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Israelis in Non-Israeli Universities
Ilan Pappe in a Palestinian conference: "Zionist Apartheid and the One Country solution.” Friday May 2nd, Canada

SPHR: Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights - National Site | Stand with Palestine across Canadian campuses - Home!

--Friday May 2nd. (McGILL U. Leacock Building Room 132. 855 Sherbrooke Street W. ) 

5pm Registration for conference membership.

7pmKeynote Presentation:“ Zionist Apartheid and the One Country solution.”  Dr. Ilan Pappe and Ali Abunimah,

--SATURDAY May 3rd. (Concordia U. 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. )

10am-1pm – Room H-535 Workshop: "Knowing Ourselves" - Groups are to introduce themselves and can book a 15 minute period for a more extensive presentation.

1pm Lunch

2:30pm-5pm – Room H-535 SPHR GM, Part 1 - Introduction to SPHR's structure and nominations for Board of Directors representatives.

7pmRoom H-937 Saturday plenary: "Native Solidarity from Here to Palestine ; Dr. Roland Chrisjohn, Laith Marouf and Jamila Ghadar

--SUNDAY May 4th. (Concordia U. 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. )

11am-1pm Room H-535 Workshop: "Ideas for Our Movement" - Registered groups are welcome to book a 15 minute period to present campaigns or projects that could benefit us all. 

1pmLunch, demonstration, and direct action activities. (time permitting)

3:00pm-5pm Room H-535 SPHR GM, Part 2 - Ratifying motions and campaigns along with electing the executive team. 

5pm Room H-110 Closing plenary: “Boycott, Direct Action and Movement Building;

Prof. Margaret Aziza Pappano, Prof. Salem Valley, Dana Olwan, and Adam Haniah


Bridge of Return

 Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) 10th Anniversary Conference

during the 60th year of ethnic cleansing in Palestine  

May 2-4, 2008 in Montréal, Canada

Featuring Ilan Pappe, Ali Abunimah, Roland Chrisjohn and more.. 




Call out to all persons working in Solidarity with the Palestinian people in North America. To all students, professors, and solidarity activists; please join us in our Annual Conference, May 2-5, 2008 in Montreal to confront the 60th year of the Palestinian Nakbah.

SPHR this year will be 10 years old.  We are calling on all student groups, professors and solidarity activists working for Palestinian Human Rights in North America to join us in Montreal for the weekend of May 2nd to 4th 2008, for more than just a debate.  We are organizing for a genuine exchange between all members of our community so that we can better defend our common cause for justice in Palestine. 

We are holding a series of roundtables, workshops, and direct action activities that run under three categories.  Those categories are:  

  • Zionist Apartheid and the One State Solution.
  • Indigenous Solidarity from Here to Palestine.
  • Tools for Justice: BDS, Direct Actions, and Movement Building.

 We will also be holding the General Assembly for SPHR members, including the elections of the 2008/09 SPHR Board of Directors and Executive team.

Registration details:

Conference Registration includes lunches, refreshments, free entree to evening public panels and for non students 1 year membership in SPHR-National.  

Costs: $30/Students; $50 for non-students.

Location(s): May 2nd “Opening Plenary” event will take place in McGill University. All other events/workshops will be held in Concordia University May 3rd and 4th.

Registration: email info@sphr.org or at the conference locations Starting May 2 @ 5pm.

Details: Evening events are open to the public with a minimum donation of $5.

Prof. Ilan Pappe was born in Haifa to German-Jewish parents who had fled Nazi persecution in the 1930s. He graduated from the Hebrew University in 1978, and obtained his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1984. He was the Academic Director of the Research Institute for Peace at Givat Haviva from 1993 to 2000, and is currently teaching at the University of Exeter in Britain.  His early books dealt with Israeli policy in 1948, a subject he has returned to in his latest book, "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine".

Ali Abunimah, a writer and commentator on Middle East affairs is the co-founder of Electronic Intifada.  Abunimah makes the radical argument that what is needed is one state shared by Palestinians and Israelis in his book, One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.  His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Jordan Times, Lebanon's Daily Star and Ha'aretz, among others.  He was born in the United States and grew up in Europe. Both of his parents are originally from Palestine and he currently lives in Chicago.

Rezeq Faraj was born in Palestine before the 1948 Nakba and creation of the State of Israel. He grew up in the Dehiesha refugee camp near Bethlehem where family members still live. In 1966, after a stay in Europe, Rezeq Faraj arrived in Canada. After 28 years in teaching, he retired in March 2003. Rezeq Faraj is the author of the book, "Palestine : le refus de dispara�tre".  He is the co-founder of Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) in Montreal.

Dr. Roland Chrisjohn is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Confederacy of the Haudenausaunee (Iroquois). He received his Ph. D. in 1981 from the University of Western Ontario in Personality and Psychometrics, and obtained certification as a Clinical Psychologist in 1986. He has been involved in indigenous affairs in Canada for over 30 years, participating in a variety of ways in different aspects of the struggle. He has worked with Aboriginal young offenders, women's
organization, prisoner's associations, family and children services, and suicide intervention programs.  He has written more than 50 articles on a variety of subjects, and is author of The Circle Game: Shadows and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada (Theytus Press, 1997). Dr. Chrisjohn is currently working on one book on Racism in Canada and another on Suicide.

Laith Marouf majored in Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal where he held the office of VP Internal at the Concordia Student Union (2001). He is currently the Chapter Coordinator at SPHR-National and also is the Executive Producer of  CKUT's "Under the Olive Tree" - eastern Canada's only Palestinian community radio show. Since visiting the Grassy Narrow Blockade on Ojibway land in the winter of 2003, he has traveled as a media activist to Native communities across Canada.

Jamila Ghadar is a founding member of SPHR at McMaster University. She has been a vocal member of her Arab community in London, Ontario. She also was among members of SPHR who mobilized in support of Six Nations struggles.

Prof. Margaret Aziza Pappano is an Associate Professor of English at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario; her specialty is medieval literature. In 2006 she visited the West Bank as part of the institute, "Connecting Dearborn and Jerusalem," sponsored by the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of

Prof. Salem Valley is a South African activist and a former regional executive member of the high school South African Student's Movement (SASM). He is the chairperson of the Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Anti-War Coalition in South Africa.  Vally is currently a visiting scholar at the School of Social Sciences at York University in Toronto.

Dana Olwan (PhD '09 ) is national chair of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and is an active member of the SPHR chapter on her campus.  She is currently teaching in the English Department at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  She is a 5th year PhD student in the English Department

Adam Hanieh is a graduate student at York University, Toronto, and co-author of Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel's Detention of Palestinian Children (Pluto Press, 2004). His research interests include the political economy of neo-liberalism, and Middle East politics. He is currently active with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid. 


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