Online Book Launch: Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine by Jeff Halper

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Please join Jeff Halper and chair Yasmin Alibhai Brown for the launch event of his latest book Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism, and the Case for One Democratic State, published by Pluto Press and co-hosted by The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021
7:00 pm UK time / 11:00 am PST
Webinar Online
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For decades we have spoken of the ‘Israel-Palestine conflict’, but what if our understanding of the issue has been wrong all along? This book explores how the concept of settler colonialism provides a clearer understanding of the Zionist movement’s project to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, displacing the Palestinian Arab population and marginalizing its cultural presence.

Jeff Halper argues that the only way out of a colonial situation is decolonization: the dismantling of Zionist structures of domination and control and their replacement by a single democratic state, in which Palestinians and Israeli Jews forge a new civil society and a shared political community.

To show how this can be done, Halper uses the 10-point program of the One Democratic State Campaign as a guide for thinking through the process of decolonization to its post-colonial conclusion. Halper’s unflinching reframing will empower activists fighting for the rights of the Palestinians and democracy for all.

Jeff Halper is the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and a founding member of the One Democratic State Campaign. He is the author of War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification (Pluto, 2015), An Israeli in Palestine (Pluto, 2010), Obstacles to Peace (ICAHD, 2003 and subsequent editions) and Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century (Westview, 1991).

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a prominent political and social commentator, a journalist, an author and an Orwell Prize and National Press Awards winner. A regular columnist for the i and feature writer for the Sunday Times Magazine, she is the editor of Biteback’s Provocations series, for which she wrote Refusing the Veil in 2014 and In Defence of Political Correctness in 2018. Her other works include Exotic England, which tells the story of a nation that has always been diverse and hybrid

Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the stream before the event. It will start at 19:00 GMT. You can also find the event on Pluto Press’ YouTube channel. The event will be recorded and uploaded to the channel after the event too.

Signed book plates are available for attendees based in the UK, just choose the relevant ticket type. Once your signed book plate ticket has been purchased, please email kierano@plutobooks.com with your address and we will post a paperback copy of Jeff’s latest book along with the book plate. These will be posted after the event and may take a couple of weeks to arrive.

The book is also available to order worldwide from our website. Attendees of this event can get £5 (or USD equivalent) off the paperback, using the coupon code HALPER5 at the checkout.

Order your copy of the book here

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The USA and Israel/Palestine Post-Trump: What are American Jews thinking today?

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine for a wide ranging interview with Phil Weiss, founder of Mondoweiss and one of America’s most astute observers of Israel, Palestine and US policy. He will discuss what’s happening today in the US on the Israel/Palestine file.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
7:30 pm EST / 4:30 pm PST
Zoom Webinar
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Free, registration required
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Donald Trump’s four years as president will be remembered for many things – not the least of which is the changed US relation with Israel. Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli control over the West Bank, and proposing the “Deal of the Century”, America moved closer than ever to the most right-wing elements in Israeli society. AIPAC and the pro-settler lobby appeared to be in the ascendant in the USA.

However, a strong backlash has developed. American Jews – including organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace, If Not Now and various campus-based organizations are taking stronger and stronger stands as NON Zionists or even anti-Zionists. Stronger pro-Palestinian voices are being heard in Democratic Party circles, as people like Bernie Sanders openly criticize both Israel and Trump’s support for Israeli aggressions.

Any resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict will depend on the USA. As long as the USA gives diplomatic, economic and military support to Israel, the Palestinians have little chance of seeing justice. However, if American support diminishes, all bets are off.

In this wide ranging interview, Phil Weiss, one of America’s most astute observers of Israel, Palestine and US policy, will discuss what’s happening today in the US on the Israel/Palestine file.

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An Army Like No Other: How the Israeli Defense Forces Made a Nation

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Please join this webinar event organized by the Independent Jewish Voice (IJV) Anti-militarism Working Group in collaboration with Independent Jewish Voices Canada.  The IDF has been a central force in the creation of Israel and in the dispossession & suppression of Palestinians.
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Time: 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm GMT
Location: Webinar
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The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) was established in 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, who believed that “the whole nation is the army”. In his mind, the IDF was to be an army like no other. It was the instrument that might transform a diverse population into a new people.

