Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee

24Nov/10

Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

On Thursday, November 18, 2010, the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee held an event on Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories with Dr. Jennifer Leaning, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Professor in Public Health and Medicine at Harvard. The event was co-sponsored by J Street U Harvard. Dr. Leaning spoke on health policy, current medical issues, and how the situation might evolve if the situation doesn’t change. She also addressed the toll the occupation takes on a viable and effective Palestinian health system.

We hope to see many of you again at our future events – keep your eyes open for updates!

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15Nov/10

Were you served an eviction notice??

Word around campus is that students are returning to their rooms only to find eviction notices on their doors. Upon returning from lunch, a PSC member reported receiving the eviction notice shown here.

The notice reads:

We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in the next three days.

If you do not leave within the next three days, we reserve the right to destroy your suite. Anyone left inside is outside our responsibility. This may seem like harsh treatment, but, in reality, 24,813 houses have been demolished by the Israeli Defense Forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza since 1967, against international law and without proper justification. Home demolitions are one of many forms of collective punishment used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Surprised? Find out more at www.harvardpsc.com. And no, this is not a real eviction notice.

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13Nov/10

Major Dutch pension fund divests from occupation

From EI:

The major Dutch pension fund Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW), which has investments totaling 97 billion euros, has informed The Electronic Intifada that it has divested from almost all the Israeli companies in its portfolio.

PGGM, the manager of the major Dutch pension fund PFZW, has adopted a new guideline for socially responsible investment in companies which operate in conflict zones.

In addition, PFZM has also entered into discussions with Motorola, Veolia and Alstom to raise its concerns about human rights issues. All three companies have actively supported and profited from Israel's occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.

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8Nov/10

Under Our Skin: Race and Higher Education

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1Nov/10

Alternatives to Partition: New Visions for Israel/Palestine

Alternatives to Partition: New Visions for Israel/ Palestine

Bashir Bashir, Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Leila Farsakh,
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston
Weiner Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School
Monday, Nov. 8th, 6-7:30pm.

This talk seeks to examine feasible, reasonable, and fairly just alternatives to the partitioning of land that would secure the national and individual rights, interests and identities of Arabs and Jews alike. While the merits of concrete proposals such as ‘parallel state structure’; single democratic state; and regional federation; will be briefly discussed, a special focus will be devoted to the proposal of “bi-nationalism.”

Bashir Bashir is a research fellow at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently a visiting scholar at Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. He has taught Political Theory at the London School of Economics, Queen's University (Canada), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His primary research interests include democratic theories of inclusion, multiculturalism, deliberative democracy, conflict resolution and the politics of reconciliation, Palestinian nationalism, and Israeli politics. Bashir's publications include: Will Kymlicka and Bashir Bashir (eds.), The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Leila Farsakh is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London (2003), an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, UK (1990), and a B.A from the University of Exeter in the UK (1989). She has worked with a number of international organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1993-1996) and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute in Ramallah (1998-1999). Between 2003 and 2004 she undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

Dr. Farsakh has published on questions related to Palestinian labor flows, the Oslo Process, international migration and regional integration in a wide range of journals, including the Middle East Journal, the European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Palestine Studies and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her book, Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation, was published by Routledge Press in fall 2005. Her latest publications include editing Commemorating the Naksa, Evoking the Nakba, for the Electronic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, in Spring 2008. In 2001 she won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sponsored by Justice for Palestine at Harvard Law School, Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee, the Arab Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Palestine Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School

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1Nov/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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1Nov/10

Alternatives to Partition: New Visions for Israel/Palestine

Alternatives to Partition: New Visions for Israel/ Palestine

Bashir Bashir, Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Leila Farsakh,
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston
Weiner Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School
Monday, Nov. 8th, 6-7:30pm.

This talk seeks to examine feasible, reasonable, and fairly just alternatives to the partitioning of land that would secure the national and individual rights, interests and identities of Arabs and Jews alike. While the merits of concrete proposals such as ‘parallel state structure’; single democratic state; and regional federation; will be briefly discussed, a special focus will be devoted to the proposal of “bi-nationalism.”

Bashir Bashir is a research fellow at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is currently a visiting scholar at Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University.  He has taught Political Theory at the London School of Economics, Queen's University (Canada), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His primary research interests include democratic theories of inclusion, multiculturalism, deliberative democracy, conflict resolution and the politics of reconciliation, Palestinian nationalism, and Israeli politics.   Bashir's publications include: Will Kymlicka and Bashir Bashir (eds.), The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Leila Farsakh is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London (2003), an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, UK (1990), and a B.A from the University of Exeter in the UK (1989). She has worked with a number of international organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1993-1996) and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute in Ramallah (1998-1999). Between 2003 and 2004 she undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

Dr. Farsakh has published on questions related to Palestinian labor flows, the Oslo Process, international migration and regional integration in a wide range of journals, including the Middle East Journal, the European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Palestine Studies and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her book, Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation, was published by Routledge Press in fall 2005. Her latest publications include editing Commemorating the Naksa, Evoking the Nakba, for the Electronic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, in Spring 2008. In 2001 she won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sponsored by Justice for Palestine at Harvard Law School, Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee, the Arab Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Palestine Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School

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