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May 2: SETTLER COLONIALISMS, QUEER ACTIVISM AND THE PINKWASHING OF ISRAELI APARTHEID

SETTLER COLONIALISMS, QUEER ACTIVISM AND THE PINKWASHING OF ISRAELI APARTHEID
Thursday, May 2
7:00 pm
Room 7000, 7th floor, accessible by elevator
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/112139772318988/?fref=ts

http://quaiavancouver.wordpress.com/

quaia-vancouver*We recognize that we do this work on unceded Coast Salish Territories, the lands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Stó:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples* 
 
*Please scroll to the bottom for detailed accessibilities information including how to make this event more accessible for others in our community, venue information and more* 

Lately, you’ve probably been hearing words like pinkwashing, settler colonialism, and homonationalism. Maybe you heard that there were a bunch of queer and trans folks wearing hedgehog masks and holding pink signs about Israeli apartheid at the Queer Film Festival. Or you’ve wondered what queer solidarity for Palestine looks like? And how radical queer and trans folks can support Indigenous struggles on Turtle Island or what the connections are between Canadian and Israeli settler colonialisms? Ever wanted to figure out how we can resist pinkwashing and build genuine movements of solidarity that resist all forms of colonialism and occupation? Or perhaps you just want one of those really cool QuAIA bandanas?

With the help of some fabulous speakers, QuAIA Vancouver is putting on a panel to discuss some of these very questions, share great info, engage in some discussion and help build radical queer and trans communities.

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Speakers include (more information coming soon):

– Mike Krebs is an Indigenous activist of Blackfoot, Cree and european descent. Based in Vancouver, he has previously been active in Palestine solidarity organizing.

– Nada Elia is a Diaspora Palestinian. Both of her parents were expelled from Jerusalem in 1948, she was born in Iraq, and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. A professor of Global and Gender Studies, Elia is a scholar-activist who serves on the Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and writes and speaks about BDS as a strategy to end Israel’s apartheid practices and policies. Her current research is about the gendered aspect of resistance, including the denunciation of Pinkwashing, Israel’s attempt to tout its (Jewish) gay-friendly record so as to distract from its violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people.

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This panel will explore the intersections between Israeli and Canadian settler colonialisms and Israel’s campaign of attempting to pinkwash its brutal occupation of Palestine.

By appealing to global LGBTQ communities to support the Israeli settler colonial state at the expense of Palestinians, Israel is actively engaging in the pinkwashing of apartheid and occupation.

As queers, trans folks, and allies, we are outraged by the appropriation of queer and trans struggles for liberation in order to obscure, excuse, or justify state violence and colonialism. As radical queers committed to anti-colonial struggles and all forms of oppression, we also stand in solidarity with Indigenous struggles against ongoing colonialism here on Turtle Island. When we come out against settler colonialism in all its forms and against Israeli apartheid, we interfere with the myth making that is vital to upholding Israeli and Canadian colonial regimes.

Please join us to learn how you can resist this state-sponsored hijacking of our community’s voice, and raise your own voice with ours to say “No Pinkwashing in Our Name!” Oh and there may also be some of those amazing bandanas, possibly even with glitter!

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is part of a growing international movement – led by Palestinians – against Israeli apartheid, occupation and colonialism.

Endorsed by:
Canada Palestine Association (CPA)
Voice of Palestine
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Committee (BIAC)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights UBC (SPHR UBC)

***Accessibilities Information***

Please email us if more information needs to be added and/or if you have questions/feedback: quaia.vancouver@gmail.com

– Room 7000 is on the 7th floor, with elevator access, and is wheelchair and scooter accessible as are the washrooms.
– Gender neutral and gendered washrooms are on the same floor as the room.
– Floor plan for the venue and room: http://www.sfu.ca/mecs/harbour+centre/floor+plans.html
– ASL-English interpretation is confirmed.
– There will be designated seating space in the room for folks with limited mobility and for Deaf people, folks who are hard of hearing, and others with barriers to accessing audio.
– Amplification via mics and speakers will also be provided.
– A specific donation jar will be available for QuAIA to build an ongoing Accessibilities Fund.
– Donations are completely voluntary and any donations will be greatly appreciated!
– In order to reduce the impact of electromagnetic transmissions (EMT) on folks with EMT sensitivity, we will be asking that attendees turn off their cell phones if possible, or place them in a designated area.
– We are creating a scent-reduced environment for this event. For more information on how you can help with this, check out these resources:

Myths & Facts about Chemical Sensitivity: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/myths.html

How to be Fragrance Free: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html

Fragrance Free Femme of Colour Realness Draft 1.5: http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html

Contact at: quaia.vancouver@gmail.com

April 19: Reem Kelani: Music of Resistance for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day: Vancouver

Music of Resistance: Reem Kelani 
Friday, April 19, 7:00pm, Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver
(unceded Coast Salish territories)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/314004918726167/

Marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, commemorate Palestinian cultural resistance with art and music, featuring the song of Palestinian singer and musician Reem Kelani.