In an insightful new history of the IDF, An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defense Forces Made a Nation, Israeli author Haim Bresheeth-Zabner argues that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars. He also gives an account of his own experiences as a young conscript during the 1967 war, and shows how the IDF has used its military and scientific advantage at the expense of indigenous Palestinians and other perceived enemies.

Bresheeth-Zabner will be joined in conversation with Judith Deutsch. Their conversation will be moderated by Lia Tarachansky.

Professor Haim Bresheeth-Zabner is a Filmmaker, Photographer, Film Studies Scholar, and Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He is the editor of The Gulf War and the New World Order, (with Nira Yuval-Davis), and the author of The Holocaust for Beginners (with Stuart Hood). His most recent book is, An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defense Forces Made a Nation.

Judith Deutsch is a psychoanalyst in Toronto. She has written many articles for the public, including on the military and Israel, the military and climate change, and nuclear weapons. Her work was featured at the Gaza Community Health Programme/World Health Organization “Bridges not Walls” meeting shortly before Operation Cast Lead.

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian, Soviet-born journalist and filmmaker. She has directed and produced several films about the impact of Zionism on the most marginalized in Palestine/Israel. Her work can be seen on http://www.liatarachansky.com and http://www.naretivproductions.com. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Media Studies at Toronto’s York University.

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Nonviolence International’s webinar series: Jonathan Kuttab’s Booklet Launch – We Are All Part of One Another

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Book “Beyond the Two-State Solution” by Jonathan Kuttab
Please join Nonviolence International with the roll out of  Jonathan Kuttab’s short book, Beyond The Two-State Solution which has had an overwhelmingly positive response.  Kuttab is co-founder of Nonviolence International, a well-known international human rights attorney who has practiced in the US, Palestine, and Israel. He was the head of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO.
Wednesday, December 16,  2020
8:00 am – 9:30 am (PST) / 11:00 am (EST)
Webinar
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Free, please RSVP 
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PANELISTS:

Jonathan Kuttab is co-founder of Nonviolence International and a co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq. A well-known international human rights attorney, he has practiced in the US, Palestine, and Israel. He serves on the Board of Bethlehem Bible College and is President of the Board of Holy Land Trust. He is co-founder and board member of the Just Peace Advocates. He was the head of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO.

Azmera Hammouri-Davis is a writer, poet, producer, and artist-educator from Keaáu, Hawaii. She has a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Robert Herbst is a human rights lawyer in New York City and a member of the Westchester, New York chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. He has been speaking and writing on Israel-Palestine since Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014. Before moving to Westchester, Bob served on the Board and Executive Committee of Congregation Bnai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and as Chair of its Social Action Committee.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, one of the first women to become a rabbi in Jewish history, is a “visionary” Jewish educator, feminist, community organizer, peace activist, writer, klezmer dancer, percussionist, visual and ceremonial artist, and master storyteller. She writes on the cover of Jonathan’s book, “some are trapped by the past. This book opens the gate to the future.

HOST:

David Hart is Nonviolence International’s Co-Director. David is an experienced progressive movement leader, conflict resolution practitioner, and nonprofit manager. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Conflict Resolution and Director of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Mediation Program at the Key Bridge Foundation. David has served as Executive Director of local, state, and national nonprofit organizations, including Veterans for Peace.

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Hope Still Rises

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Please join Kairos Puget Sound Coalition’s holiday event to hear from Palestinian Christian Daoud Nassar who is the Owner and Director of the Tent of Nations educational and environmentally family farm located outside of Bethlehem.
Saturday, December 5, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time
Live Zoom Event
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Free with required registration
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Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer, is Owner and Director of the Tent of Nations Project, an educational and environmentally conscious farm, that seeks to build bridges among people, and between people and the land. Daoud’s family has legally owned the farm since 1916, when Palestine was under Ottoman rule. The one-hundred-acre farm, located 6 kilometers from Bethlehem, is surrounded on three sides by Israeli settlements, and below by the Palestinian village of Nahalin. The family has been in Israeli courts since 1991, seeking formal recognition of their legal claim to this land. Daoud has traveled to the United States twice each year, since 2007, and spoken at nearly 350 venues in the U.S., under the sponsorship of Friends of Tent of Nations North America (FOTONNA.org). Daoud shares the story of his family’s commitment to living a life of non-violent resistance. At the entrance to Daoud’s farm, one is met with a large sign painted on a huge rock, stating “We Refuse to be Enemies”. The continuous – and numerous – obstacles they face in their daily life, mirror the experience of most Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

In June 2013, Daoud was invited to preach at the well-known Riverside Baptist Church in New York City, which is where other more famous human rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Bishop Tutu, have also preached. In July 2018, Daoud was invited to the Carter Center in Atlanta to be a participant in the Human Rights Defenders Forum. In October 2018, Tent of Nations and the Nassar Family received a Peace Award from the World Methodist Council. That same year Daoud was among 15 individuals to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

Daoud has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from the Bethlehem Bible College, a bachelor’s degree in Business from Bethlehem University, and a degree in Tourism Management from Bielefeld University in Germany. He is married to Jihan Nassar, and they have three children. Daoud speaks and understands Arabic, Hebrew, German and English.

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U.S. Premiere: ‘There is a Field’ Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Donkeysaddle Projects for the premiere of their new documentary film, There Is A Field, by Jen Marlowe.  This film tells the story of Asel Asleh, a 17-year-old Palestinian peace activist, son, brother, and friend who was murdered by Israeli police. The story is performed by Black Lives Matter activists and artists, who reflect upon the parallels they see between Asel’s story and the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in the United States.
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST
Location: Virtual
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The film is the culmination of over ten years of DSP’s work to amplify Asel’s story and elevate the connections between Black and Palestinian struggles against intersecting systems of oppression. Amidst this current political moment in the U.S. where there is renewed conversation about state violence and structural racism, we look forward to premiering the film as a solidarity offering to our communities.

The panel discussion after the screening will include:

Baraa Aslih (brother of Asel)
Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner)
Margaret Kwateng (activist who performs in the film)
Jen Marlowe (filmmaker)
Raya Naamneh (Asel’s cousin & activist)
Moderator: Nadia Ben-Youssef of the Center for Constitutional Rights

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6th Annual Conference: Responding to the Kairos/Global Call

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Please join Kairos Puget Sound Coalition (KPSC) along with co-sponsors Jewish Voice for Peace/Portland and JVP/Tacoma for this 6th annual conference. The key note speaker will be Rifat Kassis, co-author of “A Moment of Truth, the Kairos Palestine Document”.  Mark Braverman, executive director of Kairos USA and manager of the Kairos Portal website will facilitate the Q&A and discussion following Rifat’s presentation. 
       
  Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020  
  Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PDT)  
  Location: Zoom Virtual Event  
  Information: Event Flyer  
  Tickets: Free, Zoom registration required  
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Rifat Odeh Kassis is a Palestinian Christian, who was born in Beit Sahour, in the West Bank. He is a human rights, political and community activist, as well as an author and lecturer. He co-authored “A Moment of Truth, the Kairos Palestine Document”, published in 2009. His total commitment to this effort led to his assignment as General Coordinator of the Kairos Palestine Group, in December of 2009.

Rifat has been arrested and imprisoned several times, by Israeli authorities. In 1991, he founded the Palestine arm of Defense of Children-International (DCI), and has served in various capacity with DCI since that time. Since 2015, together with other international consultants, Rifat started a consulting group, called GRIP Consulting (www.grip.consulting)

PUBLISHED WORKS:

  • “Palestine: A Bleeding Wound in the World’s Conscience” (2006)
  • “Kairos for Palestine” – Published in India, (2011)
  • “Kairos for Global Justice” – with a forward by Patriarch Michael
     Sabbah. Published by Kairos Palestine (2012)
  • “Generation Palestine – Voices from the Boycott, Divestment and
     Sanctions Movement” – edited by Rich Wiles, with a forward by Archbishop
     Desmond Tutu. Published by Pluto Press, London, 2013.

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Shuruq 4.5: A Digital Arab Festival

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice for a creative digital alternative to the fifth Olympia Arab Festival in conjunction with the Olympia Fall Arts Walk.  
       
  October 5 – 30, 2020  
  Various times during the month  
  Digital Festival  
  Event information here →  
  Free  
Event Details

Since 2012, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice has provided a biennial Olympia Arab Festival coinciding with Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk. Plans were underway for our fifth festival this October when the realities of COVID-19 hit. We quickly determined that the pandemic would not stop us! We feel a great sense of responsibility for the health of our community, and the RCF office has been closed since March except for mail pick-up and essential tasks. But our small staff and dedicated volunteer committees are working as hard as ever remotely.

