16 February 2006

"Apartheid Israel Week" at Oxford

All this week, Oxford University in Britain is appropriately commemorating the "30th anniversary of the international convention on the suppression and punishment of the crime of apartheid" with a series of speakers and events around the theme of 'Apartheid Israel'.

The proceedings will address ongoing events like the Apartheid State's routine killing of Palestinian children, the imposition of Jim Crow Jewish-only voting restrictions within Apartheid Israel, and their re-occupation of "Gaza" after the public relation's psy-op 'withdrawal' last summer. They will analyze the continued work on the Apartheid Wall, whose latest expansion "will likely obstruct the view in the desert and is expected to negatively impact the area's ecosystem... by blocking the paths of the wild animals in the desert," according to the pro-Apartheid Ha'aretz. And the proceedings will decry the Apartheid state's plan to "steal tax money belonging to the Palestinian Authority" as collective punishment for voting Hamas in flagrant violation of international law.

The pro-Apartheid Jerusalem Post further elaborates on the agenda:
Ilan Pappe from Haifa University... will speak on "Resisting Apartheid: Divestment and Solidarity" on Friday. Chairing the meeting is Prof. Steven Rose, a major supporter of an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

Other speakers include Prof. Gabi Piterberg from University of California at Los Angeles, who spoke on Monday night on "Zionism and Apartheid." Piterberg, an Israeli anti-Zionist, added his signature to a petition in 2003 calling for divestment from Israel.

On Wednesday, Karma Nabulsi, a politics fellow at Oxford and former PLO representative, will talk about "Palestinian Resistance." In a recent article, Dr. Nabulsi's accused Britain and Europe of "funding Israel's occupation and expansion."

On Tuesday night participants saw a film about an Israeli activist who married a Palestinian and founded a theater group in Jenin, where she taught children to express anger, bitterness and fear through acting and art.
Of course, while the tone of the Post's reporting is one of indignity and horror, they ignore the basic and obvious fact that every topic addressed bears an intimate connection to the ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign in Palestine and the Apartheid regime institutied and sanctioned by their Zionist administrators.

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