Clean WATER for Rafah’s Children

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Clean WATER for Rafah’s Children

Children at the Tuyar Al-Jena Kindergarten in Rafah were excited to receive a Maia Project water desalination and filtration system provided by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project in memory of MRSCP member Ken Coffeen.

There is a growing water crisis in Palestine that affects the health of virtually every adult and child. In the Gaza Strip, poor sanitation and over-extraction have polluted the limited water supply. Israeli military attacks and the blockade have prevented repairs to water infrastructure. Water to Gaza is restricted and often too expensive for families to purchase from a safe source.

On July 28, 2010 the UN General Assembly declared that “Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.”

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Israeli Intransigence Lets BDS Into the Mainstream

Alex Kane, December 21, 2010

The world is fed up with Israel, with its continued colonization of the West Bank, its continued ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem, its suffocating siege of Gaza and its crackdown on nonviolent Palestinian popular resistance. This major Human Rights Watch report exposes the infrastructure of Israeli apartheid.

Israeli intransigence on the settlements issue has provided an opening for some more mainstream endorsements of the the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

The Human Rights Watch report states:

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November 17, 2010
Gilbert Achcar: "The Arabs and the Holocaust"

(Photo: The Arabic Hour)

Gilbert Achcar
“The Arabs and the Holocaust:
The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives”
Wednesday, November 17
(Room to be announced — see “Today in the Union”)
7:00 pm

Noted Middle East scholar, historian and intellectual Gilbert Achcar will be speaking in Madison on November 17th. Touring the US to promote his latest book, The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, he’ll be appearing in what promises to be an informative event for all those wishing to understand the conflicts in the Middle East. As a co-sponsor of this event, Rainbow Bookstore encourages all its friends to turn out and hear this important voice.

A major critic of imperialism in the region, Achcar is currently Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His previous books have been translated into more than fifteen languages. Among them are The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (Saqi, 2010), The 33-Day War: Israel’s War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences (Co-authored with Noam Chomsky, Paradigm Publishers, 2007).

About The Arabs and the Holocaust:

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November 10, 2010
John Mearsheimer to Speak in Madison

Student Progressive Dane and the
Middle Eastern Law Student Association present

John MearsheimerProfessor John Mearsheimer
Greater Israel’s Bleak Future

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
3650 Humanities, UW-Madison
7:00-9:00 PM

University of Chicago Political Science Professor John Mearsheimer is the author of numerous books and articles, including most famously, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy with Stephen Walt. His latest book, Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics, is set for release in early 2011.

Mearsheimer argues that there is not going to be a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and instead Israel will control of all the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, it already does. He maintains that Greater Israel, as former Israeli prime ministers Ehud Barack and Ehud Olmert have argued, will be an apartheid state.

However, Mearsheimer says that it will be impossible for Israel to maintain itself over the long term as an apartheid state, because apartheid is antithetical to mainstream Western values as well as core Jewish values. In the long run, Greater Israel will become a democratic bi-national state dominated by its Palestinian citizens, who will outnumber the Jews in the entirety of the land.

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November 3, 2010
Glenn Greenwald to Speak in Madison

Glenn Greenwald will be on A Public Affair WORT-FM 89.9 with host Esty Dinur on Wednesday, November 3rd, from noon to one.

Student Progressive Dane and the
Middle Eastern Law Student Association present

Glenn Greenwald

Wars Without End: The War on Terrorism and Against Civil Liberties in the Obama Era
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
2650 Humanities, UW-Madison
7:00 9:00 PM

The Bush/Cheney assault on civil liberties, and the radical executive power theories that supported it, were one of the prime causes of Democratic anger during the last decade. That anger helped elect Barack Obama, whose vow to reverse this erosion of Constitutional values was a featured part of his campaign.

Yet almost two full years into the Obama presidency, the vast bulk of Bushs extremist War on Terror architecture from secrecy and lawless detention to due-process-free killings and immunity for lawbreaking not only has been embraced by Obama, but, in some cases, has been fortified and expanded.

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