Event: Remembrance of the Dispossessed: A Vigil for Palestinian Refugees

Note: This event is to commemorate the lives lost and affected by the 1948 Nakba.

Join us for our FIRST event of the spring term

SFPR-UW @ Waterloo Public Square @ 7-10PM / 15 May 2014

The University of Waterloo’s Students for Palestinian Rights invite you to express your solidarity with the Palestinian Diaspora.

This Vigil is intended to raise awareness about two major tragedies in Palestinian history, the Nakba (1948), the Naksa (1967), and will address the impact of history on Palestinian suffering today.

People of different ages and circumstances will gather for a night of live music and the sharing of personal tragedy and experience.

This event will also shed light on current conditions of Palestinian refugee camps through photographs, stories and speeches.

Flowers and candles will be provided by donation. All proceeds aid Palestinian Refugees living in camps across the Middle East.

Guests are encouraged to contribute photo prints and other objects to display with flowers and candles in memory of Palestinian victims and non-Palestinians victimized for their support of the cause.

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Contact us at sfprexecs@gmail.com 
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Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416776365257467/

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Event: Video Games Night!!

When: Monday March 24 2014
Where: Student Life Centre (SLC) Great Hall
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

To all the video gamers!

Come out and play one of the games below!

– FIFA ’12, ’13, ’14
– Street Fighter
– Call Of Duty (BlackOps, Modern Warfare 2)

There will be 2 PS3’s and 1 Xbox!

1 ticket/game = $2

Street fighter
1 ticket/game = $1

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/281521128686402/


The Global Pro-Justice Movement – A Panel

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, Students for Palestinian Rights invites you to attend a panel on Palestinian and global pro-justice movement.

Date: Friday, March 9, 2012
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: CPH 3607

The Speakers:

Frank Barat:

Frank Barat, a human rights activist based in London, will give a brief historical overview of the work of the Russell Tribunal, including the Vietnam and South America tribunal of the 70s and will then focus on the Palestine tribunal with a strong emphasis on the last session in Cape Town, that concluded that ‘Israel’s policies against the Palestinian People were in breach of the prohibition against Apartheid in International Law’. His presentation will then address the global pro-justice movement and look into the need to internationalize the struggle.

Frank Barat is the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a popular tribunal created in 2009 to expose and examine Israel’s impunity in regards to its treatment of the Palestinian People. He has edited two books; ‘Gaza in Crisis’ with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe, and ‘Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occuption’ with Asa Winstanely. He has also participated in the book ‘Is there a court for Gaza?’ with Daniel Machover. He writes for Counterpunch, Al Jazeera English, The Electronic Intifada, The New Internationalist, the Palestine Chronicle, Ceasefire Magazine and other publications.

Sriram Ananth:

Joining Barat as part of a panel discussion following the lecture will be Sriram Ananth, relating the Palestine solidarity movement to the Kashmir struggle, as well as a Patricia Veena Phillip, a 2nd year science student at UW and who will be talking about the Tamil struggle.

Sriram Ananth is an activist and writer currently living in Toronto. He has been active on issues surrounding Palestine solidarity, anti-imperialism, gender justice, and labour struggles in India, the US, and Canada for over a decade. He is a member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto and is completing his PhD in Political and Economic Geography from the University of Minnesota.

Patricia Veena Phillip:

(More information later – check back on March 2!)

Resistance Culture: An Evening of Spoken Word, Poetry and Art with Remi Kanazi

Date: March 8, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: MC  (Math and Computing) 4020

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Event Description:

Join us for an evening with New-York-based poet, writer and activist Remi Kanazi. Remi is the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008) and author of the acclaimed book Poetic Injustice. His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across North America, the UK, and the Middle East, and he recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop.

“Some poetry is meant to make you sit in quiet contemplation. Not so with Remi Kanazi’s. Read his words out loud for yourself and your friends. Let their compassionate anger, their intricate dance of ideas, their unflinching witness, wash over you, dance with you, pick you up, and spur you to action.” Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.

For more about Remi, click here.

