Kia ora all,
In this update>>>>
(A) Join an eCorrespondance Program with Bethlehem University Students
(B) SJP Meeting Wednesday 14/2/07
(C) News, views and analysis from the web
(A) >>>>>Join an eCorrespondance Program with Bethlehem University Students>>>>>
The Bethlehem/Santa Fe (and now Bethlehem/Auckland!) Correspondence Program is an email correspondence program based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, intended to create a dialogue with students at Bethlehem University in Palestine.
This is an opportunity to learn about the nature of peaceful nonviolent resistance from young men and women who struggle daily against overwhelming odds in an effort to continue to educate themselves in the face of military occupation and oppression of civil rights.
Students who attend Bethlehem University live under very stringent conditions in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. Many of them risk arbitrary arrest and detention attempting to travel short distances to the campus to attend classes. They negotiate many check points as well as the new security terminal that Israel has set up at the entrance to Bethlehem. Their city is now essentially an apartheid ghetto surrounded by a twenty-eight-foot wall and a series of military check points and fences.
By reaching out to students at Bethlehem University you will help to sustain their sense of dignity and provide them with the spiritual and emotional support they need to maintain peaceful and productive lives.
I understand that you are on your summer break (It’s snowing here!). But you can jump in on this at any time. I don’t limit the program to students. Anyone you know who is willing to make the commitment is welcome to join. Though most of the correspondents in Bethlehem are students at BU, we have several correspondents here in Santa Fe who are older, non-students.
If you are interested in participating in the program, please send a brief biography to SJP, at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, age, area of study and any interests you might wish to share as an introduction to a correspondence partner.
Santa Fe, NM, USA
(B) >>>>>SJP Meeting Wednesday 14/2/07>>>>>
Students for Justice in Palestine are having the first meeting of the year on Wednesday the 14th of February at 2pm in Meeting Room 2 on the second floor of AUSA House, 4 Alfred Street, Auckland (opposite the Library).
Come along to help come up with, organise and plan our activities and outreach during Orientation week. All welcome.
(C)>>>>>News, views and analysis from the web>>>>>
Gaza City: The war enters the classrooms
Israeli tanks kill women during protest march
Ma’an: “Israeli military disrupt non-violent action in Al Khadr and attack Palestinian children”
Israeli Anarchists blockade downtown Tel Aviv for the second time in a month
THE PLIGHT OF THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN – “I BLAME GEORGE BUSH”
“Remember the solidarity shown to Palestine here and everywhere… and remember also that there is a cause to which many people have committed themselves, difficulties and terrible obstacles notwithstanding. Why? Because it is a just cause, a noble ideal, a moral quest for equality and human rights.” – Edward Said, Palestinian/American historian/political commentator
SJP on the internet: www.ausjp.wordpress.com