Israeli Apartheid Week – discipline – Mar 10

apartheid, n.
[Afrikaans, lit. ‘separateness’, f. Du. apart (ad. F. à part APART adv.) + heid -HOOD.] Name given in South Africa to the segregation of the inhabitants of European descent from the non-European (Coloured or mixed, Bantu, Indian, etc.); applied also to any similar movement elsewhere; also, to other forms of racial separation (social, educational, etc.). Also fig. and attrib.

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement.

Last year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) took place in more than 40 cities across the globe. IAW 2009 happened in the wake of Israel’s barbaric assault on the people of Gaza. Lectures, films, and actions made the point that these latest massacres further confirm the true nature of Israeli Apartheid.

IAW 2010 takes place following a year of incredible successes for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the global level. Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of theses successes along with the many injustices that continue to make BDS so crucial in the battle to end Israeli Apartheid. Speakers and full programme for each city will be available soon.

Join us in making 2010 a year of struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality, and peace.

Abu Dis * Atlanta * Berkeley * Beirut * Bethlehem * Birzeit * Boston * Caracas * Chicago * Copenhagen * Edmonton * Fredericton * Halifax * Hamilton * Hebron * Jenin * Jericho * Johannesburg * Kingston * London (UK) * Montréal * Nablus * New York City * Oakland * Ottawa * Oxford * Peterborough * Pisa * Qalqilya * Salfit * San Francisco * Toronto * Tulkarem * Vancouver * Waterloo

There are nearly 11 million Palestinians worldwide, and only a little over five million of them live in what was once considered Mandate Palestine (the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel). The majority of Palestinians worldwide are displaced people or descendants of displaced people, having been made refugees in one of the several wars since the creation of Israel.

End the occupation!
The West Bank and Gaza are both Occupied. Though some may argue that occupation is as simple as the presence of soldiers, Gaza has been blockaded for years. Neither the West Bank or Gaza has control over its own:

– Water
– Land
– Airspace
– Airwaves
– Ports
– Electricity
– “Borders”, i.e. granting of visas and freedom of movement in and out of neighboring countries
– Building permits, zoning laws, tenant laws
– Economic imports/exports

Tear down the apartheid wall

The wall erected by Israel cuts wildly across the Occupied West Bank, defacto annexing parts of West Bank land on the Palestinian side of the Green Line, isolating Jerusalem, strangling freedom of movement of people and goods, and threatening current and future issues w/r/t sovereignty. At its “best” it acts as a giant wall keeping Palestinians out of Israel, at its worst it is a land grab and physical prison wall. It’s three or four times as high as the Berlin wall and several times its length.

Full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel

Though Israel assures us that Palestinian citizens of Israel (called 48s by some) enjoy equality within their enlightened system, a basic walk around Jerusalem will prove this is not so. Palestinian citizens of Israel are shortchanged in federal education dollars, permit acquisition, threatened with loss of citizenship, and victims of endemic racism.

Right of return for Palestinian refugees

It’s hard to imagine never being able to go back to where it was you were born and raised. However, Palestinians deal with this on a day-to-day basis. Many still hold keys to their homes which have since been razed or settled. Land is an important part of Palestinian identity. It’s ridiculous to speak about a two state solution wherein refugees are excluded, or to grant one group of Palestinians autonomy without granting autonomy to all Palestinians. IAW demands the right of return for all Palestinians, so that people may at least be able to go back and see their land again.

Feel free to ask questions. I will be posting ways for you to get involved with ending Israeli Apartheid. Some resources to kick off the thread:
Official website of Israeli Apartheid Week
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions strategy
Ma’an News, an indigenous Palestinian news agency
UNOCHA appeal for Palestine 2009, showing roadblocks, barriers, etc
UNRWA, the UN org for Refugee services, focusing mainly on Palestinian refugees

Some good reads to start on the issue:

The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict, 7th Edition by Walter Laqueur

A good collection of primary resources and historical documents relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict, including UN docs, treaties, etc.

