Israeli Apartheid Week 2013
The Ninth Annual IAW 2013 will take special care to voice the narrative of the changing regional context. Around the world, people are standing in solidarity with each other in struggles for democracy, equity, human rights and economic justice. The resolve of Palestinians as they continue their 64 year struggle against colonization, occupation and apartheid has provided inspiration for movements struggling for freedom, justice and equality around the world. Palestine, too, will be free.
FRIDAY, March 1st
IAW Opening Party Featuring Palestinian spoken word artists Suheir Hammad and Remi Kanazi, and Aboriginal hand-drumming group Eagle Woman Singers
Doors open 7 PM, $15, no advance tickets, limited capacity
Location: Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue
With a presentation by FUSE magazine and Basil AlZeri
SUNDAY, March 3rd
Who's Afraid of Syria's Popular Revolution?
Speaker: Razan Ghazzawi
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Ryerson University, Rogers Communication Centre, Eaton Lecture Theatre (RCC204), 80 Gould Street (at Church and Gould)
Razan Ghazzawi, a blogger from Syria who started blogging using an alias, Golaniya, when Israel launched a war against Lebanon 2006. When the Syrian revolution broke out in March 2011, Razan was among those who disseminated updates on demonstrations taking place across Syria using her real name. She was detained twice during the revolution, her SCM colleagues blogger Hussein Ghrer and Hani Zetani along with her boss Mazen Darwich, are still in prison ever since regime security forces raided SCM office in Damascus 16th February 2012. Razan was awarded by Front Line Defenders 2012.
TUESDAY, March 5th
Film Screening: Roadmap to Apartheid
with discussion by Randa Farah
6:45 - 9:00 PM
Location: Hot Docs Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West
Co-sponsored with Cinema Politica
Roadmap to Apartheid, narrated by Alice Walker, is an award-winning documentary that is the first to offer an in-depth exploration of parallels between the South African and Israeli forms of apartheid, while serving a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the apartheid anaysis of Israeli and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement.
Randa Farah, Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario. Dr. Farah is researcher and specialist on Palestinian refugees, and will also participate in the Q & A after the film.
Admission is by donation.
WEDNESDAY, March 6th
From The Roots: Building Resistance Across Colonized Lands
Speakers: Crystal Lameman and Riham Barghouti
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: York University, Curtis Lecture Hall F
This panel will explore the different forms of indigenous resistance to both Canadian and Israeli colonialism, and the possibility for links of solidarity to be made between these two connected struggles. The focus will be on indigenous resistance to environmental degradation and tar sands development on Turtle Island, the recent emergence of the Idle No More movement, and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in solidarity with the Palestinian anti-apartheid struggle.
Crystal Lameman is a Beaver Lake Cree First Nation Activist based in Alberta, Canada. She takes an active role in defending the rights of Indigenous People from a grassroots level. Crystal has toured many cities and countries speaking out against the injustices of the Fuel Quality Directive and the Canadian tar sands importation into Europe. She is an alumni member of the Front-Line Fellowship program through the Environmental Action Coalition in Washington DC. She has also attended many conferences including the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainability. Currently she is doing contractual work with the Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign and Sierra Club Prairie Chapter as the Alberta Climate and Energy Campaigner.
Riham Barghouti is a Palestinian American activist who lived in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for 10 years. She currently resides in New York City where she works as a teacher. Ms. Barghouti is a founding member of Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and PACBI, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Ms. Barghouti holds a Masters in Education from Pace University, a Masters in Gender, Law and Development from Birzeit University and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Hunter College, City University of New York.
THURSDAY, March 7th
Peace vs. Pacification
Speaker: Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Koffler House 108, University of Toronto, 569 Spadina Crescent
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – a working group of OPIRG-Toronto
Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti is Lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield, England. He received his doctorate from Oxford University and was subsequently elected to a research fellowship there (2009-2012). He is the author of the multi-award winning Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-76 (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is currently co-authoring, with Dr Karma Nabulsi, a book on the history of the Palestinian revolution.
THURSDAY, March 7th
Israeli Activism against Occupation and Apartheid: Strategies for Solidarity
Speaker: Noa Shaindlinger
Afternoon, time TBA
Location: York University, Room TBA
As an Israeli anti-israeli-apartheid activist, Noa Shaindlinger will first discuss her involvement in Zochrot, a Tel-Aviv NGO whose mission statement it to educate Israeli-Jews about the Nakba and preserve the memory of pre-1948 Palestine. Noa also joined anarchists against the wall and participated in demonstrations and other actions against the current realities of land theft, expanding settlements and limitations imposed on the freedom of movement of Palestinians. She will speak about the nature of this type of solidarity work, the joint struggle and its internal tensions and pitfalls.
FRIDAY, March 8th
I Come From There: Stories of the Living Resistance
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Ryerson University, Oakham House, Thomas Lounge, 63 Gould st.
An intimate and rare night of storytelling featuring a cross-section of Palestinian elders, youth, artists, and activists from the community. Through personal stories, folk tales, and poetry, loved ones will share their diverse experiences of living in the diaspora, under occupation, and as refugees. The night will be an ode to our past, present, and future.
SUNDAY, March 10th
The Palestinian Question and International Law
(2013 James Graff Memorial Lecture)
Speaker: Afif Safieh
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM