In the effort of raising awareness and creating discourse around the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, the Muslim Student Union along with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Irvine are co-hosting their annual week long series of events titled “In the Face of Violence: A Culture of Resistance,” to be held on Week 6 from May 4th to May 7th.
Monday, May 4th
To Resist is to Create – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM
To keep a culture alive is to keep a people alive. Zionist narrative aims to wipe out the culture in an effort to wipe out the people of Palestine making art a strong platform for resistance. We will explore the distinct forms of Palestinian art that combat the erasure of Palestinian history and culture. By focusing on art forms such as tatreez embroidery, dabke dance, or the music from oud, we show how rich Palestinian culture is beyond the images of rubble and warfare.
Resistance is Existence – Rabab Abdulhadi & G.U.P.S. Panelists – Crystal Cove Auditorium, 6:30 PM
Explore the history and trajectory of Palestinian activism with resistance to the Zionist regime. A conversation with members of the former General Union of Palestinian Students talking about the way political activism has performed as a tool of resistance.
Tuesday, May 5th
Democracy in Shambles – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM
So what exactly is going on in Palestine? We aim to answer the basic questions about the way the government operates in Palestine.
Growing Roses from Rubble – Kamilah Moore & Terese Jordan – HIB 100, 6:30 PM
Often students ask what they can do for Palestine beyond hosting events that raise funds or awareness. Delegation work is a key part of providing aid to those who need it the most. Join Kamilah Moore as she talks about her experience in the region.
Wednesday, May 6th
A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM
& Lobna Qutami – HG 1800, 6:30 PM
The Palestinian woman’s body is the most destructive tool for the Zionist agenda as it is the location for producing Palestinian life. We seek to examine the unique role of the woman’s role in the resistance movement. There is gender-based violence employed specifically for the female population ranging from rape, forced sterilization, or denied access to hospitals for childbirth. Learn how the people of Palestinian can never be liberated unless the women are liberated from the patriarchal double-bind from both the Zionist regime, and the oppressive family structure at home.
Thursday, May 7th
Doctors without Checkpoints – Ring Road, 9:00 – 5:00 PM
With limited access to water, women giving birth at checkpoints, and no food security, Palestinian health is in a crisis. Explore the health care disparities for Palestinians zoned into settlements with no access to proper hospitals, produce, or water. Learn what life is like for people who must wait hours in line at a checkpoint in order to get adequate medical attention.
Stories of Survival – The Parents of the Resistance – Pacific Ballroom C, 6:30 PM
For our closing event this year, we invite you to an intergenerational panel that serves as “storytime” with your grandparents or parents generation. Shifting from bringing only academics or activists, we’ve invited family and community members to share their stories about Nakbah, or leaving Palestine, their individual activism, and stories of survival and displacement. The goal of this event is to have that intergenerational storytelling feel and the importance of the preservation of oral histories.
The Muslim Student Union presents a week long series of events during Week 5 (April 28th-May 1st) that are aimed at raising awareness and creating discourse, around the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, for the campus and community.
The events will highlight the history, significance, modern impacts, and much more information surrounding the injustices of the conflict through informative discussions, creative expressions, and interactive displays.
Topics include the following:
Monday: Borders and Racism
Wednesday: Sexual Violence
Thursday: Environmental Degradation
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