Remi Kanazi at Washington University, Wednesday 9 April 2014; photo by Hala

St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee Condemns Censorship of BDS Debate at Washington University

The administration at Washington University in St. Louis is curtailing freedom of speech in the discussion and debate over Palestine/Israel. The St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee condemns the cancelling of a scheduled town hall on boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). The censoring of the forum on campus last week is in direct contravention of the University’s stated commitment to academic freedom. In December of 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) passed a resolution to end “formal collaborations with Israeli academic ...

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I Risked Imprisonment by Israel and Death to Study in the United States by Murad Owda

I risked imprisonment and death in order to study at Washington University. Last summer I was thrilled to learn that I had earned admission and a scholarship to the Brown School of Social Work. But I almost could not be here – for one reason. I am a Palestinian from Bethlehem. I needed to go to the United States consulate in Jerusalem to apply for my visa. Bethlehem is only six miles from Jerusalem, but it is extremely difficult to ...

“Apartheid Is Entrenched in Israel” by Michael Berg

As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, it is worth looking at why the state of Israel was such a close ally to apartheid South Africa. Both states were proud ethnocracies. Both claimed to exist in “bad neighborhoods,” using geopolitics to justify their policies of blatant racial discrimination. Both spent inordinate effort to keep the wrong type of people out of large areas of their respective countries. Both labeled their opponents, such as Mandela, as terrorists in an ...

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Mandela in Gaza, 1999

Nelson Mandela visited the Gaza Strip in 1999, where he spoke to crowds of Palestinians and expressed solidarity with their movement for liberation. Today, as the world mourns his death, Palestinians continue to find common ground between their own struggles living under Israeli rule and those who lived under South African apartheid. Read more about Mandela’s visit to Gaza.

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Boycott SodaStream

We have an action this Saturday, Dec 7th at 2:30pm in front of Brentwood Target in Maplewood! No, no, no… No, no, no… No to SodaStream….The St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee (STL-PSC) is in the holiday spirit and wants you to be, too! But we are not forgetting about our mission for human rights and justice in Palestine via BDS.SodaStream is a product made in Israeli settlements that is now being seen more and more on US shelves. SodaStream is ...

Flying Paper Showing in Saint Louis

Flying Paper will be making its St. Louis Premiere at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Co-director Roger Hill will be in attendance to present the film and host a discussion with the audience. Saturday, November 16th, 2 p.m. Brown Hall’s Auditorium, Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. It showcases ...

Max Blumenthal on Goliath

Max Blumenthal will be at Left Bank Books in Downtown St. Louis on Sunday, November 17 at 3pm, talking about his new book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. Sponsored by St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace.

Josh Ruebner on Obama’s Failure

Josh Reubner is National Advocacy Director for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. He will be speaking on his new book, Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, at Left Bank Books, Thursday 21 November at 7 p.m. “This marvelous book looks at one of the thorniest aspects of foreign policy today. It’s a book for those who are not content to sit on the sidelines and watch the continuous dispossession of the Palestinian people, committed if ...

First Time in Palestine, A Talk by Suhad Khatib

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PSC Statement of Support and Solidarity with Rasmea Yousef Odeh

The St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee demands that U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade drop the immigration charges against Rasmea Yousef Odeh. These charges are a political attack on her as an individual, and on Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim communities across the U.S. as a whole. She is a beloved leader in her community and has worked tirelessly to serve and help empower Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim families throughout the Chicagoland area. She recently received an “Outstanding Community Leader” award from the ...