BDS Australia is pleased to host this important forum featuring Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) co founder, Omar Barghouti with key First Nations and Palestinian Australian speakers discussing the shared experience of dispossession, state-based discrimination and racism and how to counter it.
OMAR BARGHOUTI – Palestinian writer and founding member of the BDS campaign AMY MCQUIRE – Darumbal and South Sear Islander journalist and academic DR RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH – Palestinian author, academic and former lawyer PROFESSOR TONY BIRCH – Indigenous Australian author, academic and activist HIBA FARRA, Moderator – Palestinian lawyer and activist
Dr Abu Sitta is an author, scholar and commentator. He has meticulously documented the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe). No-one can speak more authoritatively than he on that momentous event’s impact on the Palestinian people, nor on how to remedy the more than 70 years of the dispossession of their lands and the loss of their rights to self-determination and freedom.
Salman Abu Sitta was born in Palestine in 1937, not far from Beersheba. As a schoolboy when Israel was established in 1948, he was forced, with his family, to move from home to the Gaza Strip. He was educated in Palestine, Cairo and (at university) in London. Abu Sitta is a former member of the Palestinian National Council, the general coordinator of the Right of Return Congress. Abu Sitta is also the founder and President of the Palestine Land Society, London, dedicated to the documentation of Palestine’s land and people. Website www.plands.org.
He is the author of six books on Palestine including the compendium Atlas of Palestine 1917- 1966, English and Arabic editions, the Atlas of the Return Journey in Arabic, English and Hebrew and over 300 papers and articles on the Palestinian refugees, the Right of Return, history of al Nakba and human rights.
His most well known book is the “Mapping my Return: A Palestinian Memoir” which had strong reviews internationally. Dr Abu Sitta is active in many academic, legal and human rights groups.
Wednesday 28 August – Wednesday 4 September is our first national week of action to encourage consumers face-to-face not to buy HP products (laptops, scanners, printers and ink) while HP technology underpins Israeli occupation and apartheid. All are welcome to help out leafleting shoppers and passers by.
Events confirmed so far include:
Friday 30 August in Melbourne, 1-5pm in Bourke St Mall, outside the GPO Friday 30 August in Adelaide, 6-7:30pm outside JB Hi-Fi in Rundle Mall Saturday 31 August in Sydney, 1-3pm outside JB Hi-Fi, 37 George St, Parramatta Saturday 31 August in Melbourne, 1-5pm in Bourke St Mall, outside the GPO Tuesday 3 September in Adelaide, 12-1:30pm outside JB Hi-Fi in Rundle Mall Wednesday 4 September in Sydney, 11am-1pm outside Officeworks, 1 Ross St (corner Parramatta Rd), Glebe – opposite Sydney University
For more information, including for leaflets to organise your own event, email [email protected]
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