Israel Apartheid Week 2016 at SOAS!
Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place across more than 150 universities and cities around the world. It aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people. Panels, film screenings, and creative actions build support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This year, Israeli Apartheid Week will take place from the 22nd-26th of February internationally. At SOAS however, we will still be holding events during the following week as well as one pre-IAW event!
Please read below for the list of events we've prepared as well as links to other IAW organized around London.
20th of February, 19:00, DLT, SOAS
Our Pre-IAW Event! SOAS Kashmir Solidarity Movement and SOAS Palestine Society present: "Connecting the Struggles: Kashmir and Palestine"
Please join us for a night of spoken word poetry on the weekend that concludes Kashmir Awareness Week and precedes Israeli Apartheid Week at SOAS. During this event, cultural bridges will be built between those who struggle for freedom in Palestine and those that struggle for freedom in Kashmir. We have assembled a fine lineup of brilliant poets from both in and outside of London such as Remi Kanazi, Mohamed Mohamed and Sanaa Sultan so far.
22nd of February, 18:30, Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Confronting oppression at home and abroad: Palestine in the global context
KCL Action Palestine, UCL Friends of Palestine Society, LSE Palestine Society, Goldsmiths Palestine Campaign, UEL Palestine Society and SOAS Palestine Society invite you all to the opening plenary of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2016 on the topic: "Confronting oppression at home and abroad: Palestine in the global context."
Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 (IAW) comes as Palestinian youth and students across historic Palestine are intensifying their struggle against a decades-long brutal Israeli settler-colonial regime.
Speakers: Steven Salaita, Sahar Francis, Malia Bouattia and Rafeef Ziadah.
Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/
23rd of February, 19:00, L67, SOAS
3 talks by Dina Matar, Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek and Ruba Salih
1st talk: “Oral History and Palestine Studies” by Dina Matar
This talk by Dina Matar will address the significance of oral history research in unravelling some hidden aspects of Palestinian history, society and culture as well as interrogate issues aroubnd memory and remembering.
Dina Matar is associate head at the Centre for Media Studies. She works on political communication, cultural politics, social movements and Islamist politics in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria. She is the author of "What it Means to be Palestinian: Stories of Palestinian Peoplehood" (2010); Co-editor of Narrating Conflict in the Middle East (2013) and Gaza as Metaphor (2016)
2nd talk: “Collecting, mapping and exploring oral histories of Palestinian exiles - is it possible to transcend the geographies of dispossession?” by Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek
This presentation, followed by a short film from the collection ‘The Chronotopes of Palestine’ (2015), will interrogate the possibilities of research/artistic practices to engage with Palestinian oral stories as a method of mapping, exploring and challenging the geographies of dispossession. Based on my PhD oral history research project with different generations of diaspora Palestinians in Poland and in the UK I will share some theoretical reflections about oral history as a grass- root tool of resisting the ongoing Palestinian memoricide and consider practical/creative ways in which oral histories can help us undermining the settler/ colonial narrative.
Dominika Blachnicka – Ciacek. Associate Lecturer & PhD Candidate in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She specializes in audio – visual exploration of memory, identity and space in the (post) conflict and contested territories, recently in Israel and in the occupied Palestine. The full collection of her short films called ‘The Chronotopes of Palestine’, based on the oral stories of diaspora Palestinians and accompany her PhD thesis will premiere at the exhibition ‘The Ongoing Nakba’ in Kraków, Poland in 2016.
3rd talk: “Palestinian refugee women, intimate memories and the subversion of the ordinary” by Ruba Salih
“Palestinians, similar to other long term and destitute communities, have struggled to produce narratives and testimonies that could make visible and legitimize their subaltern histories of expulsion, suffering, dispossession as a result of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. In the “nationalist re-writing of history” (Beshara Doumani’s notion), however, certain genres and registers have silenced others. In this presentation, I would like to shed light on Palestinian women refugees embodied memories.
Many of the refugee women who will appear in these accounts are elderly, not educated and are from a peasant background. They remember through the body and what their body endured. Their narratives and postures convey emotional, perceptual, sensory experiences rather than facts based narratives. Their memories and their ways of narrating them are contrapuntal to modern national sensibilities, being inscribed in a plot made of ordinary and domestic spaces - and affective ties and relations - rather than in the sequence of resistance and revolution.”
Ruba Salih, a social anthropologist by training, is a Reader in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research interests and writing cover transnational migration and gender across Europe and the MENA region, multiculturalism and citizenship; gender and Islam, the Palestine question and Palestinian refugees. Her forthcoming publications include two books: Palestinian Refugees. The politics of exile and the politics of return (with Sophie Richter-Devroe) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming) and co-editing with Andrea Cornwall a book on Female Body Politics: Ownership, Coercion and Agency in Muslim Societies and Beyond, to be published by IB Tauris.
