Israeli Apartheid Week Vancouver 2012

ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK VANCOUVER 

February 29-March 12, 2012

Israeli Apartheid Week is an international series of events held each March in cities and campuses across the globe. This year, Vancouver will be joining more than 70 cities around the world in raising awareness about the system of apartheid in Israel and building the growing international movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29
Film Screening: “Salt of this Sea”
6:00 pm, Woodward 6, Woodward Library, University of British Columbia
A Film by Annemarie Jacir

Soraya, born in Brooklyn in a working class community of Palestinian refugees, discovers that her grandfather’s savings were frozen in a bank account in Jaffa when he was exiled in 1948. Stubborn, passionate and determined to reclaim what is hers, she fulfills her life-long dream of “returning” to Palestine.

Film’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaltofthisSea

Event sponsored by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR – UBC)

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Protest Netanyahu’s Visit with Harper
12:00 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will be in Ottawa on March 2 to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. There will be a protest by the Ottawa Peace Coalition and they are calling on other Canadian cities to hold solidarity actions.

The Harper government has made its support for the far right-wing Netanyahu very clear, boasting that “Canada stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel”. Under Harper, Canada is increasingly being called the “best friend” of the Israeli government and its occupation of Palestinian lands.

Join us in protesting these partners in militarism and occupation:

Called by StopWar

Confronting Israeli Apartheid in the Academy: Academic and Cultural Boycott
A public lecture by Nada Elia

6:00 pm, Woodward 2, Woodward Library, University of British Columbia.

Nada Elia is a faculty member at Antioch University, Seattle, where she teaches Gender and Global Studies. She is co-founder of RAWAN (the Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network), chairs the Anti-Militarism and Occupation taskforce of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, and serves on the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Event sponsored by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR-UBC)

MONDAY, MARCH 5
Canada and Israel: Allies in apartheid, allies in colonialism
7 pm @ SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings Street (room 7000, 7th floor)

Speakers:
Glen Coulthard
Dana Mohammed Olwan
Mike Krebs

On a recent trip to Israel, Canadian foreign minister John Baird stated that ‘Israel has no greater friend in the world than Canada.’ This is only the latest statement of strong support by the Conservative government for Israel, at a time when around the world Israel is coming under growing criticism for its ongoing policies of apartheid towards Palestinian people, the continued occupation of their lands, and the denial of their right to return to the lands from which they have been displaced in repeated wars of colonization since 1948.

This increased awareness about Israel’s policies of apartheid is reflected in the growing world-wide campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel until it complies with international law, and is a response to the 2005 call from Palestinian civil society for BDS as one of the most effective ways for people to support the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid and occupation.

Meanwhile, the resistance of indigenous people continues all across Canada, including struggles against the continued theft of indigenous lands and resources, surviving the countless abuses of the residential school system, and demanding an end to the gendered colonial violence that continues against indigenous women.

How does the Canadian government’s support for Israel relate to Canada’s own historical and ongoing colonization of indigenous people here? What are the implications for supporters of the Palestinian struggle in carrying out solidarity work from within a ‘fellow’ settler society?

About the speakers:

Glen Coulthard is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Dana Mohammed Olwan teaches in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She is former national chair of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and a current member of Faculty for Palestine.

Mike Krebs is a Vancouver-based indigenous activist of Blackfoot and European descent. He is a member of the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign in Vancouver.

Organized by Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (Vancouver).

FRIDAY, MARCH 9
A Child’s View from Gaza: Art Exhibition Opening
7:30 pm, Unitarian Church, 949 W. 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Guest speakers: Barbara Lubin, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Oakland and Eyad al-Sarraj, Gaza Community Mental Health Project

BIAC is one of the sponsoring organizations for A Child’s View from Gaza Vancouver exhibition. The show is an exhibition of 25 children’s art pieces, which are part of the 75-piece exhibition that was created in 2009 by the children of Gaza who witnessed the destruction of Operation Cast Lead and who participated in after-school children’s therapy programs. “Cast Lead,” Israel’s December 2008/January 2009 attack on a virtually unarmed Gaza, killed 1400 Palestinians, including 320 children.

The exhibition will open on Friday, March 9 and BIAC encourages all IAW participants and supporters of Palestine to attend. Guest speaker Barbara Lubin, Founder and Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, is a life-long peace, justice and disability rights activist. For more details about the exhibition’s visit to Vancouver, see childsviewfromgaza.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 12
Resistance Culture: An Evening of Spoken Word, Poetry and Art
7:00 pm, InterUrban Gallery, 1 East Hastings St., Vancouver (suggested donation $10)

Featuring:
Remi Kanazi, Palestinian poet from New York 
Special guests including Indigenous poet Kat Norris

and the Palestinian children’s art exhibition, 
A Child’s View from Gaza  
– additional performers to be announced!-

Join the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign for a powerful night of cultural resistance and poetic in/justice. Art, culture, poetry and performance are a part of the struggle for liberation, reflecting its creative potential, insisting on existence in the face of genocide, colonialism, occupation and imperialism, speaking truth to power and tearing down apartheid walls.

Featuring powerful spoken word and poetry from:

Remi Kanazi, acclaimed  Palestinian-American poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across North America, the UK, and the Middle East, and he recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. Remi is the author of the long-awaited collection Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine, a diverse mix of unabashed resistance poems. You can find out more about Remi and Poetic Injustice at poeticinjustice.net.

Videos of Remi’s performances: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ60E1Y-yNEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZJ4bWfPa1k&feature=related

Kat Norris is the founder of Indigenous Action Movement and survivor of the Kuper Island Residential School. Kat joined the American Indian Movement and has been a social activist since.

…and presenting the art exhibition, A Child’s View From Gaza, featuring 25 drawings and paintings created by Palestinian children and youth from the Gaza Strip following the 2009 Israeli assault on Gaza. It will be touring the Vancouver area, organized by the Vancouver Child’s View From Gaza Committee. The full exhibition will join us at InterUrban Gallery for this evening of resistance culture!

Organized by Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (Vancouver).

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