October 9, Toronto: Solidarity With Palestine Book Launch

Solidarity with Palestine! Book Launches

Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm9:30 pm

Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto, ON  M6G 2L8

Website: http://beitzatoun.org/event/solidarity-with-palestine-book-launches/

Featuring Steven Salaita, Remi Kanazi, Ashley Dawson and Bill Mullen

Join Haymarket Books as we celebrate the release of three important new books to fuel the struggle for justice in Palestine.

This event will feature:

  • Professor Steven Salaita on Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom, as he discusses his experiences being fired for protesting last years seige on Gaza – and the campaign which rose up in his defense
  • Poet Remi Kanazi performing pieces from his latest book of poems, Before the Next Bomb Drops
  • Professors Ashley Dawson and Bill Mullen, discussing the rise of BDS within the academy as depicted in their new anthology, Against Apartheid

This event is free, books will be available for purchase and signing.

About the books
Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom by Steven Salaita
In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita”s employment was terminated in response to his public tweets criticizing the Israeli government”s summer assault on Gaza.

Salaita”s firing generated a huge public outcry, with thousands petitioning for his reinstatement, and more than five thousand scholars pledging to boycott UIUC. His case raises important questions about academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.

In this book, Salaita combines personal reflection and political critique to shed new light on his controversial termination. He situates his case at the intersection of important issues that affect both higher education and social justice activism.

Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine by Remi Kanazi
Remi Kanazi”s poetry presents an unflinching look at the lives of Palestinians under occupation and as refugees scattered across the globe. He captures the Palestinian people”s stubborn refusal to be erased, gives voice to the ongoing struggle for liberation, and explores the meaning of international solidarity.

In this latest collection, Kanazi expands his focus outside the sphere of Palestine and presents pieces examining racism in America, police brutality, US militarism at home and wars abroad, conflict voyeurism, Islamophobia, and a range of other issues.

Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities, Edited by Ashley Dawson and Bill Mullen,
with a foreward by Ali Abunimah
Focusing on the complicity of Israeli universities in maintaining the occupation of Palestine, and on the repression of academic and political freedom for Palestinians, Against Apartheid powerfully explains why scholars and students throughout the world should refuse to do business with Israeli institutions. This rich collection of essays is a handbook for scholars and activists.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– Free
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za”atar dipping.

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