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Videos: Shatat Conference plenaries online

The following videos highlight the plenary and full-conference gatherings at Return and Liberation: Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America. Filmed by videographer and activist Jase Tanner, the videos highlight the talks of Hanna Kawas, Loubna Qutami, Issam Yamani, Rabab Abdulhadi, Karma Nabulsi and Abdelrazzaq Takriti, as well as the Skype presentation by Leila Khaled: Hanna Kawas, Haneen Karajah, Khaled Barakat and Omar Shaban: Loubna

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CONFERENCE RELEASE: Palestinian Shatat Conference convenes in Vancouver for Return and Liberation

May 15th, 2013 - In an effort to unite the Palestinian community through adherence to fundamental principles predicated on return and liberation, Palestinian activists and their allies in North America convened on unceded Coast Salish territories at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada from May 3 - 5, 2013. With the firm belief that Palestinians in the Shatat should be actively engaged and invested in advancing the Palestinian

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Al-Shabaka roundtable on Palestinian representation

This roundtable discussion at Al-Shabaka, published today, prefigures some of the conversations that will be taking place at the conference this weekend. This is strongly recommended reading for conference attendees! Click here to read: http://www.al-shabaka.org/roundtable/politics/open-debate-palestinian-representation "Many Palestinians seek more effective and democratic representation, and to this end advocate reform of the Palestine Liberation

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Kevin Neish photography of Gaza, Palestine on display at conference

Over lunch on Saturday, May 4, Victoria human rights activist Kevin Neish will present photography of his recent 5 week tour of Gaza. Kevin Neish says, "Amidst the Israeli forces’ rockets, hijackings, kidnappings, shootings and blackouts, the Palestinian people of Gaza carry on with their lives. In Arabic they are called 'Sumud', in English it’s steadfast and unyielding." He documented his trip with photographs and essays at www.kevinneish.ca

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Conference centre will be Buchanan A Building

The conference centre will be Buchanan A Building on the UBC Campus in Vancouver. Click here for directions to Buchanan A.  The centre of conference activities, including registration, breakfasts, and tabling, will be directly outside Buchanan A101.

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Please Rescind Your Resolution to Ban SAIA

Dear UMSU, This is a personal statement, and it does not represent any group or organization. I am sending this to you hoping that you would uphold principles of debate as paramount to any personal or reductionist approaches to policy. Students in Canada, and the West in general posses a privilege that people in the Arab world are dying for right now – a privilege that allows them unconditional and to a certain extent uncensored access to a vast

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An Open Letter to the University of Manitoba Students’ Union from the Canadian Students’ Coalition for Palestine

Organizations are invited to sign on to this statement. To sign on, email canadianSCP@gmail.com or use the form below. Download PDF April 14, 2013 To: The University of Manitoba Students’ Union Council Local 103 of the Canadian Federation of Students 101 University Centre, Winnipeg, MB We are writing to express our grave concern about the UMSU’s decision to revoke the student club status of the University of Manitoba’s branch of Students Against

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Coalition will fight ban of Students Against Israeli Apartheid: U of M Students’ Union urged to support human rights and freedom of speech

We are republishing the following news release from the Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, in reference to the banning of Students Against Israeli Apartheid at the University of Manitoba: NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Saturday, April 13, 2013 Coalition will fight ban of Students Against Israeli Apartheid U of M Students' Union urged to support human rights and freedom of speech WINNIPEG—The Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

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Freedom of Speech Muzzled at the University of Manitoba – Omar Shaban

by Omar Shaban In yet another effort to muzzle speech that exposes Israeli war crimes and atrocities in occupied Palestine, Zionists at the University of Manitoba in the university's Student Union (UMSU) passed a resolution to ban the Student Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) and its activities from campus on April 11, in a 19-16 divided vote, against the legal advice of the student union's lawyer. This ill-worded resolution claims that most "Jewish

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Palestinian singer Nisreen Hajaj to be featured at Shatat Conference

Organizing Committee of the Shatat Conference is delighted to announce that Palestinian singer Nisreen Hajaj will be featured at Return and Liberation: Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 3-5, 2013. Nisreen Hajaj, is a Palestinian singer/performer who began her musical career at age 16. Nisreen is the winner of several awards including LBCI Studio El-Fan in 2006 for the Arab

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