Al-Quds Day 2018

Al-Quds Day 2018 Rally
Saturday, June 9 (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue (map)

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On June 9, 2018, Edmonton will host its eighth annual Al-Quds Day rally.

The International Day of Al-Quds is an annual event, supporting a just peace for Palestine, and opposing apartheid Israel’s control of Jerusalem (Al-Quds in Arabic: القـُدْس), the international city that stands as a powerful symbol to three of the world’s great religious traditions. It is held each year around the last Friday of the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Al-Quds Day is commemorated all over the planet and we are doing our part in Edmonton. We will honour the Palestinian fight for justice. With the latest round of bloodshed and injustice, we cannot afford to remain silent.

Remember, you don’t need to be Palestinian to care, you simply have to be human.

Emergency rally in solidarity with Gaza

Emergency Rally in Solidarity with Gaza
Tuesday, May 15 (7:00-8:00 pm)
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Ave (map)

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Today in Gaza, 55 killed Palestinian civilians were massacred by Israeli forces, including 7 minors and 1 paramedic, and another 2,771 were injured, including 225 minors, 11 journalists, and 17 paramedics. At least 130 are in critical condition in Gaza’s overburdened hospitals. More than 1,300 non-violent protesters were shot by Israeli forces with live ammunition. Those responsible for these outrageous human rights violations must be held accountable

Join us at the Legislature grounds for a short rally to let the world know that Edmonton stands in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters.

You can also take action to call on the Trudeau government to condemn and take action in response to the Israeli massacre in Gaza.

As of Monday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health released the names of 43 of the 55 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces:

1. Ezz el-din Musa Mohamed Alsamaak, 14 years old

2. Wisaal Fadl Ezzat Alsheikh Khalil, 15 years old

3. Ahmed Adel Musa Alshaer, 16 years old

4. Saeed Mohamed Abu Alkheir, 16 years old

5. Ibrahim Ahmed Alzarqa, 18 years old

6. Eman Ali Sadiq Alsheikh, 19 years old

7. Zayid Mohamed Hasan Omar, 19 years old

8. Motassem Fawzy Abu Louley, 20 years old

9. Anas Hamdan Salim Qadeeh, 21 years old

10. Mohamed Abd Alsalam Harz, 21 years old

11. Yehia Ismail Rajab Aldaqoor, 22 years old

12. Mustafa Mohamed Samir Mahmoud Almasry, 22 years old

13. Ezz Eldeen Nahid Aloyutey, 23 years old

14. Mahmoud Mustafa Ahmed Assaf, 23 years old

15. Ahmed Fayez Harb Shahadah, 23 years old

16. Ahmed Awad Allah, 24 years old

17. Khalil Ismail Khalil Mansor, 25 years old

18. Mohamed Ashraf Abu Sitta, 26 years old

19. Bilal Ahmed Abu Diqah, 26 years old

20. Ahmed Majed Qaasim Ata Allah, 27 years old

21. Mahmoud Rabah Abu Maamar, 28 years old

22.Musab Yousef Abu Leilah, 28 years old

23. Ahmed Fawzy Altetr, 28 years old

24. Mohamed Abdelrahman Meqdad, 28 years old

25. Obaidah Salim Farhan, 30 years old

26. Jihad Mufid Al-Farra, 30 years old

27. Fadi Hassan Abu Salmi, 30 years old

28. Motaz Bassam Kamil Al-Nunu, 31 years old

29. Mohammed Riyad Abdulrahman Alamudi, 31 years old

30. Jihad Mohammed Othman Mousa, 31 years old

31. Shahir Mahmoud Mohammed Almadhoon, 32 years old

32. Mousa Jabr Abdulsalam Abu Hasnayn, 35 years old

33. Mohammed Mahmoud Abdulmoti Abdal’al, 39 years old

34. Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim Hamdan, 27 years old

35. Ismail Khalil Ramadhan Aldaahuk, 30 years old

36. Ahmed Mahmoud Mohammed Alrantisi, 27 years old

37. Alaa Alnoor Ahmed Alkhatib, 28 years old

38. Mahmoud Yahya Abdawahab Hussain, 24 years old

39. Ahmed Abdullah Aladini, 30 years old

40. Saadi Said Fahmi Abu Salah, 16 years old

41. Ahmed Zahir Hamid Alshawa, 24 years old

42. Mohammed Hani Hosni Alnajjar, 33 years old

43. Fadl Mohamed Ata Habshy, 34 years old

International Solidarity Movement in Palestine

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.

