Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine (RoR Publishing, 2011) and the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. He recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop and he is on the organizing committee of USACBI (the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel). Please join the Palestine Solidarity Committee and Society for Islamic Awareness in welcoming Remi to UT-Austin March 18th at 7pm.
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Draw the connection: UT, the US, and Israel
A recently published op-ed in the Daily Texan written by two PSC members.
We hope everyone can join us Tuesday evenings in Mezes Hall 1.204 @ 7PM for the weekly PSC meeting.
Whether you are passionate about advocating for Palestinian rights, or just want to know a little more about the conflict, the Palestine Solidarity Committee is a great place to start.
Palestine Solidarity Committee, Amnesty International, International Socialist Organization, Society for Islamic Awareness, and the Austin Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights present: Seeking Asylum
Why would people leave their country? What are the difficulties in obtaining asylum? What obstacles do refugees face in settling in the United States?
Immigration lawyer John Gibson will discuss his work experience with his clients and the U.S. government’s legal treatment of refugees. Palestinian local Radwan Dalu will talk about his personal experience as a refugee seeking asylum in the United States, and Refugee Services of Texas Immigration Director Trish Niswander will speak about her work experience with refugee families in Austin,
The event will be followed by a Q&A and donations will be collected for the Refugee Services of Austin.
Attached is the trial brief for the Ibrahim family’s asylum case. Please read this interesting document.Ibrahim Family Asylum Trial Brief
BREAKING ISRAEL’S BLOCKADE OF GAZA:
A DISCUSSION WITH HUWAIDA ARRAF
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24
7PM FAC 21
Eyewitness of Israel’s attack on the May 31 Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Chairperson of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Steering Committee
Co-Founder of the International Solidarity Movement
Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian with American and Israeli citizenship.
She received her Bachelors degrees from the University of Michigan,
and her Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College
of Law, where she focused her studies on international human rights
and humanitarian law. In 2001 Huwaida co-founded the International
Solidarity Movement (ISM), which has twice been nominated for the
Nobel Peace Prize. Huwaida is co-author of the book “Peace Under Fire:
Israel, Palestine, and the International Solidarity Movement.”
From 2007 – 2008 Huwaida taught in a human rights law clinic at
Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, the first legal clinic in the Arab
World. Huwaida was one of the initiators and organizers of a
delegation of American lawyers to Gaza in February 2009, and
co-authored the report on their findings, “Onslaught: Israel’s Attack
on Gaza and the Rule of Law.”Huwaida is currently the Chairperson of
the Free Gaza Movement. Since August 2008, she has led 5 successful
sea voyages to the Gaza Strip. Huwaida was traveling with the Gaza
Freedom Flotilla when it was lethally attacked by Israeli forces on 31
Famous video of Huwaida Arraf confronting Israeli soldiers
Huwaida Arraf debating Israeli spokesman Ranaan Gissin (idiot who spoke at UT once, sponsored by University Democrats and College Republicans)
Palestine Solidarity Committee
Austin Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights
Israeli activist Gal Lugassi speaking about the struggle against apartheid
TUESDAY DECEMBER 7
110 E North Loop Blvd
Israeli activist Gal Lugassi will be speaking at Monkeywrench Books (110 E North Loop Blvd) and raising money for the Israeli activist group Anarchists Against the Wall.
Gal Lugassi is an Israeli conscientious objector, a member of the Shiministim, an activist with the Anarchist Against the Wall action group, and the Boycott! from Within group. She also volunteers at the Coalition of Women for Peace and with the Who Profits proj…ect.
Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW) 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 over the West Bank. All of AATW’s work in Palestine is coordinated through villages’ local popular committees and is essentially Palestinian led.
This event is sponsored by Monkeywrench Books and the Palestine Solidarity Committee.
Video of Nir Rosen’s talk at UT this week has been uploaded on Vimeo.