Eye Witness Update on Gaza and the Plans for Gaza’s Ark

October 12

7 pm

UVic, Cornett A125

SPEAKERS – Kathy Copps and Jase Tanner, Vancouver Delegation to Gaza

Sponsored by Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid Victoria, Victoria Peace Coalition, UVic Social Justice Studies Program, Victoria Friends of Cuba

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Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process

Tuesday October 4
7:30 pm

Harry Hickman Bldg.( HHB)
Room 105
University of Victoria

Prominent ex-Israelis Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit will read from and discuss their new book, Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process (Pluto Press, 2011).  Their book investigates the history of Zionism since its inception. It reveals the hidden Israeli resistance to the Middle East “peace process,” and explains why so little progress has been made on this vital issue, which affects all Israelis and Palestinians.

Zalman Amit was born in Palestine. He grew up in the newly-created Jewish state and is now a distinguished professor emeritus at Concordia University, Québec. Zalman is the author of many books and articles on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Daphna Levit was born in Israel. She has taught finance and economics at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion universities in Israel. Daphna has contributed to numerous books on Israeli and Middle Eastern politics.

Sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices Victoria Chapter, Victoria Peace Coalition, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria Free Gaza Coalition and KAIROS Victoria

Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation

Wednesday, March 30,
7 pm
Engineering and Computing Building, Room 108
University of Victoria

You are invited to an evening with Maxine Kaufman-Lausta presenting her recent book.
This is an interview-based study in which more that 100 Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent activist share hopes and visions, and discuss effective strategies and challenges faced in pursuing the goal of a just peace. (more…)

Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE ON THE MAVI MARMARA –
VIDEO AND TALK

Tuesday, March 29
7 pm
Social Sciences and Math Building Room A110
University of Victoria

Featuring human rights activist Kevin Neish, this public event will recount the efforts last spring to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, and it will look ahead to future efforts by the Canadian Boat to Gaza.

Co-sponsored by UVic Social Justice Studies, Jews for Justice, Victoria Peace Initiative and Canadian Union of Postal Workers

http://web.uvic.ca/socialjustice/home/FreedomFlotillatoGazatalkMarch29_2011.pdf

Marie Campbell is a retired University of Victoria professor who left on December 12, 2002 to spend a month in Palestine doing observational work with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Observers from Europe and North America act not only as witnesses, but also provide a measure of protection and emotional support to Palestinians.
Tel Aviv – January 15, 2003

I got out of Jerusalem by bus and back to the home of my benefactors, Danny and Raquel Tadmorr (who deserve to be mentioned in my dispatches for their wonderful support) in Tel Aviv. I am now going to enjoy a bath and change into the clothes that I left in their house while I was in Palestine.

I still have work to do before I leave here tonight. I forget whether or how much of the story of the “Jayyous woman detained” I have told you. My ISM group decided that we had to try hard to get this event publicized and responded to by Israelis. We felt that we needed to respond to the anguish that the villagers felt about having this young mother taken away from her family and especially from her nursing baby without any sort of “charge” against her.

The villagers saw it as the “raising of the bar”, as far as harassment goes, and they thought that once the army starts to take women, they will continue. So I have been working in Jerusalem to find a feminist or peace group to take up the cause – just a simple request, to circulate my statement about the problem and ask Israelis to call the people’s names we are putting at the bottom the statement, names of government and military leaders.

I have been talking to Bat Shalom, over the past few days, and to several feminist members of the Kenesset, known to be supportive of the cause of peace, and to Betselem, a human rights group. All find that our idea for action on this issue, while not a bad one, is not exactly in their mandate. I still have to contact, Gush Shalom. I hate so much to leave here without ensuring that the thing gets into the hands of someone who will carry it forward. Wish me luck on this.

I am bringing home three newspapers that I picked up in Jerusalem today. It’s interesting to see three different versions of events. I see a new undertaking emerging for Marie, the Sociologist of Knowledge. Who would like to join me in reading Canadian newspapers, and analyzing and responding to the Middle-East stories that appear? In discussion with a Palestinian professor (Rita Giocamen) from Beirzet University in Romallah (Monday of this week), this emerged as one of the possible ways to influence Canadian public opinion, and one that I might be able to carry out with the help of other interested people.

We talked about other avenues of continued support for the cause of Palestinian-Israeli peace, which I will speak about when I come home. I am looking forward to coming home and seeing all my friends.

Marie

Marie Campbell is a retired University of Victoria professor who left on December 12, 2002 to spend a month in Palestine doing observational work with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Observers from Europe and North America act not only as witnesses, but also provide a measure of protection and emotional support to Palestinians.

Jayyous, January 12, 2003

Marie’s Report to ISM: Woman seized and detained for seven hours by Israeli Occupying Forces

In a series of military raids in Jayyous, West Bank, on Thursday January 8, Alla Ali Sedah (age 22) was taken from her home and held in detention for over seven hours. Soldiers had appeared at her home in the early morning hours and herded the woman, her husband and five-month old baby, along with her husband’s mother, brother and his wife into one room while they questioned the men separately, and then searched the house. At about 8 am they left the house, taking the two men away.

Later in the day, they returned and neighbours reported that they grabbed Alla roughly and pushed her into their vehicle. Nobody knew where she was being held until about 9 pm when she called her family from the Betah Takfa prison in Israel and asked them to come and get her from there. Her husband and brother-in-law whom neighbours insist are innocent of any wrongdoing are still in custody.

Villagers are appalled and insulted to have a woman, a nursing mother, treated in this manner. They see it as a sharp escalation of the harassment by Occupying Forces of the people of Jayyous and neighbouring villages. Villagers believe that they are being intimidated and punished for their resistance to the “Apartheid Wall” whose construction is causing economic and social hardship in the village. Everyday life in Jayyous is becoming increasing intolerable. People are becoming anxious, sleepless, and despairing.

Human rights workers request the help of women’s and peace groups and of all Israelis of conscience to raise awareness of the tactics being used to terrify and control Palestinians. It is recognized that there is insufficient information available publicly to Israelis about the practices of the Occupying Forces and their harmful, humiliating, effects on the people. This first detention of a woman reported from this village adds a new dimension to the routinely insulting and gratuitously violent treatment of local men.

Israeli women are being requested to add their voices to those who deplore this new form of humiliation of the Palestinian people.

Today I reached Marie by phone, as sheep bleated in the background. A French group call Food Security were just delivering two pregnant sheep or a mother and lamb to 300 families in need. The group teaches the families how to make yogurt and cheese to feed their families. The group also supplies supplements for the pregnant sheep and lambs.

I had lots of questions for Marie, but that’s all I got out of her before the phone cut out. She’s going to have a lot of stories to tell when she gets home.

Susan

Marie Campbell is a retired University of Victoria professor who left on December 12, 2002 to spend a month in Palestine doing observational work with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Observers from Europe and North America act not only as witnesses, but also provide a measure of protection and emotional support to Palestinians.