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The Annual Ritual of Israeli Apartheid Week Challenges Western Universities

Editorial Note

As IAM reported previously, the BDS movement has been gearing up to the annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). The official media of the Palestinian Authority just announced the inauguration of the 15th international IAW, on Saturday the 16th of March, planning to host "more than 80 events in 40 cities across Europe, North America and Palestine." The IAW is expected to feature protests, lectures, film screenings, music, and cultural events in more than 200 cities worldwide. It officially kicked off in the "occupied" Palestinian city of Al-Bireh, where the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) convened the Sixth National BDS Conference, "a grassroots, civil society gathering with over 900 participants." The movement, which is sustained by many groups, originated in Canada in 2005.  


While pro-Palestinian activists are busy depicting Israel in negative lights all year round, in February and March they double their efforts. It is possible to deliberate in which country Palestinians are exercising the most strategic influence. Canada and Ireland are leading the list, but the U.K, France, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Finland and Austria, and others, are following. 

Activists claim that Israel is an apartheid state, that Israel was from its inception a racist endeavor, see examples below, and worse.  This evening, the University College London Friends of Palestine Society is hosting on campus "A Witness of Genocide," charges that promote hostility and prejudice against Israeli and Jewish students, leading to their harassment and victimization.


In 2016, The British Government adopted, and shortly after other countries followed, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The contemporary examples of antisemitism include denying the Jewish people their right to selfdetermination by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor; and, applying double standards by requiring of Israel to behave in ways that are not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.  By adopting this definition universities such as the University of Exeter  and University of Central Lancaster, have canceled IAW activities. 


Anti-Semitism aside, there are also concerns of links to terrorist activities.  The Israeli Prime Minister's Office has recently published a brochure  titled "Terrorists in Suits” which details the ties between NGOs promoting BDS and terrorist organizations.  The report notes that the BDS initiative, which is led by a network of Palestinian NGOs, is linked to Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The report examines thirteen NGOs worldwide, such as the Boycott National Committee (BNC), the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) PACBI), Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al-Haq, Addameer, Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCI-P); North American NGOs – American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Samidoun; UK NGOs – Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA), Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the Palestinian Return Center (PRC); Belgian NGO – European Coordination of Committees for Palestine (ECCP); South African NGO – BDS South Africa.   These NGOs employ thirty terror operatives, identified in the report, most of whom served time in Israeli prisons and some were even involved in deadly terror attacks. For example, the BNC is formed by a coalition of 28 Palestinian groups, among them the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces which include Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Islamic Jihad.  According to the report, there are two NGO operatives active in the UK who are members of Hamas, named as Zaher Birawi and Muhammad Sawalha. 


Activists claim that IAW and BDS events are protected forms of free speech. But it should be noted that some activists harassed and shouted down pro-Israeli speakers. IAM covered violent incidents such as at the University College London, where Jewish students were barricaded in a small room. In King's College London, they faced a barrage of abuse from pro-Palestinian activists and in another incident at King's College London during a talk about peace negotiations by Ami Ayalon, windows were smashed, chairs thrown and people assaulted. The meeting was stopped and the building was evacuated by the police. 


Much to their credit these universities took a stand against the violent disturbance.  But all universities should follow by making sure that pro-Palestinian students should not benefit from their double standards.  Even more to the point, colleges should exercise vigilance in not allowing terrorists or terror groups to hide behind legitimate activities.  






Israeli Apartheid Week Opens Worldwide, As Netanyahu Confirms Discriminatory Regime 
March 19, 2019 6:23 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Boycott Movement, Human Interest, Human rights, International, Non-violent action

March 18, 2019 / Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America
Global Actions Follow Record Turnout at Palestinian National BDS Conference

The 15th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), the largest global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) mobilization for Palestinian rights, opens today with more than 80 events in 40 cities across Europe, North America and Palestine, featuring protests, lectures, film screenings, and cultural events. IAW is expected to be held in more than 200 cities worldwide. IAW officially kicked off Saturday the 16th in the occupied Palestinian city of Al-Bireh, where the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) convened the Sixth National BDS Conference – a grassroots, civil society gathering with over 900 participants.

The large BDS Conference in Palestine, and worldwide IAW mobilization in support of Palestinian human rights, are taking place against the backdrop of the far-right Israeli government’s public admission of its legalized and institutionalized racist rule over Palestinians. Last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu himself helped make the case for labeling the Israeli regime as apartheid, saying, “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people – and only it.”

Israel’s new Nation State Law, evoked by Netanyahu, is one example of a number of Israeli laws that systematically enshrine in Israel’s legal framework racial discrimination and oppression against Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, as citizens of Israel, and in exile, fitting the definition of apartheid under international law.