Here is some of Kanazi’s work:

A Poem for Gaza


This Poem will not end Apartheid 

David Heap's Firsthand Account of the Capture of the Canadian Boat to Gaza

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Math and Computing Building (MC), University of Waterloo, Room 4021
Admission: Free

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Event Description: 

David Heap will give his account of the Freedom Waves to Gaza which took place in November, when Irish and Canadian boats tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

A linguistics professor at the University of Western Ontario, Heap was on board the Canadian Boat, the Tahrir, when it was seized by the Israeli navy in international waters. Freedom Waves is part of an ongoing global solidarity movement challenging the blockade of Gaza and working for freedom for Palestine.

This event is sponsored by Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Light refreshments will be served.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!


February 17: Dr. Norman Finkelstein at KW!

Date: February 17 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Trinity United Church, 74 Frederick St.,Kitchener, ON, N2H 2L7
Admission: $15, $7 for students with ID

Students for Palestinian Rights (SFPR) and Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East (CPJME) are proud to host Dr. Norman Finkelstein in Kitchener-Waterloo once again!

Join us as Dr. Finkelstein discusses the situation in Gaza, the peace process and the prospect of another regional war in a lecture entitled:

Israel and Palestine: Past, Present and Future

Finkelstein was awarded his doctorate by Princeton University in 1988, and has subsequently taught at Rutgers, New York University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College and DePaul University (Chicago). His academic research has concentrated on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its representation in political discourse. He has devoted much of his adult life to the achievement of a just peace between Israel and Palestine.

Dr. Finkelstein’s address will be followed by a time of Q&A.


To get there from University of Waterloo by Bus:

Route 1:

  • Walk to University and Philip Bus Stop (By UW Plaza)
  • Take bus 8 towards University via Franklin and Westmount at 7:03 pm
  • Get off at Fredrick and Weber
  • Walk to Trinity United Church
  • Arrive at 7:25 PM

Route 2:

  • Walk to University and Philip Bus Stop (By UW Plaza)
  • Take bus 8 towards Fairview via Westmount and East at 6:51 PM
  • Get off at Fredrick and Weber
  • Walk to Trinity United Church
  • Arrive at 7:18 PM

Ticket Information:

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Online by clicking here
  • Via Telephone 1-888-222-6608
  • Monday, February 8, 10-4 pm at the Student Life Centre (SLC) Vendor Alley, University of Waterloo
  • Monday, February 14, 10-4 pm at SLC Vendor Alley, University of Waterloo
  • By contacting sfpruw@gmail.com and requesting a ticket
  • At the door

We strongly encourage you to buy your tickets before hand, there is LIMITED SEATING!

Other Speaking Locations:

KINGSTON (Queens U.): Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Etherington Auditorium, 94 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6. More Kingston, ON details on CJPME Website. Admission $15, $10 for students with ID. Kingston, ON.

Local partners include SPHR Queen’s, and Faculty for Palestine

TORONTO ( YORK U.): Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Price Family Cinema, Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3. More Toronto (York U.) details on CJPME Website. Admission $15, $10 for students with ID.

Local partners include the Middle East Students Association, and the Iranian Student Association at York University.

LONDON, ON: Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Wolf Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St., London, ON, N6A 2H9 . More London details on CJPME Website. Admission $15, $10 for students with ID.

HAMILTON, ON: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Location (map below): Mohawk College, 135 Fennell Avenue West, room i-109, Hamilton, ON, L8N 3T2. More Hamilton details on CJPME Website. Admission $15, $10 for students with ID.

Anna Baltzer: Palestinians “Come Second” at Peace Talks

Prior to Anna’s visit to the occupied territories of Palestine, Christian Avard of Vermont’s Deerfield Valley News and iBrattleboro.com conducted the following interview with her.  Republished with permission.

Tell me about your experience on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Getting on mainstream television shows and talking about Palestine is incredibly difficult. What made that episode a reality and did your appearance on The Daily Show indicate that the mainstream media is beginning to explore the realities of the Israeli occupation of Palestine?

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