to raise awareness about the Palestinian struggle for justice & the Palestinian people's resistance against the Israeli occupation. 

If you'd like to help volunteer for during the actual week please sign up here:
https://goo.gl/forms/qpmhI5m8oQwmvVAf1

The week's events:

MONDAY (02/13): 
-Day: Mock Apartheid Wall (Wilson Plaza / 8 AM - 5 PM)

-Night: Palestine Cafe with UCLA Cultural Affairs Commission featuring UCLA’s Arab Ensemble and spoken word artist Remi Kenazi (Kerckhoff Coffee House, 7PM - 9 PM)

TUESDAY (02/14): 
-Day: Mock Apartheid Wall (Bruin Walk / 8 AM - 5 PM)

-Night: Breaking Children featuring Amy Hunter and the impact of criminalization and incarceration of children, from Ferguson to Palestine, as well as the institutional and systemic trauma of children in a colonized society (Dodd Hall 167, 7PM - 9PM)

WEDNESDAY (02/15): 
-Day: Mock Apartheid Wall (Court of Sciences / 8 AM - 5 PM)

-Night: Palestine 101, History of Campus Activism and Media in Palestine featuring Activist and Educator Rana Sharif. (Haines Hall A44, 7PM-9PM)

THURSDAY (02/16): 
-Day: Mock Apartheid Wall (Bruin Walk / 8 AM - 5 PM)

-Night: Occupation Law and Growing Up in Gaza featuring Palestinian artist Ahmed Hamad and Noura Erakat from George Mason University and the settlement policy and how occupation “law” has failed Palestinian people. (Haines Hall A44, 7PM - 9PM)

FRIDAY (02/17)
-Day: Mock Apartheid Wall (Bruin Walk / 8 AM - 5 PM) featuring Dabke!!

-Night: Cooking at Hitch Kitchen featuring lessons on how to cook delicious Palestinian food! (Hitch Kitchen, 6PM - 8 PM)

We look forward to having you all join us this year!


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Israeli Apartheid Week 2017: What is BDS?
Monday  27 February  2017  6:00 PM  to  Monday  27 February  2017 8:30 PM
BDS Campaign - University of Manchester ›  Israeli Apartheid Week 2017: What is BDS?
Israeli Apartheid Week 2017: What is BDS?
     
Come join us for our first event of Israeli Apartheid Week and learn more about the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions towards Israel campaign and how we can unite to fight for Palestinians human rights. Also, learn from first hand experiences in Palestine from volunteers who have witnessed Israeli Apartheid.

Speakers:
Nick Chafic 
UK Student Palestine Solidarity Co-ordinator

A presentation of first hand experiences from volunteers with SkatePal

The University of Manchester BDS Campaign will also be talking about our ongoing BDS campaign aiming for the university to cut all investment and institutional links to Israel's war crimes.

Spaces are limited so please book your place by getting a ticket (it's free!):

The University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester, United Kingdom


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Israeli Apartheid Week 2017
Cagliari - Italy
INIZIOlun 02/27/2017 16:00
FINEven 03/03/2017 23:30

LUOGOViale Fra 'Ignazio da Laconi, CA 09123 Cagliari, Italy, 

EVENT DETAILS

The Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international event that is held annually in over 200 universities in the world, in order to denounce the apartheid regime implemented by Israel against the Palestinian people.

The V Cagliari edition (XII world edition) of the Israeli Apartheid Week is scheduled as follows:

>> Monday, February 27, 2017 - 16:00

Faculty of Economics, Law and Politics - Hall A

Meeting - Debate:

"The right to education and academic freedom in Palestine"

Speakers:

- Charlotte KATES, International Coordinator Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

- Angelo Stefanini, School of Economics, Management and Statistics, University of Bologna

- Female students of Birzeit University Right to Education Campaign - Palestine حملة الحق في التعليم

Coordinator: Professor Andrea Pubusa (University of Cagliari)

>> Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 17:00

Faculty of Economics, Law and Politics - classroom Arcari

Screening of the documentary:

