New Year

January 9, 2010

As we enter a new year, taking time to reflect on the successes and failures of the past is a good thing to do.

All kinds of resistance, resistance means everything. Beginning with the word “no” and ending with holding arms. And in between there are many ways, [including] a political struggle, a popular struggle. They want us to accept them as they are: racist, discriminating, an apartheid regime in Israel. This is what we don’t want. We cannot coexist with such people. But we can coexist with people like us. This is the way we are looking for. -Leila Khaled

Philip Rizk in Gaza

April 6, 2009

Another thing is how there isn’t so much of an interest from media organisations around the world to keep reporting on Gaza.

To them, there’s nothing new about the situation when in fact, the story there is constantly unfolding, breaking news is Gaza’s middle name. But because this breaking news always holds the same kind of information, no one cares to report on it.

But they’re really everyday people just trying to make the best of their lives, putting their kids through school, finding a job, doing well in their final exams.

One thing I’ve noticed in the media is that the theme of violence is always associated with stories coming out of Gaza.

Why not focus on stories of non-violent resistance? While some Palestinians return Israeli violence with further violence, the vast majority does not, and the Arabic word for such everyday acts of non-violent protest is sumoud, which means steadfastness, perseverance.


From Johannesburg to Jerusalem: Anti-Apartheid Organizing in the US

Monday, March 2nd, 7 pm
St Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th Street, NYC

Showing of critically acclaimed film Have You Heard from Johannesburg? Apartheid And The Club Of The West, followed by a discussion with David Wildman of the United Methodist Church and Sam Anderson, anti-apartheid activist, educator, and founding board member of The Malcolm X Museum.
Event organized by the IAW New York Organizing Coalition

NYU-Tel Aviv University: A Partnership in Occupation

Tuesday, March 3rd, 8 pm
Kimmel Center, NYU (Room 802), 60 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Laguardia), NYC

Panel discussion on NYU’s relationship with Tel Aviv University, featuring award-winning novelist Elias Khoury, New York University professor Andrew Ross, and Nir Harel, member of Israel’s Anarchists Against The Wall.
Event organized by NYU Students for Justice in Palestine
Identification required to enter building

The Impact of Occupation: This Body Is A Prison

Wednesday, March 4th, 7:30 pm
Kimmel Center, NYU (Room 914), 60 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Laguardia), NYC

Screening of the critically acclaimed This Body Is A Prison, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Dylan Bergeson.
The film addresses the psychological impacts of growing up under occupation in different areas of the West Bank, exploring how isolation and violence existentially impact the way that children construct their sense of self.
Organized by NYU Students for Justice in Palestine & the Arab Student Association at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA)
Identification required to enter building

The Art of Resistance: Culture and the Boycott of Israel

Read a special invitation from the organizers here:


Friday, March 6th, 7 pm
Judson Memorial Church, 243 Thompson St., just off of Washington Square Park, NYC 

Panel discussion with best-selling author Ahdaf Soueif, founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Omar Barghouti, and NYC poet Remi Kanazi; moderated by Brooklyn College Professor Moustafa Bayoumi.
Event organized by the IAW New York Organizing Coalition

The Israeli attack on Gaza: What is needed for a just solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Saturday, March 7th, 3 pm
Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall, 239 Thompson St. (1/2 block south of Washington Square Park), NYC

Israel’s three-week-long attack on Gaza in December and January left over 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis killed and thousands of Palestinians wounded. Israel’s bombardment left the infrastructure in Gaza in a shambles, with schools, hospitals, mosques destroyed, while Israel continues to blockade needed supplies of food, electricity and water.

– Riham Barghouti, Adalah-NY, Coalition for Justice in the Middle East
– Nellie Hester Bailey, Harlem Anti-War Coalition
– Joel Kovel, Committee for an Open Discussion of Zionism & Author of “Overcoming Zionism”
– Dorothy Zellner, Center for Constitutional Rights & “Jews Say No”
– Steve Bloom, Activist Poets’ Roundtable
– Moderator: Justine McCabe, Co-Chair, Green Party U.S. International Committee
Event organized by the West Side Green Party

Party Against Apartheid

Saturday, March 7th, 9 pm
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (bet. Broad & Broadway), NYC

Event organized by the IAW New York Organizing Coalition

Why Palestine?

February 18, 2009

I watched this link today.
“Israel is the last Western, settler, colonial project in the world… there is a moral problem here, an inadmisibility of the racist, exclusive ideology which Israel refuses to acknowledge.” This is from Ali Abunimah, author of One State: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse

“Silence is complicity… non-Jewish Americans who are afraid to speak out for fear of being labelled anti-Semitic.” 

Questioning Israeli’s “special status” and right to self defense.

The fourth panelist was the Hampshire leader of Students for Justice in Palestine. On February 7th, Hampshire became the first college campus in the US to completely divest from Israel and other arms manufacturing companies. They were also the first to divest from apartheid South Africa in 1977. As a former college student, studying anti-colonialism, I identified with his statement about taking what one has learned in the classroom and then looking out into the “real world” to see Gaza as an occupied place.  “You can’t remain neutral on a moving train.” -Howard Zinn (or when your university is invested in military, arms and technology companies.) 

“These students have done a courageous thing… something that none of our politicians have been willing to do… a battle they have won… for peace and justice.” -Ali Abunimah “As scholars, activists, citizens, students, we are required to take a stance on this.”

“Resistance to Israel is also resistance to US hegemony in the region.” He makes the point that Barack Obama will not make significant foreign policy gains as long as he remains “silent or worse than silent… continues to endorse Israeli massacres.” 

Some American activists pointed out “a peversely two-tiered system…” within Israel. Israelis “did not deny the apartheid or the second-class citizenship but they justified it.” 

“Jews have to speak up for justice… that there is not this blind support for Israel… to make Israel accountable and to make the US accountable… no more blank cheques.” “I can understand in 1945… but by now, people should have learned better… that land was not empty… one of those myths of history that created so much damage.”