|The Eighth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week – March 5 – 11, 2012 www.apartheidweek.org
A complete list of speakers and events is available at: www.toronto.apartheidweek.org
SATURDAY, March 3rd
MONDAY, March 5th
MONDAY, March 5th
Jaffa: the Orange’s Clockwork narrates the visual history of the famous citrus fruit originated from Palestine and known worldwide for centuries as “Jaffa oranges”. What was once a commune industry to Arabs and Jews in Palestine, the orange came to symbolize the loss of the Palestinian homeland and its destruction.
MONDAY, March 5th
KI LEADERS SPEAK, NEW VIDEO LAUNCHED
God’s Lake Resources Inc., a mining exploration company, is threatening to re-enter the Homeland of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Indigenous Nation this month to resume exploring on sacred burial grounds. KI has told God’s Lake Resources that they are not welcome on their Homeland. Ontario has refused to step in and stop the exploration and KI is calling for public support and mobilization, particularly in Toronto and Southern Ontario.
As part of this broader mobilization, the Toronto KI Support Group, CUPE 3902, OPIRG U of T, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union, Earthroots, Mining Watch Canada, and Council of Canadians are organizing a speaking event on March 5, 2012 at the Steelworkers’ Hall at 25 Cecil Street in Toronto.
At these events KI leaders will speak to the public about the situation they are facing with God’s Lake Resources Inc. and about KI’s bold vision for their homeland and environment..
For more information about how you can help build this mobilization, please check out the Toronto KI Support Network’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/TorontoKISupport and KI’s website, www.kilands.org
TUESDAY, March 6th
TUESDAY, March 6th
*This event is wheelchair accessible
Baum , is a co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. During the last five years, Who Profits has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine. Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher in Israel, who has been teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli universities. As a feminist/ queer activist, she has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democratization movement, including Black Laundry, Boycott from Within, Zochrot, Anarchists against the Wall and Women in Black.
Podur is a Toronto-based writer and editor. He writes on political conflicts and social movements, primarily for Z Communications (www.zcommunications.org). He has reported from Palestine, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Pakistan, and India. He is the author of the upcoming book Haiti’s New Dictatorship: From the Overthrow of Aristide to the 2010 Earthquake (Pluto Press 2012). He is also contributor to Empire’s Ally: Canadian Foreign Policy and the War in Afghanistan (University of Toronto Press 2012) and Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press 2008). His blog is www.killingtrain.com.
Bartlett is an independent Canadian activist and freelance journalist who has spent long periods in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and reporting from the ground. In November 2008, Eva sailed with the Free Gaza Movement boat from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip where she joined the ISM in accompanying fishermen in Palestinian waters and farmers in the border regions. During the 2008-2009 Israeli massacre of Gaza, Eva and other ISM members joined Palestinian medics in their ambulances, documenting the victims of Israel’s massacre, including Palestinian medics and rescuers. From November 2008 until June 2010, Eva continued this work, also writing for the Electronic Intifada, IPS news, the Dominion, and various independent media, as well as maintaining her blog, In Gaza. She returned to Gaza in May 2011 to see little change or improvement in Palestinians’ living conditions. During her recent few months in Gaza, Eva witnessed the resurgence of Israeli bombings, which of course never made the corporate media. Her website is ingaza.wordpress.com and her earlier reports were at opt2007.wordpress.com
WEDNESDAY, March 7th
Gamil is a journalist, writer, revolutionary socialist activist and leading figure in the Socialist Popular Alliance Party. She works as a reporter, a radio and TV producer and an editor at various press and media institutions like Al-Alam al-Youm economic daily newspaper, Rose al-Youssef weekly magazine and the BBC. She is currently the editor of the home section at Al-Shuruq daily newspaper. Deena is a founding member of the largest leftist party in Egypt – the Socialist Popular Alliance Party. She has participated in various fronts and coalitions such as Kefaya and the Popular Committee for Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising. Deena has a Masters in sociology from the American University in Cairo (AUC).
Abdo is a Arab feminist activist and Professor of Sociology at Carlton University. Nahla is interested in understating the dynamics between gender, class, race/ethnicity, sexuality and the state. More specifically, her work has focused on issue such as: gender, sexuality and the State in the Middle East; the dynamics between feminism(s) and nationalism(s); the gendered East/West; and resistance and challenges from the field.
Kitmitto is a Palestinian activist and member of CAIA who has recently returned from traveling around the Middle East. Monira will be discussing the way in which the developments of the ‘Arab Spring’ are impacting Palestine solidarity efforts. She has worked in Palestinian refugee camps Lebanon and was an active member in the Union of Palestinian Women.
THURSDAY, March 8th
IZKOR, is a portrait of the Israeli society that has never been shown before, thirty days in the life of a State that lives to the rhythm of its memory. This award-winning film puts forward a passionate and severe analysis of the Hebrew state.
“IZKOR,” means “remember” in Hebrew and this film looks in depth at this imperative that is imposed on the children of Israel. In Israel during the month of April feast days and celebrations take place one after another. School children of all ages prepare to pay tribute to their country’s past. The collective memory becomes a terribly efficient tool for the training of young minds.
FRIDAY, March 9th
Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across North America, the UK, and the Middle East, and he recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop.
Nadeau is a researcher/writer, and contract lecturer at University of Toronto Mississauga. She is a co-founder of Faculty for Palestine (F4P) and is active in the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA)
Fung is a Toronto-based video artist, writer, theorist and an associate professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. His work investigates topics ranging from colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS and to his own family history and experiences with diaspora. Richard is a public intellectual who has pushed forward the debates about queer sexuality, Asian identity and the uneasy borderlands of culture and politics.
SATURDAY, March 10th
SATURDAY NIGHT: IAW presents RHYMES OF RESISTANCE AND THE SOUNDS OF EXISTENCE
Red iSlam is a hiphopsoulrock fusion band whose music uplifts, self-identifies and promotes unity through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM). The group is comprised of young poets, songwriters, rappers, musicians, composers, and vocalists, breakers and graf artists. The Red Slam Movement started back in the fall of 2008 after a 12 week Slam Poetry Workshop series facilitated by Mahlikah Awe:ri at the On-U Youth Program, located at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto. In 2009 with support from the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy fund and the OAC Access & Career Development Grant the collective began professional development recording workshops with award winning recording artists Digging Roots. In 2010 with support from OAC Word of Mouth Travel Grant, Red Slam began the DissemiNation Tour performing live in cities across Ontario and Quebec.
2011 Red iSlam featured at the NXNE Music Festival, the Home and Native Sound Music Series and Manifesto Urban Arts Festival; Red Slam Collective also provides Urban Arts Workshops in slam poetry; collective rap compositions and recording; graffiti arts and break dancing to children, youth and intergenerational communities in both urban and rural settings.Red Slam’s first recording project is due for release this year.
Chand-nee is an artist, activist-scholar. She has been involved in community organizing locally and globally around issues of justice and equity for a number of years. Her southern African roots motivated her anti-apartheid activism and brought her to organize with Students Against Israeli Apartheid. Politics and music inspired her academic work on Palestinian hip hop and spoken word as a modality of youth cultural resistance.
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About IAW 2012
Endorsers of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 so far: