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Current and upcoming Seattle-area Palestine Solidarity Events


First and third
Saturdays: Protest demonstration to end the siege of Gaza : noon to 2:00

Voices for Palestine and allies in the struggle for Palestinians rights continue Saturday protests against the siege of Gaza. Protests take place on alternate (first and third) Saturdays at Westlake Plaza, 4th & Pine.

Come help protest the Israeli attempts to crush the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
For more information:  Amin(at)voicesforpalestine.org

Conference at The Evergreen State College
Rachel Corrie Foundation

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, Washington
All day, April 19, 2014

Keynote Conversation featuring
Angela Davis and Noura Erakat
Washington Center for the Performing Arts
512 Washington St. SE
Downtown Olympia
7:00 PM
http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/peaceworks/pw2014-registration

This day-long conference will feature plenaries, workshops, networking, and plans for action to address systems of mass incarceration in the United States and Palestine. The event culminates with an evening keynote presentation at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts featuring world-renowned scholar and activist Angela Davis in conversation with human rights attorney and activist Noura Erakat.
 

Max Blumenthal speak about his book GOLIATH: Life And Loathing in Greater Israel

Max Blumenthal is an American author, journalist, and blogger. Formerly a writer for The Daily Beast and Al Akhbar, he is the author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party. and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

Blumenthal goes deep inside Israeli society, offering a rare and unfiltered lens into the hideous implications of Israel’s commitment to Jewish supremacy.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014, 6:45 PM
St. Mark’s Cathedral Cathedral, Bloedell Hall
(A potluck supper is planned beginning at 5:30 pm)

For further information contact: jkolokoff@hotmail.com ph:206-282-8023

THURSDAY, APRIL 10:
University of Washington Sponsored by SUPER (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights), University of Washington
Savery Hall Room 260 - 6:30 PM

NOON, THURSDAY APRIL 10th
First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave, Everett
Books will be available for sale …Cash or Check payments only please
For further information contact:
Dvillesvik@aol.com ph. 425-330-6095
or JohnTBerg@msn.com ph. 425-218-3682

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Israel/Palestine - The Human Story film series
Wednesday, February 5 - March 19*, 7 pm
Skinner Auditorium

The Mid-East Focus Ministry at Saint Mark’s Cathedral will screen its first series of films by outstanding documentary film artists from Gaza, Israel, Palestine, and the United States. This ministry’s goal is to help people understand the realities that shape the lives of people in Israel / Palestine. The purpose of the series is to bring into focus the human dimensions of daily lives there. Hosts for the films will include Cindy Corrie, Dean Thomason, Peter Lippman (Palestine Solidarity Committee),  Amin Odeh (Voices for Palestine), Ziyad Abbas (Middle East Children's Alliance), Ed Mast (Seattle MidEast Awareness Campaign).

All films will be shown on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m in Skinner Auditorium (1501 Tenth Ave. E.) at the north end of Brightwater School, the building just north of Saint Marks Cathedral campus where there is parking. There will be a discussion following each screening.

* Please note, there will be no film on Wednesday, March 5, Ash Wednesday.
Click here for the schedule of films. (pdf)
http://www.saintmarks.org/ComingEvents/IsraelPalestineFilmSeries.pdf

Funding is provided by the Mid-East Focus Ministry. Entrance is free but donations to help cover expenses will be appreciated.

In honor of World Water Day, *Sunday March 23 @ 6pm*, Stop Veolia Seattle,
the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and *the Northwest Film
Forum* invite you to see Water on the Table with visiting filmmaker Liz
Marshall (The Ghosts in Our Machine, 2013), screened with two films
produced by the Palestinian water justice collective LifeSource: Filling
Point and By Land or by Water.  Following the screenings stay for a panel
on the Human Right to Water: Connecting Local and Global Struggles.
 
Get your tickets now and spread the word!
http://nwfilmforum.org/live/page/calendar/3041

Eva Bartlett  -  A Canadian in Gaza on solidarity with Gaza

Sunday, December 8, 2013  5 – 6:30 pm

University Christian Church
4731 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA

Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian activist and freelance journalist who has spent long periods in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and reporting from the ground.
 
Eva participated in nonviolent demonstrations against the Israeli separation Wall encaging and annexing the occupied West Bank, as well as against Israeli military roadblocks, and Jewish-only highways in the West Bank.  During Cast Lead, Israel's devastating 2008-2009 assault on Gaza which killed over 1400 Palestinians, Eva rode with medics in their ambulances and she reported from a central Gaza Strip hospital during Israel's November 2012 Gaza attacks. Her eyewitness accounts from Occupied Palestine have been published in the Electronic Intifada, Inter Press Service, Countercurrents and her own blog http://ingaza.wordpress.com/. 

Sponsored by: Voices for Palestine                              
www.voicesofpalestine.org


 

Susan Koppelman on water justice in Palestine

Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 AM
Puget Sound Chapter UUJME Meeting - Water Issues in Palestine
University Unitarian Church,
Knatvold Room
6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle

Co-sponsored with Friends of El Porvenir – University Unitarian Church

Please join us to learn more about water issues in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Susan Koppelman will give a presentation on the Palestinian struggle for water justice and the global corporations profiting from violations of Palestinians’ human right to water. We will find out what we can do in Seattle to support Palestinian rights.

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta
Nonviolence in Palestine

Thurs. Nov 21 @ 7 PM | Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta
Common Good Café
University Temple United Methodist Church
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Quaker Jewish activist and writer from Burnaby, B.C., Canada, will speak on nonviolence in Palestine and introduce her book, "Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation" This is an interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations.

Yehuda Shaul from Breaking The Silence will speak on Thurs, Nov 14th at St.Marks Cathedral, Bloedel Hall.  There is a Potluck supper at 5:30 pm. (Contact: Huda Giddens 206-527-1291 for info), and the talk begins at 7pm.

Yehuda Shaul –founder of BREAKING THE SILENCE will introduce BTS’ new book OUR HARSH LOGIC as part of a national tour of the United States.
BREAKING THE SILENCE was established in Jerusalem in 2004 by Israel Defense Forces veterans who have served in the beginning of the Second Intifada and have taken it on themselves to expose the public to the horrors and realities of everyday life for Palestinians  in the occupied territories.

Yehuda Shaul was born and raised in Jerusalem in an ultra-Orthodox family. After graduating from a yeshiva high school in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank, Yehuda served in the IDF achieving the rank of commander and platoon sergeant and was posted in the Palestinian towns of Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah on the West Bank.

In 2004, Yehuda founded Breaking the Silence with a group of fellow veterans; he serves as the organization’s Co-Director and Foreign Relations Officer.
Sponsored by: Friends of Breaking the Silence; Mideast Focus Ministry—StMark’s Cathedral ; The Episcopal `Bishop’s Committee on Israel/Palestine; Palestine Task Force; Voices for Palestine; Kadima Reconstructionist Community

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SUPER UW
Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions 101
UW - Savery 264
6pm, Nov. 7th

Panelists include:
Stefanie Fox – Organizer with Jewish Voice for Peace
Maya Rotem – Israeli Anti-Zionist active with SUPER PSU
Jesse Hagopian – Teaches history and is the Black Student Union Adviser at Garfield High School
Cindy Corrie – Mother of Rachel Corrie (1979-2003), and founder of the Rachel Corrie Foundation
Wael Elasady – Palestinian born in Damascus, Syria and co-founder of SUPER

What is BDS?
-"In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call."- BDSmovement.net

Find out more about SUPER at www . superuw . org

The Stones Cry Out
The story of the Palestinian Christians
a film by Yasmine Perni
 
Thursday, November 7th ~ 7:00 PM
Bloedel Hall, Saint Mark's Cathedral
1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
(no charge ~ donations appreciated)
 
Christianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware Christians still live in the land.
 
For more than 60 years the Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars occupation and oppression.
 
The voices of Palestinian Christians have all too often been drowned out in the turmoil of events.
  
This is their story, in their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today.
 
For more information on the film, see http://www.thestonescryoutmovie.com/
 
Sponsored by Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) Co-Sponsored by: Episcopal Bishop's Committee Israel/Palestine ~ Seattle; Mideast Focus Ministry ~ Saint Mark's Cathedral; Voices of Palestine; Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign.

Max Blumenthal: Life & Loathing in Greater Israel
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.
www.townhallseattle.org/max-blumenthallife-loathing-in-greater-israel/

As renewed peace talks continue between Israel and Palestine, bestselling author Max Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel’s war on Gaza in 2008-09, which brought into power the country’s most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal, author of Goliath, paints a portrait of Israeli society under what he calls the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics tied to the deepening occupation of the Palestinians.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Civic series, with University Book Store. Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust, the True-Brown Foundation and the RealNetworks Foundation. Series media sponsorship by The Stranger and KUOW.
Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 pm.

FACES OF PALESTINE, May 23 and May 28

Joe Staiano, responsible travel pro, 75-country world explorer, humanitarian and founder of Meaningful Trip, has just returned from Palestine and is giving two slide shows / evening discussions... 

THU 5/23, Ballard Library,   6:30 pm (arrive early to network)  
https://www.facebook.com/events/135359336653398/

TUE 5/28, Fremont Library,  6:30 pm (arrive early to network)
https://www.facebook.com/events/154271151411709/

The Israel / Palestine region is fraught with complexity, differing opinions, views and frameworks.

“I went to bear witness…  To see & learn first-hand the complexities of this region. I tried to have an open and compassionate heart. The human rights abuses of Palestinians I saw every day made my head and heart hurt.  Palestinians suffer ethnic cleansing, displacement, illegal settlements and refugees.  All the while, the USA gives 3.1 billion dollars in foreign assistance each year to support Israel". 

Despite all of the above, this is one of the most fascinating regions in the world to visit. A concentration of the three largest monotheistic religions; the most famous holy sites in the world; an area of simple desert beauty; of amazing cuisine; and some of the warmest and hospitable people on the planet.

See photos, hear stories, share YOUR stories of this region.

This discussion night is open to ALL PERSONS, ALL RELIGIONS.  We hope to have individuals from Jewish Voice for Peace, the Church Council of Seattle, Palestine Solidarity committee, student groups, and we extend an invitation to our Seattle / Washington elected representatives.

Come join Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP-Seattle) to kick off our campaign to Burst the Bubble! Boycott Sodastream! Learn what you can do in Seattle to support the rights of Palestinians for self-determination.

When: Thursday, May 23rd, 7-9 pm
Where: Black Coffee Coop, 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122

In order to pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestine, activists across the world, including Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), are participating in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The BDS movement allows each of us to feel empowered to do something about the occupation.

SodaStream is an Israeli corporation that markets home water carbonation devices manufactured in an illegal settlement in the West Bank. The company benefits from Israeli tax incentives that encourage corporations to set up shop on Palestinian territory as part of a broader land grab strategy.

SodaStream markets itself as an environmentally friendly product to “Turn Water Into Fresh Sparkling Water And Soda...” but there is nothing friendly or green about the destruction of Palestinian life, land and water resources. SodaStream devices are carried by many retailers in Seattle, including locally based Sur La Table.

In our effort to resist Israel’s policy of Palestinian exclusion and exploitation, we’re calling for a boycott of SodaStream products and focusing our efforts on Sur La Table.

Come learn more about the problem with SodaStream, what you can do to participate, and where this form of non-violent resistance fits into the larger BDS movement. We’re also discussing SodaStream alternatives, so you won’t even have to forgo your bubbly beverages to join the fight!

Accessibility information: Please be fragrance free, although the cafe itself is not. Black Coffee is wheelchair accessible and close to several bus routes.

“Concrete Connections: Resisting the U.S.-Israeli border-settler spectrum”
6:30 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Savery Hall 260
           
Join MEChA de UW and SUPER UW for a presentation by Gabriel Schivone entitled “Concrete Connections: Resisting the U.S.-Israeli border-settler spectrum” at the University of Washington. Schivone will discuss the intersection of struggles on the US/Mexico border and in Palestine.

Gabriel M. Schivone is a Tucson-born Arizona resident and student researcher at the University of Arizona. He is a writer-participant of social justice struggles (ranging from migrant justice, Chican@/Mexican-American Studies activism and Palestine solidarity) whose work has appeared in The Nation, Huffington Post, Arizona Republic, Arizona Daily Star, and others. He is the author of the forthcoming titles, In Dreams and Genocide Denial: U.S. Immigration and the Destruction of Guatemalan Life, and Concrete Connections: Arizona and Israel as Allied Pariahs in the Post-9/11 World. Schivone is on the ad hoc steering committee of National Students for Justice in Palestine. He is also a co-founder of Tucson Free Gaza and was a passenger on the US Boat to Gaza, part of Freedom Flotilla II (2011).

Return and Liberation: Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America

The US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) encourages all of its supporters, members and friends to register and attend this conference. Return and Liberation, the Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America, is being organized collectively by Palestinian organizers across North America, including USPCN organizers.
USPCN will not be holding a separate national conference this year and is fully supporting the Vancouver conference. We encourage people who are able to attend to make it a priority and join in the conversations and discussions about the future of our Palestinian national liberation movement.
 
Register online, or donate to support today, the Return and Liberation Conference of the Palestinian Shatat, in Vancouver May 3-5, 2013

Register today!
Return and Liberation, the Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America, will take place in Vancouver, Canada from May 3-5, 2013, at the University of British Columbia. Panels, workshops and cultural events include "Looking Back, Forging Forward: Palestinian Organizing in the Shatat," "Palestinian Representation and the Right of Return," "Palestinian Perspectives on Solidarity and BDS," "Repression and Resistance: Palestinian Civil and Political Rights," "Organizing on the Cultural Front," "The Role of Palestinian Students and Youth" - and much more. Speakers and workshop facilitators include Rabab Abdulhadi, Karma Nabulsi, Issam Yamani, Loubna Qutami, Abdelrazzaq Takriti, Mezna Qato, Ramzy Baroud, Nada Elia, Dina Omar, Mostafa Henaway, Lamis Deek, Palestinian singer Nisreen Hajaj and many more.

More than that, this conference is a unique opportunity for Palestinians in shatat and their allies to join in this historical gathering to re-examine our history and build together towards a free future for our people and land by putting an end to Zionist colonization and normalization everywhere throughout the Palestinian and Arab homeland. Join us to plan, discuss and learn from each other about our homeland and how we can become active participants in reviving our movement.
 
Buy a Journal Ad!
Reach our attendees and supporters - and help to support the conference - with your message and content with a Journal Ad in the conference program. Full-page, half-page and quarter-page ads are available from $150 and up. Ads will be distributed in person to all attendees and online. Sign up for your Journal Ad online or email us at mailto:support@palestinianconference.org.
           
Travel Details
Learn more about travel directions to Vancouver and the UBC Campus, accommodations and public transit at our Logistics and Accommodations page.

The main airport in Vancouver is YVR (Vancouver International). Please note, if you are travelling from the US, you may find it more affordable to fly into Seattle (SEA) or Bellingham (BLI) - buses are available to Vancouver.
           
Donate
This conference relies on the grassroots to support and fund our efforts. Your donations make this conference possible and sponsor Palestinian youth and students to attend and participate in the conference! Donate today and receive a premium from Palestine Online Store - Ghassan Kanafani cards, DVDs on Palestine and more. Donate online here!

Register Online
Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America
http://palestinianconference.org/

Wrestling In The Daylight: A Rabbi's Path to Palestinian Solidarity
7:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013  
University Friends Meeting  (meeting room)
4001 9th Ave. NE,. Seattle WA
 
For further information contact:
jkolokoff@hotmail.com
 206-282-8023
 
BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE

"A rabbi shares his ideological evolution toward Palestinian solidarity - lively conversation ensues."  Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen, leader of a Jewish Reconstructionist Community  in Evanston, Illinois takes on the volatile issues of Jewish faith, values and the traditional homeland narrative of Israel in his new book. He listens to his dissenters with respect and challenges with integrity. He provides a model that enables a remarkable civil conversation where great divergence exists in ideas and beliefs.

”…the cornerstone value of my religious tradition commands me to stand in solidarity with all who are oppressed. It would be a profound betrayal of my own Jewish heritage if I consciously choose not to stand with the Palestine people……I believe my Jewish liberation to be intrinsically bound up with Palestinian liberation. It’s really that simple.”…………Brant Rosen

Sponsors Include:

Kadima Reconstruction Community; American Friends Service Committee; Jewish Voice For Peace; Super;Voices For Palestine; University Temple United Methodist Church;Mideast Focus Ministry, St. Marks Cathedral;Kolhameshema


Global Rhythms: Reem Kelani at Town Hall - Seattle
Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:00 – 9:30pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5-$20.
 
One of the most important Arab singers of her generation! 
Palestinian singer Reem Kelani performs in Global Rhythms, Friday, April 12th at Town Hall, Seattle. Kelani's debut album “Sprinting Gazelle: Palestinian songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora” gained worldwide acclaim for musical excellence and intellectual integrity.  She currently studies and records the music of Egyptian composer Sayyid Darwish (1892-1923), "the father of contemporary Arabic music."  Her profile in the Arab and non-Arab world continues to grow, all the more to her credit as an unsigned artist who has preserved her independence - musically, spiritually and politically.  For the past decade, Kelani has worked with the best of British jazz musicians, introducing them to and training them in Arabic music.  She has toured extensively in the UK and internationally, and brought musicians together on international tours, extending her UK based line-up to include performers from Syria, Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Portugal.  Kelani is back in Washington five years after her residency at Seattle International Children’s Festival.

Tickets: $5-$20
http://townhallseattle.org/global-rhythms-reem-kelani/
http://reemkelani.com/

“Her voice combines the poignancy of Billie Holiday with the glass-busting power of Aretha Franklin ”  
– Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
The Independent
“Palestinian singer Reem Kelani was a new name in my world, but the woman was so endearing I’ll never forget her.”
– Gary Bannister,
Artistic director,
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle

Reem Kelani & Chris Somes-Charlton
The Miktab Limited
PO Box 31652
London W11 2YF
miktab@reemkelani.com
www.reemkelani.com
Twitter: miktab
Facebook: Reem Kelani
http://www.myspace.com/reemkelani

The World’s Largest Open Air Prison: Gaza

7:00 PM Thursday, March 28, 2013
University Temple United Methodist Church
1415 NE 43rd Ave NE, Seattle, WA (map)

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility is sending its sixth medical service team to Gaza in April. Bob and Gerri Haynes have participated in each of these teams and have stories to tell about the work and their observations.

Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison – even with slight relaxation of the siege, people in Gaza have no free access to such basics fresh water, reliable food, and education.

Bob and Gerri invite you to this presentation and discussion.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR BDS/LAND DAY - SEATTLE, MARCH 30:

On Saturday March 30, local activists will march with music and dance through downtown Seattle as part of an International Day of Action for BDS: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until Israel complies with international laws and allows equal rights for Palestinians.  

March 30 is also Land Day, the anniversary of the day in 1976 when six Israeli Palestinians were shot and killed by the Israeli army during non-violent protests against the confiscation of  Palestinian land (see www.haaretz.com/opinion/why-land-day-still-matters-1.421606 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Day).

March 30 events will begin at 1:00 pm at Westlake Park, 4th and Pine in downtown Seattle. Sponsoring organizations include the Northwest BDS Coalition and Palestine Solidarity Committee - Seattle.

TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF RACHEL CORRIE'S KILLING, OLYMPIA, MARCH 14-16:
March 16th will mark the 10th anniversary of the killing of Rachel Corrie in Gaza by an Israeli soldier who was driving a Caterpillar bulldozer.  Rachel Corrie was standing in protection of a Palestinian home that was threatened with demolition by the Israeli military.   According to the U.S. State Department, the State of Israel has yet to investigate this killing in a way that is “thorough, credible and transparent”.

Olympia will mark this anniversary with several events. 

Thursday March 14, 4:00-5:30 PM: LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING
Take a Stand for Justice: Rachel Corrie - 10 Years
Columbia Room at the State Capitol (Legislative Building)
Speakers: former Congressman Brian Baird, Phyllis Bennis, Cindy & Craig Corrie

Friday, March 15th, 6:30-8:30 PM: FILM SCREENING
Where Should the Birds Fly? documentary about Israel’s assault on Gaza, 2008-9
Olympia Film Society at Capitol Theater, 206 5th Avenue SE

Saturday, March 16th, 1:00-9:00 PM: RALLY AND GATHERING
Rally at Sylvester Park, and music, dance, food, remembrance at the  Olympia Ballroom;
Phyllis Bennis, Ramzy Baroud, music by House of Tarab, David Rovics and Batiste Dabke. 
For more information go to http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/ or contact Jen Martinez   jen@rachelcorriefoundation.org
telephone: 360 754 3998

Iyad Burnat - American Lecture Tour
Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 7:00pm at Washington Hall

On January 13th at 7pm: Iyad Burnat speaks. This event is free.
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Iyad Burnat is head of the Bil’in Popular Committee and a leader in the 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. These demonstrations are the subject of the recent award-winning documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, which was made by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat. During his 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.


January 10th at 6:30pm: 5 Broken Cameras, a film made by Iyad Burnat’s brother, Emad.

5 Broken Cameras - UW Screening
When: Thu, January 10, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: University of Washington - Smith Hall room 304 (map)
Description: Winner at the Sundance Film Festival, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. "I feel like the camera protects me," he says, "but it's an illusion." Sponsored by SUPER UW (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights) www.superuw.org for more information

January 17th at 7pm: 5 Broken Cameras

Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
$0-$10 sliding scale. Nobody turned away. All money will go to Iyad Burnat for his speaking tour.

5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost.

Washington Hall is wheelchair-accessible. Please be fragrance free.

Sponsored by
Jewish Voice for Peace Seattle
UW Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights

Crisis in Gaza: End the Violence, End the Siege
Community Meeting
Sunday, November 25th at 7PM
University Temple United Methodist Church
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle

We are over a week into a massive assault by Israel on Gaza that has resulted in over 100 Palestinian deaths, most of them civilians. This is just one in an unending cycle of such attacks called in Hebrew “mowing the grass,” which accomplish nothing. The purpose of the assault is to burnish Bibi Netanyahu’s security credentials as he heads into a national election

We call on the Obama administration and Security Council to demand an immediate ceasefire, the end of the Israeli siege on Gaza, recognition and negotiation directly with Hamas, and an end of attacks on civilian populations on both sides.

Speakers:

Naseem Tuffaha is Palestinian-American activist who is a former national board member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Naseem has been in the software industry for the past 18 years, and has worked to support the development of the IT sector in Palestine, including Gaza, which he visited in March 2012. Naseem's family comes from Ramallah and he moved to Seattle after completing his college studies at Harvard University.

Assaf Oron was an IDF refuser during military service in Israel. He has been active in the Middle East Peace Camp and Israel-Palestine peace activism locally. He can speak personally to the experience of those Israelis living in southern Israel. Assaf has a PhD in applied statistics and helps design medical trials and research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Before that he worked at the University of Washington.

Richard Silverstein writes the Tikun Olam blog about the Israeli-Arab conflict. He writes about the Israeli national security state and Israeli democracy. He has been active locally in speaking against a possible war against Iran and against military solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Personal testimony: Husam and Mona Marouf

Sponsors:
American Muslims of Puget Sound
Mideast Focus Ministry, St. Mark’s Cathedral
& More

Emergency Protest for Gaza in front of the Federal Building

Join us today, November 15, for an Emergency Protest in front of the Federal Building to demand an End to Israeli terror attacks on Gaza and to call for End to U.S Aid to Israeli War Crimes
 
Where: Federal Building
915 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
When: Nov 15, 4-6pm

Come join us for the 2012 Seattle Holiday Souk: An Alternative Fair Trade Bazaar
Presented by the Arab Center of Washington
Do your holiday shopping while supporting local artists and nonprofit organizations! This year’s Souk will feature a wide variety of items including:
Crafts
Artwork
Clothing
Food
Jewelry
And many other treasures!
Be sure to stop by the Coffee Shop for Fair Trade coffee, homemade treats or a bite of lunch as you enjoy traditional Middle Eastern music and dance!
DATE: Saturday November 17 and Sunday November 18, 2012
TIME: 10 am to 5 pm
LOCATION: St. Mark’s Cathedral, Skinner Hall
1245 10th Ave E Seattle WA 98102
Contact: Huda Giddens, President of The Arab Center of Washington
Phone: 206-527-1291 Email: huda.g@arabcenterwa.org

Yves Engler, Canadian author
Monday February 7  7-9 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
6512 23rd Ave. NW in Ballard

Canadian author Yves Engler will be in Seattle on February 7 to speak on the important issue of Canada/Israel relations. A question and answer session, with coffee, will follow.

Yves Engler is the author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy and Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.

He is a frequent contributor to Counterpunch.  For a current article, Canada's Gaza Flotilla, go to http://www.counterpunch.org/engler06102010.html

Canada & Israel: Building Apartheid is the first critical primer about Canada's ties to Israel and is a devastating account of Canadian complicity in 20th and 21st century colonialism, dispossession and war crimes.  It argues that while both Liberal and Conservative governments have taken one-sided pro-Israel foreign policy stances, the current Harper government is the most pro-Israel in the world.

Praise for Canada & Israel: Building Apartheidl:    

" The only book that need be written on Canada's policies toward Israel . . . The most carefully documented book relating to the Israel/Palestine conflict I have ever read."  -- Michael Neumann

"A stunning examination of the history of Canada-Israel relations and a key read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy." -- Montreal Hour

For more information on the event, contact Geoff Gall at 206-658-7964 or  gng@post.com
 

You are invited to hear:
Mohammed Omer, Gaza journalist
                               
Mohammed Omer is a citizen of Rafah refugee camp in Gaza.  In 2008, he received the Gellhorn prize as the “Voice of the Voiceless” Returning to his homeland after receiving the reward, he was severely beaten.

Courageously recovering while completing his graduate studies, Mohammed recently received an MA in International Political Economy and Development.
 
Please join us to hear this inspiring man.
 
Friday, February 25, 7 PM
Friends Meeting House, University District
4001—9th Avenue N.E., Seattle
 
 
Presented by Voices of Palestine and co-presented by:
 
American Friends Service Committee,
Mideast Focus Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice

 

Izzeldin Abuelaish: The Story of ‘The Gaza Doctor’

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 7:30 – 9pm
Location: Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.

In 2009, Israeli shells hit the Gaza Strip home of Palestinian physician and lifelong peace advocate Izzeldin Abuelaish, killing three of his daughters. His response —a continued call for understanding, respect, and peace—captured hearts and headlines around the world.

Now known as “the Gaza doctor,” Abuelaish, author of the memoir I Shall Not Hate, says his deepest hope is that his daughters will be “the last sacrifice on the road to peace …” Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola.

Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust and the RealNetworks Foundation.

Tickets are $5 at www.brownpapertickets.com or 800/838-3006, and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating.

LEARN MORE: Abuelaish’s Web site and foundation
Watch a NYTimes.com video of the aftermath of the shelling
Abuelaish accepts the 2009 Niarchos Prize for Survivorship

Occupation and Resistance with Anarchists Against the Wall

Tuesday, January, 11th 7:00pm Smith Hall 304 University of Washington

Please join us for a discussion and fundraiser for the Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW). Organizers from AATW will discuss their work and the ongoing resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Anarchists Against the Wall is a direct action group that was established in 2003 in response to the construction of the wall Israel is building on Palestinian land in the Occupied West Bank. The group works in cooperation with Palestinians in a joint popular struggle against the occupation. Since its formation, the group has participated in hundreds of demonstrations and direct actions against the wall specifically, and the occupation generally. All of AATW's work in Palestine is coordinated through villages' local popular committees and is Palestinian led.

Sponsored by: Student Anarchist Study Group, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Committee Coffee Strong, For a Democratic University, Student Association for Peace and Love, International Socialist Organization and the Antechamber Collective

(http://www.awalls.org/). Anarchists Against the Wall Tuesday, January 11th 7PM University of Washington

 

Little Town of Bethlehem
January 7th: 7:00 p.m.
Saint Mark's Cathedral, Bloedel Hall.
A documentary film on nonviolence in the "Holy Land".
Q&A afterwards with Amin Odeh
The film's story line follows the lives of three men of different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine.
For more information: 206 323 0300

Join us December 27: Remember Gaza

Please come join us in a walking vigil to remember the ongoing siege and attacks on Gaza.

Dec 27 will be two years from the day when Israel launched its three week attack on the captive population Gaza, killing 1400 people including 400 children. Israel continues frequent attacks and has maintained its illegal siege and blockade, restricting food, medical supplies and other necessities, as well as preventing reconstruction. After two years, the situation in Gaza is still desperate. And Israel continues driving out Palestinians in the West Bank to make room for Jewish-only settlements.

On Monday Dec 27, Palestine Solidarity Committee will hold a silent walking vigil in downtown Seattle. We'll meet at 5:00 pm at the south end of Westlake Plaza, near the trees and benches. We will dress in black and some people will wear kufiyehs and the tears-of-blood masks we have used many times before. We will walk in procession on sidewalks around the downtown area, with colleagues to hand out leaflets about the situation in Gaza. It will be a simple small mobile action and will be finished before 7:00. (Stores stay open later in this shopping season, and we'll be stopping at some boycott target locations.) We will do it rain or snow or clear sky.

If you would like to join us, come to the south end of Westlake Plaza by 5:00. Please wear black or dark colors (and dress warmly). If you have your own kufiyeh, bring it. We will have some signs to carry.

BRING CANDLES or lanterns if you can. It will be dark by that time of day, and though there will be streetlights, candles will still show up.

Monday December 27, 2010
5:00 pm
Westlake Plaza, 4th & Pine -- south end near benches and trees.

Budrus Opening in Seattle Starting December 17th
 

Just Vision is pleased to announce the Seattle theatrical release of its new film, Budrus. Hailed in The New York Times as " this year's must-see documentary," and featured in major international news outlets, including Newsweek, The Economist, The Washington Post and Charlie Rose, Budrus tells the story of a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites members of all factions along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction. Success looks improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.
 
Recently, the Boston Globe said of Budrus, "this film will single-handedly change how many people view the conflict. It's that good and that important." A trailer of the film as well as full press reviews are available at: http://www.justvision.org/budrus.

Winner of multiple prizes at top international film festivals, including Tribeca, Berlin and San Francisco, Budrus is produced by Just Vision, an award-winning North American-Palestinian-Israeli nonprofit organization that uses media to increase the power, legitimacy and exposure of Palestinians and Israelis working towards nonviolent solutions to the conflict.
 
Budrus will be playing from December 17th to 23rd at the Landmark Varsity Theater 4329 University Way NE, Seattle 98105 - (206) 781 5755

For daily showtimes and tickets see http://www.justvision.org/events
 
* Nadav Greenberg, Just Vision's Outreach and Media Associate, will be present for Q&As after the 7:15pm screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend (12/17-19).
 
To organize a discounted group trip to the theater or to find out how to get your campus or community involved please contact Nadav at nadav@justvision.org.

Peter Nagle Yale Divinity School ‘96, at the Redmond Library at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 16th. Learn how this ancient city is suffering due to settlements, roads, land confiscation and a massive wall that is being constructed around it. Following the film, Amin Odeh, a Palestinian American from the Bethlehem area, will give a short talk and answer questions.
 
Admission to the event is free.
Event Information:

Redmond Library
Meeting Room 2
15990 N.E. 85th, Redmond, 98052
Doors open 7:15pm
Film begins 7:30pm

You are invited to hear Zoughbi Zoughbi, Director of Wi’am, Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center of Bethlehem

Zoughbi has traveled throughout the world and worked locally finding partners in global and community peace. He will be speaking about and discussing with you the Palestinian/Israeli situation and prospects for Middle East peace

Saturday, December 18, 2010 7:00 PM
University Lutheran Church Sanctuary
1604 NE 50th St · Seattle

Sponsored by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
Admission Free, donations for Wi’am accepted

Documentary: "Occupation Has No Future: Militarism and Resistance in Israel/Palestine"
with filmmaker David Zlutnick

Tuesday, December 7th
6:00pm
Denny 309
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-G5D7bLx1s

Please join us for the U.S. premiere of "Occupation Has No Future," a groundbreaking new documentary film that explores resistance to militarism and the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank.  The film documents the Israeli anti-militarist movement, Israeli youth refusing conscription, and a growing grassroots Palestinian campaign of civil disobedience to defeat the occupation.  The director of the film, David Zlutnick of Upheaval Productions, will be at the screening to answer questions and speak about the film. 

This screening of "Occupation Has No Future" is sponsored by the Student Anarchist Study Group, Jewish Voice for Peace, Coffee Strong, For a Democratic University, Student Association for Peace and Love, International Socialist Organization and the Ante-Chamber

In the Fall of 2009 a group of US veterans and war resisters traveled to Israel/Palestine to meet with their Israeli counterparts in an effort to strengthen connections and share experiences. "Occupation Has No Future" uses this trip as a lens to study Israeli militarism, examine the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and explore the work of Israelis and Palestinians working against militarism and occupation.

Through conversations with Israeli conscientious objectors, former soldiers, and Palestinians living under occupation, the film creates a survey of the current atmosphere in the State of Israel and the West Bank. It explores the Israeli social environment that creates such heightened militarism and leads to attitudes of fear, exclusion, racism, and ultimately aggression; and examines the consequences of Israeli policies both for the Palestinian people as well as Israeli civil society.

Additionally this documentary looks at the Israeli anti-militarist movement and those Israeli youth refusing conscription, refusing orders, and choosing to partner with a growing grassroots Palestinian campaign of civil disobedience to defeat the occupation. Honest about the extremely daunting challenges, "Occupation Has No Future" ultimately tracks the hope of a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians to live together, free from occupation, with peace and justice.

www.UpheavalProductions.com 

The public is invited to see the film "Sacred Space Denied: Bethlehem and the Wall", produced by

Water Justice, Compassion & Boycott as Non-violent Resistance
 
What: A talk on Water in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, followed by Q&A.
Seattle resident and Central Coop Market member Susan Koppelman, who has been living for four years in the West Bank working for Palestinian water justice, discusses how do we achieve change: through advocacy,  direct action on the ground, boycott, dialogue or other means?  What is the role of dialogue in addressing the root causes of the problem?

Focusing on examples on the ground in the water sector, Susan also brings in her family ancestry as the direct descendant of early Jewish colonizers of Palestine and the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor to discuss how do we achieve human rights and uphold international law.

Who: Susan Koppelman –water rights advocate
When: 7:00 PM Thursday, November 11
Where: 1701 23rd Ave East (at Olive), Seattle

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Join Ann Wright for a Middle Eastern Dinner
Tuesday, November 2, 7 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard
6512 23rd Ave NW, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle

Ann Wright is a former Army colonel and U.S. diplomat who publicly resigned from her State Department job in March 2003 in protest of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq. She has become a highly respected leader of the U.S. peace movement, a tireless opponent of the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a fearless advocate for justice for the Palestinian people. In May of this year, she was a participant in the Free Gaza Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli commandos, who killed nine members of the Flotilla. Undeterred by this horror, Ann Wright is traveling throughout the country to raise funds for a U.S. ship that will join the next Free Gaza Flotilla, due to set sail by the end of this year.

Sliding Scale $15 - $25
(nobody turned away for lack of funds)

Tickets are available from sponsoring organizations and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets.
This event is sponsored by a growing list of Seattle organizations, including Veterans For Peace, Greater Seattle Chapter 92.

For more information, call (206) 499-1220

Ann Wright grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas, where she received a master’s and a law degree. She also has a master’s degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. After college, she spent thirteen years in the U.S. Army and sixteen additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. She is airborne-qualified.

In 1987, Col.Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone, the largest evacuation since Saigon. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. Her other overseas assignments include Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, and Nicaragua. 

On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ann Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of a Muslim, Arab, oil-rich country would be a disaster. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace. She fasted for a month, picketed at Guantánamo, served as a juror in impeachment hearings, traveled to Iran as a citizen diplomat, and has been arrested numerous times for peaceful, nonviolent protest of Bush’s policies, particularly the war on Iraq. 

She has been on delegations to Iran and was in Gaza three times in 2009, following the Israeli attack on Gaza that killed 1,440 and wounded 5,000. She was an organizer for the Gaza Freedom March that brought 1,350 persons from 44 countries to Cairo, Egypt, in solidarity with the people of Gaza. She was on the May, 2010 Gaza flotilla that was attacked by the Israeli military. She lives in Honolulu.


Crisis In Gaza: The Failure of U.S. Policy 
Friday, June 25th at 7:00 PM
Bloedel Hall at Saint Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave E)

·         Richard Silverstein, author of notable blog Tikun Olam, will report on the current situation in Israel.

·         Steve Niva, professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies at the Evergreen State College, will discuss the background of the U.S./Israel relationship, current developments within the Obama Administration, and ideas for practical action.

·         David K. Schermerhorn, retired film producer and seasoned supporter of Palestinian rights, was aboard the first three boats of the Freedom Flotilla intercepted by Israeli Defense Forces while attempting to break the Israeli siege and reach Gaza.