Ana Sanchez, International Campaigns Officer with the BNC, commented:

Israel’s decades-old oppression of Palestinians is increasingly understood for what it’s always been– exclusionary and racist. Israeli Apartheid Week events across five continents demonstrate the rapidly growing grassroots support for the nonviolent, anti-racist and intersectional struggle for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality.

Despite efforts by political leaders to repress it, BDS is inspiring Palestinian and international activists, academics, artists, feminists, students, church organizers, racial and social justice movements, LGBTQ advocates, and others to act in the pursuit of our respective inalienable rights. United we shall overcome.

IAW in 2019 focuses on the demand for a global military embargo on Israel. One more justification for that demand, BDS activists assert, was provided by the new UN report on the Gaza March of Return which found that Israel may have committed and crimes and crimes against humanity by killing close to 200 unarmed Palestinian protesters and injuring thousands. Palestinian civil society, Amnesty International, the UK Labour party and other civil society groups have all called for a military embargo on Israel.

Israeli Apartheid Week is an international series of events raising awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and building support for the nonviolent BDS movement. Many additional IAW events in Asia, Africa and Latin America – where IAW runs from March 24 to April 13 – will be added to the more than 80 IAW events currently on the IAW calendar. Last year IAW events were held in over 200 cities worldwide.

Statements  by IAW organizers in Gaza, Africa, India, Mexico, the UK, and the US follow below.

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Salam Bawab, BDS activist and Israeli Apartheid Week organizer in Gaza:

Israel is violently repressing our Great March of Return for an end of Israel’s siege and for our basic rights, with Israeli snipers killing hundreds of protesters and injuring thousands more. Israel markets the weapons and technology it’s using to attack protesters here as “field-tested.”

Governments are enabling Israel’s violations of international law and war crimes against Palestinians through their support of Israel’s military industry. That’s why, on the one-year anniversary of the March of Return, we in Gaza, and I as a besieged refugee, strongly support the Palestinian-led BDS movement’s demand for a full military embargo on Israel, until we achieve freedom, justice and equality.

Palomina Jama, Israeli Apartheid Week Africa Spokesperson:

The African continent is set to come alive in support of Palestine during this year’s #IsraeliApartheidWeek which will be held in more African countries than ever before including South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Kenya, Mozambique and others.

On the African continent the campaign will focus on, among other things, the historic relationship between African liberation struggles and that of the Palestinians. The PLO and Palestinians have long been a friend to African liberation movements and countries. Our solidarity with the Palestinians is therefore not charity but is a debt we owe and a commitment we have to internationalism with all oppressed peoples.

Sukrita Lahiri, Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India:

Organising Israeli Apartheid Week is urgent for us in India because our own struggles for justice and democracy are connected to the Palestinian freedom movement. India is the biggest importer of Israeli arms in the world, and therefore supports Israel’s military occupation directly.

We are building IAW to raise awareness about these ties of complicity and build the BDS movement in our university, with the aim of cutting those ties.

Adrian Ramírez, the Organizing Committee of the Popular Tribunal on Israel’s role in the militarization of Mexico, Mexico:

Israeli Apartheid Week is fundamental to our fight against militarization and the complicity of Israel in the violation of human rights and repression of social movements in Mexico. Israel has contributed military security technology for the US border wall, malware to spy on activists and journalists, weapons that kill our people, and training and advice for the police and the army.

For these reasons, next April 9 we will hold a popular tribunal to denounce the role of Israel in the militarization of Mexico, and to ask our government to immediately end these military and security ties.

Huda Ammori, Campaigns Officer at Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK:

This Israeli Apartheid Week, we’re organising a National Day of Action mobilizing thousands of students on over thirty campuses calling for university divestment from companies complicit with Israeli apartheid, as part of the #ApartheidOffCampus campaign.

We aim for more victories like at University of Leeds, which divested from Airbus, United Technologies and Keyence Corporation. And we’ll continue to push for HSBC to divest from all companies arming Israel, as it did already with Elbit Systems. Finally, students will echo the Palestinian call to help end Israel’s violent repression through a military embargo of Israel, and demand that the UK end arms sales to Israel.

Ayesha Khan from National Students for Justice in Palestine in the US:

The participation of Students for Justice in Palestine chapters in Israeli Apartheid Week in the US supports SJPs’ intersectional campaigning for freedom for Palestinians and for all people, often through university divestment from companies complicit with Israeli apartheid, and companies supporting militarization and prisons in the US.

