Palestine Is STILL the issue – Auckland protest and Ramzy Baroud speaks

Kia ora Auckland Peace Friends,

Working for peace means taking action to support those suffering from oppression and violence. This week we are standing in solidarity with Palestinians who have called for a global non-violent boycott campaign against Israel. Please join us on Sunday.

Help call out the Doc Edge Festival for supporting Israel!

In contravention of the Palestinian Cultural Boycott, Doc Edge Festival has taken sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy for a screening of Ben-Gurion, Epilogue.

We will be having a DIE-IN at this event both to symobolise the bodies of innocent Palestinian people murdered by the Israeli state, and to serve as a human blockade of those seeking to attend this screening.

DATE: Sunday, 27 May @ 9:30am
PLACE: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/211387416313681/

Please come prepared to take part in the DIE-IN if you are able. We would also love to have people to hold banners, hand out leaflets, talk on the megaphone etc.

PLEASE NOTE: Anti-semites, racists, holocaust deniers or any other fuckwits are NOT WELCOME, and will be not-politely asked to leave.

In the meantime, please
1) Write to the Doc Edge Fest and tell them why they shouldn’t break the boycott by showing this film, and taking money from Israel. Their email is info – if you want some tips on what to write, check out the letter Peace Action Wellington sent sent: https://www.facebook.com/events/121533075373919/permalink/124935418367018/

2) Write to the Q Theatre CEO James Wilson and tell him that screening this film is a violation of the global cultural boycott of Israel. Ask him to refuse to show this film. Email: info

Read more about the BDS movement here:
https://bdsmovement.net/

Dr Ramzy Baroud’s NZ speaking tour itinerary – 18 to 24 May 2018.

Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Ramzy Baroud brings the authentic voices of the Palestinian struggle for human rights to New Zealand, as part of a world-wide launch of his new book ‘The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story.’

Please note that signed copies of Ramzy’s book ‘The Last Earth: a Palestinian story’ will be on sale for $35 at each venue – cash or EFTPOS (bookshop retail prices may vary). Other merchandise will be available also.

Each event is free entry and open to the public – bring your friends & workmates. There will be a collection for donations towards tour costs.

WELLINGTON: TUESDAY 22 MAY

Book signing from 12pm to 1pm: Vic Books, Easterfield Building, 1 Kelburn Parade, Wellington 6012. enquiries

WELLINGTON: TUESDAY 22 MAY

Evening event: 6pm Free Public talk: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington City 6011. (Wellington event book sales by Vic Books)

CHRISTCHURCH: WEDS 23 MAY

Free public talk: 7:30pm Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral, 234 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011

DUNEDIN: THURSDAY 24 MAY

Free public talk: 5:15pm Burns 2 Lecture theatre, Ground Floor Arts Building, Albany Street, University of Otago.

ABOUT THE BOOK AND IT’S AUTHOR:

Gaza-born Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud is visiting New Zealand/Aotearoa as part of a world tour to launch his new book: “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”.

Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last Earth tells the story of modern Palestine through the memories of those who have lived it. Baroud said that he wrote The Last Earth “to relocate the centrality of the Palestinian narrative from an Israeli perspective to a Palestinian one, especially one that overlooks the typical elitist narrative and focuses instead on retelling the story from the viewpoint of ordinary, poor, underclass and working-class Palestinians.” Ramzy Baroud is founder and editor of the Palestine Chronicle.

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