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Monday, March 02, 2009

Israeli Apartheid Week at UBC

Israeli Apartheid Week will bring you a series of events (mentioned below) aimed at raising awareness about the reality, nature, and consequences of racist and discriminatory Israeli policies which have led to a complete disenfranchisement of the Palestinian peoples. Apart from raising awareness, one of the main objectives will be to offer suggestions on required measures to halt grave and continual violations of Palestinian human rights and to provide practical mechanisms on how best to organize and campaign against the powers and policies denying Palestinians these very basic rights.


1) Documentary showing of 'Peace, Propaganda, And The Promised Land'.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land will NO LONGER be in the Norm Theatre- it will now be taking place in WOODWARDS 6 on Tues. March 3rd at 7pm.

For directions to this NEW LOCATION, please visit:,n,n,n,n,y&bldg2Search=n&locat1=473

To learn more about the Documentary, its content, creators, and thesis, please visit:

2) Once Upon a Time In Palestine:
A panel including a journalist and human rights workers of their experiences in Palestine and how the apartheid affects everyday life
Friday, March 6th
Time: 4-8 pm
Location: LSK 200

for directions to the building, please visit:,n,n,n,n,y&bldg2Search=n&locat1=308

3) Ronnie Kasrils - the highest serving Jewish South African - From South Africa to Israell

Sunday, March 8, 2009, 7pm
Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay Room
350 West Georgia Street

For directions to the building and the nearest parking space, please visit:

"Travelling into Palestine's West Bank and Gaza Strip, which I visited recently, is like a surreal trip back into an apartheid state of emergency [in South Africa]. ... It is shocking to discover that certain roads are barred to Palestinians and reserved for Jewish settlers. I try in vain to recall anything quite as obscene in apartheid South Africa."

Ronnie Kasrils, Israel 2007: worse than apartheid. Mail & Guardian, May 21, 2007.

Co-Sponsored by the Canada-Palestine Support Network ( and Solidarity for Palestine Human Rights – UBC (

A lecture presented as part of Israeli Apartheid Week

Admission by donation. $10 - $20 suggested

Ronnie Kasrils has been a leader in the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa since he joined with Nelson Mandela in the African National Congress in 1960, after the Sharpeville Massacre. Raised in Johannesburg in a family of Jewish immigrants from Latvia and Lithuania, he was a member of Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC, since its inception in 1961. He was soon forced to flee the country and joined the ANC in exile.

Since 1994, Kasrils has held several posts in the ANC government including Deputy Minister of Defense, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, and Minister for Intelligence Services.

As he wrote in the summer of 2006: "With the illegal Jewish settlements, security road network and the construction of the monstrous wall around the militarily occupied West Bank, the remaining Palestinians are ghettoised within 12% of their original territory. This dispossession is reminiscent of apartheid and its 13% of Bantustan homelands. For many this is the fundamental cause of the conflict."

Ronnie Kasrils, Rage of the elephant: Israel in Lebanon. Mail & Guardian, September 2, 2006.

Kasrils has passionately espoused the cause of the Palestinian people for justice and self-determination and believes this is the only way to secure peace and security for both Israeli and Palestinian peoples.

For further information, please visit SPHR-UBC tables outside the SUB building from March 2nd-6th, Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm


For more information on these events, please contact 604.780.8463 or email
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