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Israeli Apartheid Week

10-3-2020 Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), a global annual event which seeks to raise awareness about the Apartheid character of Israel and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, demanding an end to Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and international law.


IAW takes place each year around 21 March - the UN declared International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, commemorating the 1960 Sharpeville massacre during the height of South African Apartheid.
Last year events took place in more than 200 cities across five continents.
This year IAW will be held from 16 - 21 March - coinciding with the Dutch annual week against racism - for the 15th consecutive year.
Each year IAW has a different theme; this year's theme: United Against Racism highlights the fact that the Palestinian struggle against Israeli oppression and Apartheid is embedded in the wider struggle against (institutionalized) racism and oppression worldwide.
From 18 - 20 March Decolonize Groningen will present a three-day program of public events and workshop.


Public event / Speakers + discussion
18 March 19:00 - 22:00
Academiegebouw (Room A-03), Broerstraat 5


- Orientalism, the Zionist colonial project & institutionalized racism
Dina Zbeidy
Palestinian-Dutch anthropologist. Conducted research on nationalism, colonialism, refugees & indigenous rights in Israel,
Palestine and the wider Middle East; She has over eight years of professional experience in non-profit work in Palestine
and the Netherlands


- Disenfranchisement and vulnerability of Palestinian Refugees in the Arab host countries and beyond;
Palestinian refugees from Syria in the context of Israeli denial of the Right of Return
Said Deeb
Second time Palestinian refugee from Syria, now in the Netherlands; Activist for Palestinian rights


- Israeli Apartheid Week; BDS / Academic boycott: Why and how
Sue Blackwell
DocP-BDS Netherlands / British Committee for Universities of Palestine (BRICUP)


Moderator: prof. Marcel Brus
Professor of Public International Law (RUG)


Within the context of this year's IAW theme: United Against Racism, it is crucial to understand the colonial roots from which racial oppression stems and the interconnectivity of the struggles of peoples fighting racism around the globe - among them indigenous peoples resisting foreign domination.
Given the settler-colonial character of the Zionist project in Palestine, and the Apartheid regime of institutionalized racism created by Israel in order to maintain its rule over the indigenous Palestinian population, the struggle for the restoration of Palestinian rights must be addressed from a decolonial perspective.
However, the struggle for Palestinian rights does not stand alone, but is part of the broader global struggle for a world based on freedom, justice and equality for all.


Documentary + Panel Discussion
19 March 19:00 - 22:00
Academiegebouw (Offerhauszaal), Broerstraat 5


Documentary film: The Uprising
by Pravini Baboeram
Narrates the story of various struggles against (institutionalized) racism - among them the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement - from a decolonial perspective, the experiences of those affected and their interconnectivity



- Pravini Baboeram
Film maker; Producer of The Uprising; Singer/songwriter; Decolonial activist

- Chihiro Geuzebroek
Decolonial climate justice activist; Film maker

- Said Deeb
Second time Palestinian refugee from Syria, now in the Netherlands; Activist for Palestinian rights


Moderator: dr. Anjana Singh
Historian of South Asian and Global History; Early modern period; History of the VOC in India and Asia (RUG)


19 March 13:00 - 16:00
Café Lust, Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 58

- Academic boycott: Why and how?
Facilitated by Sue Blackwell


20 March 10:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 16:00
Faculty of Law (Turf 06), Turftorenstraat 21

- Decolonial Strategies: How to deal with racism
Facilitated by Pravini Baboeram


All public events and workshops will take place in English and are free of charge (donations welcome!)
However, prior registration for the workshops is required via: decolonizegroningen@gmail.com