Dr. Dalit Baum of University of Haifa and Beit Berl College, who teaches in the field of Gender Studies, and is also the founder of whoprofits.org, is taking part in two different Israel Apartheid Weeks in the United States. Baum spoke on behalf of Code Pink and Global Exchange at a panel of the George Washington University Israel Apartheid Week entitled, “People power and the struggles for freedom in Egypt and Palestine.” According to the Washington Post, Code Pink members protested outside of the AIPAC Policy Conference in 2010, carrying signs stating “G-d hates the Jews,” “You will eat your babies,” as well as signs with an Israeli flag defaced with a swastika. The Code Pink protesters also shouted about supposed “Israeli apartheid” and “Israeli war crimes.” Global Exchange supports BDS against Israel. During this event, which was sponsored by the George Washington University’s Students for Justice in Palestine, Baum spoke about “cooperate accountability to the occupation and how students here can make a difference.” According to the Code Pink event webpage, “corporations all around the world are directly involved in human rights violations and international law violations in the Palestinian occupied territory. We as civil society have the power to change corporate policies, and raise the price of occupation. The talk will provide a short introduction to corporate accountability to the occupation, with examples to campaigns worldwide which had helped weaken and isolate the occupation.” According to the GWU Israel Apartheid Week facebook page, Noura Ereket of Badil also spoke about the “Jewish National Fund” and Nadia Daar, who is one of the original founders of Israel Apartheid Week, spoke about “how Israel creates an apartheid state.”
Meanwhile, on March 9, 2011, Baum will speak as part of New York City’s coalition for Israel Apartheid Week, which took place on a series of New York colleges and universities. At Bard College, Baum will speak on a panel entitled “Economic Activism for Palestine: who are the main profiteers and how can we change the bottom line?” According to the event webpage, “the talk will provide a useful framework for examining corporate accountability for the occupation, and offer some of the latest results of Who Profits' 4-year research effort underlying many of the campaigns around the world. We will discuss some of these campaigns, analyze different tools used, and learn from the victories. Finally, we will close with a discussion about the complicity of U.S. Corporations and possible ways ahead for U.S. activists in changing corporate policies in Palestine.” This event is supposed to be followed by a discussion with Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine activists, who are the ones that organized this Israel Apartheid Week. The Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine claimed that in the last four years, Baum’s organization whoprofits.org “has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine.” They also claim that in addition to Baum being involved with the Coalition of Women for Peace and whoprofits.org that Baum is also directing a new program at Global Exchange entitled “Economic Activism for Palestine,” which seeks to support existing divestment campaigns and to initiate new ones. Other events at the New York Israel Apartheid Week included but was not limited to “Divest from the US Backed Israeli Occupation Now,” “The Iron Wall: Film Screening and Discussion,” “Public Protest,” and “How now BDS? Media, Politics, and Queer Activism.”
While in the United States, Baum also spoke at a conference organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. There, Baum participated in “BDS Panel: Mobilizing the Grassroots----Generating Leverage through Constructive Campaigns.” She also will speak at the Jewish Voice for Peace annual meeting on March 12, 2011. Her panel is entitled “Corporate Accountability for the occupation: Effective tools for local activism.” The goal of this panel is to “examine examples of corporate accountability campaigns around the world focusing on corporate research for campaigns, different ways of effecting corporate policies.” The panel also will discuss “different ways we can organize locally targeting the 5 companies at the focus of the TIAA-CREF campaign.” It should be noted that the Anti-Defamation League listed the Jewish Voice for Peace, along with the Students for Justice in Palestine and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, as amongst the ten most anti-Israel organizations in the United States. All three of these organizations are active proponents of BDS against Israel.
Shir Hever, the son of Hebrew University professor and radical activist Hannan Hever, signed alongside his father a petition entitled Israeli Citizens Say: Do Not Approve Israel's OECD Membership. Shir completed his MA degree at the Tel Aviv University's Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. His MA thesis was entitled "Competing economic theories pertaining to the occupation". Hever's two advisors were radical activists Prof. Adi Ophir, and Dr. Yuval Yonai. Ophir appeared last month on a panel about the state of Israeli democracy and sounded exceedingly pessimistic. Ophir, who in the past supported a “NATO- like strike on Israel to force it to give up the territories to the Palestinians, now says that present- day Israel is not a democracy and is allegedly run by a triumvirate of five people. Hever will speak as part of Israel Apartheid Week in Holland for three different lectures. On March 10, 2011, Hever's lecture is entitled “could the economic policies of Israel be a form of apartheid?” According to the event webpage, Israeli economic policies render Israel to be an apartheid state. “The economic policies used by Israel have” […] led to “entrenched hierarchies and created an artificial separation between different social groups. Israeli society suffers from deep discrimination towards women, towards new immigrants, towards Jews who originate from Arab states and of course towards non-Jews, whether they are citizens of Israel or rightless subjects in the occupied Palestinian territories. These different types of discrimination cannot be separated from each other, and through the story of how the Israeli economic policies have developed towards different ethnic, gender and social groups, one could see the differences and similarities between the Israeli policies and Apartheid in South Africa.”