These student divestment campaigns, including victories in the last months at Swarthmore and NYU, contribute to the vital, bigger goal of ending all US military trade with and aid to Israel.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.



Prime Minister's Office


Special Report The ties between NGOs promoting BDS and terror organizations

The report examines ties between 13 NGOs worldwide and their links to terrorist organizations and terrorist operatives: 

Palestinian NGOs – the Boycott National Committee (BNC), the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) PACBI), Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al-Haq, Addameer, Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCI-P);
North American NGOs – American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Samidoun;
UK NGOs – Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA), Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the Palestinian Return Center (PRC);
Belgian NGO – European Coordination of Committees for Palestine (ECCP);
South African NGO – BDS South Africa
Two operatives active in the UK who are members of Hamas and acting through NGOs: ZAHER BIRAWI, MUHAMMAD SAWALHA.

The report found over 100 links between the terror organizations Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and anti-Israel BDS-promoting NGOs. In addition, 30 terror operatives were identified -- most of whom served time in Israeli prisons, some even perpetrated deadly terror attacks against Israelis -- serve in key roles within these NGOs.  They have done so while concealing, or at least de-emphasizing, their past involvement in terrorist groups and activities. 

The link between terror and BDS-promoting NGOs is a development in the assault against Israel. These NGOs all share a common ideology, namely, denying Israel's right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and opposing any rapprochement between Israel and other Middle East countries.  
This is also expressed in the links among the organizations. Thus, for example, the BDS National Committee (BNC), leads the global BDS campaign, includes a coalition of 28 Palestinian entities, foremost among them the Palestinians National and Islamic Forces – which includes designated terror organizations Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Islamic Jihad.

Based on the report's findings the State of Israel is urging Western governments, international aid organization, private philanthropic institutions and international financial institutions to: 
A.    Examine the activities of NGOs active in their jurisdiction, which advance the radical agenda of terrorist organizations, and verify that these NGOs maintain no links, direct or indirect, to terror organizations such as Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
B.    To cut off immediately any financial aid given to these NGOs, and to  thoroughly verify that past funds were not transferred to terror organizations, based on international treaties and anti-terror financing legislation. 


Carlton University

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings, multimedia displays and boycott of Israel actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Previous year’s IAW was incredibly successful with over 215 cities participating worldwide.
IAW seeks to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine and the intersections being made globally between various struggles with Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2019 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice
We recognize that all our events and our organizing takes place on unceeded, Algonquin territory and this is part of a continued process of colonization by the Canadian state. Our opposition to Israeli Apartheid also means our active opposition to Apartheid here in Canada.
Students Against Israeli Apartheid Carleton is proud to announce our diverse series of events for our 15th annual IAW below
When: 6 PM - 8 PM
Where: GSA Lounge, 6th Floor University Centre (Carleton University)
SAIA Carleton will be serving Knafeh, a Middle Eastern Sweet Cheese Pastry, and showing a documentary titled "Speed Sisters" which features the story of 5 Palestinian women in the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East.
When: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Room 513, University Centre (Carleton University)
This introductory workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We will speak about what the call, which was made by Palestinian civil society to the international community for solidarity to aid in their struggle for freedom means and how students can get involved in supporting and promoting BDS on campus.
When: 8 PM - 10 PM
Where: GSA Lounge, 6th Floor University Centre (Carleton University)
Join SAIA Carleton and a community of Palestinian youth, students, and elders in a facilitated session of storytelling of their experiences with their Palestinian identity, families, and childhood. 
----- FRIDAY, MARCH 15
When: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Room 513, University CentreCarleton University
This introductory workshop will provide attendees with an introductory analysis of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and how this is an apartheid regime. This is an interactive workshop where we will be using the three pillars of apartheid framework to analyze Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
When: 6 PM - 8 PM
Where: Ojikwanong Centre, 228 Paterson Hall (Carleton University)
A critical insight into how corporations, colonial states, and military regimes play a role in extracting and destroying lands, waters, and air for profit while displacing Indigenous communities and suppressing their voices. This event will feature global Indigenous responses to the colonization and destruction of Mother Earth from Palestine to Turtle Island through the lenses of decolonial socio-environmental justice.
----- MONDAY, MARCH 18
When: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Room 513, University Centre (Carleton University)
False claims of antisemitism are frequently used by the Israel lobby to silence supporters of BDS and those in solidarity with Palestine. However, antisemitism remains present in our society and a real threat to Jewish communities. This introductory workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of the differences between antisemitism and criticism of the oppressive Israeli apartheid regime. The workshop will discuss contemporary antisemitism, Jewish anti-Zionism, and teach participants how to make nuanced criticisms of Israel and Zionism and recognize what is and isn't antisemitism.
When: 6 PM - 8 PM
Where: TBD
A multi-feature panel on the Independent Jewish Voices Canada's exposure of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) as an entity contributing to the oppression of Palestinian people and their StopTheJNF campaign to revoke the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s charitable status and expose, challenge and stop the JNF’s discriminatory and harmful activities.
When: 3 PM - 5 PM
Where: GSA Boardroom, 6th Floor University Centre (Carleton University)
This introductory workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the ways in which the Israeli state is using pinkwashing and the falsified idea of Israel being "safe haven for Queer folks in the Middle East" as a way to further promote colonialism and apartheid.
When: 6 PM - 8 PM
Where: GSA Lounge, 6th Floor University Centre (Carleton University)
When: 6 PM - 8 PM
Where: Human Rights Seminar Room, Room 2203 Dunton Tower (Carleton University)
Israel is able to maintain its illegal occupation and apartheid regime over Palestinians partly due to its arms sales and the military support it receives from governments across the world. These directly sustain Israel’s oppression and human rights violations. Israel is also known to supply weapons to genocidal and authoritarian regimes from Brazil, to India, to the Philippines and beyond. This event will look at the connections of Israel’s military regime in arming colonialism worldwide, including the specificities of how Carleton University and universities within Canada and the United States are complicit in this phenomenon.
When: 7 PM - 1 AM
Where: TBD
Tickets: $10 
Our annual evening of music, art, poetry and dance in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom and to celebrate Palestinian culture! All proceeds go to making sure SAIA can continue its important work in the city.  

