Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee


PON Film Series Presents: “Budrus”

PON Film Series Presents: "Budrus"
March 30, 2011 at 7:15PM
Courtroom, Austin Hall
Harvard Law School Campus

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What is Occupation? Israeli & American Soldiers’ Perspectives

The Progressive Jewish Alliance and J Street are holding an event tonight called "What is Occupation? Israeli & American Soldiers' Perspectives." Details below.

When: TODAY, March 24 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: Smith Hall, Harvard Hillel (52 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA)

Join J Street U Harvard & the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) for a discussion with Israeli and American veterans about occupation and its impacts on the lives of both the occupiers and the occupied. Oded Na'aman and Simcha Levental (of Breaking the Silence) with Ted Goodnight and Jenn Blain (of Iraq Veterans Against the War) will speak about their past experiences and why they have chosen to speak out against occupation. Followed by a question & answer session. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196199673745110

Breaking the Silence - "Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the routine situations of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We collect and publish testimonies from soldiers who, like us, have served in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem since September 2000." http://www.shovrimshtika.org/index_e.asp

Iraq Veterans Against the War - IVAW is an organization of American military personnel who have served since 9/11. It seeks to eliminate support in the American military community for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to advocate on behalf of the needs of American veterans. http://www.ivaw.org/

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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.

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New Location for Joya/Chomsky Event

Please note that "The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan" will be held in Memorial Church, not in the Student Organization Center at Hilles.

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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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March 25: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky
The Case for Withdrawal from Aghanistan

Friday, March 25, 5:30 pm
Harvard University, Radcliffe Quadrangle Memorial Church

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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 Law at Boston University School of Law,

Tyler Giannini, Clinical Professor of Law and Clinical Director of HRP at Harvard Law School, and

Maureen Clare Murphy, organizer of the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago and Managing Editor of The Electronic Intifada; subpoenaed on December 23, 2010

This panel will explore the implications of the the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project and the current landscape for material support prosecutions in the US.

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at HLS, the Islamic Legal Studies Program at HLS, Justice for Palestine at HLS, the National Lawyers Guild - HLS Chapter, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, ACLU-HLS, and ACS.

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