Thursday, February 28, 2013

Israel Apartheid Week Oxford





Thursday, February 28, 7.30pm
Lecture Room 23, Balliol

Lessons of Apartheid and the Palestinian popular struggle: Challenging Israeli discrimination, racism and oppression

Jaffa Popular Committee for the Defence of Land and Housing Rights

Sami Abu Shehadeh is a founding member and leader of the Jaffa Popular Committee for the Defense of Land and Housing Rights . He is currently completing a doctorate in history at Tel Aviv University and sits on the Tel-Aviv Jaffa municipality council as a Balad Party member representing Jaffa.


FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 7.30pm
Okinga room, Wadham College

Palestine: Peace not Pacification

University of Sheffield

Dr. Takriti is Lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield. He completed his doctorate from the University of Oxford, for which he received the Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award, and the Leigh Douglas Memorial Award, and was the S.G. Younis Junior Research Fellow at St. Edmund Hall. His book, Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976 is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in July 2013.


MONDAY, MARCH 4, 7:30 pm
Okinaga Room, Wadham College

“Now is the hour of the furnaces; Only light should be seen.”

Karma Nabulsi
St. Edmund Hall

Dr. Nabulsi is Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall. Her publications, reseach, and collective work spans 18th century political thought, 19th century republicanism, the laws of war, and Palestinian political and revolutionary history. She is Chair of Trustees of the HOPING Foundation, supporting educational and cultural activities for young Palestinian refugees across the Arab world, is the Patron of the London Palestinian Film Festival and the PSC among other institutions. She served as a representative of the PLO between 1977 and 1990.


Lecture Room XXIII, Balliol College


International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Selma James is a women’s rights and anti-racist campaigner and author. Raised in a movement household, she joined CLR James’s Johnson-Forest Tendency at age 15, and from 1958 to 1962 she worked with him in the movement for Caribbean federation and independence. In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women's Strike which she coordinates. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. A collection of her writings, Sex, Race and Class – The Perspective of Winning, was recently published by PM Press.

Michael Kalmanovitz is UK coordinator of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) which is committed to ending the occupation of Palestine, dismantling Israeli apartheid, and the return of Palestinian refugees. IJAN’s point of reference is the grassroots Palestinian struggle. It campaigns to end the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund which is complicit in the theft of Palestinian land. He is a member of Payday, an anti-sexist, anti-racist men’s network working with the Global Women’s Strike, that is building a global network of men and women who refuse to torture, rape & kill for the military.

Copies of report will be available.


Tuesday 12th March, 7:30pm
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates


Ben White
Author and Activist
Phyllis Starkey
Former Labour MP and Trustee of Medical Aid for Palestinians

Ben White is a freelance journalist, activist, and author of 'Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide' (2009) and 'Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy' (2012), both published by Pluto Press.

Phyllis Starkey is former Labour MP (1997-2010) and Chair of All-Party Palestine Group. She is now Trustee of Medical Aid for Palestinians, and Senior Associate Member at St Antony's College.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

February events

Our best wishes to Patrick and Mariam, now planting olive trees in Palestine. The good news is that they are enjoying the sunshine, the good food and especially the company, and have planted hundreds of trees. The bad news is that gas canisters have been thrown at them several times by the soldiers of the occupation.

Upcoming Events: Local

Tuesday 12th February, St Aldates Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, 7:30-9:30
Saher Francis director of Addameer ( ) will speak to us about human rights for Palestinian prisoners. This is the first event of her U.K. tour:
Following our November meeting “Palestinian Prisoners and Human Rights” Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association together with Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign ,and Network of Oxford Women for Justice and Peace are very pleased to be jointly organising a speaker meeting in Oxford with Sahar Francis, Human Rights Lawyer and Director of Addameer.
Sahar Francis has represented Palestinian political prisoners, including children held without trial in Israeli jails and also campaigns against the mistreatment and torture of prisoners. She will speak about Israel's use of imprisonment of Palestinians as a political policy and Addameer's work to support and defend these prisoners' human rights.
More information about Addameer
An interesting interview with Sahar Francis.
We shall also have a very short film on child prisoners and begin doing and planning practical work on the issue – beginning with letter writing.

Every Saturday 11.30-1.30pm: OXFORD PSC STALL in Cornmarket by St Michael at Northgate church. The OPSC Saturday street stall on Cornmarket Street is one of the main ways we use for raising the issue of Palestine with the public at large. It is an important activity for offering information leaflets to the public, inviting them to join PSC or leave their email for Oxford PSC updates. Generally we are there 11:30 to 13:30. Always a minimum of two people on shift. Please consider volunteering for a shift: it’s an opportunity to meet other PSC members, those wanting information and occasionally those wishing to challenge our views, even volunteering for one shift a year would help. Please email ali at if you're able to help.

February 21, 2013
Blackwell's Bookshop Oxford
Shlomo Sand & Avi Shlaim: The Invention of the Land of Israel
In conversation with Avi Shlaim
What is a homeland? When does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land?
Following the acclaimed and controversial 'The Invention of the Jewish People', Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest-running national struggle of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 'The Invention of the Land of Israel' deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. The invention of the modern concept of the “Land of Israel” in the nineteenth century, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel, it is also what is threatening Israel's existence today.

Shlomo Sand will be discussing his new book with Avi Shlaim, author of Israel and Palestine and signing copies.
Tickets cost £3 and are available from our Customer Service Department, Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Telephone: 01865 333623.
7.00pm – 8.30pm
Blackwell's Bookshop Oxford
48-51 Broad Street
Oxford, United Kingdom
01865 33362

February 22nd (6th week)
‘The Politics of Water: The Hidden Issue in the Israel-Palestine Conflict’
Dr Marwa Daoudy
St Antony’s College
Seminars will be held on Fridays at 5.00 p.m. in the
Middle East Centre, 68 Woodstock Road, Oxford

Call Mr Robeson a Life with Songs
7:30 pm Thursday 7th March at the old Fire Station.
- £14.50 at the door but I have a few tickets to sell at the prisoners meeting on Tuesday 12th, for £12 of which £2 will be donated to the PSC.

Tuesday 12th March, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, 7:30-9:30
How should we boycott Israel? Speakers Ben White and Phyllis Starkey.
Question and answer session: submit your own questions too.

Upcoming Events: UK/International

Another Talk on his world tour by our own Harry:
LOCATION: LSE Clement House, 3.02
Thursday 21st Feb, 7-9 PM
Harry Fear is an independent journalist, documentary maker and activist from the UK, who gave live broadcasts from Gaza during the recent Operation Pillar of Cloud. We are pleased to be able to host his presentation, in this joint event with King's College London, and UCL (please note that it is also open to the public).

Harry witnessed the recent Israeli Operation Pillar of Cloud offensive against the Gaza Strip first-hand, and is well-known for broadcasting live reports from the ground during November 2012. He will be speaking as part of a national tour, discussing his personal experiences and the current situation in Gaza. There will be time at the end for a Question and Answer Session.

The event will cost £1 for entry to cover Harry's flight fees as he is coming from Malaysia, and tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite. Spaces are limited, and this is a very popular topic-so please RSVP and buy your ticket ASAP, to guarantee entry!

Twitter: @harryfear

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P.S.C. update : (Some of us leafleted along the Cowley Road yesterday, with a positive response as usual).