Two pieces of good news

Both Malalai Joya and Omar Barghouti have been granted visas after being initially denied. Joya will be speaking in Memorial Church *tomorrow* with Noam Chomsky. Omar Barghouti will be speaking about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in mid-April; look out for announcements on that soon.

Roger Waters’ Journey to BDS

From Mondoweiss:

In 1980, a song I wrote, “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2,” was banned by the government of South Africa because it was being used by Black South African children to advocate their right to equal education. That apartheid government imposed a cultural blockade, so-to-speak, on certain songs, including mine.

Twenty-five years later, in 2005, Palestinian children participating in a West Bank festival used the song to protest Israel’s apartheid wall. They sang “We don’t need no occupation! We don’t need no racist wall!” At the time, I hadn’t seen first-hand what they were singing about.

A year later in 2006, I contracted to perform in Tel Aviv.

Palestinians from the movement advocating an academic and cultural boycott of Israel urged me to reconsider. I had already spoken out against the wall, but I was unsure whether a cultural boycott was the right way to go. The Palestinian advocates of a boycott asked that I visit the occupied Palestinian territory, to see the Wall for myself before I made up my mind. I agreed.

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Anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s stand in Gaza

Today, March 16, is the 8th anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death. She was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer as she protected a Palestinian home from demolition in Gaza. See the message below from Rachel’s parents, posted here:

Cindy & Craig Corrie: March 16, 2011 Statement from Johan Genberg on Vimeo.

On Wednesday, March 16th, we mark the eighth anniversary of our daughterRachel’s stand in Rafah, Gaza, to protect the right of a Gazan family to be safe and secure in their home and the rights of all Palestinians to self-determination, freedom, equality, and security in the same measure as their Israeli neighbors.

Here in Olympia, Washington – our hometown and Rachel’s – our family, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, and our community will mark this anniversary with an event that emphasizes three components: community-building, education, and action. Strengthening community connections was important to Rachel when she lived and worked here in Olympia, but, also, beyond, as she embraced the world as her community. As we pursue a more just global community, we must arm ourselves with solid information and knowledge. Rachel believed this profoundly and emphasized in her writing from Gaza the importance of seeking and communicating the facts and doing so without exaggeration. And it is not enough for us to think and talk. We must, also, act. Indeed, it is because of Rachel’s action on March 16, 2003, that we pause to mark this day.
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Developments in Material Support Law

The Harvard Law School Middle East Law Students Association presents: Developments in Material Support Law March 3, 2011 at 6pm, Austin North at Harvard Law School Claude Bruderlein, Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at the Harvard School of Public Health, Susan Akram, Clinical Professor of Read more…