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Judith Butler to speak at Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto

Judith Butler is speaking at the University of Toronto on March 9. Photo: Hendrik Speck

American academic Judith Butler will be one of the keynote speakers at the 7th annual Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, set to take place from March 7-11.

Butler is renowned for her contributions to critical theory, ethics, women and gender studies, queer theory, comparative literature, and post-structuralism.

Perhaps most recognized for her work on gender, Butler argues that gender is performative -- an act that is much more about "doing" than it is about "being." Her work encourages non-conformity and the opening-up of alternative ways of perceiving identity that do not necessarily abide by dominant group and societal norms.

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Holocaust survivor: Why I support Palestinian rights

Suzanne Weiss speaking at a demonstration of 15,000 against Israel's assault of Gaza, 2008-2009.  Photo: Courtesy of Suzanne Weiss.

In Canada, Holocaust Memorial Day has been established by Heritage Canada to be on April 11. It is a good opportunity to review what we learn from the Holocaust experience and how we apply these lessons to the troubled situation in the Middle East.

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Coming out against Israeli apartheid: The case for solidarity

Each year, in the lead up to Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), organizers expect backlash and attempts to shut down events. IAW 2010 was no different. The Ontario Legislature condemned IAW, The Toronto District School Board banned IAW from its premises even though no events were scheduled there, and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff slammed IAW for the second year in a row.

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Israeli Apartheid Week: The view from Lebanon

Liberal Party of Canada Leader Michael Ignatieff motions the following: "On university campuses across the country this week, Israeli Apartheid Week will once again attempt to demonize and undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish state".

Far from such a representation of Israeli Apartheid Week is the scene in Lebanon. The American University of Beirut hosted a number of students, faculty and staff alike who came together for the first time in 2010 to join the international event.

This movement began in 2005 in Canada, initially by Canadians for Canadians who originally united with the resistance against apartheid in South Africa, and by analogy, with the Palestinian resistance against Israeli apartheid.

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Israeli apartheid by any other name still stinks

As the annual Israeli Apartheid Week got underway this week in universities across Ontario and around the world, the denunciations are mounting. In the Ontario Legislature last week, MPPs from all parties supported a motion brought forward by Willowdale MPP Peter Shurman condemning the event and its use of the word "apartheid," which he called "hateful" and "odious." A similar motion is expected to be moved in parliament by the federal Conservatives this week.

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NDP Leader Rejects Anti-Israel Complaints

Mulcair Rejects Anti-Israel Complaints

http://metronews.ca/news/canada/247164/ndp-leader-rejects-anti-israel-co...

"B'nai Brith, a Jewish human rights organization, expressed concern in a news release Thursday about what it called anti-Israel propaganda in the party. It chided deputy leader Megan Leslie for 'selectively promoting several anti-Israel events on her NDP website,' including Halifax Israel Apartheid Week,

Video: IJV Canada urges NDP members not to vote for Thomas Mulcair

| March 21, 2012

Nada Elia: Confronting apartheid - Part 3

Nada Elia, professor at Antioch University, Seattle, organizing committee member of USACBI and founding member of Arab women's activist groups, gives the keynote address at Israeli Apartheid Week, Vancouver, B.C., 2012.

Nada Elia: Confronting apartheid - Part 2

Nada Elia, professor at Antioch University, Seattle, organizing committee member of USACBI and founding member of Arab women's activist groups, gives the keynote address at Israeli Apartheid Week, Vancouver, B.C., 2012.

Nada Elia: Confronting apartheid - Part 1

Nada Elia, professor at Antioch University, Seattle, organizing committee member of USACBI and founding member of Arab women's activist groups, gives the keynote address at Israeli Apartheid Week, Vancouver, B.C., 2012.

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