Presented by the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, organizing in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation and self-determination, and to support the Palestinian call for international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel. Endorsed by the Canada Palestine Association, Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America, Independent Jewish Voices – Vancouver

$10 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds

http://www.reemkelani.com/biog.asp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEduVB5s3ww

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April 20: Fundraising dinner – Remember Palestine: Bellevue, WA

With all the calamities facing the Middle East these days, the Palestinian one has the biggest impact. Remember Palestine!

Don’t forget our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Palestinians still live under Israeli occupation are their situation is still dire.

Please join us for a fundraising dinner to benefit our brothers and sisters living under occupation.

When: Saturday, April 20th, 5pm
Where: Red Lion Hotel Bellevue

Attend the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/525463554161791/

Please contact Samir(sarhans@gmail.comdirectly for tickets and more information.

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March 30: Land is Life – Commemorating Palestinian Land Day: San Francisco

LandDayFlyer2An Event Commemorating Palestinian Land Day

LAND IS LIFE:

Communities Resisting Dispossession and Colonization

Speakers, Drummers, Dabkeh & Poetry

Speakers:
Samera Esmeir
Katie Joaquin
Tony Gonzales
& more…

Saturday
March 30th, 2013
6-8PM
The Women’s Building
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA


This event has been organized by the Palestine Action Network (PAN) which includes the following organizations:
AAPRP: All-African People’s Revolutionary Party
ANSWER: Act Now to Stop War and End Racism
AROC: Arab Resource and Organizing Center
BABAE SF
BAYAN USA
Gabriela USA

IJAN: International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
ILPS: International League of Peoples’ Struggle
ISO: International Socialist Organization
MECA: Middle East Children’s Alliance
MXGM: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
PYM: Palestinian Youth Movement
SFCHRP: SF Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

$5-10 donation
No one turned away for lack of funds.

For more information contact us at:
PalActNet.SF@gmail.com
or
415-861-7444

Samera Esmeir: A former lawyer, Samera Esmeir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley, where she teaches in the fields of legal and political thought, as well as colonial histories. She is the author of Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History (Stanford University Press, 2012). Currently, she is working on two new research projects. The first is on the history of the concept of the international and the practice of internationalism since the late eighteenth century, and the second is on the legal history of upheavals in Ottoman Palestine. Her research interests and scholarship also include questions of war and rebellion in the contemporary Middle East, as well as the intersectionality of law and colonial powers in contemporary Palestine. 

Katie Joaquin migrated from the Philippines to Philadelphia in 1986 and grew up in a family of domestic workers. She later set root in California where she earned her B.A. in Global Studies and Socioeconomics at UC Santa Barbara and became politicized as a student activist organizing against war and for access to education and ethnic studies. Katie moved to the Bay Area to intern with the School of Unity and Liberation and began working with Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) as a volunteer interested in learning about the situation of immigrant workers. She became FAJ’s lead organizer and transformed their worker support project into a full-fledged Worker Organizing Program. Katie is a founding member of Anakbayan East Bay, a comprehensive mass organization that aims to build unity among Filipino youth — immigrant, US-born/raised, student, working, LGBTQI, women, artists, etc — striving for nationalism and democracy and for the promotion of cultural awareness and the advancement of rights, welfare, and social justice. In December 2012,Katie was part of a delegation that visited anti-mining sites and indigenous areas devasted by Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao, Philippines.

Tony Gonzales is U.N. Liaison Officer and coordinates Treaty Council participation at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. He works with the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations to complete the Universal Declaration on the Rights & Principles of Indigenous Peoples – a document that will establish a standard for countries to co-exist with Indigenous Peoples. In 12 years at the Treaty Council he has Coordinated Community Outreach and Research & Documentation and been Director of Operations. He has met Gorbachev, Arafat, Nelson Mandela} and other world leaders to discuss Indigenous Sovereignty, environmental degradation, religious freedom, torture and political persecution. A current focus is a U.N. study on nation/state violations of Treaties. At the 1993 U.N. World Conference on Human Rights, he helped successfully lobby countries to call for an International Decade of Indigenous Peoples. He helps build unity between Indigenous people of all colors by emphasizing their shared history and common vision for the future. As a Vietnam combat veteran, Tony lived the horror of war and was inspired to work for human rights.

March 30: Palestinian Bazaar in Edmonton, AB

A full day festival celebration of the cultural richness of the Palestinian people!

We know the struggles. We know the politics. We know the pain. Do we really know the talent of the people?

