Feb 26

APARTHEID IS __________

Join SUPER UW in the quad every day next week (March 4th – March 8th) from 12-2 to show support and participate in our display. Also be sure to check out our keynote speaker for the week, Deepa Kumar – Constructing the “Muslim Enemy” – From the Crusades to 911 – Wednesday March 6th at 6PM in Gowen Hall room 301. RSVP on Facebook Here

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events held in over 200 cities and campuses across the globe including Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and the non-violent tactic of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing resistance movement.

We understand Israeli apartheid as one element of a global system of economic and military domination. To this end, we stand in solidarity with all oppressed groups around the world, in particular, indigenous communities suffering under settler colonialism, exploitation and displacement. Close to home, Idol No More has emerged as an important continuation of resistance to our own history of ethnic cleansing and colonialism in North America.

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Feb 05

Petition for Omar Barghouti and Judith Butler

This Thursday, February 7th, Brooklyn College will hold a forum on the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement (BDS), featuring Palestinian BDS advocate Omar Barghouti and UC-Berkeley philosopher Judith Butler. Brooklyn College has been embroiled in controversy over the past week, with staunch Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz calling the event an “anti-Israel hatefest.” A letter by almost a dozen city officials calls for Brooklyn College’s Political Science Department to withdraw their sponsorship of the event, while New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikund goes a step further by calling for President Karen Gould’s resignation.

We applaud President Gould and the Brooklyn College Political Science Department’s decision to go forth with this event, as it will highlight how important BDS is as a nonviolent tool against Israel’s grave human rights violations and illegal occupation of Palestine. The smears of anti-Semitism being used against Barghouti, Butler, and the event organizers are an attempt to silence speech that is critical of Israel’s unilateral behavior in the Middle East. That state officials are demanding a university department only sponsor speakers they approve of is not only chilling, but will set a negative precedent for all universities that receive city and state funding. BDS is being discussed on campuses throughout the world, and we must ensure that the university remains an arena where important topics can be discussed, debated, and criticized freely.

If you would like to express your support for Brooklyn College’s Political Science Department, sign the petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-academic-freedom-at-cuny/

Jan 17

After the Event: Five Broken Cameras & Iyad Burnat

-Photo by Aditya Ganapathiraju

Emad Burnat’s road to filmmaking can be described as the starting when he bought his first camera with the birth of his fourth son.  Burnat wanted to film Gibrael’s childhood growing up in Bil’in–a village outside of Ramallah in the West Bank.  But this is not just a home video that happens to be set in an occupied territory—it is a document of occupied life. Some of Gibrael’s first words are jesh—“soldier”, and “wall.”  He doesn’t kick rocks on walks with his father and brother, but empty teargas canisters. Documenting his son’s life, Burnat also films friends and family as they protest the encroaching separation wall being built on Bi’lin’s land with weekly marches, sit-ins, the building of an outpost shelter in the path of the wall.  The intensity of the IDF’s aggression increases year by year, as curfews are imposed, soldiers enter homes at night,  new areas are designated “closed military zones,” and Palestinian, Israeli, and international protesters are shot.  And year by year, Burnat’s cameras are broken as he documents his son growing up and his village shrinking.

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Jan 12

Following Criticism of its Involvement in Israeli Occupation, Veolia Withdraws from California Water Contract Bidding

In an impressive victory for the American BDS movement, Veolia Water North America withdrew as a prospective bidder for a California water contract totaling $325 million. The Davis Committee of Palestinian Rights (DCPR), with the help of the citizens of Yolo County, effectively campaigned against Veolia’s participation in the bidding process, pointing to Veolia’s profiteering from Israeli occupation and abuse of Palestinian human rights.

Veolia’s complicity with Israel’s war crimes and violations of international law has made it a prime target for international BDS activists. It won the contract to build and maintain the Jerusalem Light Rail project, which aims at separating Jerusalem from the West Bank. Additionally, Veolia operates bus routes for Israeli settlers, allowing them to shuttle between Israeli cities and illegal settlements in the West Bank. Over the last decade, Palestinians and international human rights activists have contested Veolia’s operation of the Tovlan Landfill in the occupied Jordan Valley, built upon stolen Palestinian land.

