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Jewish Resistance at Aipac: Wesleyan Community Action Meeting

Matilda Ostow ’17 and Josh Bloom ’17 write in:

hello Wesleyan community!! we (matilda & josh) just completed a two day training with IfNotNow–a movement led by young Jews leading a Jewish resistance and seeking to end American Jewish support for the occupation.

we think the goals of this movement match up with a lot of feelings that young people across our country and on this campus specifically are feeling right now: the desire to fight for freedom and dignity for all! If you’re interested in learning more about this amazing organization that is fighting for the rights of palestinians, jews, and oppressed people’s all over the world and the HUGE action that they will be doing protesting outside of the annual AIPAC conference on March 26th, come to this event! It will be an inclusive space for learning, discussing, and understanding how we can develop our desires for resistance into organizing and action.

email jpbloom[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or mostow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for any thoughts/inquiries/questions/comments/feelings ?

Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Albritton 311

Zero Days film screening

Zero Days, from director Alex Gibney, investigates the malware Stuxnet, which the US and Israel unleashed on an Iranian nuclear facility, and which spread beyond the intended target. The film is a startling look at the future of digital warfare.

Part of the ongoing AWARENESS 2017 Film Series.

Admission is free!

Date: Tuesday, February 28th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Center for Film Studies

Home Demolitions, Susya, and You

susyaAnna Fox ’19 writes in:

Susya is a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank that is currently under threat of demolition in order to expand the Israeli settlement next door. Join J Street U to learn how you can take action in your communities and stop the demolition of Susya!

This event will discuss the relationship between Israel, Palestine, and the settlement enterprise and their connection to Susya. This is a great opportunity to gain a nuanced insight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All voices, backgrounds, and perspectives are welcome and encouraged.

Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Place: Albritton 304

There is a Field

12729165_10156646360145193_6730146677612036519_nFrom Elijah Jimenez ’18:

This documentary style play, written by Jen Marlowe, is about Aseel Asleh, a 17 year old Palestinian citizen of Israel killed by police in October 2000. Based on interviews and primary sources collected over 14 years, the play offers a uniquely personal lens for understanding inequality as the root of state violence and impunity. In its debut performance at SJC, it aims to create conversations with audiences across the United States to build solidarity across universal struggles for liberation and equality.

This production of the play is touring Universities and Colleges. It is done in partnership with donkeysaddle projects, Adalah, 50 Shades of Black, Students for Justice in Palestine, The US campaign to end the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink.

**NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED**

Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 8:00PM-10:00PM
Place: Malcolm X House Basement

ORIENTED Film Screening

From Yael Fisher ’18:

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J Street U, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Middle Eastern Perspectives
are excited to bring you a free, on-campus screening of the newly
released “ORIENTED”, a documentary following the lives of three gay
Palestinian friends in Tel Aviv confronting their national and sexual
identities. The film received critical acclaim on the festival circuit
this past year; the subjects have been described as “at once
exceptional and entirely ordinary”. If you’re at all interested in the
complexities and hardships of life in Israel and the Occupied
Palestinian Territories, LGBTQ issues, religion, or the intersection
of all three, please come through!

Date: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 8:00-9:30 PM
Place: PAC 001
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0PKz3Qz9uw

 

Real Talk: Expulsion, Occupation, and Demolition

Fromsjpevent  Henry Prine ’18:

Meet Palestinians from Susiya and Umm al-Khair, West Bank. Join Fatma,
Hamoudi, Aysar, Eid, Nima, and Sadin for a conversation about their
lives in Palestine. They are not academics. They are living in
undocumented villages in the South Hebron Hills. These villages are
located in Area C, the part of the West Bank under full Israeli
control since 1993.

Expelled from their original land, Susiya, in 1986, these Palestinians
have been under constant threat of demolition by the state of Israel.
People stay up every night in case Caterpillar bulldozers ride up
accompanied by soldiers. Come listen to their stories, and join the
conversation that even a US Senator has. They are excited to meet you.

There will be food served. Thai food. Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1724225127807536/)

Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 4:15-6:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 103

[UPDATED] Wes Drops Sabra: Stirring up the Hummus

Update (12/9/14 12:13PM):  The WSA Dining Committee has released the following statement based on developments over the weekend:

As many people on and off campus are aware, Wesleyan recently switched from stocking Sabra hummus to a local brand, Cedar’s. Though we made this change in the interest of sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint, it unfortunately has been misinterpreted  in the media and elsewhere as a political statement in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. In order to clarify our continued political neutrality, and to give students a choice, we will be stocking both Sabra and Cedar’s hummus, starting in January.

