International Solidarity Movement in Palestine
Featuring Katie Miranda
Saturday, April 7 (2:00 – 3:30 pm)
Ashbourne Hall, 11148 – 84 Avenue (map)
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In 2002, the International Solidarity Movement grabbed world attention by bringing thousands of volunteers from around the world to to participate in Palestinian-led non-violent resistance against human rights violations. They stayed with resistance activists in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. They brought medical supplies to the besieged Palestinians in the ancient Nablus Casbah. They documented and filmed the destruction and mass killing of Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp.
One was Rachel Corrie, who was killed trying to prevent demolition of a home in Gaza. Another was Tom Hurndall, shot dead while saving a child. ISM has operated continuously since then, serving at the request of the Palestinian community. In 2009, 2012 and 2014, ISM volunteers were with the Palestinian people in Gaza, reporting the Israeli invasion and helping in the hospitals, clinics and schools that were attacked even as they served the refugees.
ISM is in need of more volunteers, so it is touring North America to talk to interested groups. The presentation by Katie Miranda includes an abridged version of Radiance of Resistance, a film by three ISM volunteers serving in Nabi Salih and featuring Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old girl just handed a prison sentence in a closed military court, for symbolically slapping an occupying soldier after her young cousin was shot point-blank in the face during a protest against the confiscation of their village.
This presentation is ideal for anyone who wishes to learn more about the on-the-ground reality, and participation in civil resistance for the protection of human rights.
This is a free event.
This event is presented by the International Solidarity Movement and sponsored by the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG).
About the speaker
Katie Miranda is an artist and editorial cartoonist for Mondoweiss & Middle East Eye, who spent several years in Hebron and Ramallah. She served as an ISM trainer and coordinator, and founded Palbox.