Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee


Photos from November events

We would like to share the photos of our recent events in November. Thank you to those who were able to make it to come learn and express solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, and to those who couldn't we say: we look forward to seeing you at our events in the future!

November 15, 2012: Jewish Voices Against the Israeli Occupation

November 12, 2012: Heroes of the Non-Violent Popular Palestinian Resistance: with Iyad Burnat from Bil'in

November 2, 2012: Second Annual Tree of Life Conference: The Palestinian Right to Education


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Eyes in Gaza: A Presentation by Dr. Mads Gilbert

APRIL 18, 6:00 PM
Harvard University Law School, Austin West

Dr. Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor and specialist in anesthesiology. He is the co-author, with his colleague Erik Fosse, of Eyes in Gaza, a harrowing account of their experiences in al-Shifa Hospital during Israel's deadly assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009.

For a time, they were not just the only western doctors in Gaza, but among the handful of western witnesses to Operation Cast Lead. Dr. Gilbert's testimonies were broadcast worldwide on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN and more.

In addition to his research and practice at Tromso University Hospital in Norway, Dr. Gilbert co-founded NORWAC, a Norwegian-Palestinian aid organization. He worked in an underground Palestinian refugee camp hospital in Beirut during the 1982 Israeli invasion and bombardment of Lebanon.

Dr. Gilbert recently returned from Gaza and will give updates on the current situation.

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The Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee & Progressive Jewish Alliance present:

"Tel Aviv Night Clubs & West Bank Checkpoints: The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land"

Please join us Monday, March 5 at 7:30 pm in Sever 103 for a discussion with Sa'ed Atshan, Harvard doctoral student and member of Al Qaws, a grassroots organization of LGBTQ Palestinians throughout Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories who work collaboratively to break down gendered and hetero-normative barriers.

He will discuss the various ways in which discourses of LGBTQ rights are deployed strategically by Israel and Palestinians as a part of the conflict.

The event will begin at 7:30 PM in Sever 103 on the evening of Monday, March 5.

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Please Join Us the week of Feb 29-March 5 for Harvard’s 1st annual Israeli Apartheid Week!

Israeli Apartheid Week is a series of events held annually in cities across the world to raise awareness of Israel as an apartheid state and to build support for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns. http://apartheidweek.org/

For the most updated schedule, please check out the Harvard Israeli Apartheid Week's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/367312553293116/

As part of Harvard's first annual Israeli Apartheid Week this year, Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee is hosting:

WED FEB 29: 7 PM:
FILM SCREENING of "Slingshot Hip Hop," a movie which braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them. Location TBD

Day-Long Hunger Strike in Solidarity with all Palestinian prisoners in Administrative Detention. Today, 279 Palestinians are held by Israel indefinitely, charged with no crime and no hope of release.

Members of PSC will hold a day-long hunger strike in solidarity with these prisoners, and we will hold a joint dinner at 6 PM at Casablanca in Harvard Square.

"Tel Aviv Night Clubs & West Bank Checkpoints: The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land":

Please join us for a discussion with Sa'ed Atshan, member of
Palestinian LGBTQ activist group Al Qaws. He will discuss the various ways in which discourses of LGBTQ rights are deployed strategically by Israel and Palestinians as a part of the conflict. Event link is here: http://www.facebook.com/events/260404430703888/

Other events we are co-sponsoring but that are not part of IAW:

SAT & SUN MARCH 3 & 4:
THE ONE STATE CONFERENCE: The Israel/Palestine and the One-State Solution conference seeks to begin the process of defining what that could actually mean. The series of panel discussions will help to answer questions about the contours of and obstacles to the one-state solution. FEATURING: ALI ABUNIMAH, DIANA BUTTU, DALIT BAUM, ILAN PAPPE, NIMER SULTANY

More info:

The crime of apartheid, a crime against humanity, is defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity "committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime." For an explanation of the application of the crime "Apartheid" to Israel, click here:http://icahdusa.org/2010/03/is-israel-an-apartheid-state/

For a complete listing of events worldwide and to learn more about IAW, please visithttp://www.apartheidweek.org/

For a more complete listing of other Boston area universities' Israeli Apartheid Weeks, check out this event: http://www.facebook.com/events/335351193176290/

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The One State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One-State Solution March 3-4 at Harvard

To date, the only Israel/Palestine solution that has received a fair rehearsal in mainstream forums has been the two-state solution. This conference will push the envelope by questioning the status quo and bringing forward the idea of a one state solution. What is the "one-state solution?" What happened to the two-state solution? What are the obstacles to the one-state solutions implementation?

By countering current stagnancy, The One State Conference will expand the range of academic debate on the issue. The main goal is to educate ourselves and others about the possible contours of a one-state solution and the challenges that stand in the way of its realization.

The conference is being sponsored by several student groups - namely, Justice for Palestine (HLS), the Palestine Caucus (HKS), the Arab Caucus (HKS), the Progressive Caucus (HKS), Association for Justice in the Middle East (GSAS), and the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee.

Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with the conference itself, so if you are interested please join the email list, contact us on facebook, or tweet at us!

For more information, please visit the website: www.onestateconference.org

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The Fourth Annual Faculty Debate: Can Israel be Both Jewish and Democratic?

Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence
Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law

Frank Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor

March 1st, 6-7:30 pm at Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

Ronald Dworkin has recently argued that Israel is a “flawed democracy” because only secular states can be democracies. He further argued that Israel’s Jewish character designates an unequal status for the Palestinian citizens of Israel (18 percent of the citizenry).

In this debate Professors Kennedy and Feldman examine these claims and other recent developments in Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian citizens of Israel in the context of regional processes of democratization.

Professor Dworkin’s lecture is available on youtube (discussion of Israel starts on min 28).
Presented by: Harvard Law School Justice for Palestine, and the Human Rights Program, International Legal Studies, Unbound, Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee and NLG at Harvard Law School.

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Omar Barghouti at Harvard: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

The Institute of Politics, Haymarket Books and
Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee present:

Omar Barghouti
On the Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

With moderator and discussant:

Alice Rothchild, MD
Author, “Broken Promises, Broken Dreams"

Wednesday, April 13
7:30-10:30 PM
Emerson Hall 105 (map)


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Memorial and Screening of “Arna’s Children” in Honor of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Monday, April 11 · 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Harvard University
113 Sever Hall

Juliano Mer-Khamis, the inspirational co-founder of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin refugee camp, was murdered on 4 April just outside the theater entrance. Iyad Burnat, the Palestinian leader of the Popular Committees Against the Wall and the Israeli Occupation, said, “Juliano Mer-Khamis embodied the uncompromising struggle for freedom and for dignity. Both parts of his life's work were seamlessly joined. His art was inseparable from his political commitment. The dignity and humanity which his art sustained were just as important to Palestinian resilience—sumud—as his explicitly political work. His life was tragically cut short but he nevertheless managed to live a life full with purpose and meaning."

As we grieve Juliano's untimely loss, we wish to gather the Boston/Cambridge community to remember his most remarkable cinematic achievement, "Arna's Children" (2003) among the best films ever made on Palestine/Israel. The film won the "Best Documentary Feature" 2004 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

A brief memorial will precede the film. The Friends of the Freedom Theatre in New York have made the short "The Freedom Theatre Today" (15-20 min) available in order to celebrate the project's continuing vibrance; it will be screened following "Arna's Children."

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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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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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