Racism in Israel: The Bullet, the Ballot and the Boycott

Tuesday, November 3 at 5:00
The Underground, York University


David Sheen is an independent journalist and filmmaker originally from Toronto, Canada, who now lives in Dimona, Israel. He is also a York alumnus. 

His work includes blogging when he first moved to Israel in 1999; reporting for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz; producing a full-length documentary on ecological architecture ("First Earth"), which was translated into a dozen languages and published by PM Press in 2010; and giving a TEDx talk on the film in Johannesburg, South Africa, later that year. 

In 2012, Sheen authored a report on racism in Israel for the United Nations, and he is currently writing a book about the struggles of African immigrants to Israel.

Since 2014, Sheen has lectured at dozens of college campuses and communities throughout the United States and Canada, and in European parliaments.

This presentation, which has been the focus of David Sheen's reporting for the past five years, concerns the dehumanizing discourse towards Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews by top Israeli political and religious leaders, and the vigilante attacks they inspire. It will include some material Sheen presented at the Russel Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels, as well as new information that has never been made public anywhere in English.