York University

From March 12 to March 19, SAIA York is delighted to invite you to a series of events that aim to raise awareness around the Palestinian struggle for fundamental rights!
March 12: Anti-Zionism vs. Anti-Semitism
We will be starting off the week with a topic that is currently bringing a lot of debates: definition of anti-Zionism vs. anti-Semitism. Indeed, from the backlash that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar received for calling out the Israeli lobby’s influence on American politics to French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement to criminalize anti-Zionism, recent events have shown the necessity to have a conversation around this topic.
For this panel, we will be welcoming two speakers:
• Lia Tarachansky
Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli filmmaker and journalist currently settling in Canada. As a journalist she covered the impact of Israeli Colonialism and how many are working to decolonize the space from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. She had made feature and short films, and worked as the middle east correspondent for The Real News from 2009-2014z Tarachansky is a 2019 HASTAC scholar at York University where she is working on her Research/Creation PhD, designing new media tools for practical decolonization. Her work can be seen on www.liatarachansky.com and www.naretivproductions.com
• Dr Yakov M.Rabkin
Yakov M. Rabkin is Professor of History at the University of Montréal, where he has taught since 1973. His areas of interest include contemporary Jewish history and the history of science. He has published and edited five books and more than three hundred articles. His book, A Threat from Within: a Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism is now available in fifteen languages, including Hebrew. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in Canada, for the Hecht Award in Israel, featured at the Rendez-vous de l’histoire in Blois, France, and included in best non-fiction books of the year by Japan’s daily Asahi Shimbun.
Location: Room 313 of the First Student Centre
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

March 14: A night in Palestine
Do you enjoy Palestinian culture: food? dabkeh? traditional clothing and art? Do you have an artistic talent you'd like to showcase? Join us for "A night in Palestine" to celebrate Palestinian culture and art!
Location: Room 430 (First Student Centre)
Time: 5:30 PM
March 19: Solidarity from Turtle Island to Palestine
Palestinians and Indigenous populations of Canada share a common history, as they both struggle against ongoing colonization. In this regard, for our last event of IAW we invite you to attend a discussion, hosted in collaboration with Aboriginal Students’ Association at York, on the topic of solidarity from Turtle Island to Palestine.
• Brianna Olson-Pitawanakwat
Brianna Olson- Pitawanakwat is a social worker, diverse multi-media artist and member of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation. She is passionate about developing culturally based, trauma-informed, environmentally aware and anti-oppressive programming. Brianna is an outspoken advocate for MMIW and issues of systemic violence, and actively endorses Indigenous liberation from Turtle Island to occupied Palestine. Brianna carries Indigenous specializations with a Masters in Social Work through the University of Toronto and undergraduate degree from University of Victoria. She currently serves as a researcher and part time educator in the Politics & Public administration and Social work departments at Ryerson University as well as Education at York University. Brianna has received a Harm Reduction award (Kaiser Foundation, 2006), Top 100 women in business, (Wanderer, 2013), Esquao award (Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal women, 2013).
• Moe Alqasem
Moe Alqasem is a Biomedical science student and an activist from Students Against Israeli Apartheid, a member of the YUdivest coalition and a community organizer in the Palestinian and Arab community. He is also a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Association of Progressive Palestinian Canadians, and OPIRG YorkU.
• Widad Kaddura
A student and activist from Students Against Israeli Apartheid, Widad Kaddura was born and raised in Toronto to a Palestinian mother born in Israel, and a Palestinian father who was born a refugee in Syria. Growing up Palestinian in Toronto her parents always taught her about both the Palestinian and Aboriginal struggles. She is currently studying both Political Science and Philosophy at York University.
Location: room 313 of theFirst Student Centre
Time: 6pm to 9pm


