[act-ma] Struggle for the Land: Conference, 4/12-4/13
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Sat Feb 23 17:16:34 PST 2008
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On the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba
the New England Committee to Defend Palestine
Struggle for the Land:
Zionism and the Repression of Anti-Colonial Movements
An Education and Strategy Conference
Saturday, April 12 to Sunday, April 13
Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave.
Suggested Donation: $15
Confirmed speakers include:
Amer Jubran, Palestinian activist and former political detainee
Saja Raoof, Iraqi anti-war activist
Ward Churchill, American Indian Movement activist and author
Kali Akuno, Executive Director of the People's Hurricane Relief Fund in New
Orleans and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement National Organizer
Marta Rodriguez, Puerto Rican independence activist and member of the NECDP
Dara Bayer, Palestine solidarity activist
Jeffrey Blankfort, anti-Zionist journalist and activist, co-plaintiff in a
against the ADL for spying on left organizations
as well as
Photography Exhibition from Gaza
Palestinian political artwork, and art by Brazilian Artist Carlos Latuff
This year commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for
'catastrophe') in Palestine. While this past January saw an escalation of
the already brutal strangulation of Gaza, as well as continued colonization
throughout historic Palestine, Palestinians have continued to resist in all
of their historic land. In Gaza, under starvation conditions, Palestinians
broke the siege by destroying the wall at Rafah crossing and continue to
defend their land through armed resistance against settlers.
In spite of a wider public awareness of the brutal policies of colonial
settlement in Palestine, the "United States" continues to provide the main
economic, political and military aid to the Zionist settler colony. While
every major presidential candidate pledges undying support for "Israel,"
there is a growing public discussion about the role of Zionism in the "US"
political system, and especially of its relationship to the war in Iraq.
Zionism has played a role not only in defining "foreign policy," but also in
the suppression of anti-colonial movements here-not least of all, because
these movements have recognized the Palestinian struggle as part of a common
global struggle against colonialism. In order to suppress the emergence of a
serious pro-Palestinian bloc of oppositional power, Zionists have attacked
genuine leaders and organizations, while at the same time cultivating less
The combination of "Israeli" political ties to imperialist policies abroad
and Zionist opposition to anti-colonial liberation movements here, has led
to a repressive collaboration between Zionist political organizations,
"Israeli" and "US" police and intelligence forces, mercenaries, and
corporations in the private "security" sector.
Confronting Zionism is crucial to any movement forward against militarism
and internal oppression.
Bringing together representatives of several movements, our conference will
focus on two themes: Zionist disruption of anti-colonial movements and land
as the basis of struggle and solidarity.
Pre-register for a discount on tickets at http://www.onepalestine.org
(beginning on February 26).
Co-sponsored by Jericho Boston http://www.jerichoboston.org
PO Box 681
East Boston, MA 02128
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