Originally posted by Phan Nguyen on Mondoweiss; March 19th, 2012.
Last week, three pinkwashing events in Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia, Washington were cancelled, following actions by anti-pinkwashing activists.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events held in March. IAW ran for the eighth consecutive year in 2012, with events taking place all over the world including New York City, Johannesburg, Jerusalem, Montreal, London, Beirut and Bogota to name a few of the 97 cities who participated. The week’s events included lectures, cultural performance, art installations, film screenings, demonstrations, and more. (see IAW’s website for more details) Continue reading
SUPER-UW’s (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights at The University of Washington) first event brought a strong turnout from students and community members March 1st, for a presentation by Alice Rothchild, author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience.
A Boston-based obstetrician/gynecologist and activist, Rothchild gave basic background on how the situation in Israel/Palestine has evolved, and the hard facts of daily life for Palestinians under Israeli occupation, based on her experience working with medical delegations to Palestine and Israel for American Jews for a Just Peace, Health and Human Rights Project.
Her goal in her writings and presentations is to humanize the players in the conflict while bringing the larger issues to a more accessible scale, with attention to the lives of individual Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. Rothchild raised troubling questions about U.S. policy and mainstream support for Israel, but offered a hopeful vision for an altered political course that sparked an enthusiastic response from students who attended, and many questions and comments.