University of Toronto 

15th annual Israeli Apartheid Week 2019: Stop Arming Colonialism
University of Toronto, March 19th-27th, 2019
#IsraeliApartheidWeek #StopArmingColonialism

(Full descriptions further below.)

  • Tuesday, March 19, @ 6:30pm - Dr. Ruba Salih: De-colonial and intersectional alliances in the Palestinian struggle for justice with No One Is Illegal @ University College, room 144

  • Thursday, March 21, @ 6:30pm - Dr. Nahla Abdo: Palestine in Our Hearts, Palestine a Thorn in the Flesh of Imperialism @ University College, room 52

  • Tuesday, March 26, @ 7pm - Film Screening: A Stone's Throw from Prison @ Lash Miller building, room 158

  • Wednesday, March 27, @ 6:30pm - Wala3at Indigenous Interactive Musical Dance Performance opened by Sto: Loh Elder Lee Maracle @ Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall
Contact us:
divest@utgsu.ca / saia.opirg.uoft@gmail.com
UofT Divest (facebook) / SAIA (facebook)


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First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. This year, IAW will take place in more than 150 cities across the globe. This year’s IAW is an international series of events that aims to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. IAW 2019 at UofT is a collaborative effort of the UofT Graduate Student Union BDS Committee, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3902 BDS Committee, No One Is Illegal, UofT’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group, UofT’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid, UofT’s Independent Jewish Voices, Faculty for Palestine and the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid. JOIN US on March 19 to 27th, as we continue to build momentum on campus for the main BDS campaign at UofT that calls on the University of Toronto administration to divest from companies which are directly complicit in the violation of Palestinian human rights, and that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the construction of the Apartheid Wall. These companies include Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard -- all of which help maintain the Israeli apartheid military infrastructure.

This year’s theme, Stop Arming Colonialism, highlights that ending the arms trade, military aid and cooperation with Israel will undercut financial and military support for its regime of apartheid. It is also an important platform for building the campaign for a military embargo on Israel. The demand for a military embargo on Israel has been reinforced by Israel’s recent violent repression of the Great March of Return in Gaza.  Israel is able to maintain its illegal occupation and apartheid regime over Palestinians partly due to its arms sales and the military support it receives from governments across the world. The United States alone is the single largest supplier of arms and military aid to Israel, followed by several European states. These directly sustain Israel’s oppression and human rights violations. In the Global South, Israel has been known to supply weapons to genocidal regimes in Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and elsewhere.

This year’s program includes four events which explore these themes: March 19th features Dr. Ruba Salih from SOAS University of London on “De-colonial and intersectional alliances in the Palestinian struggle for justice.”; March 20th will be a Film Screening of A Stone's Throw from Prison, March 21st features Dr. Nahla Abdo from Carleton University on “Palestine in Our Hearts, Palestine a Thorn in the Flesh of Imperialism;” and March 27th is Wala3at Indigenous Interactive Musical Dance Performance for our annual cultural program featuring Palestinian-Indigenous art, music, and dance sessions that will be opened by Sto: Loh Elder Lee Maracle.

We thank our generous sponsors and endorsers. IAW 2019 would not be possible without the support of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1281 and the Association of Part-time Students Association (APUS), CUPE 3903 (UofT), We Are UofT 89.5 FM, Salaam Canada, No More Silence, The Socialist Project, OPIRG UofT, Upping the Anti, Jamhoor, Canadian Friends of Sabeel and Actions4Palestine (A4P).

Please check our Facebook for an updated list of our endorsers.

