Thursday November 29th
Portland State University Smith Student Union, Room 333
Israel’s latest attack on Gaza has brought Palestine back into the spotlight for social justice activists across the U.S. and the world. As in 2008′s Operation Cast Lead, the world was reminded of Israel’s utter brutality against the Palestinian population of Gaza –a place that more and more activists, including Noam Chomsky are now describing as an “open air prison”– as well as of Obama’s unabashed endorsement of Israel’s war crimes.
Yet in light of the U.S. government’s unapologetic complicity in Israel’s assault, thousands of activists and community members turned out to hundreds of solidarity protests around the world, demanding an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza and an end to the occupation. Here in the U.S. protesters called out U.S. complicity in Israel’s war crimes, demanding an end to U.S. military, economic, and political support for Israel.
The cease-fire, as well as the international protest movement has reenergized both the resistance struggle within Palestine and the surrounding region, as well as solidarity activists internationally. Egypt’s popular movement for Gaza, as well as protests in the surrounding Arab countries have shown that in light of the ongoing Arab Spring, the balance of forces Israel and the U.S. were once used to are now shifting.
Especially here in Portland, the recent events brought out a whole new layer of activists who want to organize for Palestinian liberation and against Islamophobia and racism at home.
Thus, now more than ever it is critical that we organize ourselves as effectively as possible so that we can build a movement that can actually bring about justice for Palestine.
THIS THURSDAY join Portland State University’s International Socialist Organization as well as Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER); Portland Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Coalition (PDX BDS); Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR); Jewish Voice for Peace- Portland (JVP), PSU’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) for a community panel and discussion that will focus on Gaza: Resistance and the New Middle East.
Saed Bannoura- Journalist with International Middle East Media Center
Ghassan Mustafa- Palestinian Student at Portland State University
Ned Rosch- Member of Jewish Voice for Peace
Maya Rotem- Israeli anti-zionist who worked with Anarchists Against the Wall, who recently moved to Portland from Israel.
Sarah Levy- Member of International Socialist Organization and SUPER
Hosted by the Portland State University International Socialist Organization.
Co-sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER); Portland Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Coalition (PDX BDS); Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR); Jewish Voice for Peace- Portland (JVP), PSU’s Muslim Student Association (MSA); and the International Socialist Organization- Portland (ISO).