Category Archives: Announcements

Huwaida Arraf speaking in Austin


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
May 2010.


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 speaking in Austin, TX

Israeli activist Gal Lugassi speaking about the struggle against apartheid

110 E North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX

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

Video of Nir Rosen’s talk at UT this week has been uploaded on Vimeo.

“From Beirut to Kabul: War, Occupation, and Resistance”


Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin
Thompson Conference Center auditorium (TCC 1.110)

TCC is next to the LBJ School at Red River and Dean Keeton.

There is free convenient parking for motorists in the large lots along Red River.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Committee, International Socialist Organization, Third Coast Activists, the Department of Government, and the School of Journalism.

Nir Rosen is recently back from a six week trip to seven of Iraq’s provinces. He will discuss post civil war Iraq and also his experiences reporting on Sunni-Shiite strife in Lebanon and on the situation in Afghanistan.

Born in New York in 1977, Nir Rosen has been reporting from Iraq since April of 2003 and has spent most of the last seven and a half years in Iraq. He recently returned from a trip to seven provinces in the country. He has also reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the former Yugoslavia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Turkey and Egypt. He has written for magazines such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and most major American publications. He has filmed documentaries. He is a Fellow at the New York University Center on Law and Security. His new book, “Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America’s Wars in the Muslim World,” is about occupation, resistance, sectarianism and civil war from Iraq to Lebanon to Afghanistan.



BDS action this Saturday, April 24th

Demonstration on Sat. April 24 to protest  sales by ULTA of Ahava cosmetics, made in an illegal settlement using materials stolen from Occupied Palestine.

Saturday April 24 –  NOON to 1:15 – Assemble on the sidewalk on the north side of the Gateway Shopping Center, which runs parallel to the Capitol of TX Hwy and connects the frontage road of 183 with Stonelake Blvd.

“AHAVA” means “LOVE” in Hebrew but there is no love in Occupation!


*AHAVA cosmetics are taken from an illegal Israeli settlement next to the Dead Sea
*The UN has declared Israeli settlements in Palestine a violation of international law
*AHAVA violates the Fourth Geneva Convention by exploiting Palestine’s natural resources
*Buying Ahava cosmetics contributes to the suffering of the Palestinian people
*We ask you to boycott ULTA until it removes AHAVA products from its stores

On April 17, activists from the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, Code Pink, and the Palestine Solidarity Committee of UT carried out a successful in-store action in the Ulta Sunset Valley store followed by a picket on the sidewalk along Hwy. 290.  We had previously asked the Ulta stores to remove the products & they refused.  Now we turn to the Ulta store at Gateway

Don’t Shop at ULTA!
Don’t Buy Occupation!

Video of PSC/ICPR/Code Pink BDS action

“This Time We Went Too Far | Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion”

By Norman G. Finkelstein

“[Finkelstein’s] place in the whole history of writing history is assured.”

–Raul Hilberg, author, The Destruction of the European Jews

“A very impressive, learned and careful scholar.”

–Avi Shlaim, Professor, International Relations, Oxford University

“Better than any other book, ‘This Time We Went Too Far’ shows how the massive destruction visited on Gaza was not an accidental byproduct of the Israeli invasion but its barely concealed objective.”

–Raja Shehadeh, author, Palestinian Walks

Here’s an excerpt taken from chapter1: Self-Defense

Copyright Norman G. Finkelstein
First published by OR Books, New York, 2010

As the Israeli government attempts to discredit the UN Goldstone Report on the Gaza assault, Norman Finkelstein’s meticulous study of why Israel attacked, what happened on the ground during the invasion, and the repercussions of the attack in Jewish communities around the world, could not be more timely or important.

For the Palestinians who live in Gaza, the December 2008 invasion was a nightmare of unimaginable proportions:  In the 22-day-long action 1,400 Gazans were killed, several hundred on the first day alone. More than 6,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged. The cost of the destruction and disruption of economic life, in one of the world’s poorest areas, is estimated at more than $3 billion.

And yet, while nothing should diminish recognition of Palestinian suffering through these frightful days, it is possible something redemptive will emerge from the tragedy of Gaza. For, as Norman Finkelstein details, in this concise work that melds cold anger with cool analysis, the profound injustice of the Israeli assault has been widely recognized by bodies that are impossible to brand as partial or extremist.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the UN investigation headed by Richard Goldstone, in documenting Israel’s use of indiscriminate and intentional force on Gaza’s civilian population, have had an impact on traditional support for Israel. Jews in both the United States and the United Kingdom, for instance, are beginning to voice dissent, and this trend is especially apparent among the young. Such a shift, Finkelstein contends, can result in new public pressure capable of moving the Middle East crisis towards a solution, one that embraces justice for Palestinians and Israelis alike.

“This Time We Went Too Far”, written with Finkelstein’s customary acuity and precision, will surely advance the process it so eloquently describes.

Norman G. Finkelstein’s books include Beyond Chutzpah, The Holocaust Industry, A Nation on Trial and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

For a review copy or to arrange an interview, please email Lusiné Kerobyan,

For more information about this title, and OR Books, go to

Publication: March 31st, 2010  hardback $20; e-book $9  208 pages

This Time We Went Too Far” is available only direct from OR Books, a new publishing company selling progressive books in both traditional and electronic formats, direct to the reader.

It is not available in bookstores or from other online retailers.