Feb. 28 – March 11: Israeli Apartheid Week in New York

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. Last year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) took place in more than 40 cities across the globe.

IAW 2011 takes place following two years of incredible successes for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the global level. Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of these successes along with the many injustices that continue to make BDS so crucial in the battle to end Israeli Apartheid. Speakers and full programme for each city will be available soon. Join us in making 2011 a year of struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality, and peace.

Activists from many organizations, including Hunter College, Columbia, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, Brooklyn College Palestinian Club, Al-Awda NY, Adalah NY, Siege Busters Working Group and many others have participated in organizing this year’s IAW events in NY.

The New York organizing coalition can be e-mailed at: ApartheidWeekNYC@gmail.com

Monday, February 28, 2011

Divest from the U.S.-Backed Israeli Occupation Now!

7:30pm – 9:30pm

New York University, Kimmel, 60 Washington Square South, E&L Auditorium, 4th Floor

Join NYU Students for Justice in Palestine for a discussion on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions and for the launching of our TIAA-CREF campaign to divest from the oppression of the Palestinian people.

Featuring Sherry Wolf, and Stephen Shalom. Moderated by Jeff Goodwin

Divestment has been an important political strategy in many international campaigns. It has become increasingly used by campus groups around the world and the United States in fighting for Justice in Israel/Palestine. This launches Israel Apartheid Week and focuses on the use of divestment as a political strategy by campus groups. In addition NYU SJP will be launching a campaign with particular relevance to the NYU community.

Sherry Wolf is an independent journalist and author. She is a member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network an advocate of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign. She was on the executive committee for the LGBT National Equality March for full civil rights in October 2009. Wolf is a member of the International Socialist Organization and an editor of the International Socialist Review.

Stephen Shalom is a professor, writer, and activist. He teaches political science at William Paterson University and is the director of the Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice. He is a writer on social and political issues and is a contributor to Znet and Democratic Left. He is on the e-boards of the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars and the democratic socialist journal, New Politics. He is the author of numerous publications and is the author of a political vision called Participatory Politics. He was a contributing writer to Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century.

Jeff Goodwin is a professor of Sociology at New York University. He has done research on revolutions, social movements, and terrorism. He was elected to the board of the International Visual Sociology Association. He has written a number of works, including No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Poetic Injustice Book Release Party

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Columbia University: Alfred Lerner Hall (Roone Arledge Auditorium) – 2920 Broadway (btwn 114th & 115th), New York, NY

Join us for the release of POETIC INJUSTICE: Writings on Resistance and Palestine By Remi Kanazi

Special guest poets include: Carlos Andrés Gómez, Tahani Salah, Michael Cirelli, Safia Elhillo, Suheir Hammad, More poets to come

Visit www.PoeticInjustice.net for more about the book and to PURCHASE your copy today

Event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194892327204026

Co-sponsored by:

* Columbia SJP (http://columbiasjp.org/)    * NAAP-NY (www.naaponline.org/ny)    * CODEPINK NYC (www.codepinknyc.org)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Iron Wall: Film Screening and Discussion

6:00pm – 8:00pm

About the film: The Iron Wall documentary exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process. This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground – the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian’s peoples.

Said Shehadeh from Al-Awda NY will be facilitating a discussion about apartheid in Palestine and the parallels to Apartheid South Africa in the 1970s.

Location: TV Room, Basement, Student Center (SUBO), Brooklyn College, Campus Road and E 27 St.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Arab People’s Revolt: A Night of Solidarity and Discussion

7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Avenue)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188280147869789

In 2011, Arab countries have exploded with mass popular movementsthat have had radical, and indeed revolutionary results. In Tunisiaand Egypt, longtime U.S.-sponsored dictators have fallen, whileprotests rock Jordan, Algeria and occupied Palestine. Thisunprecedented revolt has provided new hope for a movement to liberatePalestine and the whole Arab world. Join Al-Awda New York to discuss:

  • What is the role of workers in the Arab revolt?
  • What are the challenges yet to come?
  • What do these changes mean for Palestine and the Arab world?
  • What do they mean for people in the U.S. and the world?
  • How can we organize to provide solidarity and support?
  • and much more!

Featuring speakers:

Lamis DeekPalestinian attorney and activist, co-founder Al-Awda NY

Hoda Mitwally, Egyptian-American student and Middle East solidarity activist from Rutgers University

Emna Zghal, Tunisian visual artist

Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

UPDATE: IAW in NYC Coordinating Committee statement on the cancellation of our “Party to End Apartheid” by the LGBT Community Center.


Party to End Apartheid!

8pm to Midnight

LGBT Center – 208 West 13th Street

Enjoy DJ sets, guest performances, and great company. An Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) event!  $5. All proceeds to IAW. Thrown by Siegebusters and Existence is Resistance.

  • The Siege Busters Working Group is organizing in support of the US Boat to Gaza campaign.
  • Existence Is Resistance is an internationalist organization determined to promote non-violent resistance through cultural arts. In our work we use the arts as a means of expression and liberation of marginalized peoples throughout the world with a focus on connecting to the situation of occupied Palestine.

Thursday, March 9, 2011

Palestine: Then & Now – The Road to Freedom


Hunter College (68th & Lexington Ave) 424 Hunter North, Lang Recital Hall

Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine invites you to join us for an evening to discuss the history of Palestine and the importance of Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine. Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe and the aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build BDS campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement.

Joining us will be:

Lamis Deek: Palestinian Attorney and Co-founder of Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

Randa Wahbe: Activist with Adalah NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and a Graduate student at Columbia University.

Dinna Omar: Activist and spoken word artist and a Graduate Student at Columbia University.

Poetry by Tahani Salah

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with our panelists

Refreshments will be served

For more information please visit www.hcsjp.wordpress.com or email us at sjphunter@gmail.com

Friday, March 11, 2011

How Now BDS? Media, Politics and Queer Activism

A conversation with John Greyson and Judith Butler

6pm to 9pm

Judson Memorial Church, Basement Gym – 243 Thompson St., just off of Washington Square Park

John Greyson and Judith Butler will consider new forms of activism in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, focusing on both the cultural and academic boycott and the importance of queer BDS activism in Palestine and elsewhere.  They will discuss not only the reasons for supporting BDS, but the new forms of anti-Occupation activism in the media, popular culture, the academy, and other domains of public life.  “How Now BDS” will center on how BDS is done now, and what must still be done.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984 on the French Reception of Hegel. Judith Butler is the author of Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (Routledge, 1993), Undoing Gender (2004), Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak in 2008) and Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009). She is also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics, and Jewish Voice for Peace. As well she is a founding member of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and a board member of the Jenin Theatre Foundation. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities. She has recently completed a book on Jewish criticisms of Zionism.

John Greyson is a Toronto video artist/filmmaker whose features, shorts and installations include Fig Trees (Best Documentary Teddy, Berlin Film Festival, 2009), Proteus (Diversity Award, Barcelona Gay Lesbian Film Festival, 2004), and Lilies (Best Film ‘Genie’, 1996). An associate professor in Film at York University, he was awarded the 2007 Bell Canada Award in Video Art.

Organized by: Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel