Rally to Demand the Right of Return!

We are living in a time of revolution. The face of the Middle East is changing daily, and the force of people’s demands for justice and freedom have overwhelmed the dictators that have been holding the hopes and dreams of their citizens hostage

For Palestinians, this changing world has yet to become their reality. 63 Years after Al-Nakba, Palestinians across the globe are still facing catastrophic oppression. Palestinians in Palestine and in the diaspora are continually being denied the right to exist as Palestinians, as free citizens of our world. Living under existential and physical occupation, it is the strength and determination of the Palestinian people that inspires this call to action.

We are calling for the implementation of Right of Return for Palestinian refugees to their homeland, and for the UN and the associated global community to live up to their responsibilities. Resolutions are nothing but words if no action is taken to honor them. Declarations of peace and peace processes mean nothing when negotiated by dictators and occupiers.

We answer Palestinian refugees’ call from the refugee camps of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank, who will be mobilizing for the 63rd anniversary of Al-Nakba, and support them to the fullest extent possible. We will never forget the Nakba of 1948, and will continue to fight harder, and more passionately as long Israel and the rest of the global community deny Palestinians their right of return, and their right to a homeland.

We are calling upon the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities, and every ally, supporter, and person committed to freedom and justice in the United States to take part in this action by endorsing, participating, spreading the word, and making it clear that Palestinian refugees’ determination to return home is greater than ever, and will never be defeated even after 63 years of exile, oppression and occupation.

The twisted system of occupation and oppression that burdens and cripples the lives of Palestinians all over the globe must be dismantled if we, as a global community, are truly committed to the ideals of democracy and freedom for all.

We are calling on the Palestinian and Arab communities in the US and our allies to rally at the United Nations in New York at 1 pm at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th and First Avenue) on Sunday, May 15th, in support of the Right of Return and the actions taken on that day by refugees themselves.
If you would like to endorse this call and/or to join the Organizing Committee, please email us at may15rally@gmail.com

(Sponsor list in formation, if your organization would like to sponsor this action please email ma15rally@gmail.com)

Sponsors: Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, American Muslims for Palestine- NJ, American Muslims for Palestine NY, US Palestinian Community Network, WESPAC Foundation, Existence is Resistance, Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Brooklyn College Palestine Club, International Action Center, National Lawyers Guild – International Committee, Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat – North America, New York City Labor Against the War, Labor for Palestine, United National Anti War Committee NYC, Norma Harrison, California Peace and Freedom Party*, International Jewish AntiZionist Network,

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=220320077982639

JOIN HUNTER STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE FOR THE SCREENING OF OCCUPATION 101

JOIN HUNTER STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE FOR THE SCREENING OF OCCUPATION 101

Wednesday April 6th, 1-3 PM

Room TH305B

Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine invites you to join us for the screening of the award winning documentary, Occupation 101, a thought provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict — ‘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.

The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

The film covers a wide range of topics — which include — the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880’s, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy.s that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

Wednesday, April 6

1-3 PM

TH305B

For more information please

Visit www.hcsjp.wordpress.com

Or email us at SJPHunter@gmail.com

Israeli Apartheid Week at Hunter College!

Israeli Apartheid Week Event Schedule

Israeli Apartheid Week Event Schedule

Monday, February 28, 2011:

Divest from the U.S.-Backed Israeli Occupation Now!

7:30pm – 9:30pm
New York University, Kimmel, 60 Washington Sq. South,
E&L Auditorium, 4th Floor
Featuring Sherry Wolf, and Stephen Shalom. Moderated by Jeff Goodwin.
Join NYU Students for Justice in Palestine for a discussion on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions and for the launching of our TIAA-CREF campaign to divest from the oppression of the Palestinian people.

Divestment: A Strategy to End the US-backed Israeli Occupation
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191781600844814

Wednesday, March 2, 2011:

Poetic Injustice Book Release Party

7:30pm – 9:30pm
Columbia University: Alfred Lerner Hall (Roone Arledge Auditorium) – 2920 Broadway (btwn 114th & 115th), New York, NY
Join us for the release of POETIC INJUSTICE: Writings on Resistance and Palestine By Remi Kanazi
Special guest poets include: Suheir Hammad, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Tahani Salah, Dina Omar, Michael Cirelli, Safia Elhillo, More poets to come.

Poetic Injustice Book Release Party
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=19489232720402
Thursday, March 3, 2011:

The Iron Wall: Film Screening and Discussion

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: TV Room, Basement, Student Center (SUBO), Brooklyn College, Campus Road and E 27 St.
About the film: The Iron Wall documentary exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process. This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground – the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian’s peoples.

Said Shehadeh from Al-Awda NY will be facilitating a discussion about apartheid in Palestine and the parallels to Apartheid South Africa in the 1970s.

The Iron Wall: Film Screening and Discussion
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190669524300299

Friday, March 4, 2011:

The Arab People’s Revolt: A Night of Solidarity and Discussion

7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Avenue)

In 2011, Arab countries have exploded with mass popular movementsthat have had radical, and indeed revolutionary results. In Tunisiaand Egypt, longtime U.S.-sponsored dictators have fallen, whileprotests rock Jordan, Algeria and occupied Palestine. Thisunprecedented revolt has provided new hope for a movement to liberatePalestine and the whole Arab world. Join Al-Awda New York to discuss:
What is the role of workers in the Arab revolt?
What are the challenges yet to come?
What do these changes mean for Palestine and the Arab world?
What do they mean for people in the U.S. and the world?
How can we organize to provide solidarity and support?
and much more!

Featuring speakers:
-Lamis Deek, Palestinian attorney and activist, co-founder Al-Awda NY
-Hoda Mitwally,Egyptian-American student and Middle East solidarity activist fromRutgers University
-Emna Zghal, Tunisian visual artist

THE ARAB PEOPLE’S REVOLT: A Night of Solidarity and Discussion
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188280147869789

Wednesday, March 9, 2011:

Palestine: Then & Now – The Road to Freedom

7:00pm
Hunter College (68th & Lexington Ave) 424 Hunter North, Lang Recital Hall

Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine invites you to join us for an evening to discuss the history of Palestine and the importance of Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine. Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe and the aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build BDS campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement.

Speakers:
Lamis Deek: Palestinian Attorney and Co-founder of Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition.
Randa Wahbe: Activist with Adalah NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and a Graduate student at Columbia University.
Dinna Omar: Activist and spoken word artist and a Graduate Student at Columbia University.
Poetry by Tahani Salah
The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with our panelists
(Refreshments will be served)

Palestine: Then & Now – The Road to Freedom
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198135293545365

Friday, March 11, 2011:

How Now BDS? Media, Politics and Queer Activism
A conversation with John Greyson and Judith Butler
6pm to 9pm
Judson Memorial Church, Basement Gym – 243 Thompson St., just off of Washington Square Park

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984 on the French Reception of Hegel. Judith Butler is the author of Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (Routledge, 1993), Undoing Gender (2004), Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak in 2008), Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009). She is also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics, and Jewish Voice for Peace. As well she is founding member of the Russell Tribunal for Palestinian Rights and a board member of the Jenin Theatre. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities..

John Greyson is a Toronto video artist/filmmaker whose features, shorts and installations include Fig Trees (Best Documentary Teddy, Berlin Film Festival, 2009), Proteus (Diversity Award, Barcelona Gay Lesbian Film Festival, 2004), and Lilies (Best Film ‘Genie’, 1996). An associate professor in Film at York University, he was awarded the 2007 Bell Canada Award in Video Art.

Statement on LGBT Center
As you may have heard the NY LGBT Center was pressured to cancel an IAW event planned for next Saturday due to pressure from wealthy pro-Israel donors. The Center then also banned the Siegebuster’s Working Group from meeting at the Center, even though that’s where they have been meeting every week. For more information, read the IAW steering committee’s statement, linked below.

Link to the statement of the IAW NYC committee:
http://newyork.apartheidweek.org/en/statement-lgbt-center-cancellation

Link to the petition to sign
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savenyclgbtcenter/

Palestine: Then & Now – The Road to Freedom.

Palestine: Then & Now – The Road to Freedom.
Part of a series of events for Israeli Apartheid Week
March 3rd at 7 PM at Hunter College (68th & Lex Ave)

Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine invites you to join us for an evening to discuss the history of Palestine and the importance of Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine. Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe and the aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build BDS campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement.

Joining us will be:
Lamis Deek: Palestinian Attorney and member of Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

Randa Wahbe: Activist with Adalah NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and a Graduate student at Columbia University.

Dinna Omar: Activist and spoken word artist and a Graduate Student at Columbia University.

Poetry by
Tahani Salah

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with our panelists

Refreshments will be served

For more information please visit
www.hcsjp.wordpress.com or email us at
sjphunter@gmail.com

Where:
Hunter College
68th Street & Lexington Avenue
6 tain to 68th & Lexington Ave
Room:
TBA
Time:
7-9 PM

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Urgent Call to Supporters of Egypt’s Struggle for Freedom

Urgent Call to Supporters of Egypt’s Struggle for Freedom

A Message to Supporters of Egypt’s Struggle for Freedom

A call to mobilize in the event of any attack on the Egyptian popular movement!

Solidarity with the Egyptian people!

Sign on to this call

Al-Awda New York joins millions in Egypt and around the world in celebrating what the Egyptian people have achieved – a fundamental change in power in Egypt and the region. We join with the Egyptian people in outrage at dictator Hosni Mubarak’s continued refusal to recognize the demands of the Egyptian people, and we recognize that this is a time of great revolutionary potential for Egypt – and also a time of great danger at the hands of the regime. And we know that we must be steadfast in our support of the Egyptian people’s struggle for real regime change, and their continuing struggle for their political, economic and social rights, and dignity, and we call on all supporters of the Egyptian people to be ready and mobilized to act in the event of any military or police attack.

Our Egyptian sisters and brothers will continue to peacefully protest to realize these goals and we know that will only come when the people can exercise their right to choose their own leaders and when their demands, so clearly and brilliantly displayed to the world, are met.

