Al-Awda Co-Sponsors Right to Education Week

Right to Education Week (R2E) is an international week of action that was called upon from students in Palestine. Responding to their request, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP) in partnership with NYU-SJP, will be holding a series of events throughout the week to raise awareness about this issue.

To learn more about the R2E campaign and how you can get involved, please visit:

Please refer to the list of events below:

November 15: Speak or be Spoken for:
When: 8:00PM-10:00pm,
Where: NYU Silver Center Room # 714 (100 Washington Square East)
Join us for panel discussion featuring four Palestinians each representing a different narrative of the Palestinian experience: Nada Matta, a Palestinians citizen of Israel from Mi’ilya, Ahmad Diab, of the refugee camp of Al-‘Aideen in Syria, Jehad AbuSalim, a resident of Deir al Balah in the Gaza Strip, and Marah AbuZant a student from Nablus in the West Bank.

November 16: Film screening of Shooting Muhammad:
When: 8:00-10:00pm,
Where: Columbia Campus (Room Math #312)
Portrait of a 21-year-old Palestinian refugee who studies at an Israeli University in an illegal settlement—the story of a young man split between two worlds that fear and hate each other. The film will be followed by a panel featuring Areej Jafari and Dina Zbidat.

November 17: Film Screening of “A Caged Bird’s Song”
When: 12:00-2:00pm
Where: Brooklyn College SUBO Club Room (basement)
A documentary film about the struggle of students to reach their academic institutions. Filmed in the spring and summer of 2003, the film joins students and teachers on their everyday journey to reach their schools and universities under the regime of military roadblocks. Lunch will be served.

November 17: Legality and Morality: Ethnic Cleansing in East Jerusalem
When: 7:00-9:00pm,
Where: NYU Kimmel Room #802
Since the 1967 unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem in breach of international law, Israel has sought to maintain a Jewish majority and character in the city. Join us for a screening of the short documentary “Jerusalem 28%-72%” followed by a panel discussion on Israel’s discriminatory policies against Palestinian residents of the city and their legal implications, including house demolitions and evictions, revocation of residency, and settlement expansion.

November 18: Voices from Palestine – A Student Discussion
When: 5:00-7:00pm
Where: Brooklyn College SUBO International-Occidental Lounge (5th floor)
Come hear diverse student perspectives from Palestine, from the West Bank to Gaza and in between. Learn about the different and significant struggles that students face in Palestine. Featuring Abdullah Elkhoudary from Gaza and Dina Zbidat from Palestine 48. Refreshments will be served.

November 18: Un-euphemizing Palestine:
When: 8:00-10:00pm,
Where: 15th floor SIPA Building 420 West 118th Street
With journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman and poetry performance by Ismail Khalidi and Dina Omar—the idea was inspired by a quote from Arundhati Roy’s new book, Walking with the Comrades. She writes: “the profound unfathomable thing we have lost. As a writer, a fiction writer, I wonder whether the attempt to always be precise, to try and get it all factually right somehow reduces the epic scale of what is really going on. Does it eventually mask a larger truth? I worry that I am allowing myself tobe railroaded into offering prosaic factual precision when maybe what we need is a feral howl or the transformative power and real precision of poetry.” Free Grape-leaves (in honor of Abu Ghassan) and Debka!
(Sponsored by the Arab Student Association)

November 19: Born Here: Palestinian Cultural Resistance:
When: 4:00-5:30pm,
Where: Kimmel Center Room 808 (60 Washington Square South)
The emergence of the hip hop movement in Palestine has since been empowering Palestinian youth touse art to express the struggle for freedom and equality. Join us for a panel featuring DAM hip hop artists Mahmoud Jrere, Tamer Nafar, and Suhell Nafar discussing the inequality experienced by Palestinian citizens of Israel and the use of culture as resistance, followed by a few song performances.

November 19: From Palestine to Brooklyn: DAM Concert:
When: 8:00pm-2:00am,
Where: Southpaw 125 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn, NY
With off the hook performances by Palestinian hip hop group DAM, DJ OJA, Tamar-Kali and Hardcore Soul Queen.

This week is sponsored by Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, NYU SJP and The Palestinian Club at Brooklyn College, and co-sponsored by the following groups:

Arab Student Association at SIPA, TURATH, Black and Latino Student Caucus, ISO, Existence is Resistance, Arab Students United at NYU, Muslim Students Association, LUCHA, WESPAC, New York City Labor Against the War, Labor for Palestine, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Al-Awda New York