Monday, March 2, 2009

the fifth annual israeli apartheid week

March 1-8, 2009

Events at YorkU

SAIA York Condemns Discriminatory attempt to silence Anti-Apartheid Voices at York February 25, 2009

Tuesday March 3, 12:30pm: Struggles of Self-determination: Palestine, Turtle Island and Sri Lanka

Speakers: Noora Sharrab. Masters Student, Students Against Israeli Apartheid @ York
Sahabphan Jesuthasan. York Student, President, Tamil Students Association @ York
Location: GSA (430 Student Centre)

Wednesday March 4, 12:30pm: 1948 - 2009: The Ongoing Nakba

Movie screening "La Terre Parle Arab" (The land Speaks Arabic)

Q + A to follow with Khaled Mouammar. National President of the Canadian Arab Federation.
Location: GSA (430 Student Centre)

Thursday, March 5, 12:30pm: The Way Forward: Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions


Ali Mustafa, Students Against Israeli Apartheid.
Professor Abigail Bakan, Queen's University and Faculty 4 Palestine
Location: GSA (430 Student Centre)

Events Downtown

Monday, March 2, 7pm: Resisting Apartheid: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Library Building
Ryerson Univesity
350 Victoria St.

Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian researcher, commentator and human rights activist. He is a founding member of the Palestinian campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel to uphold international law and universal human rights. He holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, NY. He contributed to the philosophical volume, "Controversies and Subjectivity" (John Benjamins, 2005) and to "The New Intifada: Resisting Israel's Apartheid" (Verso Books, 2001). He advocates an ethical vision for a unitary, secular democratic state in historic Palestine.

Moderators: Golta Shahidi, Saron Ghebressellassie

Tuesday, March 3, 7pm: Education Under Occupation
Walberg Building, Room 116
University of Toronto
184-200 College Street
Toronto M56 3E5

Thaer Aliwaiwi was born in Palestine, 2nd year Student at the University of Toronto (Economics and Political Science). Thaer is member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid and the Palestine House Arab Youth Program.

Yafa Jarrar: is a member of the Peterborough Coalition for Palestinian Solidarity. She was born in Jerusalem, Palestine, moved to Canada in 2003 to attend Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific. She has represented Palestine in the Arab League of Nations in Cairo in 2001 to speak on the effects of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian educational process and then elected to represent Palestine to speak at the United Nations, in the same year. She is currently finishing her degree in Politics and International Development Studies at Trent University.

Karolyn Givogue: is a mixed-race Mohawk activist, academic and artist who is rooted in Akwesasne. She is a founding member of the Decolonization and Anti-Racism Coalition (DARC), and an active member of the Peterborough Coalition Against Poverty (PCAP). She is currently finishing her Masters degree in Indigenous Studies and Canadian Studies at Trent University, where she is writing about anti-racist, anticolonial coalitions between Indigenous peoples and racialized (im)migrant communities on Turtle Island.

Moderators: Rachel Gurofsky, Alan Sears
Organized by OPIRG-Toronto

Wednesday, March 4, 7pm: Gaza: Breaking the Siege
Walberg Building, Room 116
University of Toronto
184-200 College Street
Toronto M56 3E5

Leila El-Haddad is a freelance Palestinian journalist, media activist, and mother from Gaza who writes mainly for the Guardian Unlimited and Aljazeera English. She maintains the award-winning blog "Raising Yousuf and Noor: diary of a Palestinian mother" (, which explores the complex relationships between the personal and political as she raises her children and negotiates displacement and occupation. She is currently based in the United States with her husband, a Palestinian refugee from the ethnically cleansed village of Waarit al-Siris. Laila has also been published in Le Monde Diplmatique, the New Statesmen, the International Herald Tribune and the Washington Post among others. She has made appearances on CNN, NPR, CBC, Democracy Now, Aljazeera International and the BBC.

Jon Elmer is an independent journalist and researcher who has reported extensively from Gaza and the West Bank. He writes for Inter Press Service news agency and has contributed to a variety of publications including The Journal of Palestine Studies, The Progressive and Z Magazine.