Yet, the diverse leadership of this great popular movement has yet to be invited to any negotiation table, and steadfastly refuses to accept any so-called solution that leaves the dictatorship intact. In recent days, despite – and perhaps because of – the largest turnouts ever in the mass demonstrations against the regime and the surging participation of Egyptian workers in strikes and protests – there have been increasing  direct and indirect threats against the people by Mubarak and recently appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman, known for his record of repression and torture as head of the Egyptian Intelligence and his alliance with the CIA.

The game that the U.S., the Mubarak regime, and their allies and pawns are playing serves mainly to buy time and to seek to thwart this movement in a direction that does not destabilize the interests of the US, Israel, other reactionary Arab regimes and the interest of many corporations in the region.

Yesterday many of us received urgent messages from the the April 6th Youth Movement, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, and many other organizations on the ground warning us of a plan by Suleiman to attack protesters and appealing for help.

We must be aware that the regime will do whatever it can to make Egypt’s movement more vulnerable, striking at and imprisoning protesters and their leaders from any angle available to them. There are daily reports of attacks, killings, and roundups of activists throughout the country, in cities and towns were international media has not reached.

The situation today:

  • The growing numbers of protesters rallying in their millions all over Egypt, especially the participation of organized workers;
  • Mubarak’s refusal to step down;
  • open threats by Omar Suleiman and others in the regime to use the military against the people;
  • talk of a coup, talk by Arab media and so-called experts that the Egyptian military is expected to make a choice to support Mubarak until the end;
  • claims that the Egyptian people aren’t ready for a democracy

– All of this must put us all on alert!

This means that supporters of the Egyptian people must be ready for immediate, effective and highly visible actions the moment a military or police attack occurs.

We call on all supporters to gather at Egyptian embassies, missions, consulates, and public spaces, throughout the U.S. at 5 pm the day any attack occurs or the day after depending on the time of the attack.

We also call on supporters in the Egyptian and Arab communities, and especially our allies in diverse U.S. communities to combine efforts to bring strong attention to what is happening, through consistent and long-term  efforts. Including, potentially, hunger strikes, civil disobedience, continuing education and media work, and continuing strong statements of support.

The importance of supporting this movement cannot be overstated. Egypt’s revolution is an international flashpoint, where a popular movement for justice has mobilized millions and aroused hundreds of millions more across Arab countries and around the world in its heroic struggle for justice, democracy and liberation against a dictatorship backed by corporate power, brutal rule,  and U.S. imperialism.

We salute the Egyptian people’s revolution and we echo the call that resounds on Egypt’s streets – ‘The people want to bring down the regime!’ – not just Mubarak himself, but his cronies and the structure of dictatorship, torture, and subservience to the US and Israel that has maintained their authority to date.

  • Please let us know if your organization has an event, action item, or meeting planned. We would like to keep a common calendar. Email us at info@al-awdany.org.
  • Please sign, and get your organization to sign, the above appeal. Sign online atwww.al-awdany.org!

No Mubarak, No Suleiman, No US Puppet Dictator, No More Economic Neoliberal Austerity! FULL REGIME CHANGE!

Appeal from the April 6th Youth Movement

http://6april.org/english/modules/news/article.php?storyid=26

Press Release from Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

http://www.anhri.net/?p=23758

http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=2089

What is Egyptian Emergency Law?

http://www.fidh.org/THE-EMERGENCY-LAW-IN-EGYPT

Who is Omar Suleiman?

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/503/omar-suleiman-the-cias-man-in-cairo-and-egypts-torture-in-chief-

Sign on at http://www.al-awdany.org

In solidarity and struggle,
Al-Awda New York

Hunter College Students for Justice in Palestine

New York City Labor Against the War

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Labor for Palestine

National Lawyers Guild International Committee

Suzanne Adely, Activist, Lawyer, New York, NY
Russell Bates, Berkeley, CA
Enrique Ferro, Brussels, Belgium
Steven Gotzler, Philadelphia, PA
Sarah Khalifa
Michael Letwin, Former President, Labor for Palestine; Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325, Brooklyn, NY
Marian Larsen, Odense, Denmark
Susan Scott, Inverness, CA
Rev Max B Surjadinata, United Church of Christ, New York, NY

 

 

Feb. 12: Egyptian Solidarity Rally and March

Egyptian Solidarity Rally & March

Organized by Egyptian Organizations in the U.S.

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

The White House,  Lafayette Park, Washington DC

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Support the Egyptian Revolution

End US Support to Mubarak and his Regime

Also, Join protesters as they sleep over night in front of the White House (We have permit for the sleep over)

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152980981423304

Come March in Solidarity with millions of Egyptian People in their struggle for democracy and human rights as they demand the immediate DEPARTURE of the repressive U.S. backed Mubarak regime.

For Bus Tickets in NY area: Call 212-633-6646
NY Buses leave at 7:30 AM from The International Action Center at 55 W. 17 St., Suite 5C New York, NY 10011
NY Buses return by 9:00 PM