Sunday, February 21, 2010

latest events planned

Swee Ang has sent us this to sign : * We endorse the Civil Rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

PSC Weekly update

Recent letters in the Oxford Mail

Upcoming Events: Local

Saturday street stall: (notice from Seyda) Could people please contact me on my home number 01865 880344 mobile7983334322 or e-mail me Please let me know what you can do even if it means an hour slot, which is fine too. Volunteers needed 11.30 – 1.30. This is one of the main ways we raise the issue of Palestine with the public at large. It takes a couple of hours (plus a bit each side to collect and return the materials). Two people at all times means you always have backup. If each supporter did one Saturday a month we would be covered.

Saint Antony’s College: Middle East Centre: Seminars, Lectures and Conferences Programme for Hilary Term 2010 (All welcome)

Anthony Julius: Trials of the Diaspora

Thursday 11th March at 7pm
Blackwell Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford Tickets: £2 .
Mr Julius will be talking about what he calls the fourth anti-Semitism. Some of us might like to challenge his ideas. There is normally ample opportunity for questions. For a relevant discussion see for example here

PSC Branch Forum 13 March at ULU in London.
From: 12noon to 4pm.
The agenda will include: A discussion on taking forward the boycott, linking up with trade unions locally to build the ‘ban settlement goods’ campaign. Feedback on the Gaza convoy. All PSC members welcome. Lunch will be provided ( Anyone wanting to travel up on the Oxford Tube with me or Jenny contact me).

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Israel Apartheid Week 1st - 14th March

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement. Mark your calendars - the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place across the globe from from the 1st to the 14th of March 2010!
Oxford Arab Cultural Society
****Israeli Apartheid Week 20****
*Monday, March 1 Take Your Democracy and Give me Back My Land
Speakers: Dr Jamal Zahalka (MK) and Michel WarschawskiLocation:
St Antony’s College, Nissan Lecture Theatre Time: 7:30 pm
Jamal Zahalka is a Member of the Israeli parliament and Chairman of the National Democratic Assembly (Balad), the largest secular Palestinian party in Israel. He holds a PhD in Pharmacology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.Michel Warschawski (Mikado) is a renowned Israeli anti-apartheid figure, journalist and commentator. He is a co-founder of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem.

*Tuesday, March 2 Rethinking the 1967 War
Speaker: Professor Ilan PappéChair: Professor Avi Shlaim (FBA)
Location: St Antony’s, Nissan Lecture Theatre
Time: 7:30 pm
Ilan Pappé is a leading historian of the Middle East, Chair of the Department of History at the University of Exeter and a co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies. He was the academic head and founder of the Institute for Peace studies in Givat Haviva Israel (1992-2000) and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa (2000-2008). Prior to his appointment in the UK, he taught Politics at the University of Haifa. He is the author of numerous books including ‘A History of Modern Palestine’ and ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.’

*Wednesday March 3 To Shoot an Elephant, Film Screening and Discussion with Director
Speaker: Alberto Arce
Location: Balliol College, Room 23
Time: 7:30 pm
“To shoot an elephant" is a documentary by Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujailah. They both accompanied a group of foreigners who managed to stay embedded with the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances during the 21 days of Operation Cast Lead launched by Israel against the besieged Palestinian people of Gaza. Their footage features urgent, insomniac, dirty, shuddering images that reveal the experience of the Palestinian citizens of Gaza. During the Israeli invasion, the international media remained outside of Gaza, denying the world the chance of witnessing what was happening inside. This remarkable film helps redress the balance, giving an eye-witness account from within. Screening will be followed by Q & A session with the director.

*Thursday March 4 Israeli Apartheid and the Land Question
Speakers: Salah Mohsen and Nidal Rafa
Location: Wadham College, Old Refectory
Time: 7:30 pm
Salah Mohsen is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, human rights advocate, and member of the General Council of the National Democratic Assembly. He is an expert on land issues in 1948 Palestinian areas. Nidal Rafa is a TV producer based in Jerusalem. She has been covering stories on behalf of international media outlets for the past eight years, joining CNN in 2005. Educated at the universities of Haifa and Bir Zeit, she holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations. She sits on the boards of the English-language publication “This Week in Palestine,” and the al-Hosh gallery of Palestinian art in Jerusalem.
*Friday March 5 Until the Return: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Speaker: Dr Karma Nabulsi
Chair: Professor Avi Shlaim (FBA) Location: St Antony’s College, Nissan Lecture Theatre Time: 7:30 pm
Dr Karma Nabulsi is a University Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. From 1977 until 1990 she served as a PLO representative at the UN and in Beirut, Tunis and London. Dr Nabulsi has also been a specialist adviser to the UK parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on Palestinian Refugees and Director of the Civitas Project , a collective research initiated to record the voices and recommendations of Palestinian exile and refugee communities. Dr Nabulsi is a regular contributor to The Guardian. Her publications include ‘Traditions of War : Occupation, Resistance and the Law. ‘ Avi Shlaim is a British-Israeli historian and Professor of International Relations at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a renowned author on the international politics of the Middle East, and a winner of the WJM Mackenzie Book Prize and the David Watt Memorial Prize. His latest book is ‘Israel and Palestine: Reflections, Revisions and Refutation