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Israelis in Non-Israeli Universities
The Post-Zionist Outpost & Israeli Apartheid Week in South Africa

Professor Ran Greenstein

Editorial Note:  

South Africa has become the latest country targeted by radical faculty in pushing the "Israel- is- an- apartheid state" project.
 
Ran Greenstein, an associate professor at the University of  Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, who pursued his BA and MA at the University of Haifa, is a key player in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as well as the "Israeli Apartheid Week" (see below) in South Africa.  Greenstein's book "Genealogies of Conflict: Class, Identity and State in Palestine/Israel and South Africa", published in 1995, compares the historical formation of Israel and South Africa "from the earliest stages of settlement through the critical political changes of 1948 ...the two share remarkably similar patterns of colonization." 

Greenstein has been active in the Russell Tribunal hearings on Israel that were relocated to South Africa to provide a symbolic setting "for trying Israel as an apartheid state". 
 
In his various writings for radical publications and websites, Greenstein has made extensive use of the work by Oren Yiftachel (BGU), Shlomo Sand and Yehouda Shenhav (TAU) to prove the alleged Israel-South Africa analogy.
 
In a book Pretending Democracy: Israel, An Ethnocratic State, published by the Afro Middle East Center, in Johannesburg, Greenstein seeks academic legitimacy for the apartheid concept, in a chapter entitled "Ethnic State: Descriptions, Paradigms, and Prescriptions."  The chapter's footnotes are replete with references to Oren Yiftachel's work on alleged "apartheid regime" in Israel.  Yiftachel and Sand are also listed as contributors in this book.   
 

As IAM reported, Israeli scholars are pivotal in the apartheid-BDS movement.  Though mainstream political science categorizes Israel as a democracy, they use their academic position to produce writings "proving" Israel to be an apartheid state. In turn, this so-called "academic literature" fuels the BDS effort.



http://wiserweb.wits.ac.za/event/book-launch-pretending-democracy-israel-ethnocratic-state

Book Launch: Pretending democracy: Israel, an ethnocratic state

Submitted by Keith Breckenridge on 6 February, 2013 - 06:04

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 - 18:00

Presented by:
Ran Greenstein

Book CoverThe Afro-Middle East Centre and WISER invite you to the launch of a new book on Israeli politics.

Speakers:

Joseph Dana (keynote speaker): Joseph is a journalist and writer

Na'eem Jeenah: Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre and editor of the book.

Adam Habib: Vice-Chancellor designate (WITS) and contributor to the book.



Can a state be both democratic and ethnically self-defined? The Afro-Middle East Centre’s (AMEC) latest publication Pretending democracy: Israel, an ethnocratic state unpacks this issue by using Israel as a case study. Based on papers presented at AMEC’s 2010 conference themed  ‘Locating ethnic states in a cosmopolitan world: The case of Israel’, the book interrogates concepts such as ‘cosmopolitanism’, ‘nationalism’, ‘ethnocracy’ and ‘citizenship’.

Comprising eighteen chapters and divided into four themes over 416 pages, the book presents a comprehensive and lucid analysis of the Israeli state from its founding and the myths that enabled its establishment to the 2008/09 Gaza war and its consequences. The thematic areas covered are: ‘Israel and its founding myths’, ‘The ethnic state and its victims’, ‘Comparative ethnic nationalisms’ and ‘Beyond ethnic nationalism’.

One section elaborates on comparisons between Israel, apartheid South Africa and pre-Good Friday Northern Ireland. Also tackled is the thorny issue of forms of statehood and rich debate takes place in the book between those advocating a South Africa-style single state solution and those promoting a binational state as the most just solution to the inherent contradictions between Israel’s claims of being both a Jewish and a democratic state and its discrimination against Palestinian citizens and occupation of Palestinian lands.

The concluding chapter, by assessing post-apartheid South Africa, looks beyond the conditions and stipulations that would result in a single state wherein Jews and Arabs enjoy the same rights, to teasing out the steps that need to be taken to ensure that these rights are substantive.