·         and Skype interviews with those on the ground in the Holy Land.

Sponsored by the Mideast Focus Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral, Sabeel - Puget Sound, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestinian Concerns Task Force and others.
 
For more information, contact:
BrittaLisa Gess, Director of Communications, Sabeel – Puget Sound
brittalisa@gmail.com
  320.293.0707


REGULAR SATURDAY NOON VIGIL FOR PALESTINE TO BE HELD IN FREMONT THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19

The regular Saturday noon vigil for Palestine will move from downtown to Fremont this Saturday to be seen by hundreds or thousands of people while the FREMONT SOLSTICE PARADE passes by, starting at noon and ending by 1:30 or 2:00. Look for us at N. 36th and Phinney Ave. N.

THEN some of us will put on kuffiyehs and our Habeeb masks, and carry our large banners through the thick of the FREMONT FAIR, in silent procession, to be seen by more hundreds or thousands of people. The silent procession will be after the parade; please GATHER BY 2:00 at that same location: N. 36th and Phinney Ave. N. Wear dark clothes if you can; bring a kuffiyeh if you have one.

(Parking will be challenging, so allow extra time or use fewer wheels.)

We need people! If you're not the mask type, we need to carry banners and hand out leaflets also. Please Let us know  if you can join us on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday 6/19
12:00: Vigil for Palestine at N.36th and Phinney Ave N., during Fremont Solstice Parade
2:00: silent procession through Fremont Fair; meet at same location.

PALESTINE: STOLEN HOMELAND
NAKBA vigil and display

Saturday May 15
12-4 pm
Westlake Plaza, 4th & Pine

Join us for a vigil and a display in remembrance of Palestine: 62 years of ethnic cleansing and resistance.

An outdoor installation/display that will cover Westlake Plaza, visually suggesting both a refugee camp of tents and a cemetery for the 500 Palestinian villages destroyed 1947-49. All the village names will be on the markers, along with references to other key events such as the massacres at Tantura and Deir Yassin, the recent assault on Gaza, and the ongoing settlement movement and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian territory.

The weekly SAVE GAZA VIGIL will take place as part of this event, so come stand with us as usual.

Presented by Palestine Solidarity Committee and Voices of Palestine

The Mural Speaks
The Olympia Rafah Solidarity Mural Project
Saturday, May 8th 2010
At the Mural Site, Corner of State & Capitol
 
In coordination with the People’s Movement Assembly
 
6-10pm
Evening’s Agenda
6:00pm: Gathering at the Mural
Food & Beverages
DJ Turtledove
7:00pm: Grupo Quetzalcoatl de Olympia!

7:30pm: Live Music
Southern Skies (Olympia)
AudioPharmacy (San Francisco)

8:30pm: The Mural Speaks!
 
An Introduction to the Mural Audio Components
With Live performances by Project Participants:
  Books to Prisoners
  Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
  Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB)
  Gateways for Incarcerated Youth
  Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine (San Francisco)
  Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies)
  Inmigrantes Unidos
  Movimiento Estudantil Chicano de Azatlan (MEChA)
  Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace (OMJP)
  Parents Organizing for Welfare & Economic Rights (POWER)
  SafePlace
  Stonewall Youth
  The Rachel Corrie Foundation
  The Olympia Rafah Sister City Project
AND MORE!
 
10pm: Possible surprise guests!
This event is free of charge and open to the public! We will be gathering in front of the mural and are looking forward to this being a bridging of communities!

To volunteer please email hilhack4paz@gmail.com
The Mural Speaks event will be the finale to The People's Assembly: Collaboration, Networking and Solidarity, a gathering of Olympia's grassroots organizers to discuss the US Social Forum and other strategies moving forward in the struggle for social justice. For more information, visit http://omjp.net  

The Olympia Rafah Mural tells a tale of two cities linked through tragedy – Olympia WA and Rafah Palestine and is expected to be the largest public art project highlighting the experiences of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. The ultimate goal of the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project (ORSMP) is to use art, culture and technology in innovative ways to increase the strength and visibility of the movement for social justice not only in Palestine and Israel, but also in the U.S. and throughout the world.
 
The 4,000 square foot mural/interactive project is the collective effort of Olympia locals, as well as over 150 artists, activists and social justice organizations from Olympia to the Bay Area, across the USA to the West Bank and Gaza in Palestine. Viewers can use a cell phone to call and hear a specific artist/group introduce themselves and talk about the meaning of their contributions to the mural. Some artists have included poetry and/or music to add cultural favor to the image and the audio soundscape.


The Olympia-Rafah project has successfully articulated the importance of creating cross-movement partnerships and highlighted the impact of transgressing boundaries. The project continues, and with each completed phase, more fully illuminates and strengthens a shared quest for justice and equality across continents, cultures and causes.

For more information visit http://olympiarafahmural.org/
If you're interested in making a contribution to the mural project join our cause: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/452391/89099776?m=9e4cc0c7&ref=mf

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP-UW) & the Human Writes Project (HWP) Present "Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets"

This FREE performance features artists: 
Mark Gonzales, Nizar Wattad (Ragtop), and Omar Chakaki (Offendum)
Date: Thurs April 22nd
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Husky North Den in the HUB at the University of Washington

An energetic, informative and often startling presentation in spoken-word and rhyme that you don't want to miss! Their performances have captivated crowds around the world, including a recent tour in the Middle East. Please bring your friends and family and enjoy this FREE event!
Poet and Educator Mark Gonzales (An Alaskan-born Mexican American) and hip hop artists Nizar Wattad and Omar Chakaki (hailing from Palestine and Syria, respectively) offer a unique examination of identity, pop culture, and growing up an ‘other’ in the United States. An energetic, informative and often startling presentation in spoken-word and rhyme, "Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets” traces the artists’ development alongside the birth and growth of hip hop, then invites audience members to participate in a discussion of (1) how an art form once considered to exist on the margins of society can grow to become the most popular musical genre amongst youth around the world; (2) what this means to those hip hopper who remain on the margins; and (3) what problems and concerns face the rest of society in realizing , accepting and ultimately utilizing this shift. 

“Part rhyme, part prose, Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets traces three artists journey through four continents and thirty-five years of sound and struggle. An album is released-a bomb dropped - a levy breaks- a culture is born - a war begins- & a world becomes smaller. Remember when you first heard a poet replay, remix and cross fade new language for you? Remember again, for the first time" 

"In 1975, Hip Hop was BORN... and so was I."


for more information: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101000663276750&ref=ts


The Northwest premiere of the new documentary
“With God On Our Side” 
Plus Q&A with Dr. Stephen Sizer, author of Zion’s Christian Soldiers:  The Bible, Israel and the Church
 
DATE-Tuesday, April 27th at 7 PM
LOCATION-Union Church:  415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (corner of Westlake and Republican)
ADMISSION-$5 suggested donation
 
"With God On Our Side" takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God's chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies, even those that privilege Jews at the expense of Palestinians, leading to great suffering among Muslim and Christian Palestinians alike and threatening Israel's security as a whole.
This film demonstrates that there is a biblical alternative for Christians who want to love and support the people of Israel, a theology that doesn't favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jews and Palestinians.
 
For more information…
See http://withgodonourside.com/index.html
Contact brittalisa@gmail.com
Find http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117517731597404&ref=mf
 
Event sponsored by:
MIDDLE EAST PEACE BUILDERS        
A LifeGroup of Trinity Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 359, Lynnwood, WA 98046-0359
(425) 218-3682    JohnTBerg@msn.com

Tax Day Leafletting
Why are We Paying for Israeli War Crimes?
End US Funding for War and Occupation
 
Join PSC at downtown post office on Tax Day, April 15th, 4:30 to 6pm, as we leaflet people to educate and motivate them to say no to supporting Israeli occupation, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid with our tax monies.
 
Downtown Post Office -- corner of 3rd and Union   Thursday, April 15th     4:30p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Echoes of Occupation & Echoes of Endurance: Palestine and Mexico from the West Coast to the West Bank

Wednesday April 14
2:00 - 4:00
Ethnic Cultural Center
3931 Brooklyn Ave.
Seattle, WA 98105

Featuring Poets: Mark Gonzales & Remi Kanazi

SPONSORED BY:
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP-UW)
Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (MEChA- UW)
Human Writes Project (HWP)

From West Coast to West Bank, building bridges between the Occupied and the Undocumented, this event will feature Def Jam Poetry artist MARK GONZALES & Palestinian poet REMI KANAZI

Writing's on the Wall is intended to build a united front to bridge communities affected by physical barriers. The wall in Palestine, the US-Mexico border, the struggles against injustices...this event is for human rights. This is for peace. This is for the people!

This isn't your typical event! This is an event to enlighten. To spark. To bring anew.

With what is going on in our society, our country, our world, and everywhere around us, we are targets of our own uneducated ignorance.

You don't need a ticket for this event! All you need is an open mind!

Please join Women in Black and Palestine Solidarity Committee in a silent vigil, Thursday March 18th, to commemorate the anniversary of Rachel Corrie's murder in Gaza, and ongoing efforts seeking justice for Palestinians.

    Westlake Park, 4th and Pine St,  5 to 6PM 
    Please dress in black
    Men welcome to leaflet or stand at the side of arch.
 
Craig and Cindy Corrie have just gone to court in Israel to continue pressing for accountability for Rachel Corrie's death, and they also work daily for justice for Palestinians struggling for their freedom and human rights. 
 
*
 
CALL TO ACTION From Cindy and Craig Corrie
MARCH 16 – DAY OF CONSCIENCE – RACHEL CORRIE DAY OF ACTION

This month, a civil lawsuit in Israel in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie will converge with the seven-year anniversary of her killing in Gaza. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel, 23, was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer as she tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition. This lawsuit is one piece of our family’s seven-year effort to pursue accountabiliy for Rachel while, also, challenging the Occupation that claimed her life.


International Day of Conscience – Rachel Corrie Day of Action – Be Visible


In what some will mark as an “International Day of Conscience,” on March 16 (or in days before and after) please help us bring attention to the trial in Israel in Rachel's case and the larger, but connected, issues. Try to be visible - in events, vigils, and actions that call for truth, accountability and justice, in Rachel’s case and link to the following:


Lack of accountability for thousands of lives lost, or indelibly injured, by occupation—in a besieged and beleaguered Gaza and throughout Palestine/Israel.


The Israeli Government and Military assault on nonviolent human rights activists (Palestinian, Israeli, and international).


Lack of access for Palestinians to Israeli courts.


TRIAL INFO
RMATION

For information about the trial in Rachel Corrie's case in Haifa District Court in Israel, beginning Wednesday, March 10, and to sign up for trial alerts, please visit the Rachel Corrie Foundation website at
http://www.rachelcorriefoundation.org.

Please pass the word along to others!

We expect this to be a challenging time, but the friendship we have felt from so many of you over the years will help us navigate the weeks ahead. Though the course and outcome of the trial are unknown, we welcome the opportunity to raise and highlight many of the critical issues to which Rachel's case is linked. Thank you for your continuing support.

In solidarity and with much appreciation,

Cindy & Craig Corrie



3/16 Seeking Accountability, Seeking Justice: Rachel Corrie Seven Years Later

The Urban Onion Ballroom, Olympia
March 16th at 6:30pm.
Contact: Serena Becker, The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
Phone: 360.754.3998
Email: serena@rachelcorriefoundation.org

On the seventh anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie - the Olympian woman crushed to death by an Israeli military Caterpillar bulldozer as she stood protecting a Palestinian families home in Gaza - we come together to remember Rachel and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people who continue to suffer under Israeli occupation.  We will begin the evening with a community potluck, please bring a dish to share and enjoy with others. Beverages, utensils and plates will be provided. The potluck will be followed by an overview of the journey seeking justice for Rachel's killing over the past seven years and an update on the civil court case that Cindy and Craig Corrie, Rachel's parents, have filed in Israel seeking accountability for Rachel's killing. The Corrie's will be in Israel during this time and we will get an update on the proceedings taking place. We will also hear from our friends at the Rachel Corrie Youth and Cultural Center in Rafah and learn about their activities and remembrance of Rachel on this day. The evening will close with music by Olympia native Afrok and accompanying band. Co-Sponsored by: Fellowship of Reconciliation; Islamic Circle of North America; Greater Seattle chapter of Veterans for Peace


Israeli Apartheid Week 2010 in Seattle
Boycott Action: Non-violent Protest in Front of American Apparel Store

Sponsored by Voices of Palestine (voicesofpalestine.org)
Co-sponsored by the Greater Seattle Chapter of Veterans for Peace (vfp92.org)

When: Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 12 noon until 2 PM
Where: American Apparel, NE 45th St. & University Way NE, Seattle (map)
Media Contact: Shelley Day, shelleymday@gmail.com

 * Tell American Apparel to disavow its links to apartheid and close its stores in Israel
 * Help build awareness of the global Palestinian boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign

WHY: American Apparel (AA) bills itself as a socially conscious producer and vendor of "hip" clothing but there's nothing progressive or admirable about supporting Israeli apartheid. On AA's web site it is proudly asserted that AA "is part Israeli, literally." When a pro-Israel blogger produced a parody "Zionist Apparel" ad, AA's webmaster thought it was great and added it to their web site.

More important, contrary to the 2005 call of Palestinian civil society for "broad boycotts ... against Israel," AA has opened two stores in that country, one in Tel Aviv and another in Jerusalem, with plans to open another in Haifa.

While scouting locations for the Jerusalem store, an AA employee took time out to mug for the camera with two armed soldiers from North America serving in an Israeli combat unit. The store is located in/near the historic Mamilla district, "one of seven mixed or mainly Arab neighborhoods" that was "emptied of its Arab inhabitants" during the 1948 war (Bernard Wasserstein, Divided Jerusalem, p. 163). Today, despite protests and lawsuits a branch of the Museum of Tolerance is being built in an historic Muslim cemetery a couple of hundred meters south of AA's al-Quds store (see www.mamillacampaign.org).

The planned location of AA's third store is Haifa, one of the largest cities of Palestine to be ethnically cleansed during the 1948 Nakba--"Out of the 61,000 Palestinian Arabs who used to call Haifa home, only 3,566 Palestinians were allowed to stay."



Film: "American Radical" about Norman Finkelstein

March 8th through 11th
Daily 7 and 9 pm, at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle;
Edward Mast from Palestine Information Project will be in attendance for Q&A after both shows on Thurs March 11. 
Info@typecastfilms.com.

Theatrical Premiere in Seattle (Documentary 2009 USA 88 minutes, In English with some Arabic language with English subtitles). Directed by David Ridgen & Nicolas Rossier. A devoted son of Holocaust survivors and ardent critic of Israeli foreign policy, the polarizing American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein has been called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational revolutionary by others. Exploring the deeply complex issues at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, American Radical is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a voice among his impassioned critics and supporters. Finkelstein is revealed as a complex and supremely lonely figure whose self-destructive nature often undermines his academic credibility.

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2010
Palestinian Women Resist the Israeli Occupation

In the daily struggle to survive and overcome decades of destruction by the Zionist state, women are mainstays and leaders. Discuss how to support their fight for freedom against Israel’s big guns, which are massively funded by the U.S.

Nada Elia, Co-chair of the INCITE! Anti-militarism Taskforce and organizer for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Adrienne Weller, Jewish feminist, veteran defender of Palestinian rights and signer of the Cairo Declaration against Israeli apartheid.

Chair: Raya Fidel, Anti-Zionist Israeli-American and UW professor.
Saturday, March 13, 7:30pm
Middle Eastern Dinner , 6:09pm
Prepared by chef Ziyad Zaitoun

Door donation $2.00 • Dinner donation $10.00 • Sliding scale and work exchanges available

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
4 blocks south of S. Alaska St, on #7 busline or a short walk east from the Columbia City light rail station

For more information, rides or childcare call 206-722-6057 or 722-2453;
email RWseattle@mindspring.com • www.radicalwomen.org
Hosted by Radical Women

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility presents: GAZA REPORTBACK

February 25th   7pm
University Friends Meeting
4001 9th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98105-6410

Last October, members of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility traveled to the Gaza Strip. While there, six physicians and one palliative care nurse provided services and support for hundreds of patients and colleagues in the fields of cardiology, neurosurgery, urology, psychiatry, maxillofacial surgery, emergency medicine and grief and bereavement. In addition to clinical work, members of the delegation's humanitarian team visited citizens' homes and places that had been damaged and destroyed during Operation Cast Lead (Israel's three week offensive on Gaza immediately preceding the inauguration of President Obama) as well as several community, health, academic, and human rights organizations. All delegates had ample opportunity to bear witness to the effects of Israel's ongoing siege.

On February 25th delegates from the Seattle area will give an eyewitness report on what they saw, did and learned while in Gaza. Please join us for a presentation followed by time for discussion at the University Friends Meeting at 7 pm. While donations are welcome, this event is free and open to the public, and is a Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility sponsored community forum, with additional support from the University Friends Meeting Social Justice Committee. For more information and directions, contact Cherie Eichholz at 206.547.2630 or cherie@wpsr.org.

Cherie Eichholz, Executive Director
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
www.wpsr.org ~ 206.547.2630

Kadima presents:
Israel & Peace Program Week:
WHAT TOOLS CAN END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION?
A Constructive Debate Between Israelis, with Gad Barzalai & Neve Gordon

Thursday, February 18, 7:30 pm
Prospect UCC, 1919 E Prospect St., Seattle, 98112

Neve Gordon is a senior lecturer on Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, author of Israel’s Occupation: Tracing the Technologies of Control, and editor of From the Margins of Globalization: Critical Perspectives on Human Rights.  He is past director of Physicians for Human Rights /Israel, an active member in Ta'ayush/Arab-Jewish Partnership, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Public Committee against Torture in Israel. 
  He has endorsed boycott, sanctions and divestment, stating such tactics will ensure that “Israel can be saved from itself.”  

Gad Barzilai is chair of Jewish Studies and a professor in the U.W. Jackson School of International Studies, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Israeli Association of Law and Society, is active in international, Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian human rights organizations, and has advised senior politicians and NGOs on issues of law ! and politics.  He is the author of Communities and Law: Politics, and Cultures of Legal Identities.
   He is opposed to boycott, sanctions and divestment from Israel, believing those tactics are counter-productive to resolving the conflict. 

Friends of Sabeel, North America: Seattle Conference  
February 19-20, 2010
For full information including schedule and brochures: http://www.fosna.org/content/seattle-conference-february-19-20-2010 

THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL AND PALESTINE: WHAT DOES JUSTICE REQUIRE OF US?

