Upcoming Events

 
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Black Solidarity With Palestine

Wednesday, October 34d, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

In the summer of 2014, Black-Palestinian solidarity emerged into the mainstream after the police killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. As protests in Ferguson reached fever pitch and images of Israel's latest assault on Gaza simultaneously filled the airwaves, Palestinians sent protestors in Ferguson both messages of support and practical advice on how to deal with tear gas inhalation. In response, protestors in Ferguson sent images and messages back, and waved Palestinian flags at demonstrations. Notwithstanding this most recent and visible example of Black-Palestinian solidarity, connections between the two struggles were drawn much earlier in time. As early as 1967, for example, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee issued a statement condemning Zionism in response to Israel’s actions during the 1967 war.

What other examples of Black-Palestinian solidarity can the movement draw from? How can these two struggles recognize the unique challenges each faces, while continuing to amplify and uplift the other? What has made Black-Palestinian solidarity even more vital in the age of Ferguson-Gaza? This panel will explore the historical connections between Black radicals and Palestinian resistance, the theoretical and practical difficulties of aligning the two movements in shared struggle, as well as future directions for continued Black-Palestinian solidarity. 

Panelists:

  • Che Gossett: 2018-2019 Palestine American Research Center Fellow

  • Dr. Sa’ed Atshan: Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College

  • Kristian Davis Bailey: Co-Founder, Black4Palestine


Past Events

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Anti-boycott Legislation and the "Palestine Exception" to Free Speech

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

From Montgomery, Alabama to apartheid South Africa, boycotts have been a time-honored tactic employed by popular struggles across the world to resist racist and colonial regimes. Yet in over 20 states across the United States, legislators have sought to outlaw boycotts designed to draw attention to the human rights situation in Israel and Palestine and to pressure Israeli authorities to comply with their human rights obligations under international law. 

What explains this recent wave of laws designed to punish people who boycott Israel? What has been the response by the legal and advocacy communities to this latest effort to suppress Palestinian human rights activism? What more can be done to counter these efforts?

Please join Penn Law Palestine Solidarity (PLPS), the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and the National Lawyers Guild Penn Law Chapter for a panel discussion about the political and legal attacks on advocacy for Palestinian rights in the United States. Our panel will feature ACLU staff attorney Brian Hauss, who recently secured a preliminary injunction in a case challenging a Kansas law that prohibits state contractors from boycotting Israel, as well as Rahul Saksena, a staff attorney at Palestine Legal. 

A non-pizza lunch will be served!

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70 Years of Dispossession: Protecting Human rights in Israel/Palestine

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

As we approach 70 years since the founding of the State of Israel and the forced expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians, the prospects of achieving a just and lasting peace—at least through a political solution—appear dimmer than ever. Yet student activists on college campuses and a worldwide movement to peacefully pressure Israel to abide by international law are vigorously and unapologetically pushing conversations on Palestine to the forefront. What's the situation look like on the ground today in the 51st year of Israel's occupation? What can the legal and human rights advocacy communities do to maintain this momentum? What new strategies or tactics should these movements consider?

Come join Penn Law Palestine Solidarity (PLPS) for an engaging discussion about human rights in Israel/Palestine and the future of the Palestine solidarity movement with Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, and Nadia Ben Youssef, Director of the Adalah Justice Project. Lunch will be served!