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Judith Butler Unpacks the Bejeezus Out of Zionism at Memorial Chapel

“You’ve all been very good. I’m sorry, I’m a bit traumatized.”

Neither snow nor ice nor free speech restrictions could stop her: as planned, Judith Butler, famed Professor of Rhetoric and Literature at University of California Berkeley, spoke in Memorial Chapel yesterday to a full-capacity crowd about the writings of philosopher Martin Buber and the promise they may hold for reinstating open dialogue about peace in the Middle East.

Butler was introduced by President Roth, who pointed out that she embodied the Wesleyan mission statement to a tee as a practitioner of  “courageous responsibility, which is difficult to carry out to the street and back to the academy.” Professor of Anthropology and American Studies Margot Weiss, who provided background on her for a few minutes afterward, was greeted by a enthusiastic wave of applause when she rose to the stage. Realizing what had happened due to her faintly resembling Butler, she shouted, “I am not Judith Butler, but thank you!” She went on to draw connections between Butler’s current work and the work on gender that she is best known for, saying that her most recent book, Parting Ways, sees Judaism as a kind of “anti-identitarian project.”

Butler’s approach to critiquing Israeli policies was so carefully measured and focused on separating the Jewish people from the idea of the Jewish state that she paused halfway through to assure people she wasn’t a robot. She also thanked the audience for their patient listening and respect for her views, saying, “You’ve all been very good. I’m sorry, I’m a bit traumatized.” Laughter ensued.

Comparing and Contrasting South African Apartheid & Israeli Government Policy


From JJ Mitchell ’15:

Come hear Darryl Li compare and contrast South African Apartheid and Israeli Government Policy.

Darryl Li is an anthropologist and attorney whose research is broadly concerned with the relationship between law, empire, and war in the context of encounters between people from different (non-western) regions and cultures. He has been exploring these themes through research on Arab Muslim travelers and immigrants in non-Arab Muslim societies experiencing armed conflict.

Related to his work on transnational Islamist movements is a concern with understanding evolving forms of the transnational use of violence and coercion by the U.S. national security states. He focuses on various forms of proxy detention and rendition targeting transnational Muslim populations, as well as legal rationales conflating categories of external and internal warfare under a broader logic of global civil war.

Darryl’s research has appeared most recently in Arab Studies Journal and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He is on the editorial committee of the Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP). He will be giving a lecture comparing and contrasting South African Apartheid and Israeli government policy.

There will be time at the end for a few questions.
There will be snacks

Open Discussion: Conflict in Gaza

Becca Casper-Johnson’15  cares about your feelings, sort of:

Come join Students for Justice in Palestine and J Street U for an open discussion on the conflict in Gaza. Come join us for an open discussion on the conflict in Gaza. Talk about your feelings (just about Gaza/Israel/Palestine though please), your personal experiences, talk about the news or give us your two cents on Israeli and Palestinian politics (I hear something kind of important is happening at the UN today), ask us what the Gaza strip is and what’s going on there.

This discussion is co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and J Street U, but everyone is welcome no matter your politics or involvement. This is not a debate, and we encourage you to come without a mindset of “sides” and blame. Let’s make the conversation at Wes about responsibility and moving forward.

Bring your lunch and your friends!

Unfortunately Hillary will not be able to attend…

Date: Friday, November 30
 12:00-1:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 113
Faceboook Event

Existence and Resistance: Tahani Salah to Hit Earth House, Speak Words

JJ Mitchell ’15 writes in:

Come to Earth House and hear Palestinian-American slam poet Tahani Salah! This incredible artist will be sharing poems about oppression, injustice, hope, and resilience. Existence and resistance.

She will also be there to answer questions about life as a Palestinian activist in Brooklyn.

Sponsored by Wesleyan Students for Justice In Palestine, WeSLAM, the Religion Department, the American Studies Department, SALD, SBC and the Office of Residential Life.

Place: Earth House
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Time: 8:30 pm – 10:00pm
Cost: Free
Facebook: No.

Israel/Palestine: Is Peace Possible?

Come celebrate the fact that Sheldon Adelson wasted a whole lot of money by diving into the headache that is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Come Join J Street U at Wesleyan for a multimedia presentation on four key final-status issues (borders, security, refugees and Jerusalem), produced by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and The Atlantic and discuss what it will take to reach a two-state solution.

The presentation runs for about an hour and will be followed by a thirty minute discussion. Whether you go to sleep with an Israeli flag under your pillow, think Israel is a irredeemable apartheid state, or know nothing at all about this conflict, you are welcome.

Dinner will be served. For more Info about J Street U, check out their website and facebook.

Date: Thursday, November 8th
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Place: PAC 004
Facebook: come one come all

Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists: Documentary screening & discussion with director Bruce Robbins

The Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine are kicking the year off with a short documentary. Come through for what looks to be a thought-provoking event:

A documentary film about American Jews who 
take an independent line on Israel and the Middle East.

A documentary film about American Jews who
take an independent line on Israel and the Middle East.
The center of the film is the story of how people changed
their minds: what they were told about Israel and their
Jewish identity as they were growing up, what they went
through as they started looking at things differently, what
Israel and Jewish identity mean to them now. The moral
of the story is that people CAN change their minds– not
something that has been obvious on this issue.

Screening and discussion with director hosted by
Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine.

Date: Today(te)
Time: 5:00pm
Movie Theater: PAC 001

Film Screening: Habibi

2010. Arabic with English Subtitles.


From Hira Jafri ’13:

Habibi is a story of forbidden love set in Palestine where two students in the West Bank are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love defies tradition. To reach his lover, Qays grafittis poetry across town. Habibi is a modern re-telling of the famous ancient Sufi parable Majnun Layla- the precursor to Romeo and Juliet. Director Susan Youssef will be joining to talk about media in Palestine and self-funding film projects. The film will be introduced by Professor Steve Collins.

Date: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 26
Time: 8:00PM – 10:30PM
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema

YallaWes Presents Peace Activist Gershon Baskin

Dr. Gershon Baskin, a veteran Israeli peace activist, will be coming to campus to speak about his role in the secret talks between Israel and Hamas for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for over 1,000 Palestinians. For over five years, several attempts were made to reach a deal that would release Gilad Shalit. In May 2011, a breakthrough was finally made as a result of the hard work of Dr. Baskin who opened a channel of communication between Hamas and the Israeli Mossad.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the story from Dr. Baskin himself!

DATE: Friday, Feburary 10th
TIME: 4:15 PM – 6 PM

Sponsored by: YallaWes, The Wesleyan Jewish Community, The Wesleyan Government Department, J Street U, and Adelphic Educational Fund

For more info check out the Facebook Event

Film Screening: Budrus

JJ Mitchell ’15 be hosting a film screening all up in Shanklin tomorrow:

Film screening! Budrus is an award-winning tale of a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in a non-violent movement to save his village from destruction. Set in the West Bank of Palestine, it tells the story of a small village’s protest against Israel’s separation barrier.

Date: Monday, December 5
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Shanklin 107