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Attend Lecture: "Shhhh...Don'­t Talk About Palestine"

  • Feb 26, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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SHHHH! Don't Talk About Palestine: Chuck Hagel, Judith 
Butler, and the Israel Lobby's Threat to Free Speech on Our     
Campuses
- Tuesday 2/26 at 7 pm-
Location: Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law (Enter through the East courtyard, off Bancroft near Simon Hall and Cafe Zeb) As opposition to Israel's discriminatory and illegal occupation grows both globally and nationally, efforts to repress and marginalize criticism of Israeli policy have also grown: Nationally, President Obama's recent Secretary of Defense nominee, Chuck Hagel, has been vilified in the media and had his confirmation delayed in the U.S. Senate for demurring from the D.C. orthodoxy that American and Israeli interests always coincide; In California, pro-Israel lobbyists successfully encouraged the state Assembly to pass HR 35, legislation seeking to defund student groups that advocate for Palestinian human rights and many forms of student research; Within the UC system, a campus climate report published by a leading pro-Israel advocate on behalf of the UC President similarly advocated censoring criticisms of Israeli apartheid; And most recently, esteemed UC Berkeley Rhetoric professor and leading public intellectual, Judith Butler, was demonized by those who explicitly sought to prevent a New York City college from sponsoring her talk regarding the merits of boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning Israel. As the boycott, divestment, and sanction movements grows, especially on college campuses, academic freedom and free speech are under attack as pro-Israel advocates seek to silence debate about Palestinian human rights and divestment from Israel's occupation. Join us for a discussion of all of the above and more with Berkeley professors, civil rights attorneys, and graduate student researchers whose work is threatened by this assault on academic freedom and free speech. Panelists include:
  • Professor Samera Esmeir, Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley
  • Professor Hatem Bezian, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Liz Jackson, attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Tom Pessah, graduate student in the Department of Sociology researching Israel's history of ethnic cleansing

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am hoping to attend. There are some difficulties that may keep me away at the last minute. Thank you for the notification!

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Faiza: I cannot leave home tonight--promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep. I am interested, and hope that i can join in on a future event focusing on Palestine. The speakers, I know, are informed and current. Fill me/us in?

      February 26, 2013

    • Faiza

      didn't take notes...too much to summarize..can try when i meet you...

      February 27, 2013

  • Rebecca

    I wish I could attend this!

    February 26, 2013

    • Faiza

      There will be more events....

      February 27, 2013

    • Faiza

      I didn't arrange that one..just announced it..

      February 27, 2013

  • Rebecca L.

    So would we meet up before/after the discussion, or is this just an FYI if we would like to attend individually?

    February 25, 2013

    • Faiza

      The lectures at Cal do a discussion afterwards so i was hoping people would want to stay for that...I'll be holding up a Yalla Arabi sign at the beginning of the event...it may be possible to sit together if we can find each other.

      February 25, 2013

    • Rebecca L.

      Sorry Faiza! I'd love to come but I'm feeling pretty sick today. Hopefully next time!

      February 26, 2013

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    Founder & Everything YALLA!, Organizer
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