- "The living of the pigeons" Baha 'Abu Shanab

- "Shujayya" Mohammed al-Mughanni

>> Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 17:00

Faculty of Economics, Law and Politics - classroom Arcari


Book presentation

"The uprising of 1936-1939 in Palestine" by Ghassan Kanafani

introduce:

- Giuseppe PUSCEDDU

(Sardinia Palestine Friendship Association)

- Samed ISMAIL

(Collective Autonomous University Casteddu)

>> Friday, March 3, 2017 - 16:00

Faculty of Economics, Law and Politics - Hall A


Meeting - Debate:

"The military occupation from Sardinia to Palestine"

Speakers:

- Alessia FERRARI (BDS Sardinia)

- Nicola PIRAS (account Committee the military occupation of Sardinia)

22.00: Closing concert at the Magisterium


ORGANIZED by Cagliari - Israeli Apartheid Week

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13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week: 100 Years of Settler-Colonialism
TIME Mon Mar 13 2017 at 07:00 pm to Fri Mar 17 2017 10:00 pm
VENUE University of Toronto, 27 King's College Circle, Toronto, Canada
CREATED BY  Students Against Israeli Apartheid - U of T  

EVENT DETAILS 13TH ANNUAL ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK: 100 YEARS OF SETTLER-COLONIALISM 
Save the date!
13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week
Toronto, March 13-17, 2017

100 YEARS OF SETTLER COLONIALISM,
100 YEARS OF POPULAR STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE

Mark your calendars! The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place in Toronto from March 13 to 17.

First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. This year, IAW will take place in more than 150 cities across the globe. The week aims to raise awareness about Israel's ongoing practices of apartheid, occupation, and dispossession against the Palestinian people. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

This year’s IAW will reflect on 100 years of resistance to settler colonialism across historic Palestine since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917. The Week will also link the history of Palestinian resistance to the struggles of the Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and study, and who are resisting settler colonial violence and dispossession. Our speakers this year will include Vijay Prashad, Lee Maracle, and Hind Awwad, among others.

Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto is organized by Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) BDS Committee, Faculty for Palestine, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902 BDS Committee.

The full program will be made available soon at www.apartheidweek.org and www.uoftdivest.com/iaw17.

To endorse Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, or to make a donation, contact: saia.opirg.uoft@gmail.com or divest@utgsu.ca.


University of Toronto, 27 King's College Circle, Toronto, Canada


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Event in London
Goldsmiths, University of London
Monday 27 February 2017, 18:00 till Friday 3 March 2017, 15:00
Organized by : Goldsmiths Palestine Society - GSU PalSoc
This page is for those who support the Goldsmiths Palestine Society and Campaign, an official campaign of Goldsmiths Students' Union, which began as a twinning of our union with Al-Quds Open University in Palestine. We welcome the support from people within and outside of the Goldsmiths community. 
Activities London / Description
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The coming year (2017) will mark 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration. IAW will be an opportunity to reflect on this resistance and further advance BDS campaigns for the continued growth and impact of the movement. Despite all the legislative attacks on BDS internationally, IAW and the BDS movement continue to build linkages and solidarity with other struggles to achieve freedom, justice, and equality.
The Goldsmiths Palestine society will be hosting several events during IAW that we hope you will come along to:
Monday 27th February - 6pm Room tbc
We will be joined by Professor Johanthan Rosenhead from LSE and Salma Karmi-Ayoubb, a London based Palestinian Lawyer.
They will be speaking on the folloing theme:
Is Israel a democracy or an apartheid state?
Israel’s defenders present it as “the only flourishing democracy in the Middle East”. But if democracy means the equal participation of all citizens in choosing their government and equality before the law, how can democracy be said to exist in a country where one racial group monopolises power and systematically discriminates against the other major racial group within the country? Our speaker(s) will argue that this conforms precisely to the definition set out in the UN’s International Convention of 30 November 1973 on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.
Tuesday 28th February
The Israeli Apartheid Plenary will take place at Kings College.
Speakers include:
Aja Monet - A contemporary poet, lyricist and activist of Cuban-Jamaican descent from Brooklyn, New York. A volunteer with Dream Defenders, part of the broader Movement for Black Lives.
Farid Esack - A veteran anti-apartheid activist and Professor in the Study of Islam and Head of the Department of Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Wednesday 1st March
We have the great pleasure to host Abed Salayma a resident of Shuhada street in the Palestinian city Hebron.
Segregated restrooms in 2016? A road with a wall running through it, separating the Palestinian side from the Israeli? Soldiers ordering Palestinian children to halt on their way so that Israeli settler children can pass before them? This is Hebron, an apartheid city.
Many people turn away from the discussion once the word “apartheid” is introduced. This word is controversial, but exposes the true nature of the occupation. This is an important narrative.
Abed has the capability to make the occupation personal. He will tell you the circumstances that makes a normal life for him impossible, and what apartheid means in a struggle for the most basic rights. We present you the face of life in an apartheid state.
More events to be confirmed - Watch this space!