Presented by Sabeel – the voice for Palestinian Christians who pursue for justice through non-violence

Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 Tenth Avenue East
Seattle WA 98102

Featured speakers will explore the places where politics and faith meet:

CONFERENCE: Featuring internationally acclaimed speakers and a vibrant array of activist voices, this conference will explore the situation in Israel and Palestine today, the experience of occupation, the role of U.S. policy and nonviolent strategies for peace. Distinguished speakers who will share with us their experience of the places where faith and politics meet include:

The Rev Naim Ateek The Rev. Naim Ateek is an Arab Israeli citizen, founder and leader of Sabeel, (Arabic for 'the way'), and a former canon pastor of the Episcopal Cathedral of Jerusalem. He is the author of many books and articles including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and, most recently, A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation. He has been called the Bishop Tutu of Palestine.

Neve Gordon is a senior lecturer on Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, the author of Israel's Occupation, and editor of From the Margins of Globalization: Critical Perspectives on Human Rights.

Kathleen and Bill Christison: Kathleen is a former CIA political analyst and has worked on Middle East issues for 35 years. She is the author of Perceptions of Palestine and The Wound of Dispossession. Bill is also formerly with the CIA.  Kathleen and Bill have just published Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation.

Mark Braverman is a Jewish American clinical psychologist, founder of Crisis Management Group Associates in Maryland, and activist for justice. Mark focuses on the role of religious beliefs and theology in the current discourse on Israel/Palestine and the future of interfaith relations. He has recently published Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land.

Jeff Halper is coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and an Israeli-American peace activist.  He is also a professor of anthropology, an acclaimed speaker and a 2006 Nobel Prize nominee. He is the author of Obstacles to Peace: A Re-framing of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and An Israeli In Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel.

Steve Niva is professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies at Washington's Evergreen State College. A frequent contributor to journals and newspapers, he is completing book a on suicide bombers.

Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of Rachel Corrie and founders of the Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

Tom Nelson is a co-founder of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights.  A former corporate lawyer now in solo practice focusing on health and health care, he has investigated possible war crimes in Gaza, with a concern for upholding international law.

Conference Co-sponsors with Sabeel Puget Sound:
Mideast Focus Initiative, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Palestine Concerns Task Force Greater Seattle Council of Churches, Episcopal Bishop's Committee for Israel/Palestine, American Jews for a Just Peace, Palestine Solidarity Committee - Seattle

Registration

FULL CONFERENCE: Friday presentations, workshops, 2 lunches and dinner with keynote address by Naim Ateek, AND
all Saturday events including lunch: $75.00
FRIDAY ONLY: Presentations, dinner, music and keynote address by Naim Ateek: $50.00
FRIDAY DINNER: Friday dinner and keynote address by Naim Ateek $50.00
SATURDAY ONLY presentations, workshops and lunch $50

For more information: Email Dottie Walker (Tel: 206-802-8543) or Brenda Bentz (Tel: 206-522-9530)

Downtown Procession in Solidarity with Gaza Freedom March and the people of Gaza

On Sunday Dec 27 2009, Palestine Solidarity Committee will hold a silent procession in downtown Seattle starting at 2:00 pm at the south end of Westlake Plaza, near the trees and benches.

We will dress in black and wear kufiyehs and the tears-of-blood masks we have used many times before. We will walk in procession on sidewalks around the downtown area, with colleagues to hand out leaflets about the situation in Gaza. It will be a simple small mobile action and will be finished before 4:00. We will do it rain or snow or shine.

If you would like to join us, come to the south end of Westlake Plaza by 2:00. Please wear black or dark colors (and dress warmly). If you have your own kufiyeh, bring it. We ask you not to bring signs, and our procession will be silent. If you don't want to wear a mask, we always need more people to hand out leaflets as we walk.

We will have some kind of music as well. If you play an instrument and want to participate that way, let us know right away and we'll see how to include you.

Please email info@palestineinformation.org and let us know if you can come. We have a limited number of masks and need to know if we have to arrange another way for people to participate.

 

Gaza: An Eyewitness and Human Rights Perspective

Linda Frank, speaking Sunday 11/1, 11:30am-12:30pm, at University Presbyterian Church, corner of 15th Ave NE and NE 47th St, Calvin Room.

Local human rights activist Linda Frank will share stories and photos from her March 2009 International Women’s Day humanitarian trip to the Gaza Strip. With author Alice Walker and 48 others, Linda met with women’s and human rights groups; mental health and medical workers; a female parliamentarian in the Hamas government; and ordinary people living under atrocious conditions.

The Palestinian Heritage Group invites you to a Middle Eastern Dinner
Entertainment by SIRAJ Middle East Folkloric Dance Group

Featuring a report by guest speaker Craig Corrie, just back from Gaza

Saturday, October 3rd at 5:30 p.m.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
111 NE 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98115
Donation: $30.00

All proceeds go to the Palestinian Women's Scholarship Fund
...."because to educate a woman is to educate a whole community"

For tickets please call: Husnia:425-239-8003 or Huda: 206-527-129
Please make checks payable to United Palestinian Appeal, a 501-c3 organization

An intense evening of ARAB Hip-Hop music and poetry
October 4, 2009 Time: 7:00 pm

Original works performed by the creators. This all-ages concert presents the Palestinian hip-hop group DAM, and for the first time in Seattle, Iraqi/Canadian rapper The Narcicyst, and Palestinian/American poet and writer Remi Kanazi.

 * exploring the Arab/American experience
 * celebrating Arab identity
 * calling for an end to war and advocating for world peace
 * raising awareness of the Palestinian cause
 * demanding justice for all peoples

Hosted by Yze with DJ WD4D

Bring your friends, your family, and Hip-Hop enthusiasts!

Find us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=samuel+&init=quick#/event.php?eid=126725948158&ref=ts

Hosts: Arab Center of Washington, Rachel Corrie Foundation, Caravan-Serai Travel, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Committee

Tickets: $10 in advance $12 at the door
Purchase tickets online: (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/80005

Location: The Vera Project
At the Seattle Center: Warren Ave N and Republican, in the Old Snoqualmie Room
City: Seattle, WA 98109 Get directions View Map

Preview the music and poetry here!
The Narcicyst: (http://www.myspace.com/euphrates)
DAM: (http://www.myspace.com/damrap)
Remi Kanazi: (http://poeticinjustice.net/v2.0.1/)

Laila Al-Arian will be in Seattle to speak about her father’s political prosecution by the US Government
 
Sunday, September 20th, 6 - 9 pm,
University Friends Meeting House, 4001 9th Ave NE
 
The Arab American Community Coalition, National Lawyers Guild Seattle, the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (MELAW),and AFSC present journalist Laila Al-Arian, who will discuss her book "Collateral Damage: AMERICA'S WAR AGAINST IRAQI CIVILIANS" coauthored with Chris Hedges. She will also speak about the status of the U.S. government's political prosecution of her father, Dr. Sami Al Arian.
 
Laila Al-Arian is a writer and producer for Al Jazeera English in Washington. Collateral Damage is based on 2007 Nation investigative reporting and was selected as one of Project Censored's 25 most important undercover news stories of 2008.
 
Talk with sweets, tea, and coffee. info Rita Zawaideh 206-634-9001 or Bernice Funk 206-723 6339
 
LAILA AL-ARIAN will also be at Elliot Bay Books on Monday at 5 p.m.


Hollowing Out the Holy City: Israel’s Silent War in Jerusalem and the Implications for Peace
 
Wednesday, September 16
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Saint Mark's Cathedral
1245 Tenth Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102

A just resolution to the fate of the divided city of Jerusalem is central to any attempt to forge peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  By contrast, Dr. Niva will show in this talk how the Israeli state and private Israeli agents are currently attempting to engineer a predominately Jewish Jerusalem that undermines Palestinian claims and makes any future division of the city impossible.  Israel’s actions amount to a largely silent war in which Israel is attempting to hollow out the Palestinian demographic presence in the city while expanding Jewish settlements in Arab neighborhoods and integrating them into Israel.  The primary weapons in this war are drawn from discriminatory urban planning techniques and residency laws that punish Palestinians through restrictions and home demolitions, as well as Jewish settlement expansion often under the guise of archaeological theme parks.  Israel’s massive separation wall further divides Palestinians neighborhoods and creates isolated Palestinian enclaves on all sides of the city.  Israel’s silent war in Jerusalem thus threatens current efforts by the Obama Administration to bring about peace between the two sides and further undermines the possibility for a two-state solution.  The talk will conclude by discussing efforts by both Palestinians and Israelis to resist Israel’s attempt to erase the non-Jewish religious and national presence in the city.


Does it matter to us that Christians and Muslims maintain a presence in Jerusalem?
Dr. Steve Niva is a Professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. His primary areas of research and writing include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; and Asymmetrical and Insurgent Warfare. He has written for and served on the editorial board of Middle East Report magazine (www.merip.org), and his recent writings have also appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF.org), Peace Review, Middle East International, Al-Ahram Weekly, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Common Dreams, and Counterpunch, among others. He isJerusalem, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories. currently finishing a book on the history of Palestinian suicide bombings and their relationship to Israeli military violence and recently returned from a one-month visit to Israel and Palestine.

SHMINISTIM IN SEATTLE, SEPTEMBER 15

Date: Tuesday, September 15th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: University Friends Meeting-Worship Room
Address: 4001 9th Ave. NE, Seattle

Brought to you locally by Jewish Voice for Peace – Seattle and American Friends Service Committee.

Visit www.WhyWeRefuse.org

In just a few short weeks, two courageous women from Israel will start a nation-wide US speaking tour in which they will explain why they refuse.

Maya Wind and Netta Mishly refuse to rule over an occupied people.  They refuse to contribute to a deadly cycle of violence with their neighbors.  They refuse to confiscate land, to demolish homes, to detain Palestinians without charge.  They refuse to guard checkpoints, to enforce a siege, to usher in a humanitarian disaster. 

They have paid a price -military prison- for their refusal to be conscripted into the Israeli army; and they decided to pay this price while they were still in high school.  Maya and Netta are among dozens of Shministim, Israeli youth who have signed a letter of refusal, many of whom have paid a similar price for following their principles. And you can learn why they paid that price, because they are coming to Seattle on Sept. 15!

Visit our tour website at www.WhyWeRefuse.org. Here, you can learn more about Maya and Netta and the movement of which they are part.  You can also visit our upcoming events page to find out where and when they will be speaking in your area.  We'll need your help publicizing these events!

The site will be updated frequently with new events, resources, news articles, and blog posts; don't forget to pass this site along to your friends, family, coworkers, e-mail lists, and affiliated organizations.

We'll see you there!



SATURDAY AUGUST 22
12-4 pm
Westlake Plaza, 4th & Pine

PALESTINE: STOLEN HOMELAND

An outdoor installation/display will cover Westlake Plaza, visually suggesting both a refugee camp of tents and a cemetery for the 500 Palestinian villages destroyed 1947-49.  All the village names will be on the markers, along with references to other key events such as the massacres at Tantura and Deir Yassin, the recent assault on Gaza, and the ongoing settlement movement and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian territory.

Some of the tents will also remember other refugee populations: refugees from Iraq, homeless people in Seattle, Native Americans who have been displaced inside the US.  This August is also the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the Nakba display will remember the evacuees from New Orleans, many of whom are dispersed around the country still waiting to return home.

This Saturday will also have some onsite performances, including STATE OF EMERGENCY OR NO PROBLEM, a puppet show about Occupations overseas and (if we're not careful) at home. The forty-minute puppet show will perform at 12:30 and 3:00 pm
 
STATE OF EMERGENCY or NO PROBLEM at 12:30 and 3:00 pm


Fundraiser for the Rachel Corrie Foundation Delegation to Gaza
August 26th, 2009 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Social Hall of the University Friends Meeting House

Speaker Panel:

Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
Linda Frank, recent Code Pink delegate to Gaza
John Harvey, coordinator Rachel Corrie Soccer Tournament, 2009, in Rafah, Gaza

Join us to learn about and support dynamic efforts to directly support the people of Gaza as they endure siege and occupation.

RSVP

6:00 pm: Light refreshments available 
7 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation

University Friends Meetinghouse   
Social Hall
4001 9th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105 


For information: John Harvey 360.915.3809

The Arab Festival
At Seattle Center in downtown Seattle

Saturday August 1: 11:00 – 7:00
Sunday August 2: 11:.00 – 6:00

As part of the Seattle Center's Festal series, the bi-annual Arab Festival will take place the first weekend of August. Come taste, see, hear, and browse all manner of Arab culture. Foods, spices, country booths, music, books and other educational resources will abound! Dances, lectures, storytelling and much more!

Sit for a leisurely cup of coffee, with some delectable dessert, in the coffee tent. Perhaps you'd like to try your hand at a game of backgammon, or learn to dance the traditional dabke to beautiful Arab music.


Watch a film from the Arab world, see a play, or hear a lecture. And there's lots for the children to enjoy!.............one day won't be enough!
 
Here's your chance to experience the richness of Arab culture, brought to you by the Arab Center of Washington. We'd like to say "hello", and get to know you better.

For more information, see http://www.arabcenter.net/Festival2009

From the Arab Center's publicity:

From mouth-watering food to traditional and contemporary music, the Arab Festival provides a place of celebration for Arabs in our neighborhood. A traditional bazaar, deliciously strong coffee, dancing and workshops, along with children’s activities including an Arabic spelling bee, crafts and more, illuminate Arab culture in our midst. Cultural information booths representing several of the 22 Arab countries will be present to provide information and insight into the Arab World. Presented by the Arab Center of Washington.

One of the greatest pathways and attractions of the Middle East is the music and dancing. There are over twenty hours of entertainment scheduled on two stages. This year Naser Musa is featured, along with accompanying musicians Georges Lamman, Elias Lamman, Faisal Zedan and Loay Dahbour. Naser, a great vocalist and oud player, is known for his Khaliji music from the Gulf. Naser also plays Egyptian and other styles of music from the Arab world. Local performers include the MB orchestra, Mashriq, House of Tarab, Maurice Rouman, Fathia Attallah, Omar Haggag, and the Shahrazad and Karavans Dance Ensembles.

Master oud player Maurice Rouman has performed at Northwest Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, Bite of Seattle, and throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He is a source of pride for many Arabs. Rouman was born in Southern Egypt in 1925 and earned a degree in music theory from the Conservatory of Milan in the early 1950s. He also studied ancient Coptic music and produced an exclusive collection in 1978. Rouman relocated to the United States with his wife and four children in the 1980s. He continues to perform at private events with his son George Sadak and the MB Orchestra. Rouman is a four-time recipient of the Washington State Arts Commission Folk Art Apprenticeship as well as the 2008 National Endowment for the Arts lifetime award.

Palestine Café Presents: ARCHES

A Benefit Concert and Dessert Reception for Gaza
 
Performance by the Al-Andalus Ensemble
Keynote Speech by Ramzy Baroud
 
WHAT: “Arches,” a concert featuring traditional and contemporary music and songs from the Middle East, performed by Al-Andalus Ensemble, a free event where a collection will be taken to support relief efforts in Gaza.
 
WHEN: Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m.
 
WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood WA 98036
 
“Sounds simultaneously foreign and familiar, different styles working so beautifully together”
(The National; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirites).
 
“Tarik & Julia Banzi create a new musical language that unites the East & West”
(Aramco World Magazine)
 
“A delightful proposition of exquisite music”
(El Pais, Madrid, Spain)
 
CONTACT: Palestine Café Coordinator Suzy Baroud – suzybaroud@hotmail.com, 425-486-2023
                     Al-Andalus Events/Julia Banzi  music@andalus.com  (503) 230-2379
 
“A perfect soundtrack ushering in the night with an ethereal sweetness”(The Georgia Straight, Vancouver BC)
Join the internationally acclaimed Al-Andalus <http://www.andalus.com/>  Ensemble in “Arches,” a concert furthering international understanding, peace, and goodwill for a diverse program of traditional and contemporary music and songs from the Middle East to benefit relief efforts in the Gaza Strip.
 
The concert will take place on July 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood. A dessert reception will follow.
 
This is a free event, but a collection will be taken to aid relief organizations serving in Gaza.
 
Al-Andalus was a place and time when Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived in peaceful co-existence (Spain 711-1492). Join the Al-Andalus Ensemble in celebrating the rich culture of the Middle East.  The Arches program includes traditional and contemporary songs and music from North Africa, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Andalusian Spain, the Levant, and the Gulf States.  Rich and unusual instrumentation include the oud (parent of the Renaissance lute) and kamanja (Arabic violiln) are enveloped by the ney (Arab reed flute) and punctuated by the darbuka (clay or metal drum), ghaita (medieval bagpipe) and flamenco guitar to create a deeply moving music.  The concert promises to be a fascinating evening where parallels and contrasts will be drawn between the old and the new. 
 
Historically, Al-Andalus refers to Spain from 711-1492.  During these eight centuries, the Spain of Al-Andalus witnessed the closest encounter possible between Africa, the East and the West, as well as between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. An outstanding model of tolerance and cultural diversity, Al-Andalus was a time and place that is known for its mutually beneficial synergy among diverse cultures that resulted in remarkable artistic, scientific and cultural enlightenments. The period of Al-Andalus has had profound and far-reaching consequences, setting the stage for the European Renaissance. Robert Palmer of the New York Times exclaims, “Without the impact of Arabic musical thought & practice, European classical music as we know it simply would not exist.”           
Author, journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The Palestine Chronicle, Ramzy Baroud will speak on behalf of the Palestinians of Gaza. Born and raised in Gaza himself, Baroud has written two volumes on the Palestinian struggle and his third book is underway. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi praised Baroud’s work, calling it  “A compelling narrative of Palestinian victimization [presented] with candor and uncompromising integrity.”  Professor Norman G. Finkelstein described Baroud’s most recent book, “The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle as 'Masterful prose. ... (A) scathing but heartfelt portrait.' His articles are translated into multiple languages and published in hundreds of print and online publications weekly.
 
ARTISTS for the July 11th concert:
 
Tarik Banzi (oud, ney, percussion) “a superbly gifted player” (All Music Guide) was born to an Andalusian family in Tetuan, Morocco and traces his roots back to Al-Andalus. He later lived in Madrid, Spain where he completed his doctoral studies in Fine Arts and collaborated with flamenco-jazz music masters such as Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlúcar, Enrique Morente and Jorge Pardo among others.
 
Julia Banzi (guitar, percussion) is one of the few female flamenco guitarists worldwide.  She lived in Spain for over a decade, studying flamenco with some of Spain’s finest guitarists such as Manolo Sanlucar and Isidro Munoz, she holds a Doctorate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and teaches guitar at Reed College and Lewis & Clark College.
 
