Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee


Heroes of the Non-Violent Popular Palestinian Resistance: with Iyad Burnat from Bil’in

Heroes of the Non-Violent Popular Palestinian Resistance: with Iyad Burnat from Bil'in
When: Monday, November 12
Time: 7pm
Where: Emerson 305

Iyad Burnat is head of the Bil’in Popular Committee and a leader in the West Bank village’s non-violent popular resistance movement.   Since 2005 citizens of Bil’in have held weekly demonstrations against the building of the Israeli separation wall through the community’s agricultural lands, and the steady encroachment of illegal settlements. 

The demonstrators are joined by Israeli and international peace activists, and have maintained a commitment to non-violent methods of resistance in spite of armed, military opposition by the IDF which has resulted in many injuries and some deaths.

During his 2012-2013 American tour, Iyad will tell the stories of Bil’in and life in the occupied West Bank, and talk about strategies for non-violent popular resistance with a goal of peace and prosperity for all people.

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Jewish Voices Against the Israeli Occupation

The Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee

are proud to present

Jewish Voices Against the Israeli Occupation”

When: Thursday, November 15

Time: 7:30 PM

Where: Emerson Hall 305

This event brings together two speakers, Jewish Israeli **Noam Lekach** and Jewish American **Jeff Stein**, to speak about the forms of peace activism work they have been engaged in across the Holy Land in the hopes of achieving a more just and more peaceful status quo for Jews and Palestinians. The speakers will reflect critically on the role their Jewish identities and upbringings have played in their activism and how it has informed their understanding of what a “just peace” looks like and how we get there.

They will also be discussing Birthright Israel and the ways Jewish Americans going on this trip can see more than just the mainstream Israeli perspective, as well as practical ways to extend your ticket and get involved in various kinds of peace activism work to get a sense of on-the-ground realities rarely discussed on the trips.

Birthright Israel? Visit Palestine, too.
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The Palestinian Right to Education: Second Annual Tree of Life Conference on Israel-Palestine

Please join us this Friday for...

The Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee and the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT present...

The Palestinian Right to Education

Second Annual Tree of Life Conference on Israel-Palestine

When: Friday, November 2nd

Time: 6-8pm; a reception with food, reception, and the speakers will take place following the conference.

Where: First Church in Cambridge (11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA - across Cambridge Commons and next to the Sheraton Commander Hotel)

This event is open to all who desire to attend, regardless of institutional affiliation or background. Entry is free of charge; the suggested donation is $5.

This annual conference on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict will address the Palestinian right to education. We will take a look at the “facts on the ground” and the complexity of the conflict. The conference will focus on education and the critical role it plays in encouraging children to cherish their unique identities while embracing their common humanity. We will hear educators and other voices ofconscience from both Israel and Palestine, who will share with us their work, the challenges they face and their inspiring visions of a more peaceful world.


Daoud Nassar: Palestinian founder of Tent of Nations, an interfaith and intercultural grassroots reconciliation NGO

Oren Yiftachel: Chair of human rights group B'Tselem and Professor of Urban Studies and Political Geography at Ben Gurion Universtiy, Beersheba

George Saadeh: Principal of the Shepherd's Field Greek Orthodox School in Beit Sahour and Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem

Maya Wind:  Israeli conscientious objector and Student at Columbia University

Eran Efrati: Member of Breaking the Silence, Israeli veteran NGO

Palestinian music performed by Tamer Al-Sahouri (oud), Cristina Awad (singer), Naseem Atrash (cellist), Moez Dawad (percussionist)

Co-sponsoring organizations (Harvard): Harvard Undergraduate Council, Harvard Islamic SocietyProgressive Jewish Alliance, Just Peace, the Palestine Caucus at HKS. 
Co-sponsoring organizations (Cambridge and Boston): Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Cambridge to Bethlehem: People-to-People Project, and the Palestine-Israel Task Team of the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational.

For additional information, please email Giacomo Bagarella (giacomo.bagarella@college.harvard.edu) or Eliza Nguyen (enguyen@college.harvard.edu).

In addition to the Friday conference, we will be offering a series of open workshops on Saturday: 
WhenSaturday, November 3rd
Where: First Church in Cambridge (11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA - across Cambridge Commons and next to the Sheraton Commander Hotel)
Introduction (10-11am): Palestine 101
Sa’ed Atshan:  Joint Phd Candidate in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard and a Lecturer in Peace and Justice Studies at Tufts University. He was born to a Palestinian refugee family and raised in the occupied territories.
Workshops (11am-12pm)
Mark Braverman: Jewish American author and activist, will offer a workshop on the pro-peace movement Kairos USA and the broader ecumenical movement in the US.
Don Wagner: Director of Sabeel, will offer a workshop on Christian Zionism

Second Annual Tree of Life Conference at Harvard

Find the Facebook event here!

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A Single Democratic State in Israel-Palestine: Confronting House Demolitions and Other Legal Challenges

A Single Democratic State in Israel-Palestine: Confronting House Demolitions and Other Legal Challenges

Please join us Thursday, October 11 at 12pm in Wasserstein 3019 (Harvard Law School) for a presentation by Jeff Halper, Palestine activist and co-founder and director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He will discuss the path he sees out of the current political limbo in Israel-Palestine and the range of legal issues raised by house demolitions and occupation that need to be addressed to reach a just solution.

