100 YEARS OF SETTLER COLONIALISM, 100 YEARS OF POPULAR STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE
First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. This year, IAW will take place in more than 150 cities across the globe. The week aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing practices of apartheid, occupation, and dispossession against the Palestinian people. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This year’s IAW will reflect on 100 years of resistance to settler colonialism across historic Palestine since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917. The Week will also link the history of Palestinian resistance to the struggles of the Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and study, and who are resisting settler colonial violence and dispossession. Our speakers this year will include Vijay Prashad, Lee Maracle, and Hind Awwad, among others.
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Thursday, March 9th: Settler Colonialism and Legal Ordering: Israel as a “Jewish and Democratic” State
Featuring: Mazen Masri
Location: Room 2098, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, 100 St. George St.
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1857254031219605
Organized by the University of Toronto Middle East History and Theory Workshop and the UTGSU BDS Ad-Hoc Committee.
The claim that Israel is at once a Jewish and democratic state effectively translates into policies and practices that limit the rights of Palestinians in Israel. In this lecture, Mazen Masri, Senior Lecturer in Law at City University London, will focus on the existing constitutional definition of the state as “Jewish and democratic” to explore how a range of actors, including the courts, state institutions, politicians, and scholars, use this definition to justify, and at times consolidate and extend, Israel’s project of settler colonialism and ethnic cleansing.
Tuesday, March 14th: Palestine’s Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott
Featuring: Vijay Prashad
Location: Room 2017, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, 100 St. George St.
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/295659570851250/
Organized by Students Against Israeli Apartheid and Faculty for Palestine.
The call for an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions is a call for universities, academic associations, and student governments and unions to refuse to be complicit in and normalize Israel’s war crimes, ongoing occupation, oppression and apartheid. In this lecture, Vijay Prashad, Professor of South Asian History and International Studies at Trinity College, will speak to the case for the academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions that are complicit in such crimes.
Wednesday, March 15th: Unsettling Histories: Refusing Settler Colonialism, From Turtle Island to Palestine
Featuring: Lee Maracle, Hind Awwad, and Erica Violet Lee
Location: Room 205, Claude Bissell Building, University of Toronto, 140 St. George St.
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/154902601692071/
Organized by the UTGSU BDS Ad-Hoc Committee and the CUPE 3902 BDS Committee
This keynote panel — featuring Lee Maracle, Hind Awwad, and Erica Violet Lee — will focus on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists will reflect on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles.
Thursday, March 16th: “Gaza Calling”: Film Screening and Discussion
Location: Room 140, University College, University of Toronto, 15 King’s College Circle
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/442805949395489/
Organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and Students for Justice in Palestine at Ryerson University.
Inspired by the director’s own experiences, this powerful documentary captures the personal costs faced by Palestinian families torn apart by arbitrary Israeli barriers within their own country.
Friday, March 17th: Right to Rebel: A Celebration of Cultural Resistance
Location: Room 108, Koffler House, University of Toronto, 569 Spadina Crescent (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION)
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1177073205744751/
Organized by Students Against Israeli Apartheid.
To wrap up the week, we will be hosting artists and performers to celebrate the use of art as a means of anti-colonial and anti-imperialist resistance. We will be hosting Wafa Ghnaim who will be presenting traditional Palestinian embroidery designs from her recently published digital book, “Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora.”