It is time to celebrate the contributions Palestinians make to society through their art, film, food, products, knowledge, literature and their music.

Our evening event will especially highlight their vibrant comic scene by featuring the amazing talents of MAYSOON ZAYID & ARON KADER!

For more visit: www.humanserve.org/bazaar

Bazaar – FREE ALL DAY
12:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Featured Entertainment:
Film, Food, Music, Dance, Vendors, Art
Admission: Free – All ages welcome

The TransAlta Art Barns
10330 84 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/590733177608456/

Comedy With A Cause – Evening Event
Featuring Maysoon Zayid & Aron Kader with local Edmonton talent.
6:30 pm | Westbury Theatre, TransAlta Arts Barn
Age 15+
Advance Tickets: $25 | Students $20 (Incl G.S.T.)
At the Door: $35 | Students $30 (Incl G.S.T.)

Exclusive VIP Table: $250
VISIT: http://humanserve.org/bazaar/tickets.html

Buy your tickets online NOW for a discounted price:
Advance Tickets: $25 | Students $20 (Incl G.S.T.)

https://tickets.fringetheatre.ca/Selection.aspx?item=1504&sch=8613

April 21: Benefit for the Children of Al-Nakbah with Marcel Khalife – NYC

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The LEAP Program invites you to a Benefit Dinner & Performance for the Children of al Nakbah featuring world-renowned artistMARCEL KHALIFE

+April 21, 2013 ~ 6PM
+Dinner and Performance

+Widdi Hall (5602 Sixth Avenue & 56th Street, Brooklyn, NY)

All proceeds donated to the LEAP Program for Palestinian refugee youth in Lebanon.

If you cannot attend, please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation to support the educational empowerment of Palestinian refugee youth in Lebanon (www.leap-program.org/donate). 

To learn more about LEAP, please watch this video (http://youtu.be/OiXvRZT38Is).

Contact: info@leap-program.org
Website: www.leap-program.org

TICKETSwww.marcelkhalifeny.com
+Section A: $250 / Table of 10 $2250
+Section B: $150 / Table of 10 $1350
+Section C: $75 / Table of 10 $700

+Student tickets $50 (must show student ID)

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MARCEL KHALIFE is a distinguished composer, singer, and oud player that is best known for liberating the oud, an instrument integral to Arabic culture, from its traditionally strict techniques, expanding its musical possibilities, and contributing to its artistic and cultural revival. Over the decades, Khalife’s music and his own compositions have signified peace, reconciliation and breaking boundaries. He creates a sound that is always innovative, inspiring, and beautiful. Many of his recordings utilize traditional instruments mixed with western mainstays depicting a sophisticated musical marriage of classical Arabic and jazz music. As a composer, he demonstrates a deep attachment to and a profound understanding of the power of the written word. Khalife has distinguished himself not only as a virtuosuo oud player but also as a talented composer.

Khalife’s educational and humanitarian contributions are as numerous as his creative endeavors. A tireless promoter of the arts and culture in the Arab world, he has been the recipient of many prominent awards and has performed in the most prestigious music venues in the world. In his quest to renew the vibrancy and significance of the Arabic song, he has based songs on the words of some of the great contemporary Arab poets, particularly the Palestinian poet and journalist who eloquently wrote of the exile, struggles, and hopes of the Palestinian people, Mahmoud Darwish.

 

March 30: Ana Min Hunak: Arab Cultural Evening for Palestinian Land Day – Vancouver

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Arab Cultural Evening for Palestinian Land Day
Saturday, March 30
6:00 PM
Bonsor Banquet Hall, 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby, BC 
(Near Metrotown) – Free Parking Available
 
 
Join the Palestine Cultural Society and the organizing committee of the Vancouver Palestinian Shatat Conference for an Arab cultural evening commemorating Palestinian Land Day – experience Palestinian culture as we celebrate our connection to the land.
 
The cultural evening will be held in Bonsor Banquet Hall in Burnaby, BC.
 
Featuring:
*Palestinian and Arab music
*Delicious food
*Palestinian DABKEH performance
*Poetry and song
*Face-painting
*Art on display
 
Children are welcome – bring your family! This is an evening for community celebration, solidarity, and cultural resistance.
 
Tickets on sale in advance and at the door: $15 general admission, $10 for students, $45 group rate for a group of 4, $65 group rate for a group of 6. Children under 12 free.
 
To buy tickets online, visit: http://landday.eventbrite.com
 
For tickets, call:
Omar – 604-379-4050
Rima – 604-506-4765
Abdelaziz – 604-600-1561
Abdullah – 604-760-1058
 
**tickets will be limited: FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!**
 
 
Proceeds will support the Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America, taking place in Vancouver May 3-5, 2013! 

