TODAY! IAW 2013 Events for Tuesday, March 5


The Art of Resistance: The Cultural Boycott of Israel
Featuring Remi Kanazi
Tuesday, March 5 (6:00 – 7:30 pm)

Telus Building Room 134
Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue, University of Alberta Campus

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One of the most misunderstood and controversial aspects of the Palestinian call for international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel is the Cultural Boycott.

Despite clear guidelines issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) stressing that the cultural boycott is aimed at Israeli state institutions – not individual artists – critics of BDS still argue that it is nothing more than a “blacklist” and that “art should rise above politics.”

Come hear from Remi Kanazi, member of the organizing committee of USACBI (the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel), to learn more about the cultural boycott, why artists have a key role to play in the global solidarity movement for Palestinian rights as they did in the global struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and why an increasing number of artists from around the world – including filmmaker Ken Loach, writer Naomi Klein, and musicians including Cat Power, Elvis Costello, the Pixies and Gil-Scott Heron – have responded to the international Palestinian call for cultural boycott.

“Just as we said during apartheid that it was inappropriate for international artists to perform in South Africa in a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity, so it would be wrong for Cape Town Opera to perform in Israel.”
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

About Remi Kanazi:

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine (RoR Publishing, 2011) and the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008).

His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. He recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop and he is on the organizing committee of USACBI (the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel).

He has taught poetry workshops from Oklahoma to the West Bank, given talks from New York City to London, and has performed at hundreds of venues, from New Orleans to Amman.

Poets Against Apartheid – A Night of Rouge Poetry
Featuring Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi

Tuesday, March 5 (8:30 – 11:00 pm)
Rouge Lounge
10111-117 Street

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Join us at Rouge Lounge for our annual night of spoken word and performance poetry relating the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people. This night will leave you inspired to share the stories of struggle with others and to be part of the growing movement against the injustice of apartheid in Palestine.

The evening will feature a set of local poets performing original works of poetry, as well as readings in both Arabic and English of works by Palestinian poets. After the break Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi will perform a set of spoken word.

If you are interested in performing during the first set, please email Sara at

The evening is presented in collaboration with the Breath in Poetry Collective.

Sorry, no minors.

All IAW 2013 events are open to everyone, and are free of charge. We look forward to seeing you there!

Edmonton IAW 2013 is organized by Palestine Solidarity Network and supported by the Canada Palestine Cultural Association, Faculty 4 Palestine Alberta, the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG), the Breath in Poetry Collective, and Independent Jewish Voices.

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