Contributors to this volume include award-winning author Shlomo Sands, whose piece debunks the notion that Jews form a genealogical ethnicity; South Africa’s former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, whose chapter uses the South African Communist Party’s ‘colonialism of a special type’ framework to assess and explain the behaviour of Israel. The foreword was penned by South Africa’s deputy minister of international relations and co-operation, Ebrahim Ebrahim, who opened the conference.

The book is edited by AMEC’s executive director Na’eem Jeenah. His introductory and concluding chapters (the latter co-authored with educationist Salim Vally) do not merely summarise the collection, but present clear and concise arguments which deepen and entrench    the statehood debate. 

The book brings together a range of viewpoints, from Israeli revisionist historian Avi Shlaim to Islamist Azzam Tamimi who proposes a hudna (peace pact) between Palestinians and Israelis whilst a final solution is being worked out.

Unpacking both Jewish and Palestinian nationalisms, the nation-state and ethnic nationalism, this fascinating collection offers new insights into one of the world’s most intractable conflicts. It will appeal not only to scholars and teachers, but to anyone interested in the history, politics, anthropology and legal standing of Palestine-Israel.

Publisher: Afro-Middle East Centre

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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013

Israeli Apartheid Week 2013 SCHEDULE : 11TH - 17TH MARCH

ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, music shows, films and workshops) held in cities, communities and campuses across the globe. IAW raises awareness of Israel's apartheid policies toward the indigenous Palestinians and serves to garner support for the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaignwhich seeks to bring an end to Israel's apartheid policies and violations of international law.

 

Set to commence on Monday 11TH March till 17TH March.


 

MSA Chapters across South Africa have hosted PRE-IAW WORKSHOPS in the past week and are looking forward to the week ahead.

 

The Schedule below sets to outline the various events taking place during the week at Universities throughout the Country

 


JOHANNESBURG
WITS UNIVERSITY

Monday - Friday ( All Day)
"LIFE IN PALESTINE" - Photo Exhibition and Art Installation
Venue : Library Lawns,East Campus
"LIFE IN PALESTINE" - Photo Exhibition and Art Installation
Venue : Main Dining Hall,East Campus
Monday - Friday ( All Day)
T-shirt Painting: "Expressing Solidarity with Palestinians"
Venue : Library Lawns,East Campus

 

Tuesday , 12 March ( LUNCHTIME)
Book Panel Discussion: “Israel/Palestine and the Queer International” by Sarah Schulman 
Speakers: Zackie Achmat (Ndifuna Ukwazi), Dr. Kelly Gillespie (Wits), Kwezilomso Mbandazayo (1in9 Campaign) and Eusebius Mckaisner (TBC)
Venue: Wits Writing Centre, Wartenweiler Library, East Campus

 

Tuesday , 12 March ( LUNCHTIME)
Book Panel Discussion: “Israel/Palestine and the Queer International” by Sarah Schulman
Venue: Wits Writing Centre, Wartenweiler Library, East Campus

 

Wednesday , 13 March ( 13h00 - 14h30 )
Venue: Room 2, Umtombo Building, East Campus

 

Wednesday , 13 March ( 19h00 - 20h00 )
National Film Screening : "Jerusalem - East Side Story"
Venue: Esselen Street Residence, Wits University

 

Thursday , 14 March ( 16h00 - 17h30 ) 
Public Discussion: "Apartheid Then and Now? The emergence of the State of Israel and its racist foundational policies"
Speakers: Professor Ran Greenstein (Wits University Sociology Department) and Alan Horwitz (Spokesperson of StopTheJNF)
Venue: Wits Writing Centre, Wartenweiler Library, East Campus

 

Friday , 15 March ( 13h15 - 14h15 ) 
Interactive Balloon Release: Balloons for Boycott
Venue: Library Lawns, East Campus

Friday , 15 March ( 13h15 - 14h15 )
Venue: Library Lawns, East Campus
Venue: Cafe Dulce Senate House, East Campus

