Back to Basics in Palestine: Redefining Our Relationship to a People’s Struggle
IAW 2012 opening keynote by Ramzy Baroud
Monday, March 5 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Engineering, Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) Room E 1-013
East of 116 Street between 91 and 92 Avenues
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The Palestinian struggle for justice has transitioned through myriad of historical and political phases, where the political (and, of course, physical) topography of Palestine and the entire region have been altered, time and again. However, from one war to another, from some ‘peace treaty’ to another, and from one state of siege to another, the underpinnings of the conflict have remained unchanged: an anti-colonial struggle for rights, for equality, for freedom, for justice.
As a result of constant redefinitions of the conflict, the solidarity movement has been challenged repeatedly regarding its understanding of the situation in Palestine, which for some turned into an intellectual debate about ideas, theories, and visions. As sincere as these debates have been, they can be distracting, polarizing and confusing, if not entirely removed from the situation in Palestine.
What does active solidarity actually mean, and how can it be achieved with moral consistency? What is our responsibility as civil society regarding our governments’ action or inaction in relation to the conflict? How can we be of direct contribution to aiding rightful Palestinian demands for equality and justice? Do we need to redefine our relationship to the Palestinian struggle altogether in order for us to practically rebalance the iniquitous paradigm that continues to define the relationship between the Palestinian oppressed and the Israeli oppressor?
About Ramzy Baroud:
Palestinian-American journalist, author, editor and former Al-Jazeera producer, Ramzy Baroud taught Mass Communication at Australia’s Curtin University of Technology, and is editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle.
Baroud’s work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide, including The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, Arab News, The Miami Herald, The Japan Times, Al-Ahram Weekly, Asia Times and nearly every English language publication throughout the Middle East. He has contributed to and was cited and referenced in hundreds of books. He has been a guest on many television and radio programs including CNN International, BBC, ABC Australia, National Public Radio, Press TV, Al-Jazeera and many other stations.
Ramzy Baroud has been a guest speaker at many top universities around the world, including George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rutgers University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Manchester, University of Ireland, University of Washington, Penn State University and the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. He has also been a guest speaker at the House of Commons in London. Baroud has spoken and conducted book tours in over twenty countries.
Renowned American scholar, Noam Chomsky said of his work, “Ramzy Baroud’s sensitive, thoughtful, searching writing penetrates to the core of moral dilemmas that their intended audiences evade at their peril. Few are spared his perceptive eye, and only the morally callous will fail to respond to his pleas to look into the mirror honestly, to question comforting beliefs that protect us from facing our elementary responsibilities, and to act to remedy the terrible misery and injustice that he exposes to our view, as we surely can.”
Getting to ETLC:
If you are driving to campus, the most convenient place to park is the Windsor Car Park, located on 116 Street, just north of 92 Avenue. The Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) is located just south of Windsor Car Park.
About IAW 2012:
IAW 2012 is organized by Palestine Solidarity Network and endorsed and supported by the Canada Palestine Cultural Association, Independent Jewish Voices, Faculty 4 Palestine Alberta, and Edmonton Small Press Association. Individual sessions are also supported by APIRG, Global Exchange, Feminist Edmonton, and the Breath in Poetry Collective.