Gideon Levy in Edmonton

March 18, 2015


Israeli Elections: What Next For Israel-Palestine
Featuring Gideon Levy
Thursday, March 26 (7:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 150
(Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue, University of Alberta Campus)
(Click here for map)

Renowned Israeli author and human rights journalist Gideon Levy will be coming to Canada just days after the Israeli elections, and will speak about the Palestine-Israel conflict in light of the election results.

Ticket prices are $15 in advance / $20 at the door (students: $10 in advance / $12 at the door)

The Edmonton event of the tour is co-sponsored by the University of Alberta Department of Political Science, Independent Jewish Voices – Edmonton, and CJPME.

About Gideon Levy

Gideon Levy is both a long-time journalist with Haaretz, as well as a member of its editorial board. Levy has won journalism awards, including the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award in 1996 by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Anna Lindh foundation journalism award in 2008 for an article he wrote about Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces, and the Peace Through Media Award in 2012. He has been described as “a powerful liberal voice” by The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and praised by Johann Hari of The Independent as “the heroic Israeli journalist.” Literary critic Nicholas Lezard described him as “an Israeli dedicated to saving his country’s honour,” and he has also been profiled in Le Monde and Der Spiegel. Mr. Levy made international news in December when he was detained for a day or two by Israeli security forces as he was crossing between the West Bank and Israel.

Inside Israel’s Race Wars with Journalist David Sheen

February 12, 2015

Inside Israel’s Race Wars
Featuring David Sheen
Monday, March 2 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-498
South Corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street, U of A Campus
(Click here for map)

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Journalist David Sheen will give a lecture and slideshow about Israeli incitement to racist violence, the focus of his on-the-ground reporting for the past five years. The core of Sheen’s presentation concerns the dehumanizing discourse towards African asylum seekers, Palestinians, and other non-Jews by top Israeli political and religious leaders, and the vigilante attacks they inspire, which spiked during last summer’s assault on the Gaza Strip. The presentation will include material Sheen presented at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels, as well as some brand new information that has not previously been made public.

About David Sheen

David Sheen is an independent journalist and filmmaker originally from Toronto, Canada who now lives in Dimona, Israel. Sheen began blogging when he first moved to Israel in 1999 and later went on to work as a reporter and editor at the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz. He now writes for a variety of local, regional and international outlets, and his work is quoted in publications like The New York Times and The Guardian. Sheen is currently writing a book about African immigrants to Israel and the struggles they face. His website is and he tweets from @davidsheen.

Palestinian Bazaar 2015

February 8, 2015


The Palestinian Bazaar
Saturday, March 14 (Noon – 10:00 pm)
Citadel Theatre
9828-101A Avenue
(Click here for map)

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Humanserve International is hosting the third Palestinian Bazaar, a full-day festival celebration of the cultural richness of the Palestinian people!

We know the struggles. We know the politics. We know the pain. Do we really know the talent of the people?

It is time to celebrate the contributions Palestinians make to society through their art, film, food, products, knowledge, literature and their music.

The free, all-ages Bazaar runs from noon – 5:00 pm,  featuring fashion, food, music, dance, vendors and art.

The evening event, Comedy With a Cause, features Dean Obeidallah and Amer Zahr, along with local Edmonton talent. Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7:00 in The Club, Citadel Theatre. Please note that the evening event is age 15+ (infants & small children will not be permitted into the theatre)

Comedy with a cause advance tickets are $40 (including GST and fees), tickets at the door are $45 (including GST and fees).

Sharing Tea Amidst Conflict

February 8, 2015


Two recently returned human rights observers will be sharing stories of their experience in Palestine-Israel:

Sharing Tea Amidst Conflict: Stories from Palestine & Israel
Thursday, March 5 (7:00 – 8:30 pm)
Trinity United Church
8810 Meadowlark Road
(click here for map)

Debbie Hubbard and Dean Reidt will share their stories and experiences from their recent time in Palestine and Israel as human rights observers.

Light refreshments will be served and there will be a cash beverage bar. Fair trade Palestinian products and olive wood products will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome and this is a free event, but donations will be accepted for projects in Palestine.

Parking is available at the back of the church, on the streets around the church, or across the street in the Meadowlark Mall parking lot. The Edmonton Transit Centre is located at Meadowlark mall.

For more information about the event, contact Debbie Hubbard at 780-458-9286 or by email at

Two Events with Israeli Peace Activist Jeff Halper

January 18, 2015


PSN is excited to welcome noted Israeli peace activist Jeff Halper to Edmonton as part of his cross-Canada speaking tour. Jeff Halper is the co-founder and Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), as well as a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

You’ll have two opportunities to hear him speak in Edmonton. Both events are free of charge, but we will be accepting donations, with all proceeds going to ICAHD projects to help rebuild demolished Palestinian homes.

No Home, No Homeland:
Israel’s Policy of Demolishing Palestinian Homes

Friday, February 6 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-182
South Corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street, U of A Campus
(Click here for map)

Jeff will take the audience through an Israeli demolition of a Palestinian home and place Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes (48,000 since 1967) within Israel’s wider matrix of control — its political structure of permanent occupation — and will discuss how this policy impacts the possibility of a just peace in Palestine-Israel.

Where Are We Headed in Israel-Palestine? Apartheid Warehousing or a Just Solution?
Saturday, February 7 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Southminster-Steinhauer United Church
10740-19 Avenue
(Click here for map)

Jeff will analyze the political situation in Palestine-Israel through maps and visuals, then raise the fundamental question: where do we go from here? He will discuss the various options for resolving the conflict: two states (which he argues is no longer a viable option), one state (bi-national or democratic), or a regional confederation. The alternative to these options is an Israeli-imposed apartheid and/or the permanent warehousing of the Palestinian population.