 

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANESBURG

Monday , 11 March ( Lunchtime )
Flash Mob: "I am a Settler"
Venue: University of Johannesburg

 

Tuesday , 12 March ( Lunchtime )
Flash Mob: "I am a Settler"
Venue: University of Johannesburg

 

Wednesday , 13 March ( 10h00 - 15h00 ) 
Photo Exhibition: "Historic Palestine"
Venue: Student Centre, University of Johannesburg

 

Wednesday , 13 March ( 14h15 - 15h15 ) 
National Film Screening: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"
Venue: B-LES 104, APK Campus, University of Johannesburg

 

Wednesday , 13 March ( 19h00 - 20h00 )
Public Conversation: "The Bond Between Palestine & South Africa"
Speakers: Baleka Mbete (National Chairperson of the African National Congress) [TBC] and Palestinian writer Susan Abulhawa (author of "Mornings in Jenin")
Venue: Council Chambers, Madibeng Building, APK campus, Corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park, University of Johannesburg

 

Thursday , 14 March ( 10h00 - 15h00 )
Photo Exhibition: "Historic Palestine"
Venue: Student Centre, University of Johannesburg

 

DURBAN / PMB

UKZN WESTVILLE

Monday-Friday , 11-15 March ( All day )
Venue: Student Quad, Westville Campus, UKZN
Information Stall: "Palestinian Paraphernalia

Tuesday , 12 March ( 12h30 - 14h00 )

 

Venue: Westville Campus, UKZN
Public Rally: "Solidarity with Palestine"
Speakers: Representatives from UKZN Golden Key Honours Society, UKZN Hindu Students Association, ANC Youth League and COSATU

 

Wednesday , 13 March ( 12h30 - 14h30) 
Venue: Student Quad
Music Concert: "Sharing Solidarity with Palestinians"

 

Thursday , 14 March ( 12h30 - 13h30 ) 
Venue: Westville Campus, UKZN
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

Thursday , 14 March ( 19h00 - 21h00 )

 

Venue: Senate Chambers, Westville Campus, UKZN
Video Conference: "Talking about Palestine-Israel"
Speakers: UKZN and Palestinian Academics

Friday , 15 March ( 11h30 - 12h30 ) 
Venue: Student Quad, Westville Campus, UKZN
Protest Rally: "Protesting Israeli Apartheid"

UKZN HOWARD COLLEGE

Monday , 11 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Student Union, Howard College, UKZN
Graffiti Painting: "Israel's Apartheid Wall"

Tuesday , 12 March ( 12h30 - 14h00 )

 

Venue: CCS Seminar Room, 6th Floor, MTB, Howard College, UKZN
Skype Conference: "In Conversation With Palestinian Students in Gaza"

Wednesday , 13 March ( 14h10 - 15h00 )

 

Venue: Howard College Theatre, Howard College, UKZN
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

 

Friday , 15 March ( 14h10 - 15h10 ) 
Venue: L2, MTB, Howard College, UKZN
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

 

Friday , 15 March ( 19h00 - 20h00 ) 
Venue: IG Bottom Hall
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"
UKZN MEDICAL SCHOOL

 

Monday-Friday , 11-15 March ( All day ) 
Venue: "Student Quad, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN "
Stall and Exhibition: "Appreciating Palestine/Palestine Alive

Wednesday , 13 March ( 11h00 - 14h00 )

 

Venue: "Student Quad, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN "
Interactive Balloon Release: "Israel-Palestine Misconceptions Explained"

Wednesday , 13 March ( All day )

 

Venue: "Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN "
Flash Mob: "Exposing Israeli Apartheid"

Thursday , 14 March ( 11h00 - 13h00 )

 

Venue: "Student Quad, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN "
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

Friday , 15 March ( 09h45 - 12h00)

 

Venue: "Student Quad, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN "
Banner Painting: "Expressing Solidarity with Palestinians"

