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Sunday, November 02, 2003

ZIONISM FLUNKING ON CAMPUS

"During a frank and friendly conversation with a group of Jewish students at Harvard University, one student admitted to me that she was afraid — afraid to express support for Israel, afraid to take part in pro-Israel organizations, afraid to be identified.

The mood on campus had turned so anti-Israel that she was afraid that her open identification could cost her, damaging her grades and her academic future. That her professors, who control her final grades, were likely to view such activism unkindly, and that the risk was too great.

Having grown up in the communist Soviet Union, I am very familiar with this fear to express one's opinions, with the need to hold the "correct opinions" in order to get ahead, with the reality that expressing support for Israel is a blot on one's resume. But to find all these things. . . at Harvard Business School? "

Read it all: "Tour of U.S. Schools Reveals Why Zionism is Flunking on Campus" by Natan Sharansky.



Countdown to Hate Fest at Ohio State: Nov. 7-9

Third National Student Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement
November 7-9, 2003
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Rooms and details will be available shortly. Please check back soon.

*Iftar will be available for those fasting on Saturday and facilities for prayer throughout the weekend*

Friday, November 7th
2:00: Registration Begins
5:00-6:00: Opening Ceremony in Solidarity with Indigenous People of This Land
6:00-7:00: Memorial for Edward Said

7:00 p- 7:15: Welcome from CJP
Yucel Demirer, Eyad Khalaf, Barry Liandrios

*general conference welcome--placing conference in context
*explanation of logistical structures that will assist throughout conference

7:15-8:30: Towards a Global Intifada: Building Palestinian Solidarity with Other Liberation Struggles
John Ross, Ashanti Alston, Vernon Bellecourt, Rania Masri, Rafeef Zaidah
John Ross is the legendary journalist, poet and activist who has lived between Mexico City and Chiapas since the Zapatista Rebellion in 1994. He has remained very close to the Zapatistas and has written six books on the movement. Ross is currently on his way to Palestine to participate in direct action against the occupation with the ISM. Ross will return from the occupied territories less than one week before the conference.

Ashanti Alston is a former member of the Black Panther Party and former prisoner-of-war (Black Liberation Army). He is presently a member of Estación Libre/People of Color Zapatista Support Group, a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and the Northeast U.S. Coordinator for Critical Resistance.

Vernon Bellecourt (WaBun-Inini in Ojibwa meaning "Man of Dawn") is a National Representative of the White Earth Anishinabe Ojibwa Nation in Northern Minnesota. He is one of the co-founders of the American Indian Movement, the first executive director of the Denver chapter and is currently a representative and primary spokesperson of its Grand Governing Council. Since 1967, Mr. Bellecourt has been part of many of the most historic battles in the current liberation struggle of American Indians including the occupation of Alcatraz in 1969, The Trail of Broken Treaties and subsequent occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1971 and the Wounded Knee standoff in 1973. He is a special representative of the International Indian Treaty Council and helped organize the first Treaty Conference in 1974 and organized the historic demonstrations at the 1992 Redskins super bowl.'k

Rania Masri is the coordinator of the Iraq Action Coalition, an informational network dedicated to distributing news on the effects of the sanctions and military war on the people of Iraq. She has written about the situation in Iraq and Palestine in local, national, and international news magazines, and has spoken at conferences and universities throughout the United States and Canada. She has been interviewed by local, national, and international news networks, including NPR, CNN, Fox National, and Voice of America. Rania Masri is a national board member of Peace Action and a member of the board of directors of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center. She is the 1999 recipient of the International Human Rights Award of North Carolina. She is an environmental scientist by training with a Masters from Duke University and PhD from North Carolina State University (December 2000).

Rafeef Ziadah is a third generation Palestinian refugee to Lebanon. She earned her Masters degree from Seton Hall University (New Jersey) in International Relations, with a focus on Palestinian women's role in the liberation struggle. She is currently pursuing her PhD. in Political Science at York University and working with the SPHR-York chapter.