Boujemaa Razgui (voice, ney, kamaja, percussion) hails from Marrakech, city of Dakka (percussion). A regular with the Boston Camerata (conductor Joel Cohen) since 2002, Razgui’s recordings include "Dralion" Cirque du Soleil, “Mediterranean Christmas” the Boston Camerata, “Al-Andalus” Sharq Ensemble, and the upcoming Shakira and Beyonce duo “Beautiful Liar.” He first joined Tarik & Julia Banzi in Madrid in 1987.
 
We would appreciate it greatly if you would assist in bringing this unique event to the attention of the public. For questions and more information, please contact Suzy Baroud at suzybaroud@hotmail.com or Al-Andalus Events at www.Andalus.com, 503-230-2379.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE:  AFTER THE SIEGE OF GAZA, IS THERE HOPE FOR A JUST PEACE?

Kit Siemion, Code Pink activist recently returned from a two-week delegation to Gaza; Raya Fidel, Israeli-American feminist, author of Shattered Hopes in Palestine:  Which Way Forward for Arabs and Jews?

Wednesday, May 20   7:00 PM. 
Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, North 70th St. & Greenwood Ave North


Jimmy Johnson, International Coordinator for Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
ISRAEL AND THE PACIFICATION INDUSTRY:
CONTROL OF POPULATIONS AND PUBLIC SPACE

Also presenting exhibits by supporters of  artists to end the occupation
Motaz Abuthiab and Jason Elkins
Raising funds to support photojournalists like Jason Elkins
working with ICAHD in Palestine/Israel exposing human rights abuses.

Thursday, May 14th
Viewing and Refreshments 
6:30 PM
Jimmy Johnson
7:15 PM

El Centro de la Raza

Jimmy Johnson from ICAHD will be arriving in Seattle on Thursday, May 14 on a speaking tour nationally sponsored by
American Jews for a Just Peace and ICAHD.
Jimmy is coming from Geneva and the UN Durban Conference on Racism to reach out to groups across the country in an effort to begin discussion around a national/international BDS campaign to end American aid to Israel.   A well-known activist for justice in Palestine/Israel, Jimmy will discuss Israel’s military and surveillance industries and how US military aid to Israel adversely affects our own security, quality of life, and civil liberties.

El Centro de la Raza
on Beacon Hill:
2524 16th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 329-7960

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BIO:  Jimmy Johnson has worked as a researcher for the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) in Jerusalem for most of the last three years. His work there included documenting human rights abuses, organizing and practicing civil disobedience, and guiding governmental and civil society groups from all over the world in political tours of East Jerusalem and environs. For two years he has researched Israel's arms industry to develop a model of the country's military diplomacy and is the co-author, along with Professor Jeff Halper, of an upcoming book on the subject from Pluto Press.

National Sponsors:
American Jews for a Just Peace
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Local Sponsors:
artists to end the occupation
Jewish Voices for Peace
International Socialist Organization


Before Gaza, After Gaza: Key Paradigm Shifts in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Friday May 22, 2009 12:30-2:00 p.m. Allen Library, Petersen Room
Sara Roy, Harvard University
Near & Middle East Ph.D. Program and the Middle East Center
jeanp@u.washington.edu



NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
May 7 & 8 (7th is sold out)
7:30pm
Benaroya Hall:  llsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Naomi Shihab Nye's May 7 reading has sold out, but SAL is thrilled to announce a scond night with Ms. Nye on Friday, May 8. Purchase your tickets today!

Naomi Shihab Nye's mixed heritage--her father is Palestinian, her mother is American--shapes the subjects of her poetry. She is the author of numerous books of poems, including You and Yours and Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East. She is also the editor of numerous anthologies for children. Nye has traveled extensively, including to the Middle East and Asia to promote goodwill through the arts.

To read the interview with Bill Moyers go to: www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_nye.html

Join Naomi Shihab Nye at Brasa Restaurant on May 6 for a special evening to benefit the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. Tickets are $45 for the wine and hors d'oeuvre reception (6:00-7:30pm), $100 for the intimate dinner with the poet (8:00-9:30pm). To purchase a ticket for one or both of these special gatherings, please call 206-621-2230.

Dam Palestinian Hip Hop Concert
Wed April 22nd 7 pm
Husky North Den - HUB UW campus
Students $6 Gen Pub $10 (Tickets go on sale at the Hub ticket office Monday April 6th)
Come listen to:
            Canary Sing
            Gabriel Teodros
            DAM
Brought to you by Students for Justice in Palestine-UW http://students.washington.edu/sjpal/

SCREENING OF THE FILM: SLINGSHOT HIP HOP
Thurs April 23rd 7 pm
Ethnic Cultural Theater
Screening of film followed by Q&A with Jackie Salloum (film director) & artists DAM
$6 students $10 Gen Pub
Brought to you by Students for Justice in Palestine-UW http://students.washington.edu/sjpal/

SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL
April 24th – 26th
The Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle

Included in Social Justice Shorts:
AMIN ODEH: EVEN IF YOU ARE STANDING ALONE Dir: Anne Paxton. 2009.
Amin Odeh, a leading Palestinian activist in Seattle, inspires others by this steadfast commitment to Palestinian human rights, and his abiding faith in justice.
Saturday April 25, 2009
3:00
The Grand Illusion Cinema

Christian Zionism and its Impact in the Middle East Today
will be discussed by a British author on Monday evening,

April 27, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, with finger food at 6:30 and a program at 7:30 pm. The church is at 111 NE 80th St.

The speaker is The Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, an Anglican vicar,
international lecturer and author of “Christian Zionism: Roadmap to
Armageddon?” and “Zion’s Christian Soldiers? The Bible, Israel and
the Church,” both published by InterVarsity Press.

According to a recent World Council of Churches release,
Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan of Jordan cited “strong support of
Israel by Christian Zionists” as one factor which could fuel
extremism among the three major religions in the Middle East.

The program is sponsored by the Episcopal Bishop’s Committee
on Israel/Palestine; the Mideast Initiative of Saint Mark’s Cathedral;
St. Andrew’s; Sabeel – Puget Sound; Middle East Strategic Partners,
and Palestine Concerns Committee – Church Council of Greater Seattle.

For questions contact Brenda Bentz Initiative Co-Chair (206) 522-9530

THE LAND OF ISRAEL/PALESTINE: HOLY? PROMISED?
Tuesday April 28
7 - 8:30 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island

Partly practical and partly poetic, Seattle Pacific University Professor Doug Thorpe will share some reflections on the recent trip to Israel/Palestine sponsored by Earth Ministry. While he will discuss particular issues that this trip sought to explore (water concerns especially), he will focus more directly on the question "What is it that makes a land holy?"  You can expect poetry to figure somewhere in the answer.
For more information: Marcy mlagerloef@seanet.com

Map of a Vanished Town: Recollecting the Palestinian Past through Biography
Thursday April 16, 2009 2:00-4:30 p.m. Communications Building, Room 202
Adina Hoffman

Middle East Center, Dept of Near East Langs & Civilization
mecuw@u.washington.edu

Adina Hoffman is the author of House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood; and forthcoming from Yale University Press: My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Nation, the Washington Post, the Times Literarery Supplement. She is one of the founders and editors of Ibis Editions, a small press that publishes the literature of the Levant.

Controversial Journalist to Discuss News Coverage of Israel-Palestine
[Speaker is available for advance interviews]
Contact:  Akram Ali  or Carl Larson (815) 331-5282

Former journalist Alison Weir will discuss US news coverage of Israel-Palestine at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 9th at University of Washington Bothell

Weir, who just returned from three months in the West Bank, is executive director of If Americans Knew, a think tank that focuses on Israel-Palestine and specializes in media analyses.

The talk will include a synopsis of the issue, a description and photographs of Weir’s travels throughout the area as a reporter, and a short video.

The event is being sponsored by Students for Peace & Justice in Israel-Palestine and will be at 630pm on Thursday, April 29th in the North Creek Events Center at University of Washington Bothell. 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011. It is free and open to the public.

Middle East analysts increasingly cite Weir’s work, and she speaks widely throughout the nation, including two Washington DC Capitol Hill briefings. In May she will be addressing the Asia Media Summit in Kuala Lumpur for the third time. 

Weir is frequently targeted by members of the Israel lobby, receiving a highly publicized death threat in 2003 following an appearance at UC Berkeley. Some critics accuse her of being a “communist,” while others accuse her of being “right-wing.” 

Former US Senator and current Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley Tom Campbell termed her presentation “a powerful, well documented view of the Middle East today” and went on to say, “American policy makers would benefit greatly from hearing her first-hand observations and attempting to answer the questions she poses. This is an intellectual, thought-provoking, and worthwhile presentation."

In March of 2004, Weir was inducted into honorary membership of Phi Alpha Literary Society, founded in 1845 at Illinois College. The award cited her as a "Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history."
 
To schedule an interview contact Akram Ali or Carl Larson (815) 331-5282 or pjip@u.washington.edu

David Wesley Phd., Jaffa Israel
“Jews, Arabs, and Government Officials:
Power Relations Inside Israel Today."

Israel/Palestine as a Shared Homeland

and
Lessons of Anthropological Research for Social and Policy Action for Change"

and
Lessons of Anthropological Research for Social and Policy Action for Change"

WHEN: Sunday, March 22 3:30 PM
WHERE:  Friends Center, 40th St. and 9th Ave. N.E.

Dr. Wesley received his doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 2002. He examined relations between Arab towns in Israel, their Jewish neighbors, and government officials and his work resulted in a highly acclaimed book, “State Practices and Zionist Images”

David says:
"My own connection to the questions I raised in my doctoral research was indeed political and, at the same time, very personal, shaped over the long period of time I spent as a citrus grower in the orchards of the kibbutz I lived in for thirty years of my adult life. The former Palestinian owners of the land, who were now displaced in remaining Arab towns in the area, found employment picking the fruit in the kibbutz orchards, while I supervised their work. Over the years the questions I was asking myself became generalized, but they always retained a kernel of personal identification and experience at their core. Issues of land ownership, access to resources, and narrative were encapsulated in that experience."

The author explores the activism demonstrated by Arab society in Israel in its struggle for progress, development, and full equality. Taking note of the commitment of Arab policy activists to the eventual success of this struggle, he calls upon the Jews of Israel to abandon the practices of separatism and exclusion and to adopt instead a model of cooperation and partnership.
--Hanna Swaid, chairman of the Arab Centre for Alternative Planning, Eilaboun, Israel

The book is an important contribution to current scholarship on the Arab economy inside Israel.
--Journal of Palestine Studies

Contact: Judith Kolokoff 206-282-8023
or write: jkolokoff@hotmail.com

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: BENEFIT FOR THE PEOPLE OF GAZA

Saturday March 7th   
6:30pm: refreshments and socializing
7 - 9pm: music, panel, discussion

Location: POCAAN (People of Color Against Aids Network)
1609 19^th Ave., 1 block S. of Madison, 2 blocks N. of Union
On bus lines #2, 11 and 12

Raising Women's Voices for Gaza: Honoring International Women's Day
Three Palestinian women speakers from three different eras of recent Palestinian history, and a speaker about what the Israeli resistance movement.

Powerful opening and closing with Sistah Drum.

Suggested donation to benefit the people of Gaza: $5-25 - more if you can, less if you can't. No one turned away.

Wheelchair accessible; to make this event more accessible to everyone, please no fragrances.

Co-sponsored by Dyke Community Activists and Sistah2Sistah.
For more information, Google: Dyke Community Activists or call
206-722-0729


Mid East Focus Initiative at St Mark’s Cathedral
Fundraiser March 14 7:00 PM


Our Christian Hospital in Gaza Needs Your Help Now More Than Ever.

St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, is hosting a community event to raise money for Ahli Hospital. The hospital provides affordable services to poor people of all faiths and is desperately needed. It has been seriously damaged by the bombing last month, and was already in short supply of needed medical and supplies because of the two year long siege of Gaza.

We will learn about the situation in Gaza from Ramzy Baroud, Palestinian-American journalist, and author of several books. Ramzy has taught Mass Communication at Australia's Curtin University of Technology, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Chronicle. He is sought after as a speaker and his articles are published world wide.

His upcoming book, “Gaza: The Untold Story” narrates the story of the life of his family, (his family is used as a representation of millions of Palestinians in Diaspora) starting in the early 1940’s until the present time. His sister is currently a doctor there.

With pictures and stories from home, he will take us into the experience of Gaza over the recent months.

Co Sponsors for the event include The Mid East Focus Initiative, The Palestine Concerns Task Force of the Council of Churches of Greater Seattle, The Save Gaza Coalition, American Jews for a Just Peace-Seattle, The Palestinian Solidarity Committee, Sabeel

For information, contact: Mid East Focus Initiative <mideast.focus@yahoo.com>

Palestine Today: Visions of and from the Homeland
Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 10am - 8:30pm

This day-long teach-in is on the circumstances of the Palestinians since 1948.
There will be numerous documentaries by Palestinian, Israeli and American filmmakers (followed by moderated discussions), an interactive workshop, and, beginning at 5 p.m., expert lectures as well as a panel of international peace and human rights activists.
Sponsored by BAC and the AUS Library

Where: Rooms 100, 101 and 103
Antioch University Seattle
2326 6th Ave

Seattle, WA 98121

Event is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
RSVP suggested, but not required. Contact Jill Mattern at Jill_Mattern@antiochseattle.edu

Schedule of Events:

Documentaries

10:00am - 10:45am
This Body is a Prison - Film by Dylan Bergeson
10:55am - 12:10pm
Gaza Strip - Film by James Longley
12:20pm - 1:15pm
Iron Wall - Film by Mohammed Alatar
1:20pm - 2:30pm
Breaking the Silence - Film by Yehuda Shaul
Discussion facilitated by Judith Kolokoff
2:35pm - 4:00pm
Jenin Jenin - Film by Mohammed Bakri
Discussion facilitated by Amal Eqeiq
 
Forum

5:00pm - 6pm
Historical Context of the Crisis
Ed Mast

6pm - 6:45pm
Trauma in Conflict Areas
The Rev. Dr. John Van Eenwyk

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Working for Peace: Transnational Perspectives
Amal Eqeiq
Huda Giddens
Judith Kolokoff
Peter Lippman
Amin Odeh

Palestine Cafe: A Benefit Dinner, Concert and Lecture to Aid Palestinians in Gaza

DATE: Saturday, February 21st, 2009,
TIME: Dinner 5:30 pm Concert: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood WA
98036
TICKETS: This is a free event, but a collection will be taken where
100% of all contributions will go to aid relief organizations
working on the ground in Gaza today.

Free childcare is provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend and how many in your group to assist us with meal planning . We also invite organizations to sponsor this event. Contact Michelle Gasparek at jmc_gasparek@yahoo.com <mailto:jmc_gasparek@yahoo.com> or 425-485-0359.

Please join us for an evening of delicious food, beautiful music and a thought-provoking lecture. Palestine Café will prepare a delightful and traditional vegetarian/vegan Palestinian meal of falafel, Arabic salads, hummus, homemade pita bread and much more. This simple but delicious dinner will prelude a performance by the intriguing and graceful music of the Al-Andalus Ensemble, whose compositions were praised by Spain's leading newspaper El Pais of Madrid as "A delightful proposition of exquisite music."

Historically, Al-Andalus refers to Spain from 711-1492. During these eight centuries, the Spain of Al-Andalus witnessed the closest encounter possible between Africa, the East and the West, as well as between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. An outstanding model of tolerance and multiculturalism, Al-Andalus was a time that is known for its mutually beneficial synergy among diverse cultures that resulted in remarkable artistic, scientific and cultural enlightenments.

In a marriage of East & West, the Al Andalus Ensemble (http://www.Andalus.com) embodies the new vision of America as a modern society that embraces its cosmopolitan, cultural heritage. The genre "Contemporary Andalusian" evolved to describe Tarik and Julia Banzi's informed approach that organically blends oud and flamenco guitar while melding the past with the present in what has been hailed as "a new musical language that unites the East & West" (Aramco World Magazine).

Author, journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The Palestine Chronicle, Ramzy Baroud (www.ramzybaroud.net <http://www.ramzybaroud.net>) will speak on behalf of the Palestinians of Gaza. Born and raised in Gaza himself, Baroud has written two volumes on the Palestinian struggle and his third book is underway. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi praised Baroud's work, calling it "A compelling narrative of Palestinian victimization [presented] with candor and uncompromising integrity." Professor Norman G. Finkelstein described Baroud's most recent book, "The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle as 'Masterful prose. ... (A) scathing but heartfelt portrait.' His articles are translated into multiple languages and published in hundreds of print and online publications weekly. At this gathering we will come together to grieve the loss of life and assault on human dignity in Gaza in recent months, to reaffirm our common humanity and solidarity with those whose futures have been forever altered, and more, to celebrate the strength of the human spirit, the durability and resilience of the Palestinian people. More, we shall reflect on happier times when co-existence, as in Al-Andalus caused humanity to flourish and reflect on what we might do as individuals, communities and governments to usher in such a time of promise to our stricken world.

Free childcare is provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend and how many in your group to assist us with meal planning . We also invite organizations to sponsor this event. Contact Michelle Gasparek at jmc_gasparek@yahoo.com <mailto:jmc_gasparek@yahoo.com> or 425-485-0359.

Shachaf Polokow of Anarchists Against the Wall Speaks in Seattle

An Israeli member of Anarchists Against the Wall, Schachaf will talk about the work of that group and his experiences in solidarity with Palestinians in Nilin and other villages in the West Bank

When: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Where: Friends Center, Social Hall 4001 9^th Ave

Doors open at 6:30 to socialize and share snacks and sweets with Shachaf Donation $10.00 or what you can afford.

This Is a fundraising event to raise money to support the work of AATW and to help meet legal costs for both Palestinians and Israelis arrested in the course of non-violent protests against the Separation wall being built on Palestinian land.