De-colonial and intersectional alliances in the Palestinian struggle for justice

Tuesday, March 19th 6:30pmUniversity College, Room 144

Featuring: Dr. Ruba Salih (SOAS University), with No One Is Illegal

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In this talk, Dr. Ruba Salih from SOAS University London, will explore the ways in which the Palestinian quest for self-determination has shifted over the years. From a territorial and nationalist struggle, the Palestine question has today become an idiom for global and transnational justice struggles across the world. Settler-colonialism in Palestine is part of a wider web of interconnected forms of oppression, control, destitution and violence that are knotted together globally and articulated in local assemblages. Refugees and diasporic Palestinians play crucial roles in this transnational reconfiguration of the Palestinian struggle, reinforcing its anti-colonial and de-colonial frameworks.

Ruba Salih has a PhD in social anthropology. Her research interests and writing cover transnational migration and gender across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the Palestine question and refugees.She is an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and a founder of its sub-committee for academic freedom in the Arab region. Her recent projects include a two years Gerda Henkel grant to complete a research on Palestinian refugees’ political cultures and imaginaries of rights (2013-2015) (with Sophie Richter-Devroe).She is currently also leading the SOAS team together with Prof Lynn Welchman (Law) and Dr. Elena Zambelli in the transnational collaborative research project Power2youth. The project explores the dynamics of youth exclusion and the prospects for youth transformative agency through an interdisciplinary and gender-sensitive approach in the South East Mediterranean region. Recently, she has published, Palestinian Refugees. The politics of exile and the politics of return (with Sophie Richter-Devroe, Cambridge University Press), and a special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly on “Palestine and Self-determination beyond National Frames: Emerging Politics, Cultures, and Claims,” published in 2018. She is also editing with Andrea Cornwall a collection titled, Female Body Politics. Ownership Coercion and Agency in Muslim Societies and Beyond, to be published by I.B.Tauris in 2018. 

Palestine in Our Hearts, Palestine a Thorn in the Flesh of Imperialism
Thursday, March 21th 6:30pmUniversity College, Room 52

Featuring Dr. Nahla Abdo

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We are currently living in an unprecedented stage of capitalist imperialism. This is despite, or in fact, because of the decline of the unipolar world power (the US) and the rise of a multipolar one. The monstrosity of this imperialist stage has crossed all human, ethical and international legal conventions. In addition to targeting Venezuela, Palestine is at the core of imperialist intervention in the Middle East, as Dr. Nahla Abdo’s keynote address will explore.

Dr. Nahla Abdo is an Arab Canadian feminist, political activist and Professor of Sociology at Carleton University. She has extensive publications on anti-colonial, anti-imperialist feminism, racism, nationalism and the Settler Colonial State, with specialization in the Middle East. Among her recent publications: An Oral History of the Palestinians during the Nakba. (2018- with Nur Masalha); Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle (2014) – this book received the Times Higher Education Book of 2014;  Women in Israel: Race, Gender, and Citizenship (2011); Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges, (2004 – with Shahrzad Mojab) and, Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation: Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocation,  (with Ronit Lentin 2002).

"A Stone's Throw from Prison": Film Screening followed by Q&A
Monday, March 26th 7:00pm Lash Miller building, Room 158

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65 mins, Raquel Castells
Documentary, 2016 - Spain, Palestine 
Watch the trailer

Between 2010 and 2014, nearly 3,000 Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces for reasons like throwing stones. Many are kept in solitary confinement for days, shackled and subjected to intimidating questioning without the presence of their parents or a lawyer. Mohammad Zedani, 14, has been arrested six times. The experience has left him traumatised: he struggles to sleep and displays symptoms of PTSD. The film tells his story, along with those of Rami and Ahmed, three out of thousands of children affected by the occupation. We also hear from those working to stop the abuses.


Wala3at Indigenous Interactive Musical Dance Performance
Thursday, March 27th 6:30pmMulti-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall

Opened by Sto:Loh Elder Lee Maracle

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Admission: $5-10 sliding scale, PWYC no one turned away. Additional funds will be donated to the Land Defence Coalition and the Unist'ot'en Camp. 

Cultural program featuring Palestinian-Indigenous art, music, and dance sessions 
"Wala3at" is a series of Palestinian-Indigenous art, music, and dabke dance sessions geared to creating a shared, transformative space for folks to build and share their histories of pain, joy, rage, and resistance. Watch their previous sessions here: https://vimeo.com/291296011

We are honoured to host Sto: Loh Elder Lee Maracle, who will be opening the cultural program for IAW 2019. Lee Maracle is the author of a number of award winning and critically acclaimed literary works including: Sojourner’s and Sundogs [collected work of novel and short stories], Polestar/Raincoast, Ravensong [novel], Bobbi Lee[autobiographical novel], Daughters Are Forever, [novel] Will’s Garden [young adult novel], Bent Box [poetry], I Am WomanMemory Serves, Celia’s Song, Talking to the Diaspora [poetry] and My Conversations with Canadians (non-fiction).  She is the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning publication, My Home As I Remember[anthology].  She is also co-editor of Telling It: Women and Language across Culture [conference proceedings]. Ms. Maracle is published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. Maracle was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto.  She is also the Traditional Teacher in Residence for First Nations House at U of T. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, U of T. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth.  Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. Maracle has also received 3 teaching awards. Her work in progress includes Hope Matters and Mink Returns to Toronto. Maracle is the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2016 recipient of the Ann Green Award and the Queen is Diamond Jubilee Medal and awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada. 

