Thursday, March 03, 2011

March Events


Time Friday at 8:00pm - March 9 at 10:00pm




Created By OU Arab Cultural Society


More Info 7th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week

Oxford, Friday March 4- Wednesday March 9, 2011

*Friday March 4 “The Road to Justice: Boycotting Apartheid”
Speakers: Dr Karma Nabulsi and Omar Bargouti
Chair: Dr Marc Stears
Time: 8pm
Location: Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College

Karma Nabulsi is Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall and University Lecturer in International Relations. Her publications include Traditions of War: Occupation, Resistance and the Law (OUP, 2005)

Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian researcher, commentator and human rights activist and a steering committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. He is the author of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: the Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights (Haymarket, 2011)

Marc Stears is Fellow in Politics at University College and University Lecturer in Political Theory. He is the author of Demanding Democracy: American Radicals in Search of a New Politics (Princeton, 2010)

*Monday March 7 “Report Back from the Gaza Flotilla”

Speaker: Sarah Colborne
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Oxford Union, Gladstone Room

Sarah Colborne is the Executive Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. She was on board Mavi Marmara boat that was attacked as part of the Gaza Flotilla convoy in 2010 and is a leading campaigner against the siege of Gaza.

TUESDAY 8 MARCH, 7.30pm Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign Event

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford

Mike Marqusee, author and campaigner, will speak about his book "If I am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew"

"a manifesto for a whole generation of Jewish radical activists who refuse to be deterred by the threat of being labelled, and libelled, as self-haters." – Daphna Baram, The Guardian

He will also speak about his recent visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and house evictions in East Jerusalem.

Further details at

*Wednesday March 9 “The Egyptian Revolution and Palestine”

Speaker: Hussam Hamalawy
Chair: Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Oxford Union, Gladstone Room

Hussam Hamalawy is a journalist and activist and a leading Egyptian revolutionary voice. He publishes the popular blog

Abdel Razzaq Takriti is S.G. Younis Junior Research Fellow in Political History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. His research focuses on Arab revolutionary movements.
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Dear all,
Fairtrade Fortnight this year is from 28th Feb to 13th March and aims to raise awareness of fair trade and promote the sale of fairtrade goods.
For many years now, firstly from our garage and now through the 'Mustard Seed', we have been selling delicious Palestinian fairtrade olive oil in Faringdon. 'Zaytoun' who distribute the oil in this country have invited two of the olive oil producers for a UK speaking tour during Fairtrade Fortnight and we are delighted that Faringdon is on their itinerary! We will be hosting them on the 3rd - 4th March. Full details attached and below.
Basima Basalat is a woman farmer and also community organiser from the Qalqilya area. She set up a women's development association in her village to generate income from olive products and arrange social activities. She has lost land and olive groves through confiscation and has a history of non-violent opposition to the settlements around her village.
Riziq Abu Nasser is from a village in the Salfit area, close to Arura. He also faces challenges from nearby settlements with raw sewage running through his farm and military destruction of olive trees. You may have seen him on Channel 4's 'What goes in your basket' at the end of last year.
Help is needed with transport to and from Oxford, hosting a simple evening meal, refreshments and clearing up afterwards. We also need an interpreter to help out, although the farmers have some English. Please let me know if you can help with anything and do encourage anyone interested to come along.
Arura – Faringdon Friendship Association and Fairtrade Faringdon
as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 are hosting a


The two farmers, Basima Basalat and Riziq Abu Nasser, produce the fair-trade olive oil sold in the ‘Mustard Seed’ and will be talking about their lives, their work, their olives and the challenges they face.


FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, LECHLADE RD.. (opposite the Duke of Wellington)

All welcome

More details from Karen Vogt: 01367-241707

Tuesday 8th March Oxford PSC Monthly meeting 7:30 Oxford Town Hall All Welcome. With Mike Marqusee. Mike Marqusee, author of “If I am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew” will speak about his book, and about his recent visit to Palestine where he met people facing eviction in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem and lawyers and activists working with them.
Mike’s book has been acclaimed by numerous reviewers, including John Nichols, the Nation
“The thinking about “what it means to be a Jew in the 21st century” is bold and innovative. No one can read this book without having his or her perspective on the Middle East, religion and the left, expanded.”
And Daphna Baram, the Guardian,
“a manifesto for a whole generation of Jewish radical activists who refuse to be deterred by the threat of being labelled, and libelled, as self-haters.”
Mike is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker, a passionate campaigner for social justice, who has written on subjects ranging from Palestine/Israel, the anti-war movement to cricket and Woody Guthrie.

PSC Branch Forum
Saturday 12 March in Oxford
12noon to 4pm. Friends Meeting House. Lunch provided 12-1. (The Oxford Quaker Meeting House (Friends Meeting House), 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW.

Saturday street stall: The OPSC Saturday street stall on Cornmarket street is one of the main ways we use for raising the issue of Palestine with the public at large. It is an important activity for offering information leaflets to the public, inviting them to join PSC or leave their email for Oxford PSC updates. Generally we are there 11:30 to 13:30. Always a minimum of two people on shift. Please consider volunteering for a shift: its an opportunity to meet other PSC members, those wanting information and occasionally those wishing to challenge our views, even volunteering for one shift a year would help. Please email ali at if you're able to help.
PS ... If you can only do an hour or so, then that’s good too, email us for information and turn up on the day. Thank you to all who volunteered for vacant slots. Currently stall volunteers required for help on 26th March & 9th April.
Any help is much appreciated.