“We believe that our participation as Israelis has significantly contributed to the viability of the popular resistance by reducing the amount of violence the Israeli army uses. As violent as the repression currently is, there is no doubt that it would have been far worse if not for the presence of Israelis at the demonstrations. AATW

Sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, American Jews for a Just Peace-Seattle, Palestinian Solidarity Committee, Students for Justice in Palestine.Jewish Voice for Peace-Seattle

For more information: Judith Kolokoff 206-282-8023 jkolokoff@hotmail.com <mailto:jkolokoff@hotmail.com>


FILM: “THE IRON WALL” (60 min, Mohammed Alatar, 2006) 
With JUDITH KOLOKOFF and ZIYAD ZAITOUN, and AMIN ODEH  

ALSO: Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie will be in attendance.
Also: At 6:30PM, just before the film, please join the speakers for informal discussion.
The Iron Wall features interviews with prominent Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and political analysts, including Jeff Halper, Akiva Eldar, Hind Khoury, and others. Also included are eye-opening interviews with Israeli settlers and soldiers, and Palestinian farmers.  "The Iron Wall is a highly recommended film for anyone concerned with the quest for a just and peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - a film that takes a clear stand while showing genuine empathy for both sides." -- Hillel Schenker, Co-Editor for Palestine-Israel Journal.
The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion with guest speakers this evening:

JUDITH KOLOKOFF was instrumental in organizing Jewish Voice for Peace/Seattle and is a founding member of the national organization American Jews for a Just Peace, and the local organization, Seattle Jewish Voices Against the Occupation of Palestine.  She has worked as Tour Coordinator for the Refuser Solidarity Network - a national organization supporting the anti-occupation work of the Israeli refusniks.  (Refusniks are soldiers, conscripts, reservists, pilots etc. who refuse to serve in the territories.)In the past 15 years her activity has been strongly focused around working for Middle peace and justice in Israel/Palestine. During that period she has visited Israel/Palestine five times, the last in March/April 2005.

AMIN ODEH was born in a refugee camp near Bethlehem in the WestBank. He was detained many times by the Israeli army and spent months in Israeli military prisons. After coming to the U.S he continued to advocate on behalf of the Palestinian people. In the year 2000 he and other Palestinian activists founded the group Voices of Palestine. The group's main objective is to educate the public about the Palestinian struggle for freedom and Justice. Amin is also a board member with the Arab American Community Coalition in Seattle. "

ZIYAD ZAITOUN was born in 1954 in the occupied city of Hebron (El-Khalil), and was raised in Amman, Jordan. He attended the Arab University of Beirut until the civil unrest in Lebanon occurred in 1975.  He then decided to start his new adventure in the USA, where he attended the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. In 1984, Ziyad with his wife and daughter packed their suitcases and move to Jordan. After working and living in Amman for three years, the family decided to move back to Seattle. Ziyad is a founding member of the Arab American Community Coalition, a civil and human right local organization with a global reach. 

More info on the film: www.theironwall.ps    
Download the flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

Benefit Dinner & Lecture to Aid the People of Gaza
Saturday, January 17th 2009 5:00 PM
Bothell First Lutheran Church
10207 NE 183 St Bothell, WA 98011

    Please join us for a simple Palestinian meal and a lecture by Palestine Chronicle Editor-in-Chief, Ramzy Baroud.
     This is a free event, but a collection will be taken where 100% of all contributions will go to aid three reputable relief organizations that have a long history of work in Gaza and a strong friendship with its residents: 
--KinderUSA, (www.KinderUSA.org)
--Friends of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency- _www.friendsunrwa.org) 
and Lutheran World Relief (www.lwr.org). 
    We are hoping that this will be a community building event, where participants will gain insight to the Israeli-Palestinian struggle and can find ways to partner with local organizations that are working for peace and justice in Palestine.

 

UW Students Protest Israeli Attacks

UW Students and Community Members Rally at UW HUB Lawn to Protest and Call an End to the Israeli Attacks and Siege on Gaza with “Rally Against Genocide in Gaza.”

Seattle, WA - January 5, 2008 - A large number of students and community members are expected to turn out to a rally at the University of Washington against the Israeli attacks and siege on Gaza. Students from across campus and community members will rally at the University of Washington HUB lawn on Thursday, January 8, 2008 from 12-2 PM with a march on campus. It will hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine, UW Chapter (SJP-UW).

Rana Haddad, President of SJP-UW, says of the rally “We are speaking out for the hundreds of innocent Palestinian women, children, and men killed and thousands wounded at the hands of the Israeli occupation army. Israel is targeting schools, apartment buildings, houses, and markets under the guise that they are seeking out ‘terrorists’.

Haddad goes on to say “For years now, Israel's unjust siege of Gaza has had its people living in horrible conditions with extremely limited access to water, food, medicine, and the basic necessities of life. This ongoing genocide of Palestinians needs to stop immediately, in the name of humanity.”

This rally is a response to the current attacks on the Palestinian people of Gaza that began Dec. 27, 2008 by the Israeli Defense Forces and continues with no cease fire insight. To date, over 500 Palestinians have been killed with over 2450 injured. On January 3, 2008, ground incursions by the Israeli military began and continue in Gaza. Palestinians have very limited access to food and water only through the few aid missions, with strict Israeli control, and they hardly have any access to electricity.

About SJP-UW:
SJP-UW is a group of students dedicated to promoting principles of justice, human rights, liberation and self-determination for the Palestinian people. We condemn the racism and discrimination underlying the policies and laws of the state of Israel, as we reject any form of hatred or discrimination against any religious, racial, or ethnic group. We work to educate through lectures, non-violent demonstrations, exhibitions, and we may co-sponsor other events that are in accordance with our principles.

For more information, contact Rana Haddad, SJP-UW President at by email or phone.

Contact: Rana Haddad                                                                       
Position: President, Students for Justice in Palestine, UW Chapter (SJP-UW)
Email: sjpal@u.washington.edu
Phone: 425-223-3991



The Save Gaza Campaign will hold a demonstration at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday January 7th
at the Federal Building at 2nd and Madison

Protest of Siege and Attacks on Gaza
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009, noon to 2:00 p.m.
Westlake Park, Seattle (4th and Pine, downtown), 
There will be a special press conference before this event, at 11:45, 
and a protest march shortly after noon.



Capturing the Colors of Palestine Through Fashion
Saturday, January 3, 2009, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Summit Clubhouse,
5449 156th Avenue, Bellevue, WA98006
Phone: 206-465-9532            http://www.arabcenter.net

Emergency Protest of Israeli Assault on Gaza
Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 4:00PM
US Federal Building ( 915 2nd Ave, Seattle 98104)




Emergency Protest of Assaults on Gaza, in Tacoma
Demonstrate to protest the Dec. 27 massacre in Gaza 

Please bring signs, flashlights, and candles
Organized by People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 5:00 p.m.
Federal Courthouse, 1717 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

SAHMATAH: MEMORY OF STONES
a play by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast
Mondays-Tuesdays   October 28-November 25
no performances Nov 10-11

The Shoebox Performance Space
1404 18th Avenue , Seattle (between Madison & Union)
$10 admission
(206) 774-6438 for reservations and information
www.newimagetheater.org              newimagetheater@gmail.com
 
New Image Theater will revive SAHMATAH: MEMORY OF STONES, a play by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast that premiered in Seattle in 1996, opened in Israel/Palestine in 1998, and has been playing in the Middle East and Europe for a decade.
 
Sahmatah was one of over 500 Palestinian villages which were destroyed during the founding of Israel in 1948.  Some residents were driven out of the country.  Some still live nearby but even 60 years later are not allowed to return and rebuild their homes).
 
In SAHMATAH: MEMORY OF STONES, a one-act play for two actors, an old man takes his grandson on a pleasant walk over a meadow of pine trees and scattered stones. But as they walk, the memory of the place rises from the ground itself, and the grandfather leads his grandson through the appalling story of the destruction of Sahmatah, and of the people that once lived where nothing but pine trees grow now.
 
The play will open on October 28, sixty years to the day after the destruction of Sahmatah in 1948.
 
"Two characters, Habeeb and his Grandfather, peel away the layers of Sahmatah's history like an onion . . . It is a universal weeping that could just as easily be for the Cherokee Nation or the people of Bosnia."       -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 
In early 1998, authors Hanna Eady and Edward Mast were invited to stage the play with Palestinian actors at al-Midan Theater, formerly called the Arab Theater of Israel, based in Haifa.  Eady translated the play into Arabic, and the two authors spent a month in residence in Israel, with Eady directing the play and Mast presenting a workshop in playwriting for local Palestinian authors.  The culmination of their stay was the opening night of the play, staged on the site of the former village itself.   The village land is used to pasture cows and horses now, but for this event, space was cleared and many of the still-living former residents of Sahmatah were able to host an audience of over 200 Palestinians, Israelis, news services, and theater professionals.  Al-Midan Theater has kept the play in repertory ever since, touring to other countries in the Middle East and Europe.
 
For this Seattle revival, Hanna Eady will for the first time play the role of the grandfather.  “I’ve directed the play with two good actors in two languages.  Maybe it’s aged me enough now,” says Eady.  Eady is an Israeli Palestinian who worked as an actor in Israel for years before coming to the United States to study theater and then to get his MFA in directing at the UW.
 
SAHMATAH: MEMORY OF STONES will be presented by New Image Theater in association with New City Theater at the newly-opened
Shoebox Performance Space at 1404 18th Ave, Seattle in the Central District
 
Opening Tuesday, October 28
Mondays and Tuesdays through November 25,
no performances Nov. 10-11. 
(206) 774-6438
www.newimagetheater.org   

PEACEWORKS CONFERENCE 2008
Rachel Corrie Foundation Presents:
DUAL OCCUPATIONS: Sovereignty & Freedom from Iraq to Palestine
October 17 - 19
Evergreen College Olympia, Washington
Dual Occupations: Sovereignty & Freedom from Iraq to Palestine is a conference designed to connect communities working to end occupation and war in the Middle East with workshops, panels and trainings led by: Dahlia Wasfi, MD - An Iraqi American activist who spent her early childhood in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Col. Ann Wright - A career military woman, a State Department diplomat, and for the past few years, an influential spokesperson in the anti-war movement.
Ali Abunimah - Journalist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, and vice-president of the Arab American Action Network (invited).
Phyllis Bennis - A committed scholar-activists with the Institute for Policy Studies and journalist specializing in Middle East and United Nations issues.
Adam Shapiro - Co-founder of International Solidarity Movement in Palestine and the Iraqi Student Project (invited).

Co-sponsored by SESAME & (Re)Imagining the Middle East
For conference updates and more information visit www.rachelcorriefoundation.org/peaceworks peaceworks@rachelcorriefoundation.org, 306.754.3998

ENDING THE SIEGE OF GAZA:
A FUNDRAISER FOR THE FREE GAZA MOVEMENT

The Free Gaza Movement is preparing to sail a ship to Gaza.

“We’re an international, nonviolent resistance project to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza and its denial of Palestinian human rights. We intend to enter Gaza from international waters - at the invitation of the Palestinian people, and without seeking Israeli authorization - thereby establishing a route of entry and exit that is under Palestinian control and sovereignty.”  -- Paul Larudee

Speaking: Dr. Bill Dienst, a human rights activist and family and emergency physician from Omak, Washington, who has frequently volunteered to work with the Palestine Medical Society in Gaza and the West Bank. Dr. Dienst will present a slide show about Gaza and will discuss the forthcoming voyage in which he will participate as the ship’s doctor.

WHERE: At the home of Kay Bullitt
1125 Harvard East, Seattle

WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 6:30 pm

A light supper and refreshments will be served

Donations are requested to help provide the transport vessels and costs of the Free Gaza Movement voyage

Sponsored by: Al-Nakba Coalition, American Friends Service Committee

For additional information contact:
Judith Kolokoff 206-282-8023
e-mail:jkolokoff@hotmail.com
See also: http://www.freegazaorg/pages/joinIn.html

On behalf of Al Nakba Coalition, PSC announces the following event:

Al Nakba Coalition:

-Works to educate the public about al-Nakba and its continuing effects.
-Supports the right of return for Palestian refugees as supported by international law.
-Advocates equal rights for everyone in Israel/Palestine, regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality.

For information see
http://nakba60th-seattle.org/
e-mail: info@nakba60th-seattle.org      telephone: (206) 282-8023

Members of the Coalition:
Voices of Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Committee - Seattle, The Green Party, Arab American Community Coalition, Palestinian Concerns Task Force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, The Phoenix Group

Arabic Summer Language Camp, 2008 for Children ages 6-12

American Cultural Exchange, through Arabic Language assistance grant from the Middle East Center at University Washington, is offering a two-week Arabic summer language camp at Northgate Elementary School. Classes start on July 7th and end July 18th and meet from 9 am to 3 pm with the option of extended class sessions from am to 5pm. The instruction will be activity-based, ensuring a unique learning experience for your child. Cost is $ 250 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $ 350 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To download the registration forms please visit <http://www.cultural.org/wlp/camp.php>. For more information please contact Maka Janikashvili, Ph.D,
Director of ACE World Language Programs
at makaj@cultural.org <mailto:makaj@cultural.org>

On behalf of Al Nakba Coalition, PSC announces the following event:

Al Nakba Coalition:

-Works to educate the public about al-Nakba and its continuing effects.
-Supports the right of return for Palestian refugees as supported by international law.
-Advocates equal rights for everyone in Israel/Palestine, regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality.

For information see
http://nakba60th-seattle.org/
e-mail: info@nakba60th-seattle.org      telephone: (206) 282-8023

Members of the Coalition:
Voices of Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Committee - Seattle, The Green Party, Arab American Community Coalition, Palestinian Concerns Task Force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, The Phoenix Group

PALESTINE: STILL ALIVE -- Demonstrate outside AJC celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary

On May 28th, the American Jewish Committee will be holding a high-ticket reception and dinner to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding. Governor Gregoire will be attending. (For more information on this event, see http://www.ajcseattle.org/site/c.gjJSJ9MSIwE/b.2382921/) At the same time, this is the anniversary of the "Nakba" (Arabic for "catastrophe"), when 800,000 Palestinians were displaced from their ancestral land and over 450 of their villages were destroyed.

Al-Nakba Coalition wishes the public to know that the Nakba is an ongoing process, and that Palestinians are continuing to resist occupation and dislocation. Activists for justice in Palestine/Israel will be present outside the anniversary celebration, which is taking place at 6:00 p.m., May 28th. We will carry banners and props symbolic of the 1948 destruction of Palestinian life.

Time: Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bell Harbor Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121

To Participate: Meet at 5:00 at the parking lot on the west side of Alaska Way, at Wall Street. This is two blocks north of the celebration. We will carry props and banners and walk down Alaska Way. Please notify al-Nakba Coalition through the contact information below if you are able to arrive at 5:00 and help with  props.

For more information:
telephone: 206-285-2154
e-mail: info@nakba60th-seattle.org

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CELEBRATE PALESTINE
Sixty Years of Resistance

May is the 60th anniversary of the "Nakba" (Arabic for "catastrophe"), when 800,000 Palestinians were displaced from their ancestral land and over 450 of their villages were destroyed. But Palestinians continue to resist occupation and dislocation. In Seattle, the Al-Nakba Coalition will hold a cultural event on May 10th to mark the anniversary and to honor the continuing vibrancy of Palestinian culture under pressure.

This free event will showcase Palestinian heritage and culture, and celebrate its resilience. Participants will present traditional Palestinian arts: folk music, handicrafts, dabka dancing, poetry, photography, and food.

Time: Saturday, May 10th, 2008 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Seattle Central Community College - outdoors at the South Plaza (near the northwest corner of Broadway and E. Pine) and indoors in room BE 1110

For more information:
telephone: 206-282-8023
e-mail: info@nakba60th-seattle.org

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Dr. Norman Finkelstein speaks on
"Israel and Palestine: Roots of Conflict, Prospects for Peace"

Thursday  May 8, 1:00 p.m.
UW Ethnic Cultural Theater
3940 Brooklyn Ave N.E.   Seattle

Dr. Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors and a renowned academic & MiddleEast expert, is a passionate and persuasive defender of Palestinian rights and is in the forefront of the fight for academic freedom in the United States.

Free and open to the public, although seating is limited. RSVPs are more likely to receive a seat.

Dr. Finkelstein is also speaking the same evening at The Evergreen University in Olympia at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, pjip@u.washington.edu.
See also www.normanfinkelstein.com

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One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

Ali Abunimah, writer and founder of Electronic Intifada (http://electronicintifada.net/) to speak on HUB Auditorium on University of Washington campus.
Time: April 23, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American, is the cofounder and editor of the Electronic Intifada web site since 2001 and, more recently, of Electronic Iraq and Electronic Lebanon. He is also the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago, he has written for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

Ali Abunimah will be discussing the prospects for a one-state solution in Israel and Palestine
sponsors: Al-Nakba Coalition, Arab-American Community Coalition, UW Department of Geography, Voices of Palestine, the Muslim Student Association, and Students for Justice in Palestine.

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Rachel Corrie's family members discuss "Let Me Stand Alone," 
just-released book of Rachel's life writings.

Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.
Monday, April 7       7:30 p.m.  
For information
, call the University Book Store, 206-634-3400

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Acknowledging the past, Imagining the future: Palestinians and Israelis on 1948 and the Right of Return
A speaking tour featuring members of the Palestinian organization Badil and the Israeli organization Zochrot. The tour highlights the history of 1948, the creation of the Palestinian refugee crisis, and the importance of the right of return to any just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    Muhammad Jaradat is a founding member of BADIL Resource Center and the global Palestine Right-of-Return Coalition, and works as coordinator of the BADIL Refugee Rights Campaign. He works with Palestinian refugee and IDP community organizations, as well as with the International Solidarity Movement.
    Eitan Bronstein is the Executive Director of Zochrot (“remembering”) which has focused on al-Nakba since its founding in 2002. He is an educator and activist who works to build an Israeli understanding of al-Nakba and the history of Palestinian refugees, as a key step toward reconciliation.

Wednesday April 2, 6:30 p.m. Fundraiser
at the home of Kay Bullitt: 1125 Harvard St.
Light refreshments will be served: Donations will be appropriate.

Thursday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.:  Community meeting on Vashon Island

Location:
Lutheran Church, just south of town, 18632 Vashon Hwy SW.
For more information: call (206) 282 8023
e-mail:
info@nakba60th-seattle.org

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Alice Rothchild
Author, Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience
Saturday March 1, 2:00 p.m.: Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S. Main
Monday March 3, 7:00 p.m.: Antioch University, Room 100
For more information -- and on Alice's appearances in Tacoma (Mar. 2) and Bellingham (Mar 5), call (206) 282 8023.

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Benefit for Al-Rowwad Cultural Center
Al-Rowwad is an independent center for artistic, cultural, and theater training for children in Aida Camp (near Bethlehem), working to provide a safe and healthy environment to help children develop creativity and discharge stress in the war conditions they live in.

Speaker: Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour
March 2nd, 5:00 p.m.
Location: University Friends Center, 4001 9th Ave NE
A light dinner will be served.
Admission: $10.00
For information call (206) 605 8448 or e-mail:
amino@voicesofpalestine.org
Eighth Annual PSC Palestine Film Series


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Dates: Saturdays January 26 and February 2, 9 and 16, 2008.
All films at 7:00 with discussion to follow.

