Justine ‘Juniper’ Mitchell ’15 invites you to confront settler colonialism and get down tomorrow afternoon:
Eran and Maya, two Jewish Israeli citizens from Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott from Within will be at Wesleyan this Tuesday to discuss their direct action tactics and activism in in the West Bank as well as their efforts to educate the Israeli public about the occupation.
Growing up in Jerusalem, both Eran and Maya became critical of the occupation and injustices against Palestinian people. After serving in the IDF Eran joined Breaking the Silence and published testimonies from IDF soldiers. His investigative reports have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian.
Maya on the other hand refused to serve in the IDF and was thus sentenced to military prison and detention. After her release she co-led the feminist alternative education program New Profile, guided political tours in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and worked with Rabbis for Human Rights.
Check out their website here.
- Date: TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 5
- Time: 5:00pm
- Place: PAC 002
- Facebook: event
From Professor J. Kehaulani Kauanui:
The American Studies Department at Wesleyan University presents
Settler Colonialism in Hawai’i: A Panel Event
Introduction and moderation by J. Kehaulani Kauanui
“Staking Claim: Race and Indigeneity in Hawai’i,”Judy Rohrer
“Why Asian Settler Colonialism Matters: Thoughts on Critiques and
Debates,” Dean Itsuji Saranillio
Will our own WSA follow suit?
Last week, the student government of UC Irvine (the equivalent of Weslayan’s WSA) unanimously passed a resolution supporting divestment from all companies that support the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. The move came amidst the ongoing U.S.-backed bombardment of civilians in the Gaza Strip. According to news reports, the attacks have claimed the lives 95 Palestinians in the past week, including at least twelve children and a pregnant mother.
The UC Irvine resolution (which is fairly short; I encourage folks to read in full) is part of a growing international solidarity movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS for short) which seeks to withdraw support and legitimacy from the Israeli occupation, much like the divestment campaign that eventually led to the downfall of the apartheid government in South Africa in the 1990s, of which college campuses and the student movement were an integral part.
Similar resolutions have been passed or proposed on campuses across the U.S., and the campaign was even discussed at Wes during Thursday’s panel with leading independent Israeli journalists. Progressive blogger Noam Sheizaf threw in his support: