Here in the US, how can we connect the Palestinian resistance movements to those closer to home, namely, Black and indigenous struggles against structural oppression?
Do certain strategies for liberation cut across these different constituencies? Where does the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) fit in as a tactic?
How can we recognize what is distinct about these struggles, while making connections and acting in solidarity?
From the dispossession of Palestinians and First Nation Peoples to the political suppression and mass incarceration of African Americans in the United States, we live in an age of continuing colonization, segregation, and government-sanctioned brutality.
Launched in 2005 after over 170 Palestinian civil organizations issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, an annual international series of events has been held in cities and campuses around the world. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) seeks to penetrate the consciousness of those uninformed about the apartheid nature of Israel, as defined by international law, that functions as a system characterized by institutionalized and systematic racial and religious segregation. Join us for a discussion with Jared Malsin and Chris Hedges, who will examine the issue of Israel's deepening apartheid.
This event is sponsored by Adalah NY and Scientific Soul Sessions.
Saturday, 16 March 2013, 6PM
St. Mary's Church 521 W. 126th Street
CHRIS HEDGES began his career reporting the war in El Salvador. Following six years in Latin America, he took time off to study Arabic and then went to Jerusalem and later Cairo. He spent seven years in the Middle East, most of them as the bureau chief there for The New York Times. He left the Middle East in 1995 for Sarajevo to cover the war in Bosnia and later reported the war in Kosovo. Afterward, he joined the Times' investigative team and was based in Paris to cover al-Qaida. He left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq. Hedges has written 12 books, including "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" (2003) which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. He is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University. He currently teaches inmates at a correctional facility in New Jersey. In addition to writing a weekly original column for Truthdig, he has written for Harper's Magazine, The New Statesman, The New York Review of Books, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs and other publications.
JARED MALSIN is a journalist who has reported from the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Egypt, the United Nations, and the streets of New York City. Malsin spent two and a half years living in the West Bank working for the independent Palestinian news agency Ma'an, where he served as the agency's chief English editor. In January 2010, while returning from from Europe, he was questioned, detained for a week, and then deported from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport. In the last two years, he has extensively covered the Occupy movement in New York and the aftermath of the revolution in Egypt. He has contributed to TIME, VICE, Foreign Policy, The National, Columbia Journalism Review, and the East Village blog of The New York Times, among others.