8:30-11:00: Cultural and Social Event
8:30-9:30

Gallery Space
-display of photographs, artifact and video work
Lounge Space
-graffiti wall, paint supplies

9:30 - 11:00: Readings/performances - Main Lounge

Dan Heck, OSU-CJP
Hassan, OSU-CJP
Serin Atiani
Rafeef Ziadah
Hassan Alsherifi, OSU-CJP
Mars One, Free Palestine NOW! Richmond, VA

11:00 - 2:00am
*an invitation to one of Columbus' International Nights at a local club (a local Greek DJ spins Arabic, Persian and Greed dance music)

Saturday, November 8th
*Due to a home football game at Ohio State University, it is highly recommended that you arrive at the conference on time. After 10:00 am, traffic will be heavy.

8:00 - 9:00: Registration
9:00-12:15: General Body Meeting – Report-backs and Assessment
5-minute reports from all organizations present and facilitated discussion about the state of the movement.
Action Workshops:
I. 1:15-3:00 - Building the Caterpillar Campaign: Developing a National Structure
II. 3:15-5:00 - National Day of Action
III. 5:15-7:00 - Building a Campaign Around Palestinian Child Prisoners

Skill Share/Discussion:
I. 1:15-3:00
1. Conceptualizing Your Divestment Campaign
2. Mainstreaming the Divestment Campaign
3. Palestine Solidarity in the Anti-war/ anti-occupation (in Iraq) Movement
4. Deconstructing Zionist Responses on Your Campus
5. Jewish support to the Palestinian Struggle: A Strategy Session

II. 3:15-5:00
1. Divestment Research
2. Organizing for Divestment on a Small Campus
3. The Right of Self-Determination
4. Hosting and Organizing Educational Events that Empower for Action
5. Divestment within the University--Methods and Tactics

III. 5:15-7:00
1. Linking to the Environmental Movement
2. Community Divestment - City Councils, Unions, Churches
3. Effectively Using your Campus Newspaper
4. Facing Repression on campus

Education:
I. 1:15-2:00 - Media Strategies and Public Relations: Getting Your Message Out
II. 2:15-3:00 - Report back from Palestine
III. 3:15-4:00 - A Workshop on Racism Within the Movement
IV. 4:15-5:00 - Divestment at Wayne State University and University of Mass
V. 5:15-6:00 - Creative Action
VI. 6:15-7:00 - Public Speaking

8:00 Cultural Event
8:30 - Performances Start

David Rovics
Eyad Khalaf oud performance
Amer Zahr oud performance
OSU Dabke Group
Open Dance & Dabke instruction w/ music from DJ

Sunday, November 9th
9:00-3:00 Organizing Session
Palestine Film Festival
I. 9:00 am -2:00 pm - Film Screening
II. 2:00-3:00 pm - Organizing a Palestine Film Festival Workshop

Panels/Presentations:
I. 9:00-10:50 - Women in the Palestine Solidarity Movement
Rafeef Zaidah, Rania Masri, Odile Hugonot Haber
II. 11:00-12:30 - Africans Against Zionism
Bob Brown, Macheo Shabaka
II. 12:30-1:30 – Lunch Break
III. 1:30-3:15 Internationals in Palestine
Adam Shapiro

3:30-6:00: Closing Session
6:00-7:00: Rally



See "Human Rights Activists or Aids to Terrorists?" by Gaby Wenig, in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angles:
Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University and the author of "The Case for Israel" (Wiley, 2003) said that members of the ISM could not be called human rights activists, because they only focus on the Palestinians, while ignoring serious human rights violations in Tibet and other places.

"Why pick the one people whose leaders have been aligned with Nazis and who have used terrorism since 1949?" Dershowitz asked. "They are being immoral, they are on the wrong side of morality, and they are supporting a group that has as part of its policy the murder of innocent civilians."

Dershowitz also compared supporters of the ISM to the Hitler Youth.

"I don’t see any difference between naive young Jews who join ISM, and naive young Germans who joined the Nazi youth," he told The Journal. "But ignorance is no excuse. The ISM provides legitimacy to terrorists, and they make it harder for Israel to fight terrorism. There is a word for what they are, and it is not patsies, it is criminals."


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