Monday, February 20, 2012

Boston University Israeli Apartheid Week 2012

The crime of apartheid, a crime against humanity, is defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity "committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime."

As part of our third annual Israeli Apartheid Week this year, BU Students for Justice in Palestine is hosting four events:

Monday, 2/27: Screening of "Budrus"
College of Arts and Sciences, Rm B12 @ 7pm
725 Commonwealth Ave.

Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Apartheid Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.

In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat. The movie is directed by award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (co-writer and editor of Control Room and co-director Encounter Point), and produced by Bacha, Palestinian journalist Rula Salameh, and filmmaker and human rights advocate Ronit Avni (formerly of WITNESS, Director of Encounter Point).

Tuesday, 2/28: Human Rights and LGBTQ Subjectivity in Israel-Palestine
Kenmore Classroom Building, Rm 101 @ 7pm
565 Commonwealth Ave.

This lecture will examine the discourse surrounding LGBTQ rights and how it is employed by various Israeli and Palestinian constituents. We will also discuss the past, present, and future of queer engagement in promoting social justice and human rights in Israel-Palestine.

Wednesday 2/29: Native America and Palestine: Indigeneity and Settler-Colonialism
College of Arts and Sciences, Rm 224 @ 7pm
725 Commonwealth Ave.

We will be having an event on the relationship of colonial settler occupation in Native America, Hawaii and Palestine. Professor Kauanui will talk on the nature and effects of colonization on indigenous peoples, including the Wampanoag, who lived in the area BU now occupies.

Thursday, 3/1: Jewish and Palestinian Experiences with Israeli Apartheid
Boston University: Photonics Center, Rm 206 @ 7pm
8 St. Mary's St.

We are showcasing Jewish and Palestinian voices and their experiences with Apartheid within Israel and the Occupied Territories.


Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post,, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Samer Arafa is a Palestinian refugee who was born in East Jerusalem and has been egregiously harmed by racist laws enacted by the state of Israel. He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and works in the field of Solar Energy. He is also part of the group that started Northeastern University's SJP.

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