Upcoming Local Events
Posted by uscsjp on February 6, 2010
From a recent Email by Alex Shams
We invite you to participate in a fast approaching, urgent action called “Take Back Our Voices.” On Monday, February 8th at 4:30pm the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Israel Studies Program, and UCLA School of Law International Human Rights Program will be closing their 3-part lecture series on the UN Goldstone report with Principle Deputy Legal Adviser, Daniel Taub.
As the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Taub’s role is to serve both as Israel’s legal defender and public relations mouthpiece. He defended Israel’s construction of the apartheid wall or ‘separation barrier’ before the International Court of Justice, which condemned Israel’s construction of the Wall for its clear breach of various international human rights and humanitarian law conventions. In his lectures in the United States Mr. Taub has regularly disparaged Palestinians as ‘requiring a new culture’ and defended Israel’s targeting of civilians in Gaza. Mr. Taub’s message will serve to further legitimize state violence against a population that has been under military occupation for more than forty years.
Not only is his presence incredibly disturbing because it denies the human rights of Palestinians, but this event silences the Palestinian perspective on international law. We aim to reinsert that neglected perspective.
Please join us at 4:30pm in the UCLA Law school courtyard where we will be actively protesting Daniel Taub’s talk by picketing, handing flyers to attendees and most importantly holding our own forum and free space for discussion on our vision of a just international legal system that ensures Palestinians rights. We hope to have some local MC’s and spoken word artists grace us with their talent as well.
Also, we are attaching a petition that we are planning to send to centers that are in support of this talk. If you are a representative of a student organization we would appreciate your endorsement of this event so we can add your student group name as a signatory of the petition. We will be holding a meeting Sunday, February 7th to assemble picket signs and go over final details so please let us know if you are interested and would will be able to attend and we will send you the info.
Please distribute widely to all those that are committed to the struggle against Zionism…”
Also, from [CEIA-SC]
January 28, 2010
and Al-Awda San Diego, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
When: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm (doors open 5:00 pm)