Day of the Land

Youm El-Ard/Day of the Land Commemoration
Monday, April 2 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
ARCA Banquet Facility
14525 127 Street (map)

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Our friends at the Canada Palestine Cultural Association are hosting a special event to commemorate the Day of the Land, which remembers the events of March 30, 1976, when Palestinian citizens of Israel protested against a renewed effort by the state of Israel to expropriate land from the nation’s marginalized population. Israeli police charged the demonstrators and killed six. Every year on March 30, Palestinians within Israel commemorate Land Day in recognition of their past and present struggle to maintain their ancestral lands in the face of settler-colonization.

Speakers include Dr. Ghada Ageel and Mahdi Qasqas, and musical and poetry performances by local Palestinian artists.

This is a free event and open to the public.

To learn more about Land Day, see:

A People’s History of Palestine, featuring Ramzy Baroud

A People’s History of Palestine
Presentation and book launch featuring Dr. Ramzy Baroud
Monday, March 5 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-182
Corner of 114 St & 87 Ave, University of Alberta (map)

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Gaza-born Palestinian author and journalist Ramzy Baroud will discuss the themes of his new book, The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story, and what the history of the Palestinian struggle can teach us about the current situation and prospects for justice in Palestine.

The Last Earth is a non-fictional narrative of modern Palestinian history. It is a unique rendition of people’s history – an account of how major historic events in Palestine and the greater Middle East impacted ordinary people, as well as how that mass of people, in their tenacity, and even in their dispossession, represent a force that determines history.

This is a history of modern Palestine like no other: built from the testimony of people who have lived through it. Ramzy Baroud gathers accounts from countless Palestinians from all walks of life, and from throughout the decades, to tell the story of the nation and its struggle for independence and security.

Challenging both academic and popular takes on Palestinian history, Baroud unearths the deep commonalities within the story of Palestine, ones that draw the people together despite political divisions, geographical barriers and walls, factionalism, occupation, and exile. Through these firsthand reports—by turns inspiring and terrifying, triumphant and troubled—we see Palestine in all its complexity and contradictions, ever vibrant in the memories of the people who have fought, physically and otherwise, for its future.

This is a free event. Copies of The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story will be available for purchase.

PSN is a working group of the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG), and their support has made this event possible.

This event is taking place on Treaty 6 Territory. We would like to acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps have marked this territory for centuries, and whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our community.

About Ramzy Baroud

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, media consultant, author and editor of the Palestine Chronicle. He is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. He is the author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto, 2009), and The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto, 2018), among others books. He has a PhD in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter. His website is ramzybaroud.net.

Praise for The Last Earth

“In the finest tradition of people’s history, these sensitive, painful and evocative pieces provide a human face to the painful saga of Palestinian torment and the remarkable courage and resilience of the victims.”
– Noam Chomsky

“This moving and perceptive book is a journey to the heart of the evils of occupation and colonization suffered by the Palestinians on the ground. It allows the people themselves to narrate authentically and with all the complexities their aspirations, suffering and struggles. Ramzy Baroud knows how to listen, contextualize and convey an inhumanity that has gone for too long and it is hoped that books like this would contribute to its end.”
– Ilan Pappe

“A powerful tool to revive and record the human history of al Nakba, a must read for all those who want to see the concealed human dimension of the Palestinian life and suffering.”
– Salman Abu Sitta, author of Mapping my Return and Atlas of Palestine

“Engaging, unforgettable, complex and unique. The Last Earth provides a unique way of tackling the problem of writing history. Reading it is like walking around a gallery of old master paintings, each telling its own harrowing and often beautiful story about the same episode in human history.”
– Baronesse Jenny Tonge, UK House of Lords

Getting There

The Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) is located on the southwest corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street on the University of Alberta campus (map). ECHA is adjacent to the Jubilee Auditorium.