Featuring:

 Saturday, January 26th
 Occupation 101
 Sufyen Omeish and Abdallah Omeish, 2006, 90 minutes.
 Dr. Nada Elia will speak after the film.

 Described by InFocus, "if a picture is worth a thousand words, then
 Occupation 101 is worth a thousand books", Occupation 101 presents a
 comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the
 never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and
 misconceptions. Rare footage and testimony never shown by most media
 outlets are presented, with incisive commentaries on the roots of
 the conflict from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists,
 journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have
 too often been suppressed in Western media.
 For more information on this film, visit www.Occupation101.com
 
 Saturday, Februrary 2nd
 Naji Al Ali: An Artist With Vision
 Kasim Abid, 1999, 52 mins.
 Ziyad Zaitoun of the Arab American Community Coalition will speak
 following the film.
 
 Naji al-Ali, a Palestinian refugee from 1948, created thousands of
 powerful political cartoons satirizing those in power in the Middle East
 and around the world, while defending the dignity of ordinary people. In
 this multiple award-winning documentary, interviews with leading Arab
 writers, contemporary activists and his wife shed insight into his life
 and work. The film shows the courage and range of the work he produced
 despite imprisonment and threats until his assassination in London in
 1987.  
For more information on this film, visit  http://frif.com/new2000/naji.html
 
 
 Saturday, February 9th
 Bil’in Habibti
 Shai Carmeli-Pollak, 2006, 85 mins.
 Discussion with Amin Odeh of Voices of Palestine will follow the film.
 
  Bil’in Hibibti is a documentary about the social, emotional, and
 agricultural struggle of one Palestinian community against the Israeli
 Occupation. The two main characters are Mohamed, an activist opponent of
 the Apartheid Wall, and Wagee, a farmer who is losing his land to the
 encroaching illegal settlement of Modine Elite. As the non-violent
 resistance of the community gathers momentum, so does the unique
 relationship between Israeli activists and the local residents of Bil’in.
 For more information on this film, visit  www.Claudiusfilms.com 

 Saturday, February 16th
 This Body is a Prison
 Dylan Bergeson, 2006, 50 mins
 Discussion with filmmaker follows screening.
 
 In this moving documentary, Dylan Bergeson focuses his camera on the
 human, personal experience. The interviewees eloquently reveal the
 psychological ramifications of life under occupation, specifically its
 devastating effects on children and youth. Balata refugee camp and
 Bethlehem are locales selected for a close-up view. The filmmaker’s goal
 is to have viewers gain a greater understanding of Palestinians as human
 beings and of their lived experience. 
 
For more information on this film, visit   www.xanga.com/ThisBodyisaPrisonDoc

                      -All films are Seattle Premieres-

There will be a speaker for each night of the film festival.

For more information call 206-369-7087.

Doors open at 6:30. Suggested donation $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds.

All films at University Friends Center:
4001 9th Ave NE in the University District
near bus routes 7,9,70,71,72,43/44,48 and 66

Generously co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee

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Free Sunday Night Film Series at Seattle University
Making Peace Possible: Israel/Palestine 

Making Peace Possible: Israel/Palestine is a series of films chosen to convey the experience of military occupation in a context that includes the US role in that conflict.  The series will
conclude with ways to become involved.  Each film will be preceded with a soup and bread supper (donations) at 5:30 followed with a program at 6:00.  Panelists, including Palestinians and Israeli Jews, have all experienced the occupation and are working for human rights and peace.   Films will be shown in the Student Union, Room 160.

Sunday Oct 14 Goal Dreams, World Cup documentary, with introduction to history and context by Steve
Niva PhD,  who teaches International Politics and Middle East Studies at Evergreen with a focus on Israel/Palestine.

Sunday Oct 28 Private, award winning family drama depicting the experience of occupation for the occupied and the occupiers, with panelists Amin Odeh, Palestinian refugee and co-founder of Voices of Palestine with Eitan Isaacson, member of Jewish Voices for Peace and former member of Israeli military.

Sunday Nov. 11 The Color of Olives
, One farm family's patient resistance.  The issue is land. Panelists Karen Arnold PhD
U.S. Coast Guard Commander and Christian Peacemaker in Hebron; and Assaf Oron, UW graduate student and Israeli military "refuser"

Sunday Nov 18 Visit Palestine, raw urgent look at life in Jenin with volunteer Caiomhe Butterly. Panel on activism with Naseem Tuffaha, Arab Anti-discrimination Committee; Peter Lippman lifelong activist and writer, PSC, JVP; and Rabbi Daniel Weiner, Temple de Hirsch Sinai.

Seattle University Campus Ministry 901 12th Ave. Seattle 98122
for more information: grayzonefilms@msn.com
 

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September 11th : Resist the U.S. government's destruction of our civil liberties!
Join PSC and the THEATER SQUAD at Westlake Center

For an all-day installation with street theater, music, spoken word, poetry,
in collaboration with Freedom From Fear
 ( more info on FFF: http://www.freedomfromfear.us/ )

Stay tuned for more information -- soon -- on this website ~
Call (206) 633-1086 for more information
or email info@palestineinformation.org

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Corrie Family Lawsuit Against Caterpillar

Monday July 9th ~ 9:00am -- 12:00 Noon
Courthouse At 1200 6th Ave & Seneca

Come for any amount of time you can manage -- a half hour, an hour, or the whole morning. 

A statement from Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie's mother, follows at the end of this announcement.

On Monday, July 9th oral arguments in the case Corrie, et al v. Caterpillar, Inc will be heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle.  People are needed to participate in a silent vigil and flyering. outside, and to fill the courtroom.
Wear black clothing if possible.

In March 2003 Rachel Corrie was killed by a Caterpillar bulldozer as she tried to stop it's destruction of a Palestinian home. Rachel's parents filed a lawsuit against Caterpillar, together with four Palestinian families who have lost their loved ones and homes due to the Israeli military's use of Caterpillar bulldozers.

The oral argument for this case is scheduled for 11 a.m. on July 9th, although it may happen somewhat earlier or later, depending on the disposition of other cases.

The hearing will be followed by a press conference with the attorney and the Corries. A significant impact can be made on the judge if the courtroom is well-attended by sympathizers. So we are asking that anyone who is interested in holding Caterpillar accountable to provide a presence in the courtroom that day.

People are needed outside to assist in holding banners or signs, tabling, or street theater -- actions that will be decided in the next couple days. All materials will be supplied by the Palestine Solidarity Committee.

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From Cindy Corrie: "People are needed in the courtroom to show that the outcome of this case has broad importance to people’s lives, and the struggle to limit corporate abuse of power around the globe. This is a rare opportunity to demonstrate with our presence, our opposition to corporations benefiting from people’s homes being demolished on top of them - which is what happened to some of the Palestinians whose families have joined the case. I think it provides a rare opportunity to send the message that we oppose U.S. corporations knowingly engaging in human rights violations. 

We need to get the message out to those who might come out that what happens in a case like this one can have enormous impact on how all U.S. corporations behave in the world. This lawsuit is a call for corporate accountability for past actions and a call for responsible corporate behavior in the future.  We can focus, too, on CAT’s support of an illegal occupation—but I think, in this case, the broader view of CAT’s long-term support for human rights violations will engage more people and is at the heart of this lawsuit.  This may be our only opportunity in Seattle to make a statement quite like this one, around CAT. At least, activist friends who might be wondering if this is important, should be made aware of this."

info@palestineinformation.org (206) 633-1086

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Dr. Mona el-Farra
Saturday June 16, 3-5 pm
University Friends Center
4001 9th Ave NE, just north of the University Bridge in Seattle

Dr. Mona El-Farra is a Palestinian physician who is active in medical relief efforts in the Gaza Strip. Among many other activities, El-Farra heads the Rachel Corrie Children’s Center in Gaza and writes a well-regarded blog, "From Gaza, with Love," that has attracted attention from journalists, activists, and academics around the world.

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FORTY YEARS TOO LONG:
A Weekend of Events to End the Israeli Occupation
JUNE 8th, 9th, and 10th

Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill
(Capitol Hill, 11th Avenue and East Olive)
Also nearby locations & other places around the city.

A broad group of organizations concerned with peace and justice in the Middle East will mark forty years of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. Weekend events will include theater, visual art, performances, discussions and films.
Please join us for these activities -- and help put a stop to the Occupation.

FRIDAY NIGHT

THE OCCUPATION ON FILM:
Seattle Central Community College
Student Activity Center - 1718 Broadway Room 208
6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM
Documentary films and discussion
Personal Narratives: Accounts of the Effects of Occupation
In the Spider's Web 
2004. 47 min.
Produced by Al-Haq, Palestinian human rights organization. Directed by Hanna Musleh.
Dying to Live  2002. 10 minutes.
Producer/Director Amineh Ayyad, board member of Friends of Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)
Films will be preceded and followed by short presentations by Amineh Ayyad, and a facilitated discussion/Q&A together with Erin Wade of the Palestine Solidarity Committee.


 
SATURDAY EVENTS:

THE OCCUPATION GAME
Cal Anderson Park
12:00 PM. to 6:00 PM

An outdoor living gameboard with a self-guided all-directions-at-once journey into day-by-day life in military occupation.

YOU CAN'T GO HOME TONIGHT.
Occupation soldiers close the checkpoint.
SPIN THE WHEEL:
1: find someplace else to sleep tonight
2: sit at the checkpoint all night
3: argue with the soldiers [go to ARREST or BEATING or PRISON]
4: try to sneak past the checkpoint in the dark
[go to ARREST or BEATING or YOU ARE SHOT]

Over 80 different board squares present a set of rules which -- like the rules of a military occupation -- may work or may not. Dice will be supplied, or bring your own.

For more information: theatersquad@aol.com

ANTIGONE'S NATION
Cal Anderson Park
2:00 PM. to 3:00 PM

The Theater Squad presents an outdoor voice-and-image theater performance adapted from Sophocles; Antigone, exploring the conflict between security, stability, rebellion and freedom.

For all of time, I will never be
that living person who stood by silent
and did not a thing, did not a thing.

Directed by Robert Leigh from an adaptation by local playwright Edward Mast and featuring several local actors, musicians and movement artists.

For more information: theatersquad@aol.com


ENDING THE OCCUPATION:
Central Lutheran Church by Cal Anderson Park
1710 11th Ave
3:00 PM
A panel discussion featuring Tariq
Abuhamdia, activist from Hebron, West Bank; Majd Bani-Odeh, student from Nablus; West Bank, and Assaf Oron, Israeli military refuser, activist.

SUNDAY EVENTS

ANTI-SEMITISM, PROGRESSIVE JEWS, AND RESOLVING THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
Sand Point Education Center, 6208 60th Ave. NE
9:45-11:45 AM

Jews working to end the Israeli Occupation and for Israeli-Palestinian peace often confront the issue of anti-Semitism. When is anti-Semitism real, and when is it not? A facilitated discussion led by activists will connect confrontation of anti-Jewish behavior, the internal Jewish debate on criticizing Israeli policies, and building an effective movement for a just, viable Israeli-Palestinian peace.

For more information, contact: office@kadima.org or call 206-547-3914 ext. 2.
Sponsored by Kadima Reconstructionist Community

THE OCCUPATION GAME
Cal Anderson Park
12:00 PM. to 6:00 PM

An outdoor, interactive, living game board: a self-guided all-directions-at-once journey through a military occupation. Over 80 different board squares and a set of rules which -- like the rules of a military occupation -- may work or may not. (See additional description above.)  For more information: theatersquad@aol.com

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HEBREW NATIONAL?"
An Afternoon of Radical Jewish Performance
Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC), 1621 12th Ave
2:00 PM

Hear and participate in thoughtful expressions by mostly Jewish performers, storytellers, poets and musicians as we mark the 40th year of Israeli Occupation. We invite you to engage with us in creating a justice-oriented and affirming radical Jewish culture that rejects the values of militarism and occupation.
Admission free.
Organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, Seattle

ISRAEL AND PALESTINE: PEACE NOT APARTHEID

Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th, Shoreline, WA 98155
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Presentation by Dr. Therese Saliba


A discussion on the question of apartheid in occupied Palestine, addressing President Jimmy Carter's controversial book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. The discussion will be facilitated by professor Therese Saliba, of The Evergreen College. Dr. Saliba teaches Middle East Studies and Women's Studies at Evergreen.

FILM: THE COLOR OF OLIVES
Central Cinema 1411 21st Ave
7:00 PM and 9:30 PM
From Mexican director Carolina Rivas and cinematographer Daoud Sarhandi comes this elegant and visually breathtaking new film about the Palestinian experience. The Amer family lives surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall, where their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locked gates and a constant swarm of armed soldiers. This unique and intimate documentary shares their private world, allowing a glimpse of the constant struggles and the small, endearing details that sustain them. The Color of Olives is an artistic and beautifully affecting reflection on the effects of racial segregation, the meaning of borders and the absurdity of war.
Color | 97 minutes | 2006          www.thecolourofolives.com

Sunday night's 7:00 film showing will be followed by a discussion led by local activists.
The Color of Olives will also be showing on some other days during the preceding week, and possibly afterwards as well -- check the Central Cinema listing:
http://www.central-cinema.com/


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Sponsoring organizations:
Palestine Solidarity Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, Voices of Palestine, Green Party Seattle, The Phoenix Group,
The Palestine Concerns Task Force of the Church Council, Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Greater Seattle, Arab American Community Coalition, Friends of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Sabeel, Jewish Voice for Peace - Puget Sound, AFSC

For more information on the weekend’s activities see www.palestineinformation.org write info@ palestineinformation.org or call 206 633 1086


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ALSO, DON'T MISS:

ACTIVISTS FOR A BETTER WORLD
Saturday, June 2 at  4:00 p.m.
Newberry Books, 561 NE Ravenna Blvd (65th & Ravenna Blvd.)
Ed Mast will speak on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Human Rights Perspective. What are the obstacles to equal rights? What are the possibilities?

Ed Mast is a poet, playwright and activist who has traveled many times to Occupied Palestine with the International Solidarity Movement.

For information contact: J. Glenn Evans, Program Director 
http://www.poetswest.com
call 206.682.1268 or write info@poetswest.com  
Palestine-Israel Conflict

 

Presentation by the Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek
Wednesday, June 6, at 7p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Seattle ( 609 Eighth Ave. )
The Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek will speak on the topic:
"JUNE 6, 1967--WILL THE OCCUPATION EVER END?"
 
Dr. Ateek will speak about the current state of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, which began in 1967, and what steps are needed to end the occupation and bring a lasting peace to the Holy Land.

Dr. Ateek is a Palestinian Episcopal priest and theologian, who founded and directs Sabeel, an ecumenical peace and justice educational and advocacy center in Jerusalem. This free public event is sponsored by the Bishop's Committee on Peace and Justice in Israel / Palestine and Friends of Sabeel-North America.

Free parking is available in the lot on the corner of Seventh and Columbia.



Radio broadcast: POETSWEST AT KSER 90.7 FM
Friday June 8 at 4:30 PM

A special program of Palestinian poetry read by local actors and writers.
If you are not able to pick up the radio station KSER 90.7 FM, catch it on the internet by going to www.kser.org and following the “Listen Live” links. The PoetsWest program is a weekly half-hour usually featuring poets reading from their own work. This special program was developed as a part of the special events marking 40 years of Israeli occupation.



Dr. Mona el-Farra
Saturday June 16, 3-5 pm
University Friends Center
4001 9th Ave NE, just north of the University Bridge in Seattle

Dr. Mona El-Farra is a Palestinian physician who is active in medical relief efforts in the Gaza Strip. Among many other activities, El-Farra heads the Rachel Corrie Children’s Center in Gaza and writes a well-regarded blog, "From Gaza, with Love," that has attracted attention from journalists, activists, and academics around the world.


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VIGIL and showing of THE IRON WALL
Vigil for Palestine in St. Mark's May 18:
Vigil: 5:00 - 6:00 soup: 6-6:30

Film: THE IRON WALL, produced in Palestine

THE IRON WALL provides graphic evidence of the intentions of Zionist leaders: "Zionist colonization must . . .proceed regardless of the native population . . . which means [putting them] behind an iron wall that the native population cannot breach." J. Jabotinsky, 1923

"The settlement of the Land of Israel is the essence of Zionism. Without settlement, we will not fulfill Zionism." Yitzhak Shamir, 1997

"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can . . . everything we take now will stay ours . . . Everything we don't grab will go to them." Ariel Sharon, 1998

Vigil & movie sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship


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PSC DISCUSSION CAFÉ
Tuesday May 22, 7-9 pm,
Mosaic Coffeehouse
Corner of 44th St. and 2nd Ave NE in Wallingford

OPEN MEETING! Come join us for a discussion cafe about
Palestine/Israel; come share political analysis, opinion, ask      
questions, get to know us!                                                      


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                           MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE

March 15 – May 6 By Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner 
From the writings of Rachel Corrie 
Seattle Repertory Theater

Twenty-three year-old Evergreen College graduate and Olympia, Washington native, Rachel Corrie went to the Gaza Strip to aid Palestinians whose homes were being destroyed in the conflict with Israel. In March of 2003, she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer. Combining an activist's passion with an artist's sensibilities, Rachel Corrie was a determined and caring young woman, trying to find a sense of truth and understanding in a very complex situation. This compelling story of a personal political journey is told through Corrie’s own words from her journals, as assembled by actor/director Alan Rickman and journalist Katharine Viner. Info for tickets: 

http://www.seattlerep.org/SeasonPlays07/Season2007.html#rac 
Call: 206-443-2222 or 877-900-9285 www.rachelswords.org

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 MEMORIAL FOR RACHEL CORRIE

 Friday, March 16, 2006
 5:00-6:00 PM
 Westlake Plaza
 4th and Pine in downtown Seattle

In observation of the fourth anniversary of her death, the Theatersquad and Palestine Solidarity Committee-Seattle will present public readings of passages from Rachel Corrie's writings outdoors in downtown Seattle in and around Westlake Plaza. Music, theatrical masks and props will be part of the street theater event as well. Local celebrity Jim Page will be among the performers.

Friday March 16 is the fourth anniversary of the day Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli soldier driving an American-made Caterpillar bulldozer while she was trying to prevent a Palestinian home from illegal demolition. The Theatersquad's street theater event this Friday will be part of a national and international campaign to perform Rachel's words in public on that day.