UKZN PMB CAMPUS
Monday-Friday , 11-15 March ( All day )
Venue: PMB Campus, UKZN
Painting: “Raise Your Hand For Palestine”

Monday , 11 March ( 17h30 - 20h00 ) 
Venue: Room 107, New Arts Building, UKZN
Film Screening: "Salt of this Sea"


Wednesday , 13 March ( 17h30 - 20h00 ) 
Venue: Room 107, New Arts Building, UKZN
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"


Friday , 15 March ( 18h00 - 21h00 ) 
Venue: Room 107, New Arts Building, UKZN
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

Durban University of Technology

Monday-Friday , 11-15 March ( All day )
Venue: Library City Campus, Durban University of Technology
Exhibition: "Palestine 101"

Wednesday , 13 March ( 12h00 - 13h00)
Venue: Library City Campus, Durban University of Technology
Multimedia Presentation: "Explaining Palestine-Israel"
Speakers: Nadia Meer (Artist/Activist)
Thursday , 14 March ( 11h30 - 12h00 )
Venue: Library City Campus, Durban University of Technology
Public Address: "The South African Students Congress (SASCO) support for the Palestinian struggle"
Speakers: Zweh Mole (SASCO Provincial Chairperson)

Thursday , 14 March ( 12h00 - 13h00 )
Venue: Library City Campus, Durban University of Technology
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

TSHWANE/PRETORIA

 

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Monday-Friday , 11-15 March ( 12h00 - 13h00 )
Venue: Open Piazza, University of Pretoria
Exhibition: "Mock Israeli Checkpoint and Apartheid Wall"


 

Monday , 11 March ( 12h30 - 13h30 )
Venue: Graduate Centre 2-65, University of Pretoria
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

Tuesday , 12 March ( 12h00 - 14h00 )
Venue: Open Piazza, University of Pretoria
Music Concert: "Amandla Intifada"
Speakers: Various Artists including "Deep Fried Man"
Tuesday , 12 March ( 12h00 - 14h00 )
Venue: Open Piazza, University of Pretoria
Public Rally "Protesting Israeli Apartheid"
Speakers: Ronald Lamola (President of the ANC Youth League) and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (BDS South Africa)
Tuesday , 12 March ( 19h00 - 21h00 )
Venue: Tshwane University of Technology
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

Wednesday , 13 March ( 14h00 - 16h00 )
Venue: Graduate Centre 1-72, University of Pretoria
Public Rally and Discussion: "South African and ANC support for Palestine"
Speakers: Jessie Duarte (African National Congress Deputy Secretary General) and Tamer Almassri (Palestinian Embassy Representative)

Thursday , 14 March ( 12h00 - 13h30 )
Venue: RaadSaal Mathematics Building, University of Pretoria
Book Discussion: "Mornings in Jenin"
Speakers: Susan Abulhawa (Palestinian Author) and Tamer Al Massri (Palestinian Embassy Representative)

PORT ELIZABETH

NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

Monday , 11 March ( 12h00 - 12h30 )
Venue: South Main Auditorium, NMMU
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

Monday , 11 March ( 12h30 - 13h30 )

 

Venue: South Main Auditorium, NMMU
Public Discussion: "Israel - An Apartheid State?"
Speakers: Ahmed Kathrada (Rivonia Trialist and Anti-Apartheid Struggle Stalwart)

Monday , 11 March ( 18h00 - 19h00 )
Venue: Red Location Museum
Public Discussion: "Israel - An Apartheid State?"
Speakers: Ahmed Kathrada (Rivonia Trialist and Anti-Apartheid Struggle Stalwart)

Tuesday , 12 March ( 12h00 - 13h00 )
Venue: NMMU
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

Wednesday , 13 March ( 12h00 - 13h00 )
Venue: NMMU
Youth Discussion: "Israeli Apartheid and the struggle of the youth"
Speakers: Pepi Silinga

Wednesday , 13 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 )
Venue: Student Cafeteria, NMMU
Public Engagement and Flyering: "Raising Awareness on Palestine-Israel"

UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH

 

