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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Understanding Gaza, Thursday, Jan. 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

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Understanding Gaza

A Teach-In on the Current Crisis

Thursday, Jan. 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fed Ex Global Education Center, UNC-CH

This program will try to make sense of events in Gaza by providing
historical, legal and human contexts. Speakers will provide the
background behind the news, and bring into focus the faces behind the
headlines. Why is this war continuing? And what can we do to bring it to
an end?

Speakers include:

* Laila El-Haddad is a freelance journalist from Gaza. Her blog,
"Raising Yousuf and Noor: Diary of a Palestinian Mother," explores
the complex relationships between the personal and the political
as she raises her children while negotiating displacement and
occupation. _http://a-mother-from-gaza.blogspot.com/_

* Rann Bar-On is an Israeli activist and graduate student at Duke
University. He has worked with the International Solidarity
Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Rann advocates
for an end to the Occupation and resistance to militaristic
Israeli government policies. He is especially interested in the
Shministim - a group of Israeli high-school students who are
imprisoned for daring to refuse to serve in Israel's occupying
army.

* Marty Rosenbluth: Formerly Amnesty International USA's Country
Specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the
Palestinian Authority, he is currently a human rights lawyer
working with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham.
Through his work with Amnesty, he documented violations by all
parties to the conflict, including participating in Amnesty's
fact-finding mission in northern Israel during the war between
Israel and Lebanon in the summer of 2006 where he documented
Hezbullah attacks on Israeli civilians as well as meeting with
Israeli officials to discuss IDF attacks on civilians in Southern
Lebanon.

* Dr. Sarah Shields: Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History
at UNC-CH, she is the author of /Mosul before Iraq /and teaches
courses on the Arab-Israel conflict, Islamic civilization, the
Modern Middle East.

Organized by UNC-CH Justice for Gaza

Co-Sponsors: Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action,
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – USA, Jews for a Just Peace
– NC, Progressive Faculty Network of UNC-CH, Muslim American Public
Affairs Council, Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, Social and Economic
Justice Minor UNC-CH, Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ), WILPF
(Women's International League for Peace and Freedom), Mothers 4 Peace

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