Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
IAW – Toronto will take place from March 24 – 28, 2015. Below is the Toronto program. For more information, please visit http://apartheidweek.org/toronto/.
Steven Salaita: Palestine, Academic Freedom and Decolonizing the University
Tuesday March 24th at 7pm
The dehiring of Steven Salaita from a tenured position is one of the most serious assaults on academic freedom in recent years. Steven Salaita is one of a number of prominent academics who have paid a huge price for Palestine advocacy and/or anti-colonial expression. He was hired to a tenured position to teach in the American Indian Studies program at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). He was denied this job in August 2014 on the basis of tweets during the Israeli assault on Gaza that summer, having left his previous job and uprooted his family.
Join us to hear Salaita discuss academic freedom & the struggle to decolonize the university in relation to his own scholarship on indigenous expression.
Building the Divestment movement: A teach-in with a Stop the Wall Coordinator and member of the BDS National Committee
Wednesday March 25th at 6pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto, M6G 2L8
We are looking forward to welcoming the coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and hearing about the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC), which leads the Palestinian BDS movement.
This teach-in is a great opportunity to learn about the material effects of Zionist settler colonialism on Palestinian lives, from an organizer that is involved in popular resistance on the ground. It is also a great opportunity to engage in conversations about solidarity with Palestine, and taking action to tactically build the BDS campaign in Toronto.
Gaza: Perspectives from the ground with Dr Rand Askalan and Professor Haidar Eid (by video link)
Friday March 27th 2015 at 7pm
POD366, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St.
This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement within Palestine and to show solidarity particularly in light of Israel’s recent assaults on the Gaza Strip.
Dr. Rand Askalan, who currently works at the Toronto Sick Kids, completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge in 1994, and then obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Toronto in 2001. She is the founder and director of the Palestinian Healthy Child Fellowship, which aims to provide fellowships for the training of Palestinian physicians. Dr. Askalan goes to Palestine on an annual basis to run clinics and provide medical services. She has therefore seen first-hand the consequences of the Israeli Apartheid regime’s assaults on Gaza: the scarcity of tools and resources, the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as limitations to the movement of people in need of life-saving operations.
Dr. Haidar Eid is Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature in the Department of English at Al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip. He is also a founding member of the One Democratic State Group, an organisation of Palestinian activists who are calling for the establishment of a secular, democratic state as a means to end Israeli Apartheid. Dr Eid is also an active member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). He has written widely on the situation in Gaza, with published articles in Al Jazeera, Electronic Intifada and the Palestine Chronicle, amongst others.
Rhythms of Solidarity: A Night of Multilingual Music, Spoken Word and Poetry
Saturday March 28th at 7pm
Margaret Laurence Room, Student Centre, Ryerson University, 55 Gould Street
Students Against Israeli Apartheid stands in solidarity with the workers of CUPE 3902 and 3903 on strike, who are fighting for safer, stronger and better living, learning, and working conditions.
All events during IAW will be moved off campus to respect the picket lines.