Importantly, this victory in California represents one in a chain of high-profile losses suffered by Veolia as a result of the BDS Campaign. In London, the No2 Veolia Action Group led a well-organized campaign that saw Veolia withdraw from a £4.7bn contract to provide waste management to seven London boroughs. The Friends Fiduciary Corporation also divested from Veolia following requests by Quakers concerned about the plight of Palestinians under occupation.

SUPER UW is encouraged by the victory in California and hopes we can work as a community to encourage similar victories at the University of Washington and beyond.

Jan 04

5 Broken Cameras – UW Screening!

Hope everyone had a great break! SUPER UW will be screening the award winning documentary
5 Broken Cameras 
Thursday, January 10th at 6:30PM
Smith Hall room 304
RSVP on Facebook Here!

If anyone missed this film, last year at the SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) here is another chance.

Sunday following the film, January 13th, Iyad Burnat, the brother of the film maker Emad Burnat will be talking at Washington Hall in downtown Seattle at 7:00PM. More information can be found here.

Please see film synopsis and trailer below. Hope to see everyone there!

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Nov 28

A Palestine-Mexico Border?

by
Jimmy Johnson
Border Wars
June 29, 2012

Nearly 55,000 people have been killed since 2006 in Mexico’s ‘Narcoinsurgency.’ Drug and arms trafficking—going north and south across the international divide—are now the primary concern of U.S. military and homeland security forces and the Mexican Army. But that’s not all. Millions of undocumented migrants came to the United States from Mexico in the wake of the destruction of the Mexican agricultural sector starting in the 1980s with the implementation of NAFTA-like neoliberal policies.

In Israel, military forces and industries have been largely shaped by decades of conquest and pacification campaigns against Palestinians. Israel began restricting Palestinian labor inside Israel with closure policies and the widespread erection of checkpoints in 1991. Closely linked political, economic, and ecological crises in eastern Africa have created an influx of migrants and refugees, especially from Sudan and Eritrea.

What do these things have to do with each other?

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Nov 22

Solidarity with Gaza – End our Complicity

“We, University of Washington students, faculty and community members watched in horror as the events of November 2012 unfolded in Gaza. We know that the bombardment, like in 2008/9, is only possible with the billions of dollars of U.S. military aid Israel receives each year. We know that when drones and bombs say “Made in the USA” we are complicit in the deaths of thousands. We applaud recent efforts of students and faculty at other colleges and universities to urge their institutions not to invest in companies that profit from occupation and war. We recognize the 2005 call from Palestinian Civil Society for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions as a direct request to the international community to engage in non-violent pressure to end this injustice. We sign our support towards efforts that seek to end our financial complicity in the abuse of international law and human rights.”

Sign The Petition Here!

Nov 19

GAZA – Solidarity Vigil at University of Washington

Today – November 19th, 2012 – SUPER UW held a silent vigil at the University of Washington – Seattle, in solidarity with the people of Gaza. SUPER would like to thank everyone who braved the rain to show their support, including members of CISPES(Committee in Solidarity with the people of El Salvador), ISO (International Socialist Organization – UW) and ASA (African Student Association).

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Nov 18

GAZA – A Silent Vigil This Monday at UW

Stand in Solidariy. Stand against Complicity.

Please join SUPER UW as we assemble in front of the HUB this Monday 11/19/2012 at 11:15AM, and again in Red Square at 12:15 in a silent vigil as a show of solidarity for the people of Gaza. Please wear black if possible, and bring black umbrellas if you have them. More information below. See everyone there!

RSVP on Facebook Here!

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Nov 15

Emergency Protest tomorrow in front of the Federal Building to demand an End to Israeli terror attacks on Gaza

Join us tomorrow for an Emergency Protest in front of the Federal Building to demand an End to Israeli terror attacks on Gaza and to call for End to U.S Aid to Israeli War Crimes.

Some of us will be gathering at UW at 2:45PM to take the bus downtown together. We will be meeting at the Oblisque/statue in front of Kane Hall.

http://www.facebook.com/events/414203211986108/

Where: Federal Building
915 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

When: Nov 15, 4-6pm

We can NOT and should NOT stay SILENT!

See you there…..

Amin Odeh

VoicesofPalestine.org

“Stand up for what is right,even if you are standing alone”