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Local Organizers: United Church of Canada, Mennonite Central Committee of Alberta, Palestine Solidarity Network, Independent Jewish Voices

National Sponsors: United Church of Canada, Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Friends of Sabeel, Canadian Friends Service Committee, United Jewish People’s Order

National Organizers: United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI), Independent Jewish Voices (IJV)

About Jeff Halper

Jeff Halper is an Israeli anthropologist and the Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), an Israeli peace and human rights organization that resists the Occupation on the ground and advocates for a just peace between Israel and the Palestinian people.

A native of the US, Jeff received his Ph.D. in Cultural and Applied Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before moving to Israel in 1973. For more than a decade he worked as a community worker for the Jerusalem municipality in the working class Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Having done research among the Jews of Ethiopia in the 1960s, he served as the Chairman of the Israeli Committee for Ethiopian Jews.

Jeff served as the Director of the Middle East Center for Friends World College, an international college which he eventually headed, and has taught at universities in Israel, the US, Latin America and Africa. In addition to his many academic and political writings, he is the author of Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century (Westview, 1991) and Obstacles to Peace, a resource manual of articles and maps on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, published by ICAHD. His latest book is An Israeli in Palestine (London: Pluto Press, 2008) on his work against the Occupation. A forthcoming book, entitled War Amongst the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, will be published in 2014 by Pluto Press.

Jeff Halper participated in the first (and successful) attempt of the Free Gaza Movement to break the Israeli siege by sailing into Gaza. He serves on international support committee of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine, and was nominated by the American Friends Service Committee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the Palestinian intellectual and activist Ghassan Andoni.

Palestine Sessions at International Week 2015

January 11, 2015


This year’s University of Alberta’s International Week 2015 runs from Monday, January 26 to Friday, January 30. As in past years there are a number of sessions related to Palestine and the broader Middle East of interest to PSN supporters. Most events are free, and all are open to the general public. For information about all International Week events, you can visit the website or download the program guide.

Photographs from Palestine-Israel: Living in a Context of Conflict
January 20 – February 9
Rutherford Library South, Galleria
(Click here for map)

Opening reception on Monday, January 26 at 5:00 pm in the Rutherford Library South, Foyer

Peak behind the headlines about Palestine-Israel to have a closer look at walls, snow, protests, olive trees, peace activists, checkpoints and World Cup Soccer in this context of seemingly unending conflict. This is an exhibit of photographs of people’s daily lives and challenges in Palestine and Israel taken by Ryan Roderick Beiler, a young American photographer living in Bethlehem from 2010-14.

Sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee

Gaza: The Horror of Displacement
Featuring Dr. Ghada Ageel, Department of Political Science
Thursday, January 29 (3:30 – 4:50 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy 2-140
South Corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street, U of A Campus
(Click here for map)

For 50 days in the summer of 2014, Israel bombed the Gaza Strip from air, land and sea, killing more than 2,200 Palestinians and wounding more than 11,000. At the height of the bombardment, roughly one third of Gaza’s population was displaced and, by the time the August 26 cease-fire was declared, over 17,000 homes had been destroyed and another 67,000 homes damaged. Dr. Ageel was there and describes the bombardment and chilling aftermath as “the scariest and most stressful trip” of her life. Join Dr. Ageel as she reflects upon her experience, the new wave of displacement (i.e. “refugeed” refugees) and the prospects for Gaza’s future.

The Middle East After the Arab Spring
Featuring Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, Department of Political Science & Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
Friday, January 30 (11:00 – 11:50 am)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy 1-498
South Corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street, U of A Campus
(Click here for map)

Where is the Middle East heading after the Arab Spring? The rise of ISIL/ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the civil/proxy war in Syria and Yemen, the return of military rule in Egypt, and the deep political crisis in post-Gaddafi Libya have contributed to the revival of an old discourse of “Middle East Exceptionalism”, meaning the Middle East is exceptionally immune to the process of democratization and remains resistant to democracy. This talk problematizes the root causes of the current crisis and sheds light on problems and future prospects of grassroots democratization in the region. It suggests that the Arab Spring is an “unfinished project” and the quest for human dignity, social justice and freedom will continue to generate democratic social movements in the region.



Two Events with Professor Steven Salaita

January 3, 2015

Professor Steven Salaita will present two lectures in Edmonton on January 13:

Silencing Dissent: Palestine, Digital Activism, Academic Freedom, and the Decline of the Public University
Tuesday, January 13 (3:30 – 5:15 pm)
Humanities Centre Lecture Hall 1 (HC-L1)
111 Street & Saskatchewan Drive, University of Alberta Campus
(Click here for map)

Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, and the Public Intellectual
Tuesday, January 13 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 150
Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue, University of Alberta Campus
(Click here for map)

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Professor Steven Salaita is at the centre of an international protest against academic censorship and the silencing of dissent. During the summer of 2014, Salaita tweeted about the horrors of the Israeli assault and bombardment of Gaza. As he prepared to move to a new job as tenured professor in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, he was “de-hired” when wealthy donors objected to his Twitter feed.

Salaita is the author of many articles and six books including Israel’s Dead Soul, Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics, and Anti-Arab Racism in the USA. The Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan analyses the rhetoric and myths in the settlement of North America and Israel and the “counter-discourse patterns that connect Indigenous writing in both locations.”

Read more about Steven Salaita’s case at the Center for Constitutional Studies.

Co-sponsored by:
Association of Academic Staff, University of Alberta (AAS:UA)
Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER)
Faculty of Arts
Department of English and Film Studies
Faculty for Palestine (F4P)
Faculty of Native Studies
Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS)
Department of Philosophy
Department of Political Science
Palestine Solidarity Network
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies


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