Edmonton Israeli Apartheid Week 2016

March 3, 2016

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MARCH 21 – 24, 2016 ** ALL EVENTS FREE **

Palestine Solidarity Network presents a week of presentations, film screenings, and panel discussions in solidarity with Palestinian resistance to Israeli apartheid policies, and to raise awareness about the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

All IAW 2016 events are open to everyone, and are free of charge. Directions on how to get to the venues is below.

Edmonton IAW 2016 is organized by Palestine Solidarity Network with support from Independent Jewish Voices-Alberta, the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism (ECAWAR), and the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG).

For information about Israeli Apartheid Week events around the world, visit apartheidweek.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 21

Apartheid in Palestine
Featuring Dr. Ghada Ageel
Monday, March 21 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-190
SW corner of 87 Avenue & 114 Street, U of A campus (map)

RSVP and invite your friends on the Facebook event page.

Despite its use by former US Presidents, South African activists, and even Israeli government officials to describe the situation faced by Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, Occupied East Jerusalem and Israel proper (’48 Palestinians), the term “Israeli apartheid” is still routinely attacked as an unfair framing of the conflict.

Based on her newly released book, Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences, Dr. Ghada Ageel will look at the use of the term apartheid to describe the Palestinian experience under occupation, looking at both the analogy to South African apartheid and the formal definition of apartheid as enshrined in international law.

Dr. Ghada Ageel is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta and a columnist for the Middle East Eye, an online news portal based in London, England. A third-generation Palestinian refugee, Ghada was born and raised in the Khan Younis Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. She holds a PhD and MA in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter and a BA in Education from the Islamic University of Gaza.

She is the contributing editor to the new book Apartheid In Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences, published in January by the University of Alberta Press. Dr. Ageel’s work has also been widely published in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Hill, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, The Journal for Palestine Studies, Palestine Chronicle, and many Arabic newspapers throughout the Middle East.


TUESDAY, MARCH 22

Witnessing Apartheid: Activist Experiences in Palestine
Featuring Eoin Murray, Dawn Waring, and Carmen Jarrah
Tuesday, March 22 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-190
SW corner of 87 Avenue & 114 Street, U of A campus (map)

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The reality of the Palestinian experience of Israeli apartheid is seen by most Canadians through the lens of mainstream media coverage and, increasingly, hasbara-driven misrepresentations of the situation in Palestine/Israel. Experiencing the plight of Palestinians first-hand offers an entirely different – and much more realistic – understanding of the conflict.

This panel will feature the voices, experiences, and reflections of three Edmonton activists – Eoin Murray, Dawn Waring, and Carmen Jarrah – who have recently returned from their own individual visits to Gaza, the West Bank, and Occupied East Jerusalem.

Carmen Taha Jarrah is a local writer who retired recently from a 35-year career writing and editing professional communications for government. She is a peace activist, local and international volunteer and has travelled widely in the Middle East, including making multiple visits to Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories.

She is the author of the book, Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land, which was published last March, and based on her experiences as a member of the Arab Jewish Women’s Peace Coalition from Edmonton and as a volunteer picking olives for Palestinians.

Dawn Waring has been to Palestine and Israel numerous times, including co-leading exposure trips to the region in 2009 and 2012. With the support of the United Church of Canada, in mid-December she returned from her third three-month term with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (2012, 2013, and 2015). She is a committed activist for peace with justice.

Eoin Murray is an Irish author who lived in Gaza during the Second Intifada. He recently returned from his latest trip to both Gaza, the West Bank, and Occupied East Jerusalem.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

The Wanted 18
Film Screening
Wednesday, March 23 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Education Centre South, Room 129
87 Avenue & 113 Street, U of A campus (map)

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It’s 1987, and the first Palestinian Intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation is spreading across the West Bank.

Residents of the village of Beit Sahour want local alternatives to Israeli goods, including milk, which they’ve been buying from an Israeli company. Activists in the town decide to create a co-operative dairy farm, and purchase 18 cows from an Israeli kibbutz and transport them to the West Bank.

And so begins the strange story of the 18 cows.

After some trial and error, the newly minted “lactivists” succeed, the population comes to depend on the “Intifada milk,” and the cows become a symbol of freedom and resistance. But soon the illegal cows, cherished by the Palestinians, were being sought by the Israeli army and declared “a threat to the State of Israel.”

Will the Wanted 18 live to milk another day?

With humour and passion, this film captures the spirit of the First Intifada through the personal experiences of those who lived it. Acclaimed Palestinian artist Amer Shomali illustrated The Wanted 18 and co-directed it with veteran Canadian filmmaker Paul Cowan, combining stop-motion animation, interviews, drawings and archival material to bring to life one of the strangest chapters in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Poignant and thought-provoking, humorous and serious, it shows the power of grassroots activism, peaceful resistance and courage.

National Film Board of Canada, 2014, 75 minutes


THURSDAY, MARCH 24

BDS, Dissidence, and the Fight for Free Speech
Featuring Nisha Nath and Dax D’Orazio
Thursday, March 24 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-190
SW corner of 87 Avenue & 114 Street, U of A campus (map)

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On February 22 the Parliament of Canada passed by a margin of 229-51 (with 57 absences or abstentions) a Conservative motion to “reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement” and “call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”

The motion was the just the latest in a string of international moves aimed at slowing the rapid growth of support for the global Palestinian-led BDS movement. More than two dozen nation, state, or local laws against BDS have been put forward in the United States since 2015, the UK recently banned publicly funded institutions from participating in BDS, and Israel itself has had an anti-BDS law in place since 2011.

But these official moves are just the most recent attack on free speech related to BDS. For years, BDS campaigns by Palestinian solidarity activists on university campuses have been stifled or silenced by anti-boycott campaigns.

This panel will explore the aims of the BDS movement, official reactions to it, the relevance of the anti-BDS backlash in the context of increasingly neoliberal and militarized spheres of power, and what the implications are for broader movements of marginalized/oppressed/dissident people’s movements and free speech.

* While PSN cannot provide childcare for this event, this event is child inclusive so children of all ages are welcome in the room during the panel.

Nisha Nath is a long-time supporter of Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton and is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Nisha is also a contributing editor with Voices-voix and the Dissent, Democracy and the Law Research Network. Her research looks at race, security, dissent and citizenship in Canada.

Dax D’Orazio is former member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) at Carleton University in Ottawa, which campaigned for the university to divest its pension fund from four companies complicit in human rights violations in Palestine. He is now a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.


GETTING THERE

For events on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 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 Jubliee Auditorium.

The building’s north entrance is closest to Room 1-190.

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.

For Wednesday‘s event: Education Centre South is located on 87 Avenue at 113 Street on the University of Alberta campus (map).

Parking

Parking is available the Education car park (map), located just west of Education South on the northeast corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street.

Transit

Take the LRT or Edmonton transit to the University Station and walk one block south to Education Centre south (map).

Cycling

Ample bicycle parking is located near the east entrance of Education Centre South.


Jerusalem in Danger Seminar

October 29, 2015

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Jerusalem in Danger
A seminar on the current situation in Jerusalem
Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 pm
Edmonton Islamic Academy
(14525 127 Street)

Palestine Solidarity Network and the Canada-Palestine Cultural Association are hosting a seminar which will discuss the current Palestinian uprising, especially its implications for occupied East Jerusalem and its citizens.

Speakers:

Dr. Ghada Ageel is a visiting professor at the University of Alberta Political Science Department, an independent scholar, member of PSN and Faculty4Palestine-Alberta, and author of the forthcoming book Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences.

Mr. Mahdi Qasqas is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and Provisional Psychologist and President of 3OWN | Muslim Youth and Family Service.

Sheikh Basheer Hasan is a graduate from Boston University’s Faculty of Education, he holds a degree in Islamic Studies and currently works at the MAC Islamic School in Edmonton as a teacher and administrator. He has also worked as an imam at different mosques across Edmonton.

Eoin Murray is an Irish author who lived in Gaza during the Second Intifada.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.


Rally in Solidarity With Palestine

October 20, 2015

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Rally in Solidarity With Palestine
Sunday, October 25 (1:00 pm)
Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

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As Palestinians continue to rise up against the occupation, settlersIsraeli military, and mob violence against Palestinians continues across Gaza, the West Bank, and occupied East Jerusalem.

Join us in Edmonton to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against the injustice of occupation, and to let our elected officials know that Canadians want peace and justice for the Palestinian people.

For background, you can read a BDS Movement Q&A on the uprisingread an IMEU Q&A on the current uprising in Palestine, Ramzy Baroud’s “Of Course, It is an Intifada: This is What You Must Know“or Ben White’s “Palestinian youth and the ‘force of disobedience’” and “A new intifada? You’re asking the wrong question.”


Speed Sisters at Global Visions Film Festival

May 1, 2015

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Speed Sisters
Edmonton Premiere at the Global Visions Film Festival
Saturday, May 9 (Noon – 2:00 pm)
Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre)
8712-109 Street

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Despite restrictions on movement, a motor racing scene has emerged in the West Bank. The races offer a release from the pressures and uncertainties of life under military occupation. The spirited competition between cities brings spectators out in the thousands, lining rooftops and leaning over barricades to snap photos of their favorite drivers and to catch their final times on the scoreboard.

Brought together by a common desire to live life on their own terms, five determined women have joined the ranks of dozens of male drivers — competing against each other for the title, for bragging rights for their hometown, and to prove that women can compete head on with the guys.

The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. They’re bold. They’re fearless. And they’re tearing up tracks all over Palestine.

Both intimate and action-filled, Speed Sisters captures the drive to defy all odds, leaving in its trail shattered stereotypes about gender and the Arab world.

Speed Sisters in an Hot Docs 2015 Official Selection.

Watch an interview with director Amber Fares and driver Noor Daoud on Canada AM.


Sharing Tea Amidst Conflict

February 8, 2015

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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 sowingseedsofpossibilities@gmail.com


Two Events with Israeli Peace Activist Jeff Halper

January 18, 2015

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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.


Al-Quds Day Rally for Palestine

July 19, 2014

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Al-Quds Day Rally for Palestine
Friday, July 25 (6:00 – 7:30 pm)
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue NW, Edmonton
(Click here for map)

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Edmonton is hosting its third 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 on the last Friday of the Muslim month of Ramadhan.

With the current Israeli massacre in Gaza and the increased levels of repression in Occupied East Jerusalem and the Occupied West Bank, this year’s Al-Quds day is far more than just a day of international commemoration. With the current bloodshed, torture, and injustice happening Palestine, we cannot afford to remain silent. Please join us as we mobilize to make history! Be a part of this global movement. Please spread the word! Remember, you don’t need to be Palestinian to care, you simply have to be human. Free Palestine!

PSN is proud to support the organizers of this third rally in support of the people of Gaza and all of Palestine, following up on emergency solidarity rallies held in Edmonton on July 8 and July 16.

Not in Edmonton? Check out other solidarity rallies happening around the world.

For ongoing updates and analysis about the situation in Gaza, visit Al-Jazeera English, Electronic Intifada, Palestine Chronicle, or Mondoweiss.