Join us tonight, Monday, February 4, for the opening panel of Israeli Apartheid Week in New York, focusing on 60 years of exile. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is a weeklong series of events held concurrently in 21 cities in six countries around the world to raise awareness of Israel Apartheid and gather support for the international boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign called for by more than 170 Palestinian civil society organizations in July, 2005. This year's activities are of special significance, because 2008 marks the 60th year since the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), when over 800,000 Palestinians were displaced from their lands to become what remains one of the world's largest refugee populations. Israeli Apartheid Week in New York in 2008 will feature a powerful program of activists and scholars from the U.S., South Africa, and Palestine who will reflect on 60 years of struggle, and engage the New York community in developing strategies, mobilizing towards ending Israel's apartheid regime, and building a just and equitable future.



The Organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week in New York


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Schedule: Israeli Apartheid Week 2008 - New York (Feb 3- 10)

 http://www.apartheidweek.org, email:  israeliapartheidweek@yahoo.com



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ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK OPENING PANEL: 60 YEARS OF EXILE

Monday, February 4th
7:00 PM, Church of the Village, 201 West 13th St. at 7th Avenue
Enter via doors on 7th Avenue
(1, 2 or 3 train to 14th Street)

Azmi Bishara (by video from South Africa), head of the Tajamu' party, exiled member of Israeli Parliament
Jamil Dakwar, former Senior Attorney for Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Musa Al-Hindi, Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Organized by Israeli Apartheid Week NY Organizing Committee




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CHALLENGING ISRAELI APARTHEID IN NEW YORK:
BDS AND THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LEV LEVIEV

Tuesday, February 5th
7:00 PM, LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street.
Room 310 (between 7th Ave & Greenwich Ave.)

Members of Adalah-NY, who are leading the New York-based boycott campaign aimed at Lev Leviev and Shaya Boymelgreen, land developers who build Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, and have been criticized for their development practices here in NYC, will discuss their campaign in the context of the global movement of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions to end Israeli apartheid.

Organized by Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East
www.mideastjustice.org,  JusticeME@gmail.com




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AZMI BISHARA ON ISRAELI APARTHEID FROM JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Wednesday, February 6th
7:00 PM, Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza, 2nd floor
44th St., near 1st Avenue
(4, 5 or 6 train to 42nd Street)

Speech by Azmi Bishara on Israel Apartheid (on video). Bishara is head of the Tajamu' party, exiled member of the Israeli Parliament

Organized by Israeli Apartheid Week in NY Organizing Committee




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PALESTINE, THE MEDIA, AND YOU

Thursday, February 7th
7:00 PM, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 914

Featuring the film: Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2004). With discussion and workshop facilitated by members of the Palestine/Israel Education Project

Organized by Arab Students United at NYU and NYU Students for Justice in Palestine




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ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK CLOSING PANEL:
BOYCOTTING APARTHEID – THE ROLE OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT

Friday, February 8th
7:00 PM, St. Mary's Church - 521 West 126th St.
Between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.
(#1 to 125th ST)

Labor organizers from Canada, South Africa and the US will talk about labor initiatives to boycott Israeli Apartheid

Salim Vally, Palestine Solidarity Committee of South Africa
Katherine Nastovski, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Ontario)-International Solidarity Committee
Romeo Ramirez and Melody Gonzalez from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Moderated by Riham Barghouthi of Adalah-NY

Organized by Israeli Apartheid Week in NY Organizing Committee




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SLINGSHOT HIP HOP RELEASE PARTY AND LIVE CONCERT

Friday, February 8th
11:00 PM – 3:00 AM, Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St.
Between B’way & Church St.,
(1, 9 to Franklin St., A, C, E, N, R to Canal)

Featuring DJ Kayper with live performances by GC & The Soul Mafia and Erika Rose
with JAX, Sarah White, and S.O.U.L Purpose opening
and a sneak preview of clips from 2008 Sundance Film Festival selection Slingshot Hip Hop (www.slingshothiphop.com)

Tickets:
$10 advance/$12 at door, advanced ticket sales at www.knittingfactory.com




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HAVE A HEART LEVIEV: A VALENTINES CABARET & DEMONSTRATION

Saturday, February 9th
12:00-2:00 PM, In front of Leviev NYC, 700 Madison Ave.
(Between 62nd and 63rd St. N,R,W, to 5th Ave, 59th St.)

Join Adalah-NY to bring a justice Valentine to Lev Leviev and to tell all the shoppers for that special something for their sweethearts -- Lev's diamonds are a crime's best friend.

Organized by Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East
www.mideastjustice.org,  JusticeME@gmail.com




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ISRAEL AND APARTHEID, A TEACH-IN AND DISCUSSION

Sunday, February 10th
11:00 AM, Memorial United Methodist Church, White Plains, NY
250 Bryant Ave. White Plains, NY 10605

Lead by Noura Erekat, Former National Organizer for the US Campaign to End the Occupation

Organized by WESPAC Foundation, Middle East Committee
www.wespac.org,  info@wespac.org,




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PICK UP THE MIC, BREAK DOWN THE WALLS!
An Evening of Hip Hop and Poetry

Sunday, February 10th
8:00 PM, Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St.
Between B’way & Church St.
(1, 9 to Franklin St., A, C, E, N, R to Canal)

Closing event of Israeli Apartheid Week

8:30 Poetry--Remi Kanazi and more!
9:30 Hip Hop
Sabreena Da Witch (Abeer)  http://www.myspace.com/sdawitch
Invincible  http://www.myspace.com/invincilana
Rebel Diaz  http://www.rebeldiaz.com
With DJ OJA ( http://www.myspace.com/sunchildproductions) spinning against apartheid all night!

Tickets: $10 at door

Organized By Israeli Apartheid Week in NY Organizing Committee



The organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week in New York City are a coalition of student and community groups who have come together to promote critical, strategic discussion on this issue, while also strengthening the ties between various student and community groups. The organizers include: NYU Students for Justice in Palestine; Falasteen and the Arab Students Association at Columbia University; Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East; Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition - NY; Arab Students United at NYU; New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine; the Palestine/Israel Education Project, and WESPAC Foundation.