Someone forwarded this to me. One year after the last "Israeli Apartheid Week", it's back again, new and "improved":
Subject: [NJS] Help Support 2nd Annual Israeli Apartheid Week in NY/NJ!
Please help us educate and organize against occupation, oppression and apartheid! Your donations are critical to this event's success!
December 3, 2007
Dear Friends, In February of 2007 a broad coalition of New York community groups hosted a landmark week of educational and cultural events to draw attention to Israel's apartheid regime, and to highlight the growing movement in Palestine and around the world calling for boycott, sanctions, and divestment from Israel. This was New York's first participation in the International Israeli Apartheid Week programs, which took place in eight cities around the globe. These events not only raised awareness about the urgency of this work, but brought together a broad base of students, community members, leaders, and activists. This coming February, an expanded coalition will build on last year's success to host once again a week of events from February 3-9, 2008. Your support made possible panels with internationally renowned speakers including Joseph Massad, Sari Makdisi, Tanya Reinhart, Bashir Abu Manneh and Robert Robideau.
Other events during the week included a "digital resistance" experience, featuring videos by Palestinian youth from Balata refugee camp, West Bank activists speaking about Palestinian nonviolent resistance, a film and discussion on Israel's discriminatory marriage laws, and presentations on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. These are just a few examples of last year's incredible events, which spanned Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester County and New Jersey ( http://www.endisraeliapartheid.net/nyc). This year's activities are of special significance, because 2008 marks the 60th year since the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), when over 800, 000 Palestinians were displaced from their lands to become what remains one of the largest refugee populations in the world.
In addition, momentum continues to build following the past year's significant achievements internationally in the effort to hold Israel accountable through the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions. This year, New York's Israeli Apartheid Week Coalition has expanded, and we are actively planning an engaging and powerful series of events for the New York Israeli Apartheid Week Coalition. Your tax-deductible donation today can make this work possible. By building local conversations to strategize and mobilize, we can take real steps towards ending Israel's apartheid regime. Your support will build programs featuring prominent activists and scholars from the U.S., South Africa, Palestine and Israel who will reflect on 60 years of struggle, to offer lessons from the past, and to engage the New York community in strategies for building a just and equitable future.
We will also expand our activities to include an emphasis on Palestinian cultural resistance, hosting at least one broad-based event and several more targeted programs featuring poetry, music, and dance by local artists. Our events will have an expansive focus and participation to reflect the diversity of skills and areas of work within our coalition, as well as the varying needs, and interests of the New York community. We need your financial support today in order to make Israeli Apartheid Week's second year in the New York City area even more successful and effective than last year. IAW will require a budget of $7500, primarily to bring distinguished speakers from overseas and around the US, but also to cover educational materials, and other organizing expenses.
Once again, WESPAC Foundation: A Peace and Justice Action Center in Westchester ( www.wespac.org) has generously agreed to serve as fiscal sponsor for IAW in New York.Please make your checks payable to:WESPAC FoundationPO Box 488White Plains, NY 10602Please note "Israeli Apartheid Week" in the memo line of your check.With your support Israeli Apartheid Week in New York will again be a great success.
Sincerely,The Organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week
The organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week in New York City are a coalition of student and community groups who have come together to promote critical, strategic discussion on this issue, while also strengthening the ties between various student and community groups. The organizers include: NYU Students for Justice in Palestine; Falasteen and the Arab Students Association at Columbia University; Action Wednesdays Against the War; Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East; Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition - NY; New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine; the Palestine Education Project, WESPAC Foundation, and Arab Students United NYU. IAW is a coordinated international initiative with other cities in North America and Europe ( http://www.endisraeliapartheid.net).
IAW began in Toronto, Canada in 2004 and has grown annually to include more cities and campuses. One of our achievements last year involved networking with other cities in the U.S ., so that IAW 2008 will include several more U.S. cities.-- Charlotte L. Kates firstname.lastname@example.org://www.newjerseysolidarity.orghttp://www.rutgersdivest.orghttp://www.al-awdany.org
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