"IN HIS MEMOIR, the Israeli journalist Hirsh Goodman described how he returned home from the Six Day War in June 1967 to hear the country’s founding father and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, speak on the radio. “Israel, he said, better rid itself of the territories and their Arab population as soon as possible,” recalled Goodman. “If it did not Israel would soon become an apartheid state.”
"Goodman was born and raised in apartheid-era South Africa. “That phrase, ‘Israel will become an apartheid state,’ resonated with me,” Goodman wrote. “In a flash I understood what he was saying.” ... See MoreSee Less
A good deal of concern with the SJP chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill deciding to cancel an event based on the speaker's views on the Syrian events.
zcomm.org/zblogs/against-the-blacklisting-of-rania-khalek-signed-by-chomsky-pilger-greenwald-and-... "We note: the UNC-SJP event organizers cancelled the event (which was to be on the intersection of Palestinian rights organizing and the Black Lives Matter movement) based on the speaker’s views on Syria, a topic the speaker was “not going to speak about”, that “remain relatively unclear” to them, out of concern that “her invitation would mistakenly imply SJP to hold such views”. This means that:
" No one was prepared to state what disqualified Khalek from speaking. The event was cancelled based on assertions about her views made by others. The cancellation was based on the notion that there is a political litmus test of views on Syria that are requisites to have a public voice in the Palestinian rights movement.
"We also note that some of those who lobbied UNC-SJP to cancel the event have stated publicly that they want to destroy Khalek’s reputation and livelihood. This is a coordinated smear campaign, using many of the same tactics that Palestine solidarity activists have faced from pro-Israel organizations, and with many of the same targets.
"The signers of this statement hold a range of views on Syria. Some agree with Khalek; others disagree – in some cases quite vehemently. But we feel that when a group seeking justice in Palestine subjects speakers or members to a political litmus test related to their views on Syria, it inevitably leads to splits, silencing, confusion, and a serious erosion of trust. It runs contrary to the possibility of people learning from one another, changing their minds, and educating one another through their activism. Disagreements about political issues exist inside every movement coalition. They must not be made fodder for targeted vilification of activists in the movement. ... See MoreSee Less
The cancellation of a lecture by journalist Rania Khalek, who was invited to speak on the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill campus by Students for Justice in Palestine on February 27, 2017,...
This Saturday: Invite your friends! This free film (1 of 2) introduces The Ramallah Concert, an exploration of peace and understanding through music, with refreshmentss and discussion before and after. 1-4pm at the La Jolla Library. ... See MoreSee Less
Free Film: Knowledge is The Beginning (The Ramallah Concert)
March 25, 2017, 1:00pm - March 25, 2017, 6:00pm
La Jolla Library
This is the first of two documentary films starring Daniel Barenboim with young Arab and Israeli musicians exploring peace and understanding through music
Join us for this free screening at the lovel...
As part of Palestine Solidarity Month, SJP organized a panel on BDS last night. There is one final event on Wednesday at 7 at Montezuma Hall with Dr. Gary Fields presenting on the settlements. ... See MoreSee Less