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Israeli Apartheid Week by SJP @KSU
Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people. Panels, film screenings, and creative actions build support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
We understand that the end of the Israeli apartheid, just like the end of the South African apartheid, starts here in the U.S. Therefore, we are devoted to bring awareness to the U.S public about the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people. 
Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.
All the money that SJP receives will be used in organizing for a series of events that will take place during the Israeli apartheid week, between March and April of 2017.
The students for Justice in Palestine at Kent State will greatly appreciate any amount of donation for this great cause.
Help spread the word!
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Update
Posted by Yousof Mousa
2 months ago
The money will be mainly used to:
1) build a mock Israeli apartheid wall. 
2) pay for the spaces on campus in which we will hold our events during the week, for example: Palestinian Culture Night will be held in Oscar Ritchie which is not free, and is the only place on campus where we are allowed to bring homemade food.
3) host speaker events (more details by the end of next week)
Created November 21, 2016
by Yousef Mousa     Education,   KENT, OH
Recent Donations:   
$25, Annie Robbins, 2 months ago:  I hope you have a great Israeli Apartheid Week at KSU this year
$200 Max Petkiewicz, 2 months ago

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Israeli Apartheid Week

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 · POSTED IN EVENT 
February 21, 2017 5:00 pm to February 25, 2017 9:00 pm
Organised by Cambridge University Palestine Society
Tues 21st Feb Professor Ilan Pappe
‘Why Palestine is still the issue’
Keynes Hall 17.00 King’s College
https://www.facebook.com/events/854072654735408/
Weds 22nd Feb Palestinian Film Screening
‘Obliterated families project’
Photo Exhibit 19.15 SG1 ARB Building
Thurs 23rd Feb  Omar Barghouti (BDS co-founder)
‘The case for BDS: Why boycott Israel?’
17.15 -18.45 Mill Lane Room 1
https://www.facebook.com/events/1865343023711708/
students and staff only
Fri 24th Feb Refugees and Resistance in Palestine
Panel discussion: Dr Ruba Salih, Dr Teodora Todorva
19.30-21.30 Pembroke Old Library
Sat 25th Feb Resistance through art
Spoken word with MC/singer/poet
Melissa Melodee details tbc

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Call Out | 13th Annual Israel Apartheid Week
The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will take place all around the world between March - April 2017.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Inspired by the popular resistance across historic Palestine and struggles worldwide, IAW 2016 included a wide range of events, from lectures, film screenings, cultural performances, BDS actions, to postering in metro stations, setting up apartheid walls on campuses, and many more. These actions took place in more than 225 cities across the world.
The coming year (2017) will mark 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration. IAW will be an opportunity to reflect on this resistance and further advance BDS campaigns for the continued growth and impact of the movement. Despite all the legislative attacks on BDS internationally, IAW and the BDS movement continue to build linkages and solidarity with other struggles to achieve freedom, justice, and equality.
If you would like to organize and be part of Israeli Apartheid Week on your campus or in your city, check out what events are already planned atapartheidweek.org, find us on Facebook and Twitter, register onlinehttp://apartheidweek.org/organise/ and get in touch with IAW coordinators in your region.

