Israeli Apartheid Week 2019 at YorkU


From March 12 to March 19, SAIA York is delighted to invite you to a series of events that aim to raise awareness around the Palestinian struggle for fundamental rights!

March 12: Anti-Zionism vs. Anti-Semitism
We will be starting off the week with a topic that is currently bringing a lot of debates: definition of anti-Zionism vs. anti-Semitism. Indeed, from the backlash that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar received for calling out the Israeli lobby’s influence on American politics to French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement to criminalize anti-Zionism, recent events have shown the necessity to have a conversation around this topic.
For this panel, we will be welcoming two speakers:

• Lia Tarachansky

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli filmmaker and journalist currently settling in Canada. As a journalist she covered the impact of Israeli Colonialism and how many are working to decolonize the space from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. She had made feature and short films, and worked as the middle east correspondent for The Real News from 2009-2014z Tarachansky is a 2019 HASTAC scholar at York University where she is working on her Research/Creation PhD, designing new media tools for practical decolonization. Her work can be seen on and

• Dr Yakov M.Rabkin

Yakov M. Rabkin is Professor of History at the University of Montréal, where he has taught since 1973. His areas of interest include contemporary Jewish history and the history of science. He has published and edited five books and more than three hundred articles. His book, A Threat from Within: a Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism is now available in fifteen languages, including Hebrew. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in Canada, for the Hecht Award in Israel, featured at the Rendez-vous de l’histoire in Blois, France, and included in best non-fiction books of the year by Japan’s daily Asahi Shimbun.

Location: Room 313 of the First Student Centre
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

March 14: A night in Palestine

Do you enjoy Palestinian culture: food? dabkeh? traditional clothing and art? Do you have an artistic talent you'd like to showcase?
Join us for "A night in Palestine" to celebrate Palestinian culture and art!

Location: Room 430 (First Student Centre)
Time: 5:30 PM

March 19: Solidarity from Turtle Island to Palestine

Palestinians and Indigenous populations of Canada share a common history, as they both struggle against ongoing colonization. In this regard, for our last event of IAW we invite you to attend a discussion, hosted in collaboration with Aboriginal Students’ Association at York, on the topic of solidarity from Turtle Island to Palestine.

• Brianna Olson-Pitawanakwat
Brianna Olson- Pitawanakwat is a social worker, diverse multi-media artist and member of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation. She is passionate about developing culturally based, trauma-informed, environmentally aware and anti-oppressive programming. Brianna is an outspoken advocate for MMIW and issues of systemic violence, and actively endorses Indigenous liberation from Turtle Island to occupied Palestine. Brianna carries Indigenous specializations with a Masters in Social Work through the University of Toronto and undergraduate degree from University of Victoria. She currently serves as a researcher and part time educator in the Politics & Public administration and Social work departments at Ryerson University as well as Education at York University. Brianna has received a Harm Reduction award (Kaiser Foundation, 2006), Top 100 women in business, (Wanderer, 2013), Esquao award (Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal women, 2013).

• Moe Alqasem
Moe Alqasem is a Biomedical science student and an activist from Students Against Israeli Apartheid, a member of the YUdivest coalition and a community organizer in the Palestinian and Arab community. He is also a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Association of Progressive Palestinian Canadians, and OPIRG YorkU.

• Widad Kaddura
A student and activist from Students Against Israeli Apartheid, Widad Kaddura was born and raised in Toronto to a Palestinian mother born in Israel, and a Palestinian father who was born a refugee in Syria. Growing up Palestinian in Toronto her parents always taught her about both the Palestinian and Aboriginal struggles. She is currently studying both Political Science and Philosophy at York University.

Location: room 313 of theFirst Student Centre
Time: 6pm to 9pm