The Case Against “Israel”

SPHR-UBC would like to recognize that this event and all their activities take place on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people. SPHR-UBC unequivocally stands in solidaritywith the Musqueam people and all their supporters in the Idle No More movement.
Israel was created unilaterally in 1948 as a result of the ethnic cleansing of over 750,000 Palestinians. This occupation maintained and supported by Western powers continues until today, and now more than 8 million Palestinians live outside Palestine. All those who stayed either live as second class citizens inside 1948 Palestine, or as an occupied people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The purpose of this event is to challenge the creation of this Zionist entity, break the silence and inform students and all humans of conscious about the legal and moral implications of supporting this illegal Apartheid state.

Does the apartheid state have a right to exist? Did it ethnically cleanse 750,000 Palestinians and destroy over 500 villages or is this just a Palestinian myth? Is it the only “true” democracy in the Middle East or is it a settler-colonial Apartheid state? And why does this Zionist entity have to maintain its aggression and occupation of Palestine? Is this structure of systemic and systematic colonialism, oppression and occupation of stolen land viable or is it doomed to failure?

These, among many other questions, will be addressed by Dr. As’ad Abu Khalil, a Lebanese American Professor of Political Science at California State University and the man responsible for the Angry Arab News Agency blog. The event titled “The Case Against ‘Israel’” will shed light on very important questions facing Palestinians and their supporters.
Join the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) at the University of British Columbia at an intriguing and thought-provoking discussion.

Time: Friday March 1st at 6:00 PM.
Location: TBA

Please register your free ticket at :
http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/5490899428?ref=elink

For more information send an emailto sphr.ubc@gmail.com
اسبوع مناهضة الابارتهييد الاسرائيلي في فلسطين المحتلة

دعوة عامة للمشاركة..

تدعوكم مجموعة ( طلبة من اجل الحقوق الفلسطينية – فرع جامعة برتش كولومبيا ) في مدينة فانكوفر ، للحضور والمشاركة في ندوة الاكاديمي العرّبي ، الدكتور أسعد ابو خليل ، صاحب مدّوَنة ” العربيّ الغاضبْ ” واستاذ العلوم السياسية في جامعة كاليفورنيا بالولايات المتحدة الامريكية
تبحث الندوة في طبيعة ونشأة دولة الاحتلال الصهيوني منذ العام 1948 ، و اقامة النظام الاستيطاني العنصري في فلسطين المحتلة و الذي اقيم على انقاض وارض الشعب الفلسطيني من خلال عمليات التهجير والابادة الاجماعية وسياسة التطهير العرقي وطرد السكان .
كما تبحث الندوة في كيفية التصدي للرواية الصهيونية والغربية حول شرعية الكيان الصهيوني ومحاولات تشريع ” الابارتهييد ” كأمر واقع .
تؤكد مجموعة طلبة من اجل الحقوق الفلسطينية في جامعة بريتش كولومبيا وقوفها المبدئي وتضامنها مع حقوق السكان الاصليين في كندا وان الندوة تقام على اراض لم يتم التنازل عنها وتعتبر ارض محتلة
الزمان والمكان

April 6-7: Right of Return Conference, Boston

Visit the Conference Website for details:

The Palestinian Right of Return has been discussed and debated by academics and activists alike for decades. Although a great deal of work has concentrated on the ethical implications of the Right to Return, this conference seeks to move forward and grapple with the practical implications of the Right’s fulfillment. What will Palestine look like once the Right of Return has been fulfilled? How will the Right of Return shape the future of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, and what kind of reality will emerge within a state that witnesses the Return take place?

In bringing together scholars and activists, the Right of Return conference happening at Boston University, April 6-7, hopes to create a space where we shift from the realm of the abstract and instead address the reality of mitigating and correcting the plight of the Palestinian refugees and the diaspora. Recognizing the historical and contemporary suffering of the Palestinian refugees and the deplorable and oppressive conditions which they face today across the Middle East, the conference committee is motivated by a sense of urgency to further the work of envisioning, imagining, and planning the reality of Return.

The Conference wishes to highlight Right of Return discourses as they exist across the plurality of Palestinian communities around the world, including those in Palestine, the Middle East, and further afield in the diaspora with an eye towards shifting the discourse around Palestine in the US Academy and expanding the discourse about the Right of Return within the United States more broadly. We do not take a position on the issue of one- or two-state solution, but instead seek to open the floor to a multiplicity of visions that may themselves occur within different potential political orders.

Within the frame of this conference, we hope to put forth a vision for an inclusive Palestinian future that centers marginalized Palestinian voices. While asserting the inalienable right of Palestinians to return to and live in their homeland, we also principally affirm the right of Israelis to live in Palestine as well. The Right of Return Conference seeks to be inclusive of all voices implied in the context of a post-Return Palestine.

Registration for the conference will begin on February 1st.