Call Out | 13th Annual Israel Apartheid Week
The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will take place all around the world between March - April 2017.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Inspired by the popular resistance across historic Palestine and struggles worldwide, IAW 2016 included a wide range of events, from lectures, film screenings, cultural performances, BDS actions, to postering in metro stations, setting up apartheid walls on campuses, and many more. These actions took place in more than 225 cities across the world.
The coming year (2017) will mark 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration. IAW will be an opportunity to reflect on this resistance and further advance BDS campaigns for the continued growth and impact of the movement. Despite all the legislative attacks on BDS internationally, IAW and the BDS movement continue to build linkages and solidarity with other struggles to achieve freedom, justice, and equality.
If you would like to organize and be part of Israeli Apartheid Week on your campus or in your city, check out what events are already planned at apartheidweek.org, find us on Facebook and Twitter, register online http://apartheidweek.org/organise/ and get in touch with IAW coordinators in your region.





#IsraeliApartheidWeek

The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will take place all around the world between March – April 2017.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Inspired by the popular resistance across historic Palestine and struggles worldwide, IAW 2016 included a wide range of events, from lectures, film screenings, cultural performances, BDS actions, to postering in metro stations, setting up apartheid walls on campuses, and many more. These actions took place in more than 225 cities across the world.
The coming year (2017) will mark 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration. IAW will be an opportunity to reflect on this resistance and further advance BDS campaigns for the continued growth and impact of the movement. Despite all the legislative attacks on BDS internationally, IAW and the BDS movement continue to build linkages and solidarity with other struggles to achieve freedom, justice, and equality.
If you would like to organize and be part of Israeli Apartheid Week on your campus or in your city, check out what events are already planned at apartheidweek.org, find us on Facebook and Twitter, register online apartheidweek.org/organise/ and get in touch with IAW coordinators in your region.




War on Want

16 February 2017 - 7:00pm
EVENT
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and Apartheid system* over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
These Israeli Apartheid Week events bring together veteran activists from the anti-apartheid struggle, Black Lives Matter and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in dialogue to mark our collective resistance at the current moment; to learn from each other and build our movements stronger.
War on Want is proud to be co-sponsoring two events for Israeli Apartheid Week:
  • Date: Tuesday 28 February 2017
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Place: Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King's College London WC2R 2LS
  • Cost: FREE but tickets must be booked
Chair:
Dr Karma Nabulsi - A Professor of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, and Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Speakers:
Aja Monet - A contemporary poet, lyricist and activist of Cuban-Jamaican descent from Brooklyn, New York. A volunteer with Dream Defenders, part of the broader Movement for Black Lives.
Farid Esack - A veteran anti-apartheid activist and Professor in the Study of Islam and Head of the Department of Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Sponsored by War on Want, Palestine BDS National Committee (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement), the NUS Black Student Campaign, SOAS Palestine society and KCL Action Palestine.

  • Date: Friday 3 March 2017
  • Time: doors at 8:00 pm
  • Place: Rich Mix London, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
  • Cost: £9 advance booking, £12 at the door
As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 this night will bring together an innovative and original selection of artists from Morocco, NY and London. From the astute power of rap and spoken word to the mesmerising effect of Darija Arabic poetry, we invite you to unite, listen and celebrate the sounds of resistance.
Hosted by the acclaimed spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah, this night is a testimony to unity, solidarity and political consciousness.
N3rdistan | Morocco
Standing at the border of oriental-beat and urban electronic music, N3rdistan electrifies a timeless poetry that bridges generation gaps, playfully stirring debate about the changing face of oppression.
Aja-Monet | NYC
Aja Monet is a Cuban-Jamaican poet originally from East NY, Brooklyn. At 19 years old, she was the youngest to ever win the Grand Slam Champion title of the Lower East side's legendary Nuyorican Poet's Café in 2007. Her work is classically surrealist, engaging hip hop, soul, and literary audiences.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prg-Tfb0Vl8
Rafeef Ziadah | Palestine
Rafeef uses language to narrate, inspire and pull apart stereotypes. Her poems We Teach Life, Sir and Shades of Anger went viral online within days of their release. Her new album, released in November 2015, features an exciting blend of poetry and music with original compositions from Phil Monsour.
Sponsored by MARSM UK, War on Want, with SOAS Palestine Society and Movement for Justice
 