Rachel Corrie was part of the International Solidarity Movement to End the Occupation, a nonviolent Palestinian-led movement to resist the ongoing Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Some critics have accused Rachel Corrie of protecting terrorists or militants, but neither the Israeli government nor the United States government has alleged that the Palestinian home she was protecting was part of any militant activity. The US State Department's annual report on human rights classifies Rachel Corrie as a human rights observer.

Many human-rights groups are demanding that Caterpillar, Inc., an American corporation headquartered in Peoria, stop selling D-9 bulldozers to Israel because of Israel's consistent record of using those bulldozers to commit human rights violations. For more information, visit www.stopcat.org, www.endtheoccupation.org, or www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org.

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COMBATANTS FOR PEACE SPEAKING TOUR
Two evenings in Seattle, sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

February 8, 2007  7pm
Schaffer Auditorium, Lemieux Library Building, Seattle University
12th Ave East & E. Marion St., guest parking entrance

February 9, 2007 - place to be announced
For more information contact the Seattle Chapter (206) 442-2077 

The Combatants for Peace movement was founded in 2005 by  Israelis and Palestinians who were once actively involved in  perpetuating the cycle of violence. They decided to put down  their weapons, and to fight instead for peace through  dialogue, reconciliation and educational outreach. In addition  to organizing countless meetings between Israeli and  Palestinian veterans, the Combatants for Peace have worked  together to raise the consciousness in both larger Israeli and  Palestinian societies of the aspirations and fears of those on  the "other side," and in so doing to create partners in  dialogue. 

Combatants for Peace Tour Speakers:

Sulaiman Al Hamri is the Palestinian coordinator for  Combatants for Peace. He spent four-and-a-half years in  Israeli prisons for his involvement in anti-occupation  protests and demonstrations before deciding to pursue a  non-violent approach to resolving the conflict. 

Elik Elhanan (Jan. 8-27) is the Israeli coordinator of  Combatants for Peace. He is familiar with the  Israeli-Palestinian conflict both as a fighter and as a  victim: from 1995 to 1998 he served as a soldier in an IDF  combat unit. In 1997 his sister was killed by a Palestinian  suicide bombing in Jerusalem. 

Shimon Katz (Jan. 28-Feb. 9) served for four years as an  officer in an elite IDF unit. After studying meditation in the  Far East, he became interested in non-violent ways of living.

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"PALESTINE FOR BEGINNERS: HISTORY, CONTEXT, AND
 UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT CONFLICT"

 A Presentation by Linda Bevis and Ed Mast, who will be
 joined by Amin Odeh

 Ed and Linda are founding members of the Palestine
 Information Project and Amin Odeh grew up in Ayda refugee
 camp inside Bethlehem and works with Voices of Palestine
 locally. Time for questions and answers will follow the
 formal presentation.

 Sunday, February 11, 7:30-9:30PM, Our Lady of the Lake
 Catholic Church Jubilee Hall, 8900 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA
 98115

 For more information, call the church office at
 206-523-6776. 


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"THE IRON WALL," FILM

Free public showing Saturday, January 20th, at 7 PM
Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church.
8109 224th St. SW, south Snohomish County.

Saturday evening, January 20th, at 7 PM, at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church there will be a free public showing of the film "The Iron Wall".

Tragic and heart-rending, a powerful and shocking exposé of the separation of a people from their land, this highly acclaimed film by Mohammed Alatar examines the Palestinian loss of land in the occupied territories as a result of Israeli settlement policy. It documents the timeline, size, and population of the settlements and the effect the settlement policy has had on the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Particularly noted is the wall Israel is building in the West Bank and the effect it has on Palestinian life there.

After the showing, Dr. Steve Niva, Professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies at Evergreen State College, will discuss the film and provide a first-hand and expert interpretation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the settlement policy. Dr. Niva has lived and worked in the Palestinian occupied territories and in Israel on numerous occasions, and frequently writes on current issues germane to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"The Iron Wall" is an extraordinary film. President Jimmy Carter states, "The best description of the barrier, its routing and impact is shown in the film, 'The Iron Wall'." CURRENT magazine proclaims, "If you ever wondered why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so complicated, but were afraid to ask, then this is the film to see."

Bring your family. Bring your friends. Do not miss this chance to learn the truth behind the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, a truth which the U.S. government and media fail to address.

The Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 8109 224th St. SW in south Snohomish County. Turn West off of Highway 99 onto 224th St. SW and drive a few blocks until you see the sign advertising "The Iron Wall".

This event is presented by Political Action Network In Support Of the Palestinian People (PANISOPP) and the Peace and Justice Committee of the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church.

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END THE OCCUPATION / STOP THE SIEGE OF GAZA

Saturday December 2, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Westlake Plaza Park 4th & Pine, downtown Seattle

Come join us to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza who are suffering, dying, many having to flee their homes with no hope of escaping the Israeli military as it continues its brutal siege of Gaza.

For more information call: (206) 633-1086.

PSC will also be collaborating with other groups -- more details to follow.

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Encounter Point:
Film and Discussion with Filmmakers and Community Members


Wed, Dec 6: Film at 7:00 p.m. at the NW Film Forum - 1515 12th Ave on Capitol Hill
Discussion at 8:35 p.m. at Caffé Vita, 1005 East Pike St.

Join others interested in learning more about Israel and Palestine, and the human story behind the media as the film Encounter Point premiers in Seattle. The film, whose trailer can be viewed at www.encounterpoint.com, is screening at the NW Film Forum in Capitol Hill from December 5-7 with 7 screenings. Buy tickets to the film online. At Caffé Vita following the 7:00 p.m. screening on Wednesday, Dec. 6th, please join an informal discussion co-sponsored by many organizations in Seattle who work for peace for Israel and Palestine in various ways. Representatives of these organizations, some of whom look at the situation in very different ways, are hoping to bring a group together to share and learn from one another about the different perspectives on this complex situation while also beginning a process of peaceful dialogue. While we are targeting young people between 18-35, all are welcome to come and contribute to this learning experience.

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HEARTS AND MINDS OF PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE
Palestine Film Festival 2006

Saturdays October 28, and November 4, and 11 at Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle 0.4 miles west of the I-5 50th St. Exit  -  Metro Bus Routes 16, 26 & 44.  Doors open at 6:30m pm. 

All films screen at 7:00 pm and will be followed by related presentation and discussion.   Suggested donation $5-10.  No one turned away.

Saturday, October 28 – Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said
Emmanuel Hammoun, 2003, 54 mins.

Known as one of America's great contemporary intellectuals and a prominent spokesperson for the Palestinian cause in the United States, Said died in September of 2003 at the age of 67.  Shortly before is death, a French film crew spent several weeks with him and his family. The result is SELVES AND OTHERS, an intimate documentary that offers a glimpse at some of Said's final reflections on the themes that dominated his life's work.


Saturday, November 4 – Palestine Blues
Nida Sinnokrat, 2005, 74 mins.

"Palestine Blues follows the repercussions of the Israeli Security Wall and Settlement expansion in the engulfed/annexed Palestinian farming communities of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Instead of focusing on the Wall as an object, Palestine Blues examines the grassroots resistance movement that has
sprung up against it. Palestine Blues is not a 'traditional' political reportage but rather an interminable road trip across hard and liquid borders, across a terrain that is being erased as it is being traversed." - N. Sinnokrot

Saturday, November 11th – Writers On the Borders
Samir Abdallah and Jose Reynes, 2002, 84 mins.

In 2002, eight internationally renowned writers, poets and intellectuals —
including American novelist Russell Banks and Nobel laureates Jose Saramago
and Wole Soyinka — traveled to the West Bank and Gaza to visit poet Mahmoud
Darwish and observe the state of the Palestinians living there. Documentary
filmmakers Samir Abdallah and Jose Reynes alternate scenes from the writers'
journey with testimonials from the Palestinian people, readings by Darwish
and reflections from the concerned authors as they bear witness to what they
see.

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UNDOING COLUMBUS
International Law and Indigenous Peoples' Rights

7:00 p.m.  Thursday, October 12, 2006
University Friends’ Meeting Community Room
4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington
Organized and hosted by the
Forum on Human Rights & International Law
ADMISSION: FREE 

Attorney Patricia Paul and Professor Joel Ngugi are lawyers with expertise in international law as it pertains to the rights of indigenous peoples.  In this forum they will explore the ways indigenous peoples utilize international law to protect their rights to land, to subsistence lifestyles, to cultural maintenance, and to autonomy within the current nation-state political model. 

UNDOING COLUMBUS will include a discussion of key principles of international law on indigenous peoples' rights, the development of those principles, how they have been applied, and indigenous issues as addressed by the United Nations.  Ms. Paul and Mr. Ngugi will also discuss the limitations of international law in addressing the needs of indigenous peoples around the world – a reflection on international law as a development of western societies, especially those of Europe and North America. 

Ms. Paul, an Inupiaq, is an attorney, as well as tribal judge pro tem. She received a JD, 1998, from Seattle University Law School, and in 2005 she did post-graduate studies at JFK School of Government, Harvard University.  Ms Paul has lectured internationally in Brazil, Chile, Finland, and Sweden. 

Prof. Ngugi, from Kenya, received his Doctor of Juridical Sciences (S.J.D.) and LL.M from Harvard Law School where he was one of two recipients of the John Gallup Laylin Prize in International Law (2002).  He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi.  Prof. Ngugi has worked with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in Pristina, and has done research work for various organizations including the Global Coalition for Africa/World Bank, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University, and the Global Trade Watch Division of the Public Citizens, Inc. in Washington, DC.

 Co-sponsored by Seattle International Human Rights Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Committee – Seattle and the American Friends Service Committee

Contact:  Ed Mast 206-633-1086, Edwardmast@aol.com

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WITHOUT END
Monday, September 11, 2006
from 11:30 AM, but especially 4:30-6:30 PM

Westlake Plaza Park - corner of 4th and Pine in Seattle

In Westlake Plaza Park, visual art, spoken word, music and public meditation will observe two important anniversaries on September 11: the 5th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and the 100th anniversary of the first nonviolence campaign launched by Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Gandhi’s first campaign of nonviolent resistance was launched against racist laws in South Africa at a meeting in Johannesburg on September 11, 1906.  The term “satyagraha” or ”holding truth” was coined after the Johannesburg meeting to describe resistance and persuasion by means of nonviolence and
respect.  After success in South Africa, Gandhi applied the developing strategies of nonviolent resistance in India against the British occupation.

WITHOUT END will combine visual art and performance to remember and celebrate a century of nonviolent resistance in South Africa, India, Palestine, the United States and elsewhere.  WITHOUT END will also remember and protest the mounting numbers of civilian deaths caused by state and
non-state violence.

A forest of icons representing civilian casualties will surround an open meditation circle in Westlake Plaza, with movement, poetry and music performances outside in the plaza.  Audience and passers-by will be invited to move about among the various elements of the event, and to stay for all or part.
The visual elements and the meditation circle will be available in Westlake Plaza all day, starting at 11:30 AM.   At approximately 4:30 PM, performance elements will be added, and members of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, among others, will begin public meditation in the circle.  The event will take place rain or shine.

WITHOUT END is created by the Theater Squad and will use elements from their popular performances SHADOWS OF EXILE and SLEEPWALKING APOCALYPSE.   Local playwright Edward Mast will direct, and the Theater Squad will be joined by other performers, including musician Jay Hamilton, actors Meg Savlov and Rich Hawkins, and dancers Betsy Beckmann and Dvorah Kost.

For more about WITHOUT END, call (206) 633-1086 or email theatersquad@aol.com

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Outdoor installation/performance on 9/11 protests civilian deaths
and commemorates 100 years of nonviolence
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Friends Note: Meditators and other volunteers are needed for this event to work well. A full description of the event follows below. Note the contact number/email at the end. But it is not necessary to sign up in advance to participate. If you do intend to come and make the most of the space created , it may be helpful to know in advance that: You may enter or leave the circle at any time, 4:30-6:30.  At regular intervals of 10 or 15 minutes, a bell will sound, and meditators will rise and turn to walk slowly in line around the circle one time, then resuming sitting meditation.  This circle will be able to be used  from 11:30 on. Lunch hour musician playing xylo-chimes. You are encouraged to bring a pillow or two for sitting, altho some extra pillows will be set out in the circle.  Dress  yourself and your pillow for the weather!
If you have/haven’t done public meditation before,  these 2 anniversaries on 9-11 (explained below) present a particular practice opportunity:   to engender our compassion for others affected by 20th century violence and non-violence  and for all affected  by  9/11/2001 and  its  subsequent events -- and to connect those large realms of compassion with compassion for ourselves including the many thoughts of our minds in the moment. Participants are free to move about to any of the points in space created
for the day at Westlake.  This freedom can expand awareness of  interrelations across time as well as space; can expand awareness of interbeing, across the continuum between participant and spectator.
Sitting, standing, walking: for peace,  with peace.
Meditation circle participants are invited to gather beforehand with members of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship-Seattle and others, at a house near downtown; and to share travel together to the event. Also to gather afterward to share food and reflect on the experience.
Please RSVP Rick Harlan before Sunday, Sept. 10th for this part: rickharlan@igc.org

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For info about 911Peace, Gandhi and the upcoming 10 day observance Sept. 11th through 21st,
visit www.seattlecenterforpeace.org

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June 14th, 2006 is the National Day of Action challenging Caterpillar Inc.'s compliance with human rights abuses in the Occupied Territories including the death of numerous civilians and Olympian Rachel Corrie, home demolition, and the destruction of Palestinian livelihood.

This will be our third year at NC Machinery in Tukwila, Washington at 4pm on Wednesday June 14th. Continued visibility and pressure on this company at local distributors is part of a national call for action coinciding with Caterpillar's annual shareholders' meetings. The shareholders' meeting was postponed this year due to it's closeness to the anniversary of Rachel's death and the cancellation of the play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie." Caterpillar Inc. also launched a multi-million dollar publicity campaign to clean up its image, or rather to cover up its complacency These are great signs that we are challenging the company in constructive ways. Also, June 14th is the meeting of the US Presbyterian General Assembly - the first large church in the Unites States taking the courageous steps to challenge companies doing business in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

We need artistic inspiration, media help, peacekeepers, publicity, carpool coordination, legal consultation, etc. There are infinite ways you can help out.

If you are interested in making this event happen, please contact Annamarie at ammurano@gmail.com or call 360 485 5745 to get more information or directions to the planning meetings occurring every Wednesday at 7pm until the demonstration on June 14th.

Beyond Borders;
Solidarity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Tuesday, May 16th, 7 PM
The Tribal Space at The Chocolate Factory
3400 Phinney in Fremont,
(Corner 35th and Phinney, in the old Red Hook building).
 
Come hear three activists who have returned from four months in the West Bank and Gaza.
 
Rochelle Gause, Serena Becker and Johan Genberg, will report on their actions in Palestine, where they participated in non-violent resistance to the Israel's construction of the wall, worked to set up a sister city within the stranglehold of post-disengagement Gaza, and documented the repeated human rights abuses from Israeli settlers. They hope to inspire and emphasize the potential that each one of us has to work for change in creating a just world.
 
Rochelle and Serena live in Olympia, and spent part of their time working on the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project, started after Rachel Corrie was murdered in Rafah. All three activists also worked with the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank, and Johan (from Sweden) also worked with the Tel Rumeida project in Heborn.
 
Sponsored by Palestine Solidarity Committee of Seattle.
(206)-633-1086   info@palestineinformation.org
 

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Past Events

-PALESTINE-RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA JUNE 2005
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PALESTINE-RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA MAY 2005
-PALESTINE-RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA APRIL 2005
-PALESTINE-RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA MARCH 27 - APRIL 2005
-PALESTINE-RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA FEB. 12-20, 2005
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for week of Dec 2004 - Jan 2005
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for week of December 4, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for week of October 18, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for week of October 10, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for September 25- Oct 8, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for September 17 - 24, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for September 11-18, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for September 4-11, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for August 7 - 14, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for July 19-31, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for July 10-17, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for July 5, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for June 26, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for MAY 28 - June 6, 2004
-PALESTINE RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for MAY 15-23, 2004
-PALESTINE-RELATED EVENTS in the SEATTLE AREA for May 2-9

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Past Highlighted Events

April 13, 2005 - National Day of Action Against Caterpillar
Stop Caterpillar from selling bulldozers to Israel which uses them to commit war crimes: house demolitions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Rally at N.C. Machinery in Tukwila, 17900 W. ValleyHighway, 2PM, Wednesday, April 13, to highlight the role of Caterpillar

Corporation in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. More info: 206 633-1086;
(360) 556-4673.

PSC in the News...

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Demonstrators protest Caterpillar distributor
Seattle P-I Staff

TUKWILA -- About 100 people demonstrated outside a Tukwila-based distributor of construction equipment yesterday, to pressure the company to help them stop the sale of Caterpillar bulldozers to the Israeli army.

[read more]

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Understanding Israeli Strategy: A Palestinian Perspective
a public talk by Michael Tarazi, a legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization

Monday, December 6th, 2004
7 PM, Kane Hall, Room 220,
University of Washington
(Doors open at 6:30)
Free and open to the public
More information:
(206) 633-1086
[more details] [pdf flyer]

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PALESTINE: THE PEOPLE

Films that reveal the complexities and dynamics of being Palestinian.
Oct 31-Nov 21, 2004
Sundays at 7pm
Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE,
in Seattle’s University District
Suggested Donation $10 - All Welcome
FLYER PDF-Color | PDF b/w
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[CANCELED]
Activists and the Occupation: Solidarity and Resistance in Israel and Palestine.

Monday, Nov 29th, 7PM

Israeli human rights lawyer Yael Berda and returned International Solidarity Movement activist Aaron Kuller of Seattle will speak at the University Friends Meeting, 4001 9th Ave NE

YAEL BERDA 28, is a human rights lawyer representing political activists and free speech cases in Israel. Yael will speak about the growing movement to bring an end to the occupation and social, economic, and cultural oppression, and will address how people both inside Israel and in the United States can act as solidarity allies to Israelis and Palestinians.

AARON KULLER is a local activist who recently volunteered with the ISM, participating in non-violent direct action against the occupation. Aaron bears personal witness to mass arrests and detentions, torture, military incursions and an invasion of Nablus.

Co-sponsored by The Palestine Solidarity Committee, American Friends Service Committee (as part of their "Many Faces of Peace" film and discussion series), Voices of Palestine, the Palestine Concerns Group of St. Marks Cathedral, Tikkun Seattle and National Lawyers Guild.
Admission by voluntary donation.

For more information call (206) 663-1086 or write pl52ip@hotmail.com

 

Questions? Comments? To contact the Palestine Solidarity Committee, e-mail info@palestineinformation.org