Breaking the Silence

An Israeli watchdog organization that collects testimony from soldiers serving in Israel’s armed forces.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe

In his latest work, renowned Israeli author and academic Pappe (A History of Modern Palestine) does not mince words, doing Jimmy Carter one better (or worse, depending on one’s point of view) by accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity beginning in the 1948 war for independence, and continuing through the present. Focusing primarily on Plan D (Dalet, in Hebrew), conceived on March 10, 1948, Pappe demonstrates how ethnic cleansing was not a circumstance of war, but rather a deliberate goal of combat for early Israeli military units led by David Ben-Gurion, whom Pappe labels the “architect of ethnic cleansing.” The forced expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians between 1948-49, Pappe argues, was part of a long-standing Zionist plan to manufacture an ethnically pure Jewish state. Framing his argument with accepted international and UN definitions of ethnic cleansing, Pappe follows with an excruciatingly detailed account of Israeli military involvement in the demolition and depopulation of hundreds of villages, and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Arab inhabitants. An accessible, learned resource, this volume provides important inroads into the historical antecedents of today’s conflict, but its conclusions will not be easy for everyone to stomach: Pappe argues that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues today, and calls for the unconditional return of all Palestinian refugees and an end to the Israeli occupation. Without question, Pappe’s account will provoke ire from many readers; importantly, it will spark discussion as well.

The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood by Rashid Khalidi

Historian Khalidi (Resurrecting Empire), a leading expert on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, brings vital perspective to Palestinian attempts to achieve independence and statehood. Admirably synthesizing the latest scholarship and concentrating on the period of the British Mandate (1920–1948) established by the League of Nations after WWI, Khalidi describes the process by which a newly arrived European Jewish minority overcame, with help from its imperial ally, the claims and rights of the native Arab majority in what became Israel and the occupied territories. Khalidi shows Palestinians under the mandate facing comparatively severe systemic, institutional and constitutional obstacles to the development of any para-state structure—contrary to British promises of Arab independence and Article 4 of the Covenant of the League of Nations. Meanwhile, the Jewish minority could count on a system biased in its favor to develop the structures that became those of the Israeli government in 1948 amid violent expulsion of over half the indigenous population. In bringing this narrative up to the present, Khalidi rigorously details the missteps of the Palestinians and their leadership. Khalidi curiously refrains from drawing any detailed proposal of his own to resolve the ongoing conflict, but his first-rate and up-to-date historical and political analysis of the Palestinian predicament remains illuminating.

Palestine by Joe Sacco (intro by Edward Said)

Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present, for the first time, a single-volume collection of this 288-page landmark of journalism and the artform of comics. Interest in Sacoo has never been higher than with the release of his critically acclaimed book, Safe Area Gorazde.

Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (where he conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews), Palestine was the first major comics work of political and historical nonfiction by Sacco, who has often been called the first comic book journalist.

Sacco’s insightful reportage takes place at the front lines, where busy marketplaces are spoiled by shootings and tear gas, soldiers beat civilians with reckless abandon, and roadblocks go up before reporters can leave. Sacco interviewed and encountered prisoners, refugees, protesters, wounded children, farmers who had lost their land, and families who had been torn apart by the Palestinian conflict.

In 1996, the Before Columbus Foundation awarded Palestine the seventeenth annual American Book Award, stating that the author should be recognized for his “outstanding contribution to American literature,” while his publisher, Fantagraphics, is “to be honored for their commitment to quality and their willingness to take risks that accompany publishing outstanding books and authors that may not prove ‘cost-effective’ in the short run.”

This new edition of Palestine also features a new introduction from renowned author, critic, and historian Edward Said, author of Peace and Its Discontents and The Question of Palestine and one of the world’s most respected authorities on the Middle Eastern conflict.

I might be posting excerpts of this later on.

Some good movies and documentaries to watch:

Paradise Now (2005)

About two boyhood friends who sign up to become suicide bombers. This powerful film was shot mostly in Nablus and is available for streaming from Netflix (so you can watch it now) or on youtube.

The Lemon Tree (2008)

About a widow who is protecting her land from settlers. Also shot on location. Available on Netflix.

Under the Bombs (2007)

About a mother who is searching for her family in southern Lebanon after the 2006 Israeli invasion. Shot on location and available on Netflix streaming.

Death in Gaza (2004)

A documentary about the martyr culture in Gaza, about the conditions the Gazans live in, and also the death of the documentarian while making this film. Available on Netflix, Google Video, and YouTube.

Feel free to add to this list and I will update this post as needed.


Here is a list of places where events are officially being held:

* Al Quds * Amsterdam * Bard (NY) * Beirut * Bethlehem * Bogota * Bologna * Boston * Cape Town * Caracas * Chicago * Connecticut * Dundee * Durban * Eastern Cape * Edinburgh * Edmonton * Gaza * Glasgow * Hamilton * Ireland * Jenin * Johannesburg * Kingston * London (ON) * Melbourne * Montréal * New York City * Ottawa * Oxford * Peterborough * Pisa * Pretoria * Providence * Puebla * Roma * San Francisco * Seattle * Tilburg * Toronto * Utrecht * Vancouver * Waterloo * Winnipeg

Also, for those who live in Oregon:
Tesla Insanely Coil posted:

Israel and Palestine: Two States or One?

