We are very proud to announce our preliminary list of confirmed speakers along with the specific themes of each evening for IAW 2013. Mark your calendars with the different topics for each evening and speakers. Hope you can join us in our ode to Palestine and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
A complete list of speakers and events is available at: http://www.toronto.
FRIDAY, March 1st IAW Opening Party Featuring spoken word artists Suheir Hammad and Remi Kanazi
Doors Open at 8:00 pm Location: Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue
With a presentation by FUSE magazine and Basil AlZeri
SUNDAY, March 3rd Syria and the People’s Revolution
Speaker: Razan Ghazzawi Afternoon, Time TBA Location: TBA
Razan Ghazzawi, a blogger from Syria who started blogging using an alias, Golaniya, when Israel launched a war against Lebanon 2006. When the Syrian revolution broke out in March 2011, Razan was among those who disseminated updates on demonstrations taking place across Syria using her real name. She was detained twice during the revolution, her SCM colleagues blogger Hussein Ghrer and Hani Zetani along with her boss Mazen Darwich, are still in prison ever since regime security forces raided SCM office in Damascus 16th February 2012. Razan was awarded by Front Line Defenders 2012.
MONDAY, March 4th Lessons from Palestine: Right to education, academic freedom, and the BDS movement
Speakers: Dr. Samia Al-Botmeh, Ayah Abubasheer 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Room 1160, 40 St. George St.
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – a working group of OPIRG- Toronto Dr. Samia Al-Botmeh, Director of the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University, Ramallah, West Bank and member of Steering Committee for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). Ayah Abubasheer, M.A., London School of Economics, and member of the Gaza- based BDS committee,Palestinian Students for the Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI).
TUESDAY, March 5th Film Screening: Roadmap to Apartheid
with discussion by Randa Farah 6:45 - 9:00 PM Location: Hot Docs Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West
Co-sponsored with Cinema Politica Roadmap to Apartheid, narrated by Alice Walker, is an award-winning documentary that is the first to offer an in-depth exploration of parallels between the South African and Israeli forms of apartheid, while serving a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the apartheid anaysis of Israeli and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement. Randa Farah, Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario. Dr. Farah is researcher and specialist on Palestinian refugees, and will also participate in the Q & A after the film. This is a free public event - but donations at the door are welcome.
WEDNESDAY, March 6th From The Roots: Building Resistance Across Colonized Lands
Speakers: Crystal Lameman, and more TBA 7:00 - 9:00 PM Location: TBA
Crystal Lameman is a 30 year old mother of two and she is from and resides on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation which is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a college and University graduate, holding a 2 year Social Work Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Elementary Education. She has always taken an active role in participating in the dialogue on the Rights of Indigenous People. It is through her involvement at the grassroots level she has been given numerous opportunities to travel, i.e. London, Oxford, Birmingham England to deliver her message in relation to the Fuel Quality Directive and the Canadian tar sands importation into Europe, while there she was a keynote speaker at the People and Planets Shared Planet conference, and rallied for support around England in the campaign to stop the tar sands destruction. She is also an alumni member of the Front-Line Fellowship program through the Environmental Action Coalition in Washington DC where she travelled to receive a three day training initiative. She attended the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainability. She was a keynote speaker at the PowerShift 2012 conference in Ottawa, and was a part of a She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speaking out Against the Tar Sands panel that had stops in Vancouver, BC and Toronto, Sarnia, and Brantford, Ont. She is actively involved in all that encompasses Indigenous rights and issues – socially, economically, and environmentally. Crystal is currently doing contractual work with the Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign and Sierra Club Prairie Chapter as the Alberta Climate and Energy Campaigner. She actively speaks to media and plays host to the many people who travel to her community seeking information regarding the Beaver Lake Cree Nations court case against the Canadian Government and the over 17, 000 permits and leases granted to big oil without the Government following through with their duty to consult the Beaver Lake Cree. She proudly states that the entirety of her work is done at the grassroots level.
THURDAY, March 7th Peace vs. Pacification
Speaker: Dr. Adel Razzaq Takriti 7:00 - 9:00 PM Location: TBA
Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti is Lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield, England.He is currently co-authoring, with Dr Karma Nabulsi, a book on the history of the Palestinian revolution.
THURSDAY, March 7th Israeli Activism against Occupation and Apartheid: Strategies for Solidarity
Speaker: Noa Shaindlinger Afternoon, time TBA Location: York University, Room TBA
As an Israeli anti-israeli-apartheid activist, Noa Shaindlinger will first discuss her involvement in Zochrot, a Tel-Aviv NGO whose mission statement it to educate Israeli-Jews about the Nakba and preserve the memory of pre-1948 Palestine. Noa also joined anarchists against the wall and participated in demonstrations and other actions against the current realities of land theft, expanding settlements and limitations imposed on the freedom of movement of Palestinians. She will speak about the nature of this type of solidarity work, the joint struggle and its internal tensions and pitfalls.
FRIDAY, March 8th I Come From There: Stories of the Living Resistance 6:00 - 9:00 PM
An intimate and rare night of storytelling featuring a cross-section of Palestinian elders, youth, artists, and activists from the community. Through personal stories, folk tales, and poetry, loved ones will share their diverse experiences of living in the diaspora, under occupation, and as refugees. The night will be an ode to our past, present, and future.
SUNDAY, March 10th The Palestinian Question and International Law Speaker: Afif Safieh (2013 James Graff Memorial Lecture]
2 p.m. Location: TBA
Afif Safieh is the senior most Ambassador of the Palestinian Diplomatic Corps. Safieh is considered the most experienced and skilled Palestinian diplomat having served in three politically significant capitals: London, Washington, and Moscow. During his service, he was involved in the Stockholm negotiations that led to the first official and direct American-Palestinian dialogue. He has met and interacted with the leading figures of our age from Yasser Arafat, John Major, and Tony Blair to Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Pope John Paul II. In his recent book, The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown, "Afif Safieh is that rare combination of scholar, diplomat and humanist. There is much to be learned from reading his work - compelling and principled call for examination and engagement." (Sara Roy) Co-hosted by the Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada (2013 James Graff Memorial Lecture) _______________________ About IAW 2013 First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year, over 200 cities around the world participated in the week's activities. Endorsers of Israeli Apartheid Week 2013 so far: Art for Justice, BASICS, Canadian Arab Federation, Canadian Friends of Sabeel, Coalition for Tamil Rights, Communist Party of Canada, Faculty for Palestine, FUSE Magazine, Gaza's Ark, Health For All, Independent, Jewish Voices, Justicia for Migrant Workers, Latin American & Caribbean Solidarity Network, Middle Eastern Students' Association (University of Toronto), No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Not in Our Name: Jews Opposed to Zionism, OPIRG-Toronto, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Palestine House, Queer C.O.R.E., R3 Collective, Rising Tide Toronto, Socialist Action, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Mississauga, Students for Justice in Palestine – Ryerson, Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine. Full program available soon at http://toronto.apartheidweek.