KCL Action Palestine, UCL Friends of Palestine Society, LSE Palestine Society, Goldsmiths Palestine Campaign, UEL Palestine Society andSOAS Palestine Society invite you all to the opening plenary of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2016 on the topic: “Confronting oppression at home and abroad: Palestine in the global context.”
Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 (IAW) comes as Palestinian youth and students across historic Palestine are intensifying their struggle against a decades-long brutal Israeli settler-colonial regime.
Speakers: Steven Salaita, Sahar Francis, Malia Bouattia and Rafeef Ziadah.
Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.
The Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Author of “Uncivil Rites:Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom”. Salaita won a 2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for writing the book Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where It Comes from and What it Means for Politics Today.
The director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, Addameer offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners’ rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.
Black Students’ Officer at the National Union of Students and co-founder of Black Women’s Forum UK.
Chair: Rafeef Ziadah
A Palestinian spoken word poet, a postdoctoral research fellow at SOAS and a member of the Palestine BDS National Committee secretariat.
To find more information about Israeli Apartheid Weeks all over the world, please visit: http://apartheidweek.org/
For folks interested in Palestine studies & settler colonialism. New article I co-wrote with Brenna Bhandar. Hope its useful…
“We aim to reflect on some of the political challenges that the term poses, for those engaging in anti-colonial movements and solidarity struggles with Indigenous communities and Palestinians, highlighting the contradictions of using the settler colonial analytic in the legal realm and pointing to shortcomings of using the settler-colonial framework too narrowly. Relatedly, we consider some of the worrying omissions from the emerging academic discourse on settler colonialism that exacerbate these political challenges.”
“I think there’s something extremely powerful about the role of art in sustaining us as human beings,” says London-based poet and activist Rafeef Ziadah in a recent interview with The Electronic Intifada.
“And if you look at social movements generally, what we remember of them is the poetry, the music, the art, the theater — those moments generate a specific art form.”
Ziadah’s new album, We Teach Life, combines poetry and music and makes a deliberate connection between activism and art.
“It’s difficult to me to separate out the politics [from poetry] because it’s ingrained in my entire history — being born into a war and invasion in Lebanon, growing up undocumented as a Palestinian refugee, seeing the first intifada, the second intifada, the current popular uprising that’s going on on the ground — it speaks to me,” Ziadah explains to interviewer Hazem Jamjoum.
A video of Ziadah performing her poem “We Teach Life” has gained almost 900,000 views on YouTube since 2011.
Central to the theme of We Teach Life are the right of return of Palestinian refugees and the sieges of Beirut in 1982 and on Gaza now, Ziadah says, adding, “I often say that we Palestinians have been under siege since Israel’s settler-colonial project began. It’s just different forms of sieges on different parts of us.”
Ziadah worked with musician and composer Phil Monsour, who produced the album and most of the music it features. “We really wanted to try and make music that highlighted the words,” she says. “I wanted to make sure that there’s an Arab sound and a contemporary sound and that you could still feel the words very strongly.”
Her first album, Hadeel, was “widely beloved,” says Jamjoum, “and something tells me this one is going to be even more beloved.”
New Album “We Teach Life”
Thanks for all the nice messages about the new album ‘We Teach Life’. I am very excited about the blend of poetry and music we have created and look forward to sharing it with you. But before we can release the new album we need your help in the final stages of production!
We have come far, but crucial parts like the mastering, design and manufacturing of CDs are yet to happen. So here’s the crowd funding appeal I had mentioned. I hope you can support it, as well as share it widely. It’s an all or nothing campaign – if we don’t make the target we don’t get anything – so every little bit counts!
Thanks for your support.
Looking forward to Brussels soon. 7-9 May for poetry workshops and performances.
Saturday 18 October 2014 3 – 7pm
Amnesty International UK
17-25 New Inn Yard
Join Palestine Legal Action Network (PLAN) and War on Want for a meeting and discussion with legal experts and campaigners: Where does international law stand on Israel?
2014 marks the 10 year anniversary of the International Court of Justice ruling on the illegality of Israel’s Wall. What have the effects of this ruling been on the ground? Can we utilize law to achieve justice for Palestinians and how can you support legal actions and join justice for Palestine campaigns?
John Duggard, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 2001–2008; judge ad hoc International Court of Justice.
Sahar Francis, General Director of Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, providing legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons.
Nimer Sultany, Lecturer in Public Law, School of Law, SOAS, University of London. Previously, he was Postdoctoral Fellow at SUNY Law School. He holds an SJD from Harvard.
Rafeef Ziadah is Senior Campaigns Officer at War on Want and member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions national committee secretariat.
Chaired by Brenna Bhandar, Senior Lecturer in law at SOAS School of Law.
No registration necessary, but seating is limited so please arrive early to guarantee seat.
Now online Al Jazeera’s “Inside Story” debate featuring me & former Israel UN ambassador.
What most people don’t realize is that with the support of trade unions, faith groups, nongovernmental organizations and grass-roots movements around the world, BDS campaigning is widespread and has achieved significant success in recent years.
My article in the Guardian
If governments refuse to act on Gaza, we must emulate the methods that isolated South Africa during apartheid.
“Operation Protective Edge” is under way, with air strikes in Gaza, 22 Palestinians killed and rockets fired at Israel. 10 years ago the International Court of Justice declared the Israeli separation wall illegal under international law. Has anything changed? (Read more)