The building’s north entrance is closest to Room 1-182.

ECHA is a fully accessible building.

Parking

Parking is available at the Jubilee car park (map) and just across the street on the northeast corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street the Education car park (map).

Transit

Take the LRT to the Health Sciences Centre Station, which is located just south of ECHA.

Take Edmonton transit to the 114 Street and 89 Avenue stop of the University of Alberta bus loop (map) and walk just south to ECHA.

Cycling

Ample bicycle parking is located near the north entrance of ECHA.

Upcoming Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies event

The University of Alberta’s Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies research group is hosting an event on March 1 that will be of interest to those involved in Palestinian issues and the broader Middle East.

Islamic Reform and Emancipatory Politics in the Age of Extremism and Neoliberalism
Featuring Siavash Saffari and Mojtaba Mahdavi
Thursday, February 8 (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)
Telus Centre Room 134
Corner of 111 St & 87 Ave, University of Alberta (map)

An incessant search for the “Martin Luther of Islam” is ongoing in Western media and academia alike. Propelling this search is the misapprehension that just as Luther ended the dark ages of Christianity, a courageous Muslim visionary must now usher in an era of Islamic reformation and enlightenment. Its historically and theologically-false equivalency aside, the plea for a “Martin Luther of Islam” wholly ignores over a century of reformist efforts since the late-19th century al-Nahda (renaissance) movement. Far from lacking religious reformation, Muslim-majority societies have witnessed the rise and contestation of a wide range of religious reform initiatives, each with its own agents, methods, and objectives. The fallacious question of “who is the Martin Luther of Islam?”, therefore, must be relinquished in favor of more meaningful questions such as: what social, political, and economic visions are advanced by each of the existing Islamic reform projects? How do these projects respond to the present challenges of political authoritarianism, gender injustice, neoliberalism, and climate change? And which, if any, of these multivariate projects may ultimately contribute to the advancement of an emancipatory and progressive vision for our common future?

Read the full description on the MEIS website.

Arab Revolutions in Post-Islamist Times: Revolution without Revolutionaries
Featuring Professor Asef Bayat
Thursday, March 1 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Telus Centre Room 150
Corner of 111 St & 87 Ave, University of Alberta (map)

On the Seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring, Professor Asef Bayat, a prominent sociologist and a distinguished theorist of social movements in the Middle East, will argue that The revolutionary wave that swept the Middle East in 2011 was marked by spectacular mobilization, spreading within and between countries with extraordinary speed. Several years on, however, it has caused limited shifts in structures of power, leaving much of the old political and social order intact. In his most recent book Revolution without Revolutionaries, Professor Asef Bayat— whose Life as Politics anticipated the Arab Spring— uncovers why this occurred, and what made these uprisings so distinct from those that came before. Setting the 2011 uprisings side by side with the revolutions of the 1970s, particularly the Iranian Revolution, Asef Bayat reveals a profound global shift in the nature of protest: as acceptance of neoliberal policy has spread, radical revolutionary impulses have diminished. Protestors call for reform rather than fundamental transformation. By tracing the contours and illuminating the meaning of the 2011 uprisings, Bayat gives us the what is needed to explain and understand our post–Arab Spring world.

Read the full description on the MEIS website.

Hands Off Jerusalem! rally

Hands Off Jerusalem!
Sunday, December 10 (2:00 – 4:00 pm)
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue NW, Edmonton
(Click here for map)

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Join us this Sunday as we stand in solidarity with Palestine in protest against US President Donald Trump’s unilateral and illegal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv. We call for solidarity with the Palestinian people, and demand that the Canadian government rejects and openly condemns this move.

Organized by the Canada Palestine Cultural Association.

