IAJV August newsletter

The following email was just sent to the Independent Australian Jewish Voices list:

Dear all,

We would like to inform you of upcoming events and relevant information about the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Saree Makdisi, a professor of English Literature at the University of California in Los Angeles, nephew of Edward Said and leading Middle East intellectual, is coming to Australia for the 2009 Edward Said Memorial lecture at the University of Adelaide on 19 September: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/esml/.

He’ll also be speaking at the University of Melbourne on 16 September (http://australiansforpalestine.comhttps://selfagency-host.s3.wasabisys.com/antonyloewenstein.com/2009/08/saree-makdisi2-copy8.jpg) and the University of Sydney on 22 September (http://www.usyd.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectures/2009/excavating_memory_jerusalem.shtml).

Antony Loewenstein recently visited Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and published the following dispatches:

– Gaza in Conflict, The Nation
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090817/loewenstein

– Hope lives in Gaza despite siege, desperation and anger, Mondoweiss:
http://mondoweiss.net/2009/07/hope-lives-in-gaza-despite-siege-desperation-and-anger.html

– Stories from Gaza, Mondoweiss:
http://mondoweiss.net/2009/07/stories-from-gaza.html

– A day in the West Bank shows ‘the soldiers are settlers in uniform. They both symbolise the occupation, Mondoweiss:
http://mondoweiss.net/2009/07/a-day-in-the-west-bank-shows-the-soldiers-are-settlers-but-in-uniform-they-both-symbolize-the-occupa.html

Please find below a small selection of important articles published in the global media:

– Neve Gordon, Boycott Israel, Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gordon20-2009aug20,0,6144555,print.story

– Gideon Levy, Tough country, Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1108791.html

For up-to-date information about the Middle East, see the website of our colleagues, Australians for Palestine: http://australiansforpalestine.com/. Our own website (http://www.iajv.org/) is also regularly updated.

Finally, a recent post by IAJV blogger Michael Brull led to him writing the following apology on our website:

I apologise to [philosopher] Raimond Gaita. I acknowledge without reservation that nothing Gaita said in the lecture to which I have referred justifies even a suspicion that Gaita is an anti-Muslim racist.

We regret this incident and apologise to Professor Raimond Gaita for any offense that has been caused.

Best wishes,

Independent Australian Jewish Voices
Peter Slezak
James Levy
Antony Loewenstein
Eran Asoulin
http://www.iajv.org/