Israeli Apartheid Week

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement.

Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of the successes of the BDS movement and build / support ongoing campaigns. Speakers and full programme for each city will be available on this website. Join us in making this a year of struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality, and peace.

Auckland

Monday 24 March 9am–4pm | Stall on Symonds St, opposite Slurp (Auckland Uni) selling T-Shirts and books.

Wednesday 26 March 7pm | Film screening: Omar, Alleluya Cafe, St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Rd.

Thursday 27 March 6.30pm | Panel of Speakers, Auckland University Engineering Faculty, Room 403–401 : Nadia Abu-Shanab, Marama Davidson, John Minto.

Friday 28 March 8pm | Live music and poetry night, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd. With Imagine This, Tigilau Ness, Future Theft, Volita Bioletti, and more.

Wellington

Wednesday 26 March 4pm | Craftivism workshop, venue to be confirmed.

Thursday 27 March 7pm | Film screening: 5 Broken Cameras, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Student Union Building room 217.

Friday 28 March 1pm | Students for Justice in Palestine welcome meeting, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Student Union Building room 219.

Hamilton

Monday 24 March 1pm | Film screening: Occupation 101, S.1.03, Waikato University

Tuesday 25 March 1pm | Film screening: 5 broken cameras followed by Q & A session, I.G.02, Waikato University

Wednesday 26 March 10am–2pm | Students for Justice in the Middle East stall, venue TBC

Friday 28 March 1pm | Open meeting: come learn about Israeli occupation of Palestine, Level Zero

History of Israeli Apartheid Week

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe. IAW will be running for the tenth consecutive year in 2014, with events taking place in March all over the world. The week’s events will include lectures, multimedia events, cultural performance, film screenings, demonstrations, and more.

The past few years have seen a sharp increase of literature and analysis that has sought to document and challenge Israeli apartheid, including reports issued by major international bodies and human rights organizations and findings published by political leaders, thinkers, academics, and activists. Many of these efforts have highlighted the role that could be played by people and governments across the world in providing solidarity with the Palestinian struggle by exerting urgent pressure on Israel to alter its current structure and practices as an apartheid state. Prominent Palestinians, Jewish anti-Zionists, and South Africans have been at the forefront of this struggle.

At the same time, an international divestment campaign has gained momentum in response to a statement issued in July 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations calling for boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel . Important gains have recently been made in this campaign in countries like South Africa, the United Kingdom , Canada and the United States .

The aim of IAW is to contribute to this chorus of international opposition to Israeli apartheid and to bolster support for the BDS campaign in accordance with the demands outlined in the July 2005 Statement: full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, an end to the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands – including the Golan Heights, the Occupied West Bank with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip – and dismantling the Wall, and the protection of Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in U.N. resolution 194. In previous years IAW has played an important role in raising awareness and disseminating information about Zionism, the Palestinian liberation struggle and its similarities with the indigenous sovereignty struggle in North America and the South African anti-apartheid movement. Join us in making this a year of struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality, and peace.

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