MONDAY 10TH MARCH: EVENING MOVIE SCREENING - LEMON TREE, EDEN GROVE SEMINAR ROOM, 18:30
About the Film: LEMON TREE is a 2008 Israeli drama film directed by Eran Riklis and co-directed by his cousin Ira Riklis. The film describes the legal efforts of a Palestinian widow to stop the Israeli Defense Minister, her next door neighbor, from destroying the lemon trees in her family farm. At the same time, she develops a human bond with the minister's wife. It was released in Israel on 27 March 2008, and it received a tepid response from Israeli audiences. It was released internationally through IFC Films on 17 April 2009. From there, the film has achieved critical success and it has received nominations for several awards such as 'Best Actress' and 'Best Screenwriter' at the EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
TUESDAY, 11TH MARCH: EVENING MOVIE SCREENING ROADMAP TO APARTHEID
EDEN GROVE SEMINAR ROOM, 18:30
About the Film: Ana Nogueira is a white South African and Eron Davidson a Jewish Israeli. Drawing on their first-hand knowledge of the issues, the producers take a close look at the apartheid comparison often used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their film breaks down the rhetorical analogy into a fact-based comparison, noting where the analogy is useful and appropriate, and where it is not. There are many lessons to draw from the South African experience relevant to conflicts all over the world. This film is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.
THURSDAY, 13TH MARCH , ISRAELI AUTHOR MIKO PELED SPEAKS
HUMANITIES SEMINAR ROOM, 17: 00. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.
About the Speaker: MIKO PELED was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well-known Zionist family with his grandfather having been one of the co-signers of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, General Matti Peled, fought in the 1948 Nakba/Israeli War of ?Independence", and was a General in 1967 during the Six Day War when Israel occupied Gaza, the Golan Heights, the Sinai, and the West Bank. As a young Israeli patriot, Miko Peled volunteered for a Special Forces Commando unit in the Israeli Defense Forces, something he later came to regret...
In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Miko Peled: His young niece, Smadar (12), was killed in a "suicide" attack. His sister, Nurit Peled-Elhanan, reacted --according to some—“unusually" to the tragic death of her daughter. As a mother, she did not call for revenge or blame the Palestinians but the Israeli occupation policy of the Israeli governments. This tragedy and his sister’s response propelled Peled into a remarkable journey of discovery. It pushed Peled to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a hopeful, lasting, just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
In a Los Angeles Times article he subsequently wrote: Israel is faced with two options: Continue to exist as a Jewish state while controlling the Palestinians through military force and racist laws, or undertake a deep transformation into a real democracy where Israelis and Palestinians live as equals in a shared state, their shared homeland. For Israelis and Palestinians alike, the latter path promises a bright future.
SATURDAY, 15TH MARCH : UNDERSTANDING ISRAEL APARTHEID: BOOK DISCUSSION WITH SURAYA DADOO
SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR ROOM A, 15: 00