Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 at YorkU

Israeli Apartheid Week 2016
York University

You do not want to miss our KEYNOTE SPEAKER on Wednesday - Rania Khalek on The Weapons Lab: Israeli Apartheid and the Arms Trade!

Nights of Resistance

Monday, March 21 at 6:00
The Underground

Our first ever cultural collaboration for Israeli Apartheid Week. We're kicking off the week with a partnership with the Middle Eastern Students' Association, Tamil Students' Association and Afghan Students' Association to bring you a special cultural show by performers from war-torn and occupied regions. 

It will include various performances of music, poetry and dance! There will be an open dance floor, and dinner will be served! The dress code is semi-formal, so dress to impress! 

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Film Screening - The War Around Us

Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00
Chancellors Room, The Underground

In 2008, two best friends found themselves trapped in one of the most dangerous places on earth--the only western journalists in the Gaza Strip on what was supposed to be a 24-hour assignment. The War Around Us captures the collision of veteran war correspondent and one of TIME's most 100 influential people, Ayman Mohyeldin, with rookie reporter Sherine Tadros. As missiles rain down on the city and unspeakable atrocities emerge, the pair is torn by fierce professional rivalry, private terror, and grim humor--with no way out and the whole world watching. Check out the trailer and more at


The Weapons Lab: Israeli Apartheid and the Arms Trade

Wednesday, March 23 at 5:30
Chancellors Room, The Underground

A lecture on how Israel uses Palestine as a laboratory for weapons and methods of domination and control, which it then exports to other parts of the world.

Rania Khalek is a journalist at The Electronic Intifada and co-host of the weekly podcast Unauthorized Disclosure. Her work has also appeared at Truthout, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Salon, AlterNet and more. You can follow her work at her and on twitter at

Elle Flanders on Presence of Absence: Disappearing Voices of the Apartheid State

Thursday, March 24 at 5:30
Chancellors Room, The Underground

Public Studio is the collective art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. Public Studio explores the intersection of art and architecture, urbanization and industrialization with a particular focus on landscape and the effects of war in the everyday. Anti-apartheid has been a recurring theme in several projects, including Road Movie, Visit Palestine, and What Isn’t There.

Elle Flanders is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. She was raised in Montreal and Jerusalem and holds a PhD in Visual Arts. She is an alumnus of the Whitney Independent Study Program where she mentored with Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler. 

Tamira Sawatzky is an architect and artist working in Toronto. After working for the award-winning firm MJM Architects, she founded her independent practice, Public Studio Architecture.

Uncovering Canada Park: A Dispossessed Palestinian Speaks Out

Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00
Room 430 Student Centre
In partnership with Independent Jewish Voices York

The Israeli army expelled Heidar Abu Ghosh from his hometown of Imwas in 1967. It was subsequently demolished along with two other villages, and covered over by "Canada Park". Heidar is touring Canada to uncover this crime for Canadians, and suggesting a path towards justice and peace.

We are accepting donations for this event that will go towards the campaign organized by Independent Jewish Voices Canada to challenge the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund of Canada (JNF Canada). JNF Canada is responsible for using tax charitable donations to cover over the ruins of depopulated and demolished Palestinian villages, erasing them from space and consciousness. 

The Palestinian Nakba: A Lecture on the Colonization of Palestine

Thursday, March 31 at 5:30
Chancellors Room, The Underground

A lecture by York University activist Hammam Farah on the historical timeline of the colonization and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Due to its resounding success last year, we're proud to end off our IAW 2016 with a lecture that summarizes the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, with a focus on the events that led up to, and including, the Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948.

Hammam Farah is a Palestinian-Canadian activist based in Toronto. His family's resilience in Gaza serves as a source of inspiration for him. He is a member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), a founding member of Amnesty International at York, former coordinator of the Student Christian Movement at York, former Stong College director for the YFS, and founding member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University. Follow him on Twitter at

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