24th of February, 19:00, B102, SOAS
Talk: "Existence is Resistance" by Jordan Valley Solidarity
Jordan Valley Solidarity is a network of Palestinian communities, which are collectively resisting Israel’s attempts to ethnically cleanse them through a strategy of ‘To exist is to resist’. Rashid Khudairi is the Palestinian coordinator of Jordan Valley Solidarity. He will deliver a talk on the situation in the Jordan Valley and work of the group, along with screening of short films from Area C followed by a Q&A session and a presentation by a student who volunteered with Jordan Valley Solidarity last summer. The situation in the Jordan Valley is very serious. The Israeli military occupation since 1967 has been attempting to gradually annex the area (which is 28% of the occupied West Bank). In 2003, several community members in the Jordan Valley came together to try to build a community-based campaign to defend the indigenous community’s presence. Today, the campaign continues to grow, and has spread to all of the Palestinian communities in the Valley.
25th February, 19:00, B102, SOAS
Film screening of “IZKOR, slaves of memory 1990” followed by Q&A with Director Eyal Sivan
IZKOR, is a portrait of the Israeli society that has never been shown before, thirty days in the life of a State that lives to the rhythm of its memory. This award-winning film puts forward a passionate and severe analysis of the Hebrew state.
“IZKOR,” means "remember" in Hebrew and this film looks in depth at this imperative that is imposed on the children of Israel. In Israel during the month of April feast days and celebrations take place one after another. School children of all ages prepare to pay tribute to their country's past. The collective memory becomes a terribly efficient tool for the training of young minds.
29th February, 18:00, G3, SOAS
Talk: “Palestinian refugees : a recurring tragedy fuelled and sustained by the Israeli Apartheid” by Mai Abu Moghli
Mai Abu Moghli is a Palestinian human rights activist and practitioner, she is a PhD candidate at the UCL Institute of Education. Her research is focused on human rights education in PA schools in the occupied West Bank. She holds a Masters degree in human rights from the University of Essex. She lives and works between the UK and Palestine.
2nd March, 17:30, DLT, SOAS
Talk: "The New Counter Terror Legislation and Campaigning for Palestinian Rights in the UK" by Karma Nabulsi
This lecture by Karma Nabulsi will explain the nature of the new CT Act "Prevent" duty, how to fight against it, and why Palestine is at the heart of collective struggles for freedom across the world and in the UK.
Karma Nabulsi teaches at Oxford University, and lectures and writes on representation, revolution, and radical traditions of democracy, focussing on Palestinian refugees. She campaigns on a number of issues, including the Palestinians' right of return to their homes. She is an external member of the Centre for Palestine Studies board at SOAS.
2nd March, 18:00, Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London
Panel: Lessons from Divestment: Apartheid, Israel, and the Fossil Free Movement
The divestment campaign from South African apartheid in the 1980s brought an entire system founded on racial discrimination to its knees. These events showed how transnational activism, and a global commitment to justice and equality, could be used to further change.
Today, the lessons from apartheid South Africa resonate in two seemingly distant yet closely related grassroot movements: the Fossil Free movement and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestine.
Join leading campaigners from Israel, Palestine, and the environmental justice movement in an exciting panel that aims to bring these causes together through the principles of inter-generational justice, focusing on divestment as a tool to further environmental and social change.
Panelists: Jo Ram, Ronnie Barkan, Rebecca Newsom and Rafeef Ziadah
3rd March, B104, SOAS
Title: “Militarism and Israeli society” by James Eastwood
Activists and scholars often refer to Israel as a militarist society. But what do they mean by this? Is militarism just a political label, or does it tell us something more fundamental about the relationship between war and Israeli society? This talk by James Eastwood will argue that militarism is a useful framework for analysing this issue and show its relevance for ongoing political and academic debates about Israel/Palestine. It will look at several key questions: How does militarism affect Israeli society, and how is its role changing? What is the connection between militarism and settler colonialism? How does militarism relate to the politics of gender, race, and religion in Israel/Palestine? Are there any sources of resistance to militarism in Israeli society and, if so, how successful are they? What is the significance of Israel for global patterns of militarism?
James Eastwood is a tutor in the Department Politics and International Studies at SOAS, where he was also awarded his PhD in 2015. His research concentrates on the military and militarism in Israel, with a particular focus on the question of ethics and soldiers' testimony. His research has also been published in the European Journal of International Relations.
4th March, 20:00, DLT, SOAS
Cultural Event! To be announced soon.
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