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IAW Guelph 2013

Guelph IAW events are running from March 11-14 (scroll down for details):

March 11 – Apartheid 101

March 13 – Information Table

March 13 – Israeli Activism against Occupation and Apartheid: Strategies for Solidarity

March 14 – Film:  5 Broken Cameras


Monday March 11, 7:00-9:00pm

MacKinnon 305

Apartheid 101

wall artWhat, exactly, is the Israel-Palestine conflict about?  Is this an intractable religious conflict that has been raging for thousands of years?  What should one make of the Canadian government’s unconditional support for the government of Israel?  Why do activists call Israeli policy “apartheid”?  Are any solutions to the problem conceivable?

Greg Shupak, a writer and a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Guelph, will take on these and other questions in his talk “Apartheid 101.” This discussion will involve an overview of the conflict’s history and its current dynamics as well as a look at how the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid applies to the situation.



Wednesday March 13, 10:00am-4:00pm

University Centre Courtyard

Information Table

Are you interested in learning about:

  • living conditions and human rights in Palestine
  • why Israeli state policies are labeled “apartheid”
  • how the Canadian government is complicit
  • why this is relevant to us
  • how the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign can help bring justice
  • how you can get involved?

Come check out our information table, chat with IAW organizers, pick up some resources, and sign up to get involved in future campaigns.


Wednesday March 13, 7:00-9:00pm

University Centre 441, University of Guelph

Israeli Activism against Occupation and Apartheid: Strategies for Solidarity

israeli_apartheid_2_by_latuff2As an Israeli anti-israeli-apartheid activist, Noa Shaindlinger will discuss her involvement in Zochrot, a Tel-Aviv NGO whose mission statement it is to educate Israeli-Jews about the Nakba and preserve the memory of pre-1948 Palestine. Noa also joined Anarchists Against the Wall and participated in demonstrations and other actions against the current realities of land theft, expanding settlements and limitations imposed on the freedom of movement of Palestinians. She will speak about the nature of this type of solidarity work, the joint struggle and its internal tensions and pitfalls.



Thursday March 14, 7:00-9:00pm

University Centre 442, University of Guelph

Film Screening:  5 Broken cameras 

The first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature by A.M.P.A.S®, the critically-acclaimed 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements.

Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess.  Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank.

The film is 94 minutes long.  People are welcome to stick around afterwards for a discussion.



IAW Guelph 2012

“Why We Call It Apartheid” and “Dark Hope: the Resistance to War and Ethnic Cleansing in Israel/Palestine”

2 Speakers on Palestinian Human Rights

Wednesday March 7th, 2012 – Mackinnon 311 – 5:30pm

Greg Shupak is a Sessional Lecturer in the University of Guelph’s School ofEnglish and Theatre Studies.  His literary fiction and his journalism have been widely published and for years he has worked as an activist on issues such as Palestinian human rights, labour, the rights of migrant workers in Canada, and campus corporatization.  Greg’s talk, “Why We Call it Apartheid,” will provide a detailed account of why Israel is an apartheid state.

Michael Keefer, who taught at the University of Guelph for more than twenty years, is Professor Emeritus in the School of English and Theatre Studies.  A winner of the Renaissance Society of America’s Nelson Prize, he served as President of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, and as chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s research grant adjudication committee on Literature.  His most
recent book, ‘Antisemitism Real and Imagined: Responses to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism’ (2010), was praised by the Globe and Mail as “timely” and “indispensable.” Professor Keefer’s talk, “‘Dark Hope’: The Resistance to War and Ethnic Cleansing in Israel/Palestine,” looks at the role that universities can play in supporting Palestinian rights, at the disappearance of democracy in Israel, and will argue that the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign offers a humane, rational, and peaceful approach to solving the conflict.