University of Oregon’s Lawrence Hall, Room 115, on Friday, March 5 at 1 pm.

Palestinian one-state advocate to appear at UO

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada website and author of One Country – A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse will appear at the University of Oregon’s Lawrence Hall, Room 115 , on Friday, March 5 at 1 pm . For two decades negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians to achieve a “two-state solution” have gone nowhere. Abunimah and many others believe that a single, integrated state with equality for all its citizens is the only viable, democratic answer. The presentation is sponsored by the UO Arab Student Union and the Al-Nakba Awareness Project.

And for those who live in Massachusetts:
Rickshaw posted:

Come see Chomsky and Amy Goodman talk at Harvard Memorial Church this Saturday at noon!!!!!!! YEA (Not sure if it’s about IAW but I’m sure they’ll mention it)

For those of you in Pennsylvania:

story posted:

Philadelphia Israeli Apartheid Week Calendar

First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year, more than 25 cities around the world participated in the week’s activities, which also commemorated 60 years since the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes and land in 1947-1948. IAW 2008 was launched with a live broadcast from the South African township of Soweto by Palestinian leader and former member of the Israeli Knesset, Azmi Bishara.

This year, IAW occurs in the wake of Israel’s barbaric assault against the people of Gaza. Lectures, films, and actions will make the point that these latest massacres further confirm the true nature of Israeli Apartheid. IAW 2009 will continue to build and strengthen the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement at a global level.

Join us in Philadelphia for a week of action and education.

Saturday, February 28: Gaza Fundraiser

5-8pm Calvary Church 48 & Baltimore Featuring: Middle Eastern Food, Presentations by Doctor Labiq Syed & Doctor Labib Syed, brothers of John Hopkins & members of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, who recently traveled overseas to provide care in war-torn Gaza and will share information about their trip.

Spoken Word: Poets Aysha El Shamayleh & Ashraf Osman, Music by: Paddy Corcoran (of Paddy and the Hostages), Informational Loop Presentation created by Aine Fox Tickets: $10 – General Admission $25 & Above – Solidarity $5 for unemployed & students Call 215-724-1618 or email for ticket information or to make reservations.All proceeds to the Emergency Gaza Appeal of the United Palestinian Appeal Sunday,

Sunday, March 1st and Monday, March 2nd: City-wide Guerrilla Media Event

email for more information

Tuesday, March 3rd: Occupation 101 Documentary Screening followed by an Open Forum

Fisher-Bennett 401 (3340 Walnut St).
Co-Sponsored by: Penn for Palestine, SUSTAIN, Jews for a Just Peace
Join us as we watch this wonderful documentary, followed by an open forum.

Documentary Synopsis:
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict — ‘Occupation 101’ presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.


Wednesday March 4th: Protest Motorola!

Meet at 12:30pm at 18th and Chestnut to protest Motorola’s complicity in Israel’s human rights violations and military occupation. There are 4 cell phone stores at 18th and Chestnut, all who sell Motorola phones and we will call on the corporation to cease producing and selling equipment to the Israeli army to prevent its involvement in future abuses.

Email for more info

Thursday, March 5th: Divestment Teach in, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine

Temple SJP reignites their divestment campaign with a Divestment Teach-In at 5:30 pm in the Student Center (corner of 13th and Montgomery) room 220.

Email for more information

Friday, March 6th: Bubbes and Zaydes Israeli Consulate Vigil

Noon, Corner of 19th and JFK Email for more information

Saturday, March 7th: Silent candlelight protest at the Opening Night Gala of the Israeli Film Festival

Candlelight Demonstration at the “Gala Opening” of the Israeli Film Festival of Greater Philadelphia — gather at 7pm in front of the Gershman YMHA (Broad and Pine Streets) – please dress in black, bring a candle and join Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace in solidarity with the Palestinian people

contact for more info

Sunday, March 8th: International Women’s Day March

At 12 Noon, we will rally at City Hall, march down Broad Street with banners, signs, songs and chants, and continue the program with our afternoon Speakout and Cultural Performances, at 260 South Broad Street. Bring Palestinian flags, banners, and signs supporting Palestinian women and children.


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