Since it was first launched in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year, more than 40 cities around the world participated in the week’s activities, which took place in the wake of Israel’s brutal assault against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. IAW continues to grow with new cities joining this year. This year Houston is one of these cities. UH SDS is excited to host a week of events from March 8th to the 12th as part of this global week of action in solidarity with the Palestinian Struggle
IAW will feature lectures, film screenings, cultural activities, and demonstrations aimed at raising awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians and to gather support for the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The demands of the BDS campaign are:
1. Ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
Monday March 8th
Young activists from Houston share their experiences traveling to Palestine/Israel and supporting social movements against the occupation. Adam and Sally will share photos, video and speak about their recent trips to the West Bank. 7pm in room 212 L of the Honors College (spiral staircase to second floor on the right side of the library).
Tuesday March 9th
A street theater demonstration against the occupation. We will be setting up a checkpoint in Butler Plaza and distributing information about checkpoints, roadblocks, the apartheid wall and other restrictions on freedom of movement that characterize the occupation. In Butler Plaza (in front of the library) from 11am-2.
Wednesday March 10th
A discussion hosted by Houston participants in the Anti-Apartheid struggle in solidarity with South Africa. We hope to learn some of the lessons from the international solidarity movement which struggled and defeated white minority rule in Apartheid South Africa. 6pm in the Caribbean Room in the University Center.
Thursday March 11th
A screening of the film “To Shoot an Elephant” about Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, which killed more than 1,400 people in Gaza in December of 2008 and January of 2010. The film will be followed by a talk from Greta Berlin a long time Palestine solidarity activist who has been working to break the siege on Gaza. 7pm in the Baltic Room in the University Center.
Friday March 12th
UH SDS is calling for a protest at the Catepillar sales facility on the Northwest Freeway(290) at 12800 Northwest Freeway [map] We will be carpooling from UH, meeting at the University Center and leaving by 2:45.
Why Protest Caterpillar?
Caterpillar, Inc. continues to sell its D9 and D10 bulldozers to Israel where they are militarized and used to bulldoze homes, uproot olive trees, build the Apartheid Wall, and kill civilians. In addition to constituting violations of international law, of the US Arms Export Control Act and of its own corporate code of conduct, Caterpillar is playing a a special role in strengthening Israeli Apartheid and perpetuating injustice against Palestinians. [Flier on Caterpillar from US Campaign to End the Occupation (PDF)]