Artists & Collaborators:
Ahmed Hamad - Filmmaker, Dabke Instructor, Performer and Director of Dabke is Life
Christy B. - Artist, Cultural Worker, Storyteller and Co-Director with The Aadizookaan
Sacramento Knoxx - Musician/Band, Cultural Worker, motion picture artist and Creative Director with The Aadizookaan.
Website: http://www.interculturalmusic.com/wala3at

Ahmed Hamad is a Falasteeni-blooded filmmaker and Dabke instructor, his vision lies at the intersection of organizing, folk dance and cinema. Ahmed is inspired by the heart beat and the wind. His work is rooted in cultural resistance and preservation. His roots go back to the farms and streets of Beit Hanoun, a village located on the northeast borders of the Gaza Strip. The intention behind Ahmed's work is to unite, transform and be in community with the people.

Giizhigad [Christy B.] is an Anishinaabe Artist & cultural worker rooted in Southwest Detroit.  Giizhigad inspires through the art of storytelling in its infinite forms. Stories hold the true essence of people and act as the woven thread interconnecting humanity.  She currently builds creatively and collaboratively with The Aadizookaan in the facets of music, dance, & mixed media design as a part of dynamic storytelling installations alchemizing the worlds we want to live in.  These aadizookanan (Sacred stories) transcend time and space by being rooted in both traditional and contemporary indigenous based knowledge systems. Her creative practice extends to design/visual arts as well as photography and film.  

Sacramento Knoxx is a hardworking interdisciplinary artist creating music and film, with strong Detroit roots. He produces a sound of electronic, indigenous, ghettotech, afro-latino, hip hop, soul, rhythm & blues. Knoxx is musically involved in all aspects, playing, curating and producing sound while making visuals or images to further capture emotions and ideas that work with the music intentionally. With his versatile background with different forms of music, it allows him to blend traditional and contemporary styles, while constantly trying out new frameworks to create music and film that work together rather than separate practices.
Knoxx has built community concerts and workshops that engaged many audiences in public spaces all around the city of Detroit. Currently he travels nationally and internationally sharing interactive music performances, blending captured moments in life & creative imagery through large projection motion graphics. Building from raw experience and grit his works send vibrations to help assemble the worlds we want to live in. In addition to creating these dynamic storytelling installations, he creates documentary film and music video encapsulating the experience of struggle and celebration of diverse layers of communities.


University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Israeli Apartheid Week 2019

11 - 15 MARCH 
11:00 - 13:00
Israeli Apartheid Week 2019 is themed around Women and Indigenous Rights this year, the goal is to raise awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also to celebrate Palestinian culture.

> March 11th / Palestine Fair / Food Court SC / 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM / (Art Work, Poetry, Paintings & a Palestinian Pop-up shop)
> March 12th / Women of Palestine / SL 232 / 12:00 — 2:00 PM / (Poetry Analysis & discussion)
> March 13th / Panel Discussion / MW 130 / 5:00 — 7:00 PM / (Q&A about Palestine and the conflict in Palestine)
> March 14th / Made in Palestine / SL 232 / 2:00 — 4:00 PM / (Workshop on how the cross-stitch embroidery is made)
> March 15th / Rally / HW to Student Centre / 12:00 — 1:00 PM / (Rally on campus for justice in Palestine)



Israeli Apartheid Week 2019 (23 Feb – 3 March)

category national | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Friday February 22, 2019 20:44author by IPSC - Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Report this post to the editors

The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will take place in Ireland between 23rd February and 3rd March 2019.

IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It now takes place in over 200 cities across the world, where events such as lectures, film screenings, direct action, cultural performances, postering, among many more help in grassroots organizing for effective solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle.

The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will take place in Ireland between 23rd February and 3rd March 2019.

IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It now takes place in over 200 cities across the world, where events such as lectures, film screenings, direct action, cultural performances, postering, among many more help in grassroots organizing for effective solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle.

Below you can find the events taking place in Ireland.

