Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Scheduled Speakers for Anti-Israel Week at UC Irvine, May 4-7

Above is the evening schedule for next week's side show of anti-Israel activists. There will be some sort of displays on Ring Road during the daylight hours, but the "main events" are scheduled for the evenings.

The Monday night event will feature San Francisco State University professor Rabab Abdel Hadi, a controversial character to be sure. She was in the news recently when some of the General Union of Palestinian Students, for whom she is mentor, made headlines by displaying posters on campus that glorified those who kill Israeli soldiers. The then-head of GUPS showed up on his Facebook page brandishing a knife and fantasizing about killing IDF soldiers. Maybe they will be on the panel.

In addition, Hadi recently made a school-financed trip to the Holy Land for purposes that did not exactly line up with what she actually did once she was over there.

The presence of Hadi and her GUPS followers casts doubt on any MSU/SJP claims to be moderates and human rights crusaders, oops, activists.

Here is Kamilah Moore's bio:

She and Terese Jordan went to the Holy Land last year with some peace group, Interfaith Peace Builders. It appears they got the Palestinian guided tour. Jordan is a free lance journalist from Los Angeles.

Loubna Qutami appeared last year at UCI, where she showed a video showing the abuse of Palestinian women by their menfolk. Of course, it was really all the fault of the Israelis and Western colonialists, not the Palestinian men themselves. During that talk she praised, the ex-Palestinian terrorist, Rasmieh Odeh,  who was convicted of lying about her past when she immigrated to the US..

Here is the narrative from the SJP Facebook page.

In the effort of raising awareness and creating discourse around the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, the Muslim Student Union along with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Irvine are co-hosting their annual week long series of events titled "In the Face of Violence: A Culture of Resistance," to be held on Week 6 from May 4th to May 7th.

Monday, May 4th

To Resist is to Create – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

To keep a culture alive is to keep a people alive. Zionist narrative aims to wipe out the culture in an effort to wipe out the people of Palestine making art a strong platform for resistance. We will explore the distinct forms of Palestinian art that combat the erasure of Palestinian history and culture. By focusing on art forms such as tatreez embroidery, dabke dance, or the music from oud, we show how rich Palestinian culture is beyond the images of rubble and warfare.

Resistance is Existence – Rabab Abdel Hadi & G.U.P.S. Panelists – Crystal Cove Auditorium, 6:30 PM

Explore the history and trajectory of Palestinian activism with resistance to the Zionist regime. A conversation with members of the former General Union of Palestinian Students talking about the way political activism has performed as a tool of resistance.

Tuesday, May 5th

Democracy in Shambles – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

So what exactly is going on in Palestine? We aim to answer the basic questions about the way the government operates in Palestine.

Growing Roses from Rubble – Kamilah Moore & Terese Jordan – HIB 100, 6:30 PM

Often students ask what they can do for Palestine beyond hosting events that raise funds or awareness. Delegation work is a key part of providing aid to those who need it the most. Join Kamilah Moore as she talks about her experience in the region.

Wednesday, May 6th

A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM
& Lobna Qutami – HG 1800, 6:30 PM

The Palestinian woman's body is the most destructive tool for the Zionist agenda as it is the location for producing Palestinian life. We seek to examine the unique role of the woman's role in the resistance movement. There is gender-based violence employed specifically for the female population ranging from rape, forced sterilization, or denied access to hospitals for childbirth. Learn how the people of Palestinian can never be liberated unless the women are liberated from the patriarchal double-bind from both the Zionist regime, and the oppressive family structure at home.

Thursday, May 7th

Doctors without Checkpoints – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

With limited access to water, women giving birth at checkpoints, and no food security, Palestinian health is in a crisis. Explore the health care disparities for Palestinians zoned into settlements with no access to proper hospitals, produce, or water. Learn what life is like for people who must wait hours in line at a checkpoint in order to get adequate medical attention.

Stories of Survival – The Parents of the Resistance – Pacific Ballroom C, 6:30 PM

For our closing event this year, we invite you to an intergenerational panel that serves as "storytime" with your grandparents or parents generation. Shifting from bringing only academics or activists, we've invited family and community members to share their stories about Nakbah, or leaving Palestine, their individual activism, and stories of survival and displacement. The goal of this event is to have that intergenerational storytelling feel and the importance of the preservation of oral histories.

Really! Is this the best you can do?

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