Urgent Call: Today, Sept. 23: Join the online event, support #LeilaKhaled, defend Palestinian speech and resistance – Samidoun
Urgent Call: Support and attend today’s Online Event with Leila Khaled, Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, & Resistance
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all supporters of justice in Palestine to urgently support the online event, “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice and Resistance: A conversation with Leila Khaled,” featuring Palestinian resistance icon Leila Khaled along with Rula Abu Dahou, Ronnie Kasrils, Sekou Odinga and Laura Whitehorn, all former political prisoners. This Open Classroom event at San Francisco State University, hosted by Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi of AMED Studies and Dr. Tomoni Kimukawa of Women and Gender Studies, has found widespread community support.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has joined numerous social justice and Palestine support organizations in endorsing and co-sponsoring the event, which has come under severe attack by Zionist, racist and right-wing forces attempting to block any and all communication by a distinguished, widely esteemed symbol of Palestinian resistance. We urge all supporters of Palestine to register for and attend the Zoom webinar: https://sfsu.zoom.us/
webinar/register/WN_ ycpMqzqcReO3HCQJKShi5g?fbclid= IwAR1UPafxWIyNRC361i0V_RAhScr- DdgFb4fQI2raJDhL1oreMiVNO01o60 0, join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook. com/events/754000115385200/ and attend the Facebook Live event, streamed at https://facebook.com/ AMEDStudies/ at 12:30 pm Pacific/3:30 pm Eastern/10:30 pm Palestine time.
Most recently, Zoom has threatened to cancel the event in response to Zionist pressure and dubious legal threats by an array of repressive legal organizations like the “Lawfare Project,” so named for their efforts to engage in “legal warfare” against the Palestinian people and cause. Such threats rely on scare tactics based on U.S. “anti-terror” laws and unilateral coercive measures (sanctions), themselves an unjust foundation for dubious threats.
However, such threats to cancel the event are an attack on Palestinian rights and expression but also a fundamental attack on academic freedom, especially when thousands of academic institutions have moved their classes and programs to Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such threats seem to place Zoom as the arbiter of university content, despite the massive contracts these institutions have with the company.
In response to such threats, the organizers of the event and the professors moderating and leading the open classroom have emphasized the importance of registering for, attending and sharing the event, which remains in place with all registration forms active, and making clear that such attempts at censorship will fail and must not pass.
1. Register for and attend the event on Zoom: https://sfsu.zoom.us/
webinar/register/WN_ ycpMqzqcReO3HCQJKShi5g?fbclid= IwAR1UPafxWIyNRC361i0V_RAhScr- DdgFb4fQI2raJDhL1oreMiVNO01o60 0 on Wednesday, 23 September, 12:30 pm Pacific, 3:30 pm Eastern, 10:30 pm Palestine time.
2. Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.
com/events/754000115385200/ and attend the Facebook Live event, streamed at https://facebook.com/ AMEDStudies/ at 12:30 pm Pacific/3:30 pm Eastern/10:30 pm Palestine time.
3. Sign the petition in support of this event: https://www.change.org/
p/amed-studies-support-whose- narratives-gender-justice- resistance-a-conversation- with-leila-khaled
4. Join the Support Leila Khaled picture/video campaign – post a 30-second video in any language of yourself supporting the webinar. Answer the question “What Does Leila Khaled mean to you?” or simply state that you support Academic freedom on Palestine with a picture and a sign. Tag AMED Studies on Twitter at @AmedStudies, Instagram at @amedstudies or Facebook at @AMEDStudies and use the hashtags #LeilaKhaled and #TeachingPalestine.