27 February 2010

Israeli Apartheid Week - Beirut, March 1-6

The first-ever Israeli Apartheid Week to be held in Lebanon kicks off this Monday, at the American University in Beirut. AUB joins events in 40 other cities worldwide in a rapidly expanding international expression of solidarity with Palestine. Lectures, panel discussions, poetry readings, film screenings, and a concert will explore the ways and means of Apartheid against the Palestinian people and Palestine's methods for coping with, challenging and overcoming the racist Israeli system.

In conjunction with the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) Campaign against Israel, the week's events will "educate, inspire and mobilize the next generation of students in the spirit of resistance to apartheid and injustice." For more information, visit Israeli Apartheid Week - Beirut here or check out the event on Facebook here.

Want to attend? Here's the week's schedule:
Monday, March 1, 2010
6pm : West Hall, Bathish
A poetry reading with Mourid Barghouti, followed by discussion (Arabic)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
12 noon : West Hall, Auditorium B
Student Round Table, Mapping Israeli Environmental Destruction (English)
Green Line
6pm : College Hall B-1
Connecting Struggles Against Zionism and Imperialism (Arabic)
Nahla al-Shahhal, Hana Ibrahim and Amer Jubran

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
12 noon : West Hall, Conference Room, Third Floor
Student Round Table, Israeli Apartheid (English)
Matthew Cassel, Electronic Intifada
3:30pm : College Hall B-1
Film Screening, Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
A documentary film depicting the struggles of black South Africans against the injustices of Apartheid
5:30pm : Break with refreshments
6pm : College Hall, B-1
Historical and Contemporary Responses to South African and Israeli Apartheid (English)
Natasha Thandiwe Vally (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa), followed by a discussion moderated by Noel Ignatiev.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
3:30pm : West Hall, Auditorium A
Film Screening, Sling Shot Hip Hop
Discussion led by Shadia Mansour, Lowkey and Amal Kaawash
5:30pm : Break with refreshments
6pm : West Hall, Auditorium A
Women and the Struggle: A call to the next generation
Soha Bechara, being introduced by Jean Said Makdisi

Friday, March 5, 2010
Art Workshop and Lunch in Berj el-Barejneh refugee camp
Juan Fuentes
12 noon : West Hall, Auditorium C
Student Workshop, Resistance Strategies and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
Rami Zurayk and Rania Masri
6:00pm : West Hall, Common Room
Concert: Free Palestine!
Shadia Mansour, Lowkey and Amal Kaawash
Admission: 5,000 LL

Saturday, March 6, 2010
12 noon : Ta Marbouta, Hamra
Presentation on the Egyptian wall and discussion of methods of confrontation
Stop Gaza Wall Campaign

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