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Are You Ready for Israeli Apartheid Week?

by Ramah Kudaimi, Membership and Outreach Coordinator
January 16th, 2014

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It is almost time for the 10th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week

IAW is an annual international series of events held in cities and on campuses across the globe. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of the growing global BDS movement. IAW offers people around the world an opportunity to partake in something truly global. 

In the U.S. the dates are February 24-March 2Here are some ideas and things to keep in mind as you mobilize for IAW:

Organize a film screening. Find film suggestions here or contact the IAW-USA coordinators at apartheidweekusa@gmail.com for suggestions. 

Arrange a lecture, workshop, rally, or protest. There are many speakers ranging from academics, politicians, trade unionists, and cultural activists that you can bring to your event. Again email apartheidweekusa@gmail.com and they can connect you with local speakers.  

Organize a BDS action. IAW is meant to strengthen your BDS work so choose activities this week that will build towards and strengthen your local campaigns. You can find BDS resources at www.endtheoccupation.org/bds. Consider highlighting various BDS wins from the past few months including Veolia losing a Massachusetts commuter rail contract and Staples in Norway no longer selling SodaStream. 

Be creative! Draw attention to Israeli apartheid with a mock Israeli Apartheid Wall or checkpoint, a flash mob, a concert, poetry reading, street theater, etc. Make the connections to BDS targets when doing these actions. Building a mock wall? Include a panel about companies constructing it like Elbit and Caterpillar. Erecting a mock checkpoint? Highlight biometric scanners, which Hewlett Packard sells to the Israeli military. Hosting an event about settlements? Raise awareness about SodaStream and its exploitation of Palestinian land, labor, and resources. Discussing Palestinian prisoners? Feature G4S, which provides security systems for Israeli prisons. It is very important to make it clear in anything you plan what you want people to do. Contact us if you need help with this.  

Like USA Israeli Apartheid Week on Facebook and follow @IAW_USA on Twitter for more ideas and updates. 

Whatever you plan for IAW, make sure to let the IAW-USA coordinators know so they can list your action online! Email them at apartheidweekusa@gmail.com and send them your images and videos too. 

Looking forward to seeing all the amazing actions you put together!