SJPUPDATES#15 Rally for Palestine Saturday | Palestinian journalist to speak at university Wednesday

8 May 2008
Kia ora all,
In this update>>>>


(A) Saturday Rally for Palestine
(B) Palestinian journalist to speak at University and GPJA forum
(C) Human Rights Film Festival


>>>>>(A) Saturday Rally for Palestine>>>>>
When: Saturday, May 10, 12 noon,
Where: Queen Street, Aotea Square

RALLY FOR PALESTINE – Next week May 15th, will see loud and lasting applause for Israel’s 60 years anniversary while ignoring 60 years of Palestinian dispossession and suffering – the catastrophic upheaval of Palestinian society. The Palestinian al Nakba or “Catastrophe” was not a one-off historical event beginning in 1948, but has been a continuous process of systematic violence, destruction,  demonisation and oppression inflicted by the new nation-state of Israel and it supporters on generations of indigenous
Palestinians.  Already we have seen Israel given resounding  plaudits in the NZ Herald 6/5/08 with no material offered from a Palestinian perspective.
For more information: Contact Janfrie Wakim 5200201

>>>>>(B) Palestinian journalist to speak at University and GPJA forum>>>>>

Special Forum with Maher Mughrabi for Auckland University Students, on the 60th anniversary of the destruction of Palestine.

When: Wednesday 14th May 2pm – 3pm,
Where: Clubspace, above the quad, Auckland University,

MAHER MUGHRABI is a Scottish-Palestinian journalist and writer with more than 12 years’ experience on newsdesks in Britain (including The Independent, The Scotsman and The Daily Mail), the Middle East (Khaleej Times) and Australia who currently works as Foreign Desk News Editor for The Age in Melbourne.

His work as a current affairs writer for The Age has dealt with Western perceptions of Islam, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Iraq, including an exclusive interview with the son of one of the two Iraqi men who were kidnapped with Australia’s Douglas Wood and later murdered. He has also written on politics in India, Pakistan and Britain.

Mughrabi has  also given lectures at Melbourne, Monash and La Trobe universities on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to the Melbourne Writers’ Festival on the history of Zionism and to public audiences around Australia on Middle Eastern affairs and issues of Muslims and migration. In 2007 he was a guest speaker at Palestine Uncut, a film festival to mark 40 years of occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and in April 2008 he was a special guest at the Sydney Arab Film Festival’s session on Palestinian films.

He will also be speaking…
Monday, May 12th, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn.
GPJA FORUM: “Facing the Forests: What peace and justice mean, 60 years on”
Maher Mughrabi Scottish-Palestinian journalist and writer, currently the foreign
desk news editor for The Age, Melbourne. Global Peace & Justice Auckland (GPJA)

Tuesday, May 13th, 7pm, Tivoli, Oneroa, Waiheke Island,
Prospects for Palestine Questions and Answer session, Maher Mughrabi,

Wednesday, May 14th, 6-7.30pm, Lecture Theatre 029 Clock Tower Building,
Princes St
“State of Siege: Problems & Prospects for Palestinians & Israelis” – Maher
Mughrabi. NZ Institute of International Affairs University of Auckland,

>>>>>(C) Human Rights Film Festival >>>>>

The Human Rights Network of Aotearoa is proud to present the fourth annual New Zealand Human Rights Film Festival – a cinematic event celebrating extraordinary people striving for success and achievement amidst the most difficult circumstances and conditions.

2008 is a particularly special year for the Human Rights movement as it’s the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the films shown during the festival not only celebrate how far we have come since the signing but also where work is still needed if the promise of the first Article – All human beings are born free and equal – is to be realised.

  • Wellington 8 – 16 May | Paramount Theatre
  • Auckland 15 – 23 May | Rialto Newmarket
  • Christchurch 22 – 30 May | Regent on Worcester
  • Dunedin 29 May – 6 June | Rialto Dunedin

Official Site – Schedule, films, booking, prices…


Wednesday, May 21st,   8pm, Rialto Theatre, Newmarket
” Occupation 101″ followed by discussion, Human Rights Film Festival,

Thursday May 22nd, 6pm, Rialto Theatre, Newmarket
“Occupation 101” followed by discussion, Human Rights Film Festival,
ANNOUNCEMENTS



“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

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