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
2015. Israel/USA. Dir: Natalie Portman. With Portman, Amir Tessler. 95 min.
Portman’s directorial debut adapts the memoir of Amos Oz, who spent his post-WWII youth in what was then Mandatory Palestine, a region on the cusp of partition and civil war. Young Amos reflects on his mother (Portman), a European immigrant whose grimly recounted stories signal a deepening depression.
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
2002. Palestine et al. Dir: Elia Suleiman. With Suleiman, Manal Khader. 92 min.
In the spirit of Keaton and Tati, Suleiman’s wry silent-comedy performance anchors a very “loud” situation: the day-to-day life of Palestinians in Israeli-controlled territory. Subtitled “A Chronicle of Love and Pain,” the movie plays out a series of darkly funny and visually whimsical vignettes. Co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine.
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
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!
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.
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.
This Monday evening, at 8PM in 41 Wyllys Room 110, we will have the opportunity to hear from Ron Young and ask him questions about his work as a consultant for the National Interreligious Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI). This organization works with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim national religious organizations committed to developing consensus positions and mobilizing public support for active, fair and firm U.S. leadership for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace. Ron has spoken and written widely on the Middle East and interfaith cooperation, taught courses on Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and travelled widely in the Middle East. His forthcoming memoir is entitled Crossing Boundaries in the Americas, Vietnam and the Middle East.
PS Ron is a Wes alum, class of 1960!
We hope to see you there! Cookies will be provided
At 8PM on Sunday night, Wesleyan students from across the political spectrum congregated for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of Israeli and Palestinian lives due to the violence in the region over the summer.
“I thought this was an amazing event,” said Isabel Alter ’17. “I am really glad we didn’t discuss politics.”
Students gathered in a circle with candles in hand. The organizers of the event distributed to each attendee a segment of a list of names of those lost. When the first candle was lit, students began to simultaneously recite the names on their list. Once the names were read, a moment of silence was respected.