Students for Justice in Palestine
For Immediate Release
Monday January 25,2016
Monday January 25th will mark the first day of SJP’s annual Palestine Awareness week. This year, the week aims to educate the campus about Palestine, have discussions about solidarity, and present panels about underrepresented narratives.
The week will start off with a concert in collaboration with the USAC Cultural Affairs Commission (CAC), featuring Palestinian artists and musical performances Monday evening (7pm) in Kerckhoff coffeehouse.
Tuesday January 26th will be the first of two days during which the mock Apartheid wall will be displayed in Bruin Plaza from 9am to 4pm. There will also be a Palestinian cultural celebration with Dabke performances, calligraphy, and poetry. The wall will also be on display on Thursday January 28th in Bruin Plaza at the same time.
Tuesday evening’s event, “The ABC’s of Palestine: Apartheid, BDS, and Campus Activism” will be a presentation followed by a discussion about Palestine, the BDS movement, and what Palestine solidarity activism looks like on the UCLA campus, and campuses around the nation.
On Wednesday January 27th, SJP and Jewish Voice for Peace-LA will present “Jewish Voices for Palestine featuring Max Blumenthal and Miko Peled”. Our speakers, Blumenthal and Peled will be presenting about the situation in Palestine today and their experience of becoming a part of the Palestine solidarity movement.
On Thursday, in addition to the second day of the mock apartheid wall display in Bruin Plaza, we will close the week with an event in the evening exploring underrepresented narratives of Palestinians. At the event “Palestine Through My Eyes: The Queer Movement and Oral Histories of Palestine”, our speakers Dr. Sa’ed Atshan and Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb will be exploring the LGBT Movement in Palestine and oral narratives in the construction of Palestinian identity.
We hope that these events provide points of interest for students of all types - from those who wish to learn the basics about Palestine, to those interested in specific questions about intersectionality, pink-washing, refugees, and progressive Jewish and Israeli views.
For more information, please see www.sjpbruins.com as well as www.facebook.com/SJPatUCLA.