*There is overwhelming evidence that the system instituted by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people is correctly described as a system of Apartheid. We have detailed some of this evidence, including the legal definition of Apartheid. We encourage you to read about what Apartheid means and why it has prompted Palestinian civil society to call for boycotts and divestment from companies and institutions complicit in Israel's violations of international law, and trade and military sanctions on Israel, similar to those imposed on Apartheid South Africa in the 1980's.
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University chiefs warned over Israel Apartheid Week
Events urging boycotts against the Jewish state to be met by a counter campaign ‘celebrating Israel’s democracy’ 
BY JEWISH NEWS REPORTER 
February 16, 2017, 11:30 am    


The head of a Zionist Federation project has said the upcoming Israel Apartheid Week will be met by a counter campaign “celebrating Israel’s democracy”.

Michael McCann, director of Israel-Britain Alliance, made the comments on Monday, as he warned university heads not to use campus facilities to host “false and inflammatory propaganda,” and said students supporting Israel Apartheid Week on-campus are now anti-Semites according to a new definition adopted by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Set to run between the end of March and beginning of May, IAW is a series of international events which support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Ahead of it, McCann warned university chiefs that the 2010 Equality Act required them “to exercise their functions with due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, to advance equality of opportunity, and to foster good relations between students and staff of different nationalities, ethnic groups or religious beliefs, including by tackling prejudice and promoting understanding”.

He added that, as of December, when Theresa May said Britain would adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, any support for IAW should be seen as anti-Semitic.

“That definition gives examples of how anti-Semitism manifests itself in the context of the state of Israel,” he said. “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, for example, by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavor, and applying double standards to the Jewish state by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation. The charge that Israel is an apartheid state breaches the definition and is anti-Semitic.”

IAW organisers say the events around the world “seek to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing BDS movement”.

They say IAW’s 13th year is expected to be its largest to-date, with 2017 “marking 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration”.

Organisers arrange lectures, film screenings, cultural performances, BDS actions and poster campaigns, with past years having seen the construction of “apartheid walls” mimicking the security barrier through the West Bank.



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03 February 2017
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Join us in making this year’s 13th annual international Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) bigger, better and bolder! IAW is an annual international series of self-organized events (rallies, protests, lectures, cultural performances, concerts, films and workshops) held in over 250 cities, communities and campuses across the globe. IAW raises awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies towards the indigenous Palestinians. Israel’s discriminatory policies are now also affecting Africans (click here for more info on Israel’s “War against Africans”).
IAW is endorsed, in South Africa alone, by more than 85 organizations, trade unions, embassies, youth movements and other groups including South Africa’s governing party, the country’s largest student formation and SA’s largest trade union federation. (Click here for a list of all endorsers or if you would like to endorse the campaign.)
The largest ever IAW campaign took place in 2016. In South Africa, community members, students, government ministers, politicians, ambassadors, trade unions, artists and others all joined the week long awareness raising initiative. One of the highlights of IAW 2016 was the participation, in her official capacity, by the Speaker of the National Assembly in Parliament, Ms. Baleka Mbete (click here).
United in our diversity, South Africans from various racial and religious groups participate in Israeli Apartheid including members of the the Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Tamil and Muslim communities (click here). Last year, a group of Jewish Israelis wrote an open letter urging South Africans in general and members of the South African Jewish community in particular to participate in IAW (click here). The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem also wrote a letter to South African muslims and clergy to participate in #IsraeliApartheidWeek (click here) and, writing from the Holy Town of Bethlehem, Palestinian Christians publicly called on South African Churches to participate and support #IsraeliApartheidWeek (click here).
We invite you to join us in the footsteps of those who came before us who, around the world, mobilized in their hundreds of thousands – if not millions – during the 1980s, to raise awareness of Apartheid SA’s racist policies against the indigenous people of our country and to build support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Apartheid SA. Click here to find out how to get involved.
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Brazil BDS coordinator in South Africa for #IsraeliApartheidWeek

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