This rally is one of dozens being organized across Canada and around the world.

You can also use this online tool to send a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland  demanding a stronger response by the Canadian government.

2017 James Graff Memorial Lecture with Michael Lynk

PSN is pleased to be an endorsing organization of the 2017 James Graff Memorial Lecture, featuring UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine Michael Lynk, which will take place on November 29, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The event takes place in Toronto, but PSN will be hosting the livestream of the event in Edmonton.

50 Years and Counting: Legality of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine
2017 James Graff Memorial Lecture, featuring Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine

Wednesday, November 29 (5:30 pm)
Education Centre South Room 158
87 Avenue & 113 Street, U of A campus (map)

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Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. One of the books Professor Lynk has co-edited is International Law and the Middle East Conflict (Routledge, 2011) with Susan Akram, Michael Dumper and Iain Scobbie.

In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Lynk as the 7th Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967. He recently issued his second report that includes a detailed analysis of the international legal framework of the occupation as it continues past its 50th year. The first report Professor Lynk submitted as Special Rapporteur to the United Nations General Assembly focused on the role and challenges faced by human rights defenders in the region.

Read the October 26, 2017 media release and Michael Lynk’s second report on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, or watch his press conference online.

This event is organized by the Canadian Friends of Sabeel and co-sponsored by Emmanuel College.

Note: if you are unable to make it to campus for the event, you can also register for the livestream yourself for $5.

Palestinian handicrafts at Just One World

Our friends at Humanserve International will be selling a range of Palestinian handicrafts at the annual Just One World ethical marketplace.

Saturday, November 25 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Sunday November 26 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
St. Basil’s Cultural Centre
10819 71 Avenue (map)

This special market features beautiful handicrafts of stunning workmanship from all over the world. The volunteer participants and vendors represent non-governmental organizations based in Edmonton. The handicrafts are bought at fair prices that are set by the global artisans and the monies raised support the on-going health, education and development projects of the various non-profit and charitable groups.

Humanserve International ‘s table will feature the following:

  • Traditional hand-painted pottery from Palestine
  • Kaffiyehs from Palestine and Syria
  • Hand-made olive oil soaps from Lebanon in a variety of natural scents
  • Traditional tatreez embroidery from Palestine
  • Information about HSI and our projects … and much more!

 

Rabbi Arik Ascherman in Edmonton

Israeli Rabbi Arik Ascherman, founder of Rabbis for Human Rights and Torah of Justice, will be speaking twice in Edmonton on November 22.

The Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education & Action is hosting a presentation with Israeli Rabbi Arik Ascherman.

Rabbi Arik Ascherman
Wednesday, November 22 (1:00 pm)
#113, 11148 84 Avenue (map)

Ascherman led Rabbis for Human Rights for 21 years, and has currently involved with an organization he founded, “Torat Tzedek” (Torah of Justice). He is known for putting himself in physical danger in the defense of others, and is widely recognized as a leading Israeli advocate for universal human rights as a Jewish and Zionist obligation.

Rabbi Ascherman will speak from the Jewish tradition about the state of Israel’s democracy, the blessings and challenges of power, and current human rights challenges regarding Palestinians, socio-economic justice for Israelis, African asylum seekers in Israel and Israel’s Bedouin citizens. This will be an informal afternoon, he will speak for about 15 minutes and then we’ll have time for Q & A and general discussion.

Light refreshments will be served so please RSVP with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education & Action at 780-413-6159 or edminterfaithcentre.ca.

Note: The building entrance is in the back lane across from Tim Horton’s. There is very limited parking, so please plan to park elsewhere, the lot across 84 Avenue (south of the building) is the cheapest.

St Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta is hosting a session with Ascherman and Rabbi Daniel Friedman later that evening.

When I Think of Bethlehem….
Wednesday, November 22 (7:00 pm)
Newman Centre, St. Joseph’s College (map)

Both Rabbi Friedman and Rabbi Ascherman will offer their response to the statement, “When I think of Bethlehem …”

Full details are available on the St. Joseph’s College website.