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Post 05 Jan 2016, 20:43
Post 06 Jan 2016, 04:09
Well, what's your opinion?
Post 06 Jan 2016, 14:04
My opinion is that Palestinians must know how to be resourceful. If they can burrow their way into high places like the United Nations to influence policy making and decisions in international law, they must do it. If they can be resourceful enough to ask Iran to set up banks in Western countries using Palestinians as dummies to fund anti-Zionism and Israel anti-apartheid, then so must they do it. The enemy is cunning and resourceful. So must we.

Here is a sample of fruitful advice I gave like the above 5 years ago to the Palestinians in an event held in Toronto. Two have occupied professorial chairs in university and one has become an influential lawyer. My advice was dutifully complied.

On the evening of January 12th, we invite you to join the GSU BDS Committee, along with Noura Erakat and Nada Elia, for a panel discussion on what is currently taking place on the ground in Palestine and what we can do on our campuses to support and continue building the Palestinian popular resistance movement.

This event is endorsed by Students Against Israeli Apartheid - UofT.

For more information on the University of Toronto Divestment campaign, please visit the website:

Speakers' Bios:

Nada Elia: Nada Elia is a diaspora Palestinian, born in Baghdad, Iraq, and raised in Beirut, Lebanon.Nada is a member of the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and has spoken around the country about academic boycott as a means to achieve the currently non-existent academic freedom in the US, Israel, and Palestine. A scholar-activist, Elia is past president of AMEWS, the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies, and currently serves on the steering collective of The Critical Ethnic Studies Association. She also serves, or has served, on a number of local grassroots activist organizations. She is a founding member of RAWAN (the Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network); a former representative to the United Nations of AWSA (the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association); a member of the Defense of Civil Rights in Academia; and a former member of the steering collective of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, where she co-chaired of the Anti-Militarism, and Anti-Occupation taskforce

Noura Erakat (Via Skype): Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. As of Fall 2014, she is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She has taught international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009.Noura is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, an electronic magazine on the Middle East that combines scholarly expertise and local knowledge.
Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Noura received a New Voices Fellowship to work as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation where she helped seed BDS campaigns nationally as well as support the cases brought against two former Israeli officials in U.S. federal courts for alleged war crimes. For several years, Noura worked as the Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the Badil Center for Refugee and Residency Rights. In that capacity, she drafted their submissions to the human rights treaty bodies and lobbied the US Congress as well as diplomatic missions at the United Nations on their behalf. Prior to attending law school, she helped launch the divestment campaign along with the Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley in 2001.
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