Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee

29Oct/10

Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority

The Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee
invites you to the screening of an award-winning documentary:

Occupation 101
Voices of the Silenced Majority

FRIDAY, November 5

7:00 PM

Location: Emerson Hall 210

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.

The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

The film covers a wide range of topics -- which include -- the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880's, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy.

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22Oct/10

New Resource: The Veritas Handbook

Check out the Veritas Handbook, a 300+ page guide to understanding the Palestinian struggle for human rights and equality. It was released in late July 2010 by a five-person volunteer team of college students and recent graduates. To see what it has to offer, read through its table of contents. It's an amazing resource that we hope all students make use of, including and especially those who are just beginning to ask questions about the situation in Israel/Palestine.

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14Oct/10

Olympia Food Co-op boycott Israeli goods

From the press release issued by Olympia BDS:

The Olympia Food Co-op Board of Directors has decided to boycott Israeli goods at their two locations in Olympia, Washington. At a July 15th meeting packed with Co-op members, the Board reached this consensus. The Co-op becomes the first US grocery store to publicly join the international grassroots movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) on Israel for its human rights abuses.

Co-op board member Rob Richards explained, “My hope is that by being the first in the US to adopt the boycott we act as a catalyst for other co-ops to join in. Each additional organizational entity that joins may have a very small effect on the big picture, but drop by drop fills the tub.”

Noah Sochet, a Co-op member and OlympiaBDS organizer adds, “As a US citizen and as a Jew, I’m proud to say that my Co-op no longer underwrites the suffering in Palestine.”

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