Israeli post doctoral student Elinor Amit, an ex-Tel Aviv University teacher in statistics and research methods, who currently studies at New York University, spoke alongside Israeli activist Noam Lekach during Boston’s Israel Apartheid Week. Both Amit and Lekach are active in Anarchists against the Wall. According to the Israel Apartheid Week website at Boston University, this event was also a fundraiser for Anarchists against the Wall and took place on March 5, 2011. Boston’s Israel Apartheid Week claims that Anarchists against the Wall “is a direct action group that was established in 2003 in response to the construction of the wall Israel is building on Palestinian land in the Occupied West Bank. The group works in cooperation with Palestinians in a joint popular struggle against the occupation. Since its formation, the group has participated in hundreds of demonstrations and direct actions against the wall specifically, and the occupation generally, all over the West Bank. All of AATW's work in Palestine is coordinated through villages' local popular committees and is essentially Palestinian led.” This event was co-sponsored by American Jews for a Just Peace, Boston College’s Students for Justice in Palestine, the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Code Pink, itsapartheid.org coalition, Jewish Voice for Peace, Northeastern University’s Students for Justice in Palestine, Palestine at MIT, Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine, and by the University of Massachusetts at Boston’s Students for Justice in Palestine. Other events featured in Boston’s Israel Apartheid Week included but were not limited to “Palestine on the precipice with Dianna Buttu, former legal advisor to the PLO.”
On April 2, 2011, Eyal Sivan of Sapir College will be addressing the Israel Apartheid Week in Neuchatel, France, and on April 3, 2011, Sivan will be speaking at the Israel Apartheid Week at La Chaux de Fonds, in France. In both events, his film “Jaffa: The Orange’s Clockwork” will be shown to French pro-Palestinian activists, who will in turn hold a discussion on the film in his presence. According to the La Chaux de Fonds Israel Apartheid Week website, “This film […] recounts the negation of the Palestinian Arabs for sixty years, since the implementation of the State of Israel and her history. The oranges of Jaffa, the orangeries, and before all, the label Jaffa serves the story’s framework for recanting a facet of the Jewish-Arab communal life in Palestine, the story of a colonial desire, the history of an obliteration, of a nationalization, and then of a negation and perhaps a day if G-d and men want it well---the genesis of a communal history.”
On March 10, 2011, Israeli PhD Candidate at the University of Guelph, Amir Locker-Biletzki, who also happens to be an IDF Refusnik, will be speaking in the Israel Apartheid Week in London, Ontario at a panel entitled “Why anti-Zionist Israelis do not recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.” Other events taking place during the Israel Apartheid Week in London, Ontario include but are not limited to a pro-Palestinian demonstration and a fundraiser for a Canadian boat to Gaza.
On March 4, 2011, Tel Aviv University’s PhD Candidate Omar Barghouti spoke at the Israel Apartheid Week at Oxford University alongside former PLO Representative Dr. Karma Nabulsi. The lecture was entitled “The Road to Justice: Boycotting Apartheid.” Other events featured during the Oxford Israel Apartheid Week included “Report back from the Gaza Flotilla,” which featured the executive director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and “The Egyptian Revolution and Palestine.”
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Economic Activism for Palestine: who are the main profiteers, and how can we change the bottom line?
8:00pm - 10:00pm
304 Held Lecture Hall, Barnard College
A presentation by Dr. Dalit Baum of Who Profits? and Global Exchange
Followed by a discussion with activists working for justice in Palestine Hosted by Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine
The talk will provide a useful framework for examining corporate accountability for the occupation, and offer some of the latest results of Who Profits' 4-year research effort underlying many of the campaigns around the world. We will discuss some of these campaigns, analyze different tools used, learn from the victories. Finally wewill close with a discussion about the complicity of U.S. Corporations and possible ways ahead for U.S. activists in changing corporate policies in Palestine.
Dalit Baum, Ph.D., is the founder of "Who Profits from the Occupation?" – an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel (www.whoprofits.org). In the last four years, Who Profits has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine.
Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher in Israel, teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in the Haifa University and the Beit Berl College. This year she is visiting the U.S. as an activist in residence with Global Exchange, directing a new program titled Economic Activism for Palestine, which aims to support existing divestment campaigns in the U.S. as well as and help create new ones through education, training, networking and the development of dedicated tools.
Dalit Baum, Ph.D. is the founder of “Who Profits from the Occupation” (whoprofits.org) in the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. During the last four years, “Who Profits” has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine. She is a feminist scholar and teacher, teaching in the Haifa University and the Beit Berl College.This year she an activist in residence with Global Exchange, directing the Economic Activism project which aims to support existing divestment campaigns in the U.S. as well as help new ones through education, training, networking and the development of dedicated tools.
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Rachel Corrie’s legacy inspires people around the world to create positive, nonviolent change in their communities. The Peace Works series of events and conferences honor that legacy by linking action to critical thought, community organizing, and personal reflection.
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Scheduled workshops and events include:
- Human Rights and Strategies for Justice in Palestine/Israel
- Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns & Grassroots Organizing
- Organizing with the Olympia Rafah Solidarity Mural Project
- Cross Movement Building
- Social Networking as an organizing tool
- Report Back on Trial in Israel by the Corries
- Celebration with music and dancing Sat. evening in Downtown Olympia
- Buffet lunch on Saturday included in the cost of registration
The keynote speaker is Alice Walker, poet, author, and social justice activist.