Saturday 23rd Feb

Navan – Information Stall 11am – 1pm, Outside Navan Shopping Centre
Dublin – City Centre Information Stall 1pm – 4pm, GPO, Connell Street, D1
Cork – City Centre Information Stall 1pm – 2.30pm, Daunt Square
Derry – City Centre Information Stall 2pm – 3pm, Derry City Centre
Wexford – Information Stall 2pm – 4pm, The Bullring, Wexford Town

Tuesday 26th Feb

Naas – Public Meeting: War Crimes Investigations with Lt. Col Retd Desmond Travers 8pm, Naas Town Hall

Thursday 28th Feb

Dublin – Ben White Book Launch: ‘Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel’  7pm, Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, off O’Connell Street, D1
Galway – City Centre Information Stall 1.45pm – 2.45pm, Shop Street, Galway City

Saturday 2nd March

Dublin – City Centre Information Stall 1pm, Henry Street, D1

Sunday 3rd March

Dublin – Palestine Film Festival (The Wanted 18 & Jeremy Hardy vs The Israeli Army) 2pm, The Pearse Centre, D2



[Limerick] Palestinians Speak: Living Under Israeli Apartheid and Siege (IPSC)

Wed, 6 March 2019, 20:00 Perys Hotel, Glentworth Street, Limerick

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2019, the Limerick branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is delighted to host four Palestinian students to share their life experiences. Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people takes myriad forms, often depending on the location in Palestine. Come and listen to the stories of young people who grew up in Occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and in enforced exile from their homeland.

Speakers: Hala Jaber, Lujain Subhi, Zaid Abo Obeid

All welcome, free entry.



Veranstaltungen im Rahmen der ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’

Stop Arming Colonialism

Folgende Veranstaltungen finden im Rahmen der IAW 2019 in Deutschland statt:

  • Di 19. März 2019 ab 19:30 Uhr: Filmvorführung im NewYorck im Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2 A, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg 36 The LAB – Zur politischen Ökonomie der israelischen Rüstungsindustrie
  • Fr 22. März 2019 von 19:00 bis 22:00 Uhr Filmvorführung im Kulturzentrum PFL in der Peterstr. 3 in 26121 OldenburgRoadmap to Apartheid
  • Sonntag 24. März 2019 von 10:00 bis 16:00 Uhr BDS workshop – Oldenburg: Die Möglichkeit die BDS-Kampagne genauer kennen zu lernen. Bedingungen zur Teilnahme siehe Homepage


Israeli Apartheid Week is here again!
Far right movements are gaining popularity around the world and cooperate across borders. Israel has found partners on the European fa- right that might look surprising at first glance. At this year's event, we discuss the rise of far right in Israel and Europe.
What happens when a new owner introduces Muslim players to the most racist football club in Israel? It's not a pretty picture. This is the premise of the documentary Forever Pure, which explores the intersection of sports, racism and power. The club is now called Beitar Trump Jerusalem.
At 17.15, we start with the film in the cinema Andorra.
At 19.00 we continue in Dubrovnik Lounge with a panel discussion on the state of the far right in Israel and Europe.
Participants include:
Dan Koivulaakso, Councilor (co-author of the book "Äärioikeisto Suomessa", ("The Far right in Finland")).
Niko Pyrhönen, postdoctoral researcher (far right and anti-immigration)
Oula Silvennoinen, doctor of Philosophy and historian (history of Europe, fascism and radical nationalism)
The chair of ICAHD Finland Syksy Räsänen will chair the event.
The event is organised by ICAHD Finland, Finnish Peace Committee and Students for Justice in Palestine Helsinki.
Dubrovnik Lounge is accessible with electric wheelchair. Kino Andorra has some steps before the entrance. We try to enable entrance to anyone, so please contact us beforehand if you need help with the entrance.
If you notice any kind of harassment at the event, please let us know.
Contact us: icahd@icahd.fi  



Call for action, Call to protest! 23.3.2019, 2 pm, 
Start: US Embassy
Goal: Embassy of the israeli Apartheidstate.

As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week 2019, we call for a rally and march under the motto „Stop Arming Colonialism.“ It will begin at the US embassy and take us to the embassy of the Israeli apartheid state. Regardless of which administration is charge, the USA has long been and continues to be the power that arms Israel politically and ideologically, which in practical terms means giving US aid and protection as Israel carries out its expansion and annexation policies. Moreover, the EU and its member states by-and-large tolerate Israel’s violations of international law. On Saturday March 23rd, we want to express our solidarity with the people of Gaza, al-Khalil, al-Quds, Nablus, Jenin, Haifa and Akko loudly and clearly.
Free Palestine!
Boycott Israel!


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