Monday-Friday , 11-15 March ( All day - ) 
Venue: Rooiplein, Stellenbosch University
Exhibition and Information Stand: "Solidarity with Palestine"

 

Monday , 11 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Attie van Wijk Auditorium, Theology Faculty, Stellenbosch University
Public Discussion: "Courageous Conversations on Palestine-Israel"
Speakers: Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh (Bethlehem University, Palestine) and Bonganjalo Mbenenge (Stellenbosch UniversitY)

 

Tuesday , 12 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Room 225, BA Building, Stellenbosch University
Film Screening: "Occupation 101"

Wednesday , 13 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 )

 

Venue: Rooiplein, Stellenbosch University
Protest March: "Challenging Israeli Apartheid"

Thursday , 14 March ( 15h00 - 16h00 ) 
Venue: Room 223, BA Building, Stellenbosch University
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"

 

CAPE TOWN
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
Monday , 11 March ( 18h00 - 19h30 )
Venue: Hoerikwaggo Lecture Theater 2, Upper Campus
Film Screening: "Five Broken Cameras"

Tuesday , 12 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Hoerikwaggo Lecture Theater 2, Upper Campus
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"


Tuesday , 12 March ( 19h00 - ) 
Venue: Jammie Plaza, Upper Campus
Night Vigil: "In Solidarity with Palestine"

Wednesday , 13 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Jammie Plaza, Upper Campus
Demonstration: "Protesting Israeli Apartheid"

Wednesday , 13 March ( 18h00 - 20h30 ) 
Panel Discussion: "Apartheid - South Africa's History, Palestine's Reality?"
Speakers: Doron Isaacs (Coordinator of Equal Education), Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (BDS South Africa) and Professor Andrew Nash (UCT Politics Department) and Professor Paula Ensor (UCT Dean of Humanities)
Venue: Hoerikwaggo Lecture Theater 2, Upper Campus

Thursday , 14 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Jammie Plaza, Upper Campus
Workers Protest: "Protesting G4S's human rights abuses at UCT, in Palestine and internationally"


Friday , 15 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Lecture Theater 2A, Leslie Commerce Building, Upper Campus
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

GRAHAMSTOWN

RHODES UNIVERSITY


Monday , 11 March ( 18h30 - 19h00 ) 
Venue: Music and Musicology Department, Rhodes University
Protest "Protesting Israeli Musician, Yossi Reshef"

Monday , 11 March ( 19h00 - 21h00 ) 
Venue: Eden Grove Concourse, Rhodes University
Photo exhibition "Women of Palestine" by Ramallah-based photographer Eloise Bollack


Tuesday , 12 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Politics Department Seminar Room, Rhodes University
Public Discussion: "Everyday Occupation"
Speakers: "Prof Robert van Niekerk (Rhodes University) and Irene Calis (Palestinian Scholar) "

Tuesday , 12 March ( 19h00 - 20h00 ) 
Venue: Environmental Conference Centre, Rhodes University
National Film Tour: "Jerusalem - East Side Story"


Wednesday , 13 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Politics Department Seminar Room, Rhodes University
Public Discussion: "Voices of the Dispossessed"
Speakers: Ayanda Kota from the UPM

Wednesday , 13 March ( 19h00 - 21h00 ) 
Venue: General Lecture Theatre, Rhodes University
Film Screening: "Five Broken Cameras"


Thursday , 14 March ( 13h00 - 14h00 ) 
Venue: Politics Department Seminar Room, Rhodes University
Art Discussion: "Narratives of Division: Art, Architecture and the Occupation"
Speakers: Rachel Baasch and Nina Butler

Thursday , 14 March ( 19h00 - 21h00 ) 
Venue: Environmental Conference Centre, Rhodes University
Film Screening and Discussion: "Zero Degrees of Separation" 

Friday , 15 March ( 19h00 - 20h00 ) 
Venue: Drostdy Lawns, Rhodes University

Candlelight Vigil: "In Solidarity with Palestinians"



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