Moderators: Mary-Jo Nadeau, Ilaria Giglioli
Organized by OPIRG-Toronto

Thursday, March 5, 7pm: Globalization, Labour and Poverty in Palestine
Koffler Institute Room 108
569 Spadina Avenue
Toronto M5S 2J7

Leila Farsakh is assistant professor in political science at University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a PhD from the University of London (2003), an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK (1990), and a BA from the University of Exeter in the UK (1989). She has worked with a number of international organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1993-1996) and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute in Ramallah (1998-1999). Dr. Farsakh has published on questions related to Palestinian labor flows, the Oslo Process, international migration and regional integration in a wide range of journals, including the Middle East Journal, the European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Palestine Studies and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her book, Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation, has been published by Routledge Press in fall 2005. She also edited Commemorating the Naksa, Evoking the Nakba (EMJES, Spring 2008). In 2001 she won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission, in Cambridge-Massachusetts.

Robert Lovelace is a retired Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Global Development Studies at Queen's University and a professor in Ecosystems Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College. He has written about community development and social reform as a de-colonizing strategy. On February 15, 2008, Robert Lovelace was sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court. His crime was taking a leadership role in securing Algonquin land and refusing to permit exploration for uranium near Ardoch, Ontario.

David McNally is Professor of Political Science at York University and author of four books, including Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism. He is active with the New Socialists and the Popular Education and Action Project in Toronto.

Moderator: Ali Mustafa and Sedef Arat-Koc
Organized by OPIRG-Toronto

Friday, March 6, 7pm: From South Africa to Palestine: The Struggle Continues
Turtle Island, South Africa to Palestine : The Struggle Continues
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University - TRS1067
575 Bay Street

The final night of Israeli Apartheid Week 2009 will focus on lessons from South African Apartheid and the on-going struggles of the Palestinian people and indigenous people on Turtle Island.

Mike Krebs is a Vancouver-based indigenous activist of Blackfoot and European descent. He is currently involved with the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign in Vancouver.

Ronnie Kasrils was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1938. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Czarist Russia (Lithuania). He joined the ANC 1960 after the Sharpeville massacre. This led to a lifetime of political activism. He was a member of ANC's military wing at its inception in 1961. He became chief of military intelligence, operated from exile in neighbouring African states and clandestinely in South Africa. For many years, he was a member of both ANC and Communist Party national executive committees. He was appointed deputy minister of defense in South Africa's first democratic government (1994-99); Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry (1999-2004); Minister Intelligence Services (2004-2008). Retired from government, he now devotes himself to writing, lecturing and Palestine solidarity. His autobiography is "Armed & Dangerous" (publisher Jonathan Ball, Johannesburg). He is married to a fellow struggle veteran and has two adult sons.

Moderators: Rafeef Ziadah and Abbie Bakan

Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto is organized by: Students Against Israeli Aparthied U of T (a working group of OPIRG), Students Against Israeli Apartheid York, and Student for Palestinian Human Rights Ryerson.

Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto is endorsed by the following organizations:
* Canadian Arab Federation * Palestine House * Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid * Caribbean Studies Student Union (UofT) * Equity Studies Student Union (UofT) * Health Studies Student Union (UofT) * CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee * CUPE Local 3907 * CUPE Local 3903 * CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy * Not In Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism * Critical Area Studies Collective (UofT) * Centre for Middle Eastern Studies * No One Is Illegal * Ontario Coalition Against Poverty * Always Question (UofT) * Canadian Forum for Justice and Peace in Sri Lanka * Barrio Nuevo * NOCOPS (Newly Organized Coalition Opposing Police in Schools) * Women in Solidarity with Palestine * Common Cause * Faculty for Palestine * Palestine House Youth Program * Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance-Ontario * Toronto Women's Bookstore * SPHR National * Latin America Solidarity Network * CUPE 1281 * OPIRG-York * Educators for Peace and Justice * Teachers for Palestine * Niagara Coalition for Peace * The Toronto Haiti Action Committee * Coalition Venezuela We Are With You (CVEC) * International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) * Toronto New Socialists * Ryerson Students' Union's Equity Issues Committee * Arab Students' Association (Ryerson) * York University Free Press * Center for Women and Trans People (UofT) * Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) * Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation * International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network * Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - Graduate Students' Association

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