A Thai Lunch will be provided!

This event is sponsored by the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee,  Palestine Caucus at the Kennedy School of Government, and Justice for Palestine of Harvard Law School.

You can RSVP in the Facebook event here.


Photo credit: The Palestine Chronicle


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Statement on Hunger Strike

We, a collection of members of the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee, will hold a hunger strike for one day on Thursday, March 1, to proclaim our support for Palestinian victims of Israeli administrative detention and to raise the issue of such illegal practices at Harvard.

Today, 309 Palestinians are held by Israel indefinitely, charged with no crime and with little hope of release. Since 1967, 700,000 Palestinians- or 20% of the population, and 40% of all men in the Occupied Territories- has been detained at some point in their lives, and 95% of these have been subject to torture, according to the Palestine Monitor (link below).

Administrative detention is a practice by the Israeli military to arrest and hold Palestinians without proper trials for indefinite amounts of time. Under administrative detention, an arrested prisoner may be kept without access to legal counsel and without due trial for periods up to four months, which can be renewed without limit by Israeli military authorities. At times, Palestinian prisoners will be detained within Israeli territory and not in Palestinian territory (such as the West Bank), in violation of the Geneva convention ban on imprisoning people within the occupying power's territory. This practice makes it impossible for Palestinian lawyers to travel to see their clients. During this type of detention, Palestinians (including minors) are often subject to torture and abuse.

According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, 309 Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention, with at least 60% of them having had their terms extended. Several Palestinians have been detained in this way for over eight years. More information on Palestinian prisoners in Israel can be found here: http://www.palestinemonitor.org/?p=214 and information on torture against these prisoners can be found here: http://www.palestinemonitor.org/?p=216.

In the last few weeks, many activists around the world have engaged in hunger strikes out of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention. This Wednesday, we add our voices to this global chorus of opposition to Israel's unjust policies and the regime of apartheid it has imposed across the Holy Land. We will be having a joint dinner at 6 PM on Thursday at Casablanca in Harvard Square to end our strike together. We invite all members of good conscience of the Harvard community to join us.

This hunger strike is a part of Harvard Israeli Apartheid Week, 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. More info can be found at the global site: http://apartheidweek.org/ as well as on our own website.

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Statement of solidarity with the assaulted activists at UNM

The Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee, the GSAS Alliance for Justice in the Middle East, and the Harvard Law School Justice for Palestine stand in solidarity with activists who were physically assaulted by a mob at the University of New Mexico (UNM) while peacefully protesting an Islamophobic event.

On Thursday evening, the UNM Israel Alliance hosted a speech by Nonie Darwish, a notorious Islamophobe who has called Islam "a poison to society." Darwish is a member of the speakers' bureau of the extremist Zionist group StandWithUs and a fixture of the right-wing lecture circuit.

In order to draw attention to Darwish's record of racist statements, student activists peacefully disrupted the talk with a "mic check" -- a brief intervention in which audience members stand up to collectively voice their opposition to the speaker. Video footage on Youtube shows that audience members charged at the protesters, and hit, punched, and scratched them before forcibly ejecting them from the room. Most of the attackers were adult males, many of the victims were young or teenaged women. At least one of the victims' phones was also destroyed. According to media reports, no arrests have been made.

While Palestine solidarity activists in the U.S. and U.K. have been the target of harassment and demonization for years, we note an escalating pattern of physical violence against them as well. Last week at the London School of Economics, pro-Israel students threw water balloons at a street theater event demonstrating a checkpoint in Palestine. Last year, a member of the Israeli lobby group AIPAC assaulted a protester disrupting Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's address to Congress, resulting in her hospitalization.

We condemn all of these attacks and note that while Palestine solidarity activists are consistently demonized as supporters of violence by Zionist organizations, actual violence by defenders of Israel's racist policies remains largely unpunished by authorities.

We also note that attacks on protesters are not simply a problem of mob violence, but have been pursued by the government as well. We reiterate our solidarity with the "Irvine 11" protesters who were unfairly prosecuted for demonstrating at a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren.

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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 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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Friday, 12/16: Vigil for Mustafa Tamimi


Friday, 16 December, 2011, 6:00 p.m., small square outside Harvard Station T stop. Candles will be provided. Please forward widely.

Please join us for a vigil for Mustafa Tamimi on the seventh day of his killing. Mustafa was a 28-year old Palestinian from the village of Nabi Saleh, and part of a popular resistance committee that protested weekly against the Israeli occupation. He was shot in the face with a tear gas canister by an Israeli soldier. He died of his injuries. He is the first resister from Nabi Saleh to be killed during the protests. Other popular resistance committees where protesters have been killed include Nilin, Bilin, Biddu, and Budrus.

Background information:

A courageous Palestinian has died, shrouded in stones

No miracle in Nabi Saleh

'When I was holding him, I’m sure that he died in my arms. He let out a gasp and his soul left.'

Tel Aviv protest after Tamimi's killing

Tamimi's funeral

Tamimi's funeral [photos]

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