We’re thrilled to let you know that with the addition of youthful, creative and technical energy, and growing comfort with online platforms, we’ll be bringing Shuruq 4.5, a digital alternative to the fifth Olympia Arab Festival, to you and others.

Throughout the entire month of October viewers will be able to select, enjoy, and be inspired by an array of events featuring new work from Arab writers, Arab films, and pre-recorded and live presentations and performances exploring and celebrating Arab culture and the 22 Arab countries.

The schedule is firming up; logistics are being worked out; and excitement is building! You can expect a Moroccan cooking class, a Dabka dance tutorial, discussions on topics relevant in today’s Arab world, new poetry and prose from Arab contributors, and more. We’re thrilled to bring people together digitally from far and wide to learn and to grow in their appreciation of our Arab neighbors.

This festival will be remarkable, and we need your help now to pull off this new rendition of Shuruq!

We’ve added staff time for event management, and we have fees to cover for digital platforms and multiple film screenings throughout October, for stipends to presenters and performers who are lending their support during challenging times, for new graphic design work being completed, and more.

Please take a moment to review individual, business, and organization cosponsorship options here! You will also find important information about cosponsorship levels, available perks, and registering as a cosponsor.

Shukran (“Thank you”) in advance for your years of support and for any help you can provide now. Stay healthy and get ready for a lift in October with Shuruq 4.5 (“Sunrise”)!

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Webinar: Abolition and Liberation

Please join our brothers and sisters at Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) and other partners to hear Angela Davis and Jamal Juma’ discuss the connections between the Black Lives Matter (BLM) calls for police and prison abolition and the Palestinian calls for liberation.
Thursday, August 28, 2020
10:00am PST;  1:00pm EST
Webinar on-line
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Free, Registration required
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Our speakers bring years of on-the-ground experience and strategic thinking to the conversation. Angela Davis has been an activist and liberatory scholar since the 1960s. Her 2003 book Are Prisons Obsolete? laid the strategic groundwork for the current abolition movement, as did the first Critical Resistance Conference, which she co-organized in 1998.

She will be joined, from Palestine, by Jamal Juma’, a leading grassroots organizer since Palestine’s First Intifada in 1987. A founding member of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees, Palestine National BDS Committee, Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange, and Palestinian Environmental NGO Network, Juma’ is coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and Stop the Wall

Kristian Davis Bailey, who will be moderating their conversation, is a co-founder of Black for Palestine and a co-author of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine Statement signed by more than 1,000 Black activists. He was a member of Black Youth Project 100 and Students for Justice in Palestine. Kristian currently works at Palestine Legal and is a member of LeftRoots.

Kristian Davis Bailey will be moderating their conversation.

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Livestreamed Event: A Conversation on a Shared Homeland

 

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Jewish Currents and the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) for a livestreamed discussion of what a shared Israeli-Palestinian homeland would actually look like.
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST
Location: On-line livestreamed event
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Tickets: Free, registration required
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Moderated by Jewish Currents Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart, this event will feature Sari Nusseibeh, a Palestinian academic and former activist; Meron Rapoport, an Israeli journalist; and Dr. Limor Yehuda, an Israeli legal scholar.

This event is co-sponsored by FMEP, which was created in 1979 by Merle Thorpe, Jr., a Washington-based lawyer and philanthropist, to promote a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Foundation advances this goal through its grants program, public programming, and research.

Peter Beinart is professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, an Atlantic and CNN contributor and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

Sari Nusseibeh is a Palestinian Professor of Philosophy and former President of the Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. Until December 2002 he was the representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization in that city.

Meron Rapoport is an award-winning Israeli journalist who writes for Local Call/972+ Magazine and collaborates with Middle East Eye. He is one of the founders of A Land for All/Two States One Homeland, an Israeli-Palestinian movement promoting a confederative solution between an independent Palestine and an independent Israel.

Dr. Limor Yehuda is a legal scholar interested in the role of human rights and international law in peace processes. She is currently a fellow at Tel Aviv University and a founder of A Land for All.

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