Obviously, this is big news that counteracts the political/ethical implications of destocking Sabra hummus. Given that this is the first notice of these changes, we have no statement from those involved in the campaign to remove Sabra, as of yet. We will update this article again with any further developments.

Update (12/9/14 7:08PM): A statement has been released by Yael Horowitz ’17, Students for Justice in Palestine, and “another group of concerned students”:

We are extremely disappointed in the University’s decision to put Sabra Hummus back on the shelves.  It is not an ethical response, but is instead motivated by public relations and the opinions of President Michael Roth.  Student opinion is against Israeli apartheid and occupation, and we will continue to make this known.  This is not the end of the conversation.

Mizrahi Mothers, Wrapped in the Flag: Ultra-Nationalism, Apartheid, and the Divinity of Bureaucracy in Israel, a talk by Smadar Lavie

UVL14317_MisrahiMothersPoster_1110_amHenry Prine ’18 writes in:

Israeli anthropologist Smadar Lavie will be delivering a talk about her new book, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture (Berghahn Books, 2014). The project explores the relationship between Mizrahi social protest movements in the State of Israel, violence in Gaza, protest movements in the surrounding Islamic World, and the possibility of further conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians, or Israel and its Arab neighbor states.

Smadar Lavie is a scholar in residence at the Beatrice Bain Research Group, UC Berkeley’s critical feminist research center, and is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century University College Cork. She is the author of The Poetics of Military Occupation, receiving the Honorable Mention of the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing, and co-editor of Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity. She is the winner of the American Studies Association’s 2009 Gloria Anzaldúa Prize and the recipient of the 2013 “Heart at East” Honor Plaque for service on behalf of Mizrahi communities in the State of Israel.

This event is funded by the Department of Anthropology & Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine, and is co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies program, along with the New Haven chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

This event is free and open to the public, and is wheelchair accessible.

For more information contact J. K?haulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at jkauanui[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Today!
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Judd Hall, Room 116

Mizrahi Mothers Wrapped in the Flag: Ultra-Nationalism, Apartheid, and the Divinity of Bureaucracy in Israel

Mizrahi Mother

Professor J. Kehaulani Kauanui writes in:

Israeli anthropologist Smadar Lavie will be delivering a talk about her new book, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture (Berghahn Books, 2014). The project explores the relationship between Mizrahi social protest movements in the State of Israel, violence in Gaza, protest movements in the surrounding Islamic World, and the possibility of further conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians, or Israel and its Arab neighbor states.

Smadar Lavie is a scholar in residence at the Beatrice Bain Research Group, UC Berkeley’s critical feminist research center, and is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century University College Cork. She is the author of The Poetics of Military Occupation, receiving the Honorable Mention of the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing, and co-editor of Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity. She is the winner of the American Studies Association’s 2009 Gloria Anzaldúa Prize and the recipient of the 2013 “Heart at East” Honor Plaque for service on behalf of Mizrahi communities in the State of Israel.

This event is funded by the Department of Anthropology & Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine, and is co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies program, along with the New Haven chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

This event is free and open to the public, and is wheelchair accessible.

  • Date: Tomorrow, Monday, November 17, 2014
  • Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Place: Judd Hall, Rm. 116
  • Facebook: Event

Flashmob in Usdan, Students Demand Justice for Accused Immigrant Rights Activist

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Around 12:30 today, there was a flashmob in Usdan in support of Rasmea Odeh, the prominent Chicago area immigrants’ rights activist jailed by US authorities late last month. Students involved performed a rendition of traditional Palestinian folk dance and distributed fliers. Some members from Students for Justice in Palestine were among the flash mobbers. The action comes after the involved students tabled in Usdan yesterday, collecting signatures for a petition demanding the charges against Odeh be dropped.

The 67 year old US citizen is accused of falsifying a line on her immigration form over 20 years ago. She fled Palestine after allegedly suffering rape and torture at the hands of the Israeli military in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